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“Maad” Rants & Other Stuff

This is a collection of articles that just don’t seem to “really” fit into any one category or topic. These include just plain old “rants” about things that no one ever told me about owning a business, stuff that drives me insane, miscellaneous construction news, articles on social media, and news that you might be able to use.

Weekly Wrap-Up: News You Can Use 5/25 – 5/31/2012

Weekly wrap-up of news and information from around the web – there’s so much information out there that it’s difficult (at best) to keep up! I’ve added a WordPress plug-in that grabs information from my Twitter stream to help me (and hopefully you as well) keep up with everything. Look for the Weekly Wrap-Up: News You Can Use every Friday. I'll try to be consistent and organize the information into the same categories each week.

See what caught my attention this week in these topics: Accounting & Taxes, eBooks/Webinars/Videos, Payroll/Certified Payroll/Prevailing Wage, QuickBooks, Small Business/Organization/Productivity, Construction, and Social Media/Marketing/Website Design.

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Computer Tech to Weekend Yard Warrior – With Pictures

I thought that I'd do something a little different today, truthfully I get tired of living, breathing, and talking QuickBooks and payroll - because I do it EVERY DAY! I work with computers all the time and usually don't have too much of an issue until the weather get's nice --- then I become a weekend yard warrior.

I love to garden - flowers, vegetables, fruit - I love to be outside and during the summer I spend far less time in front of my computer and far more time in my yard - that means fewer blog posts, fewer interactions on the social media networks that I'm involved in. Winters in Vermont can be long and cold and unfortunately I can't garden in the snow!

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Weekly Wrap-Up: News You Can Use 5/18 – 5/24/2012

There is so much news and information floating around the web – it’s difficult (at best) to keep up! I’ve added a WordPress plug-in that grabs information from my Twitter stream to help me (and hopefully you as well) keep up with everything. Look for the Weekly Wrap-Up: News You Can Use every Friday.

See what caught my attention this week in these topics: Accounting & Taxes, eBooks/Webinars/Videos, Payroll/Certified Payroll/Prevailing Wage, QuickBooks, Small Business/Organization/Productivity, Construction, and Social Media/Marketing/Website Design.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: News You Can Use 5/11 – 5/17/2012

There is so much news and information floating around the web – it’s difficult (at best) to keep up! I’ve added a WordPress plug-in that grabs information from my Twitter stream to help me (and hopefully you as well) keep up with everything. Look for the Weekly Wrap-Up: News You Can Use every Friday.

See what caught my attention this week in these topics: Accounting & Taxes, eBooks/Webinars/Videos, Payroll/Certified Payroll/Prevailing Wage, QuickBooks, Small Business/Organization/Productivity, Construction, and Social Media/Marketing/Website Design.

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Construction Payroll, Should I Do It In-house or Outsource It?

Construction payroll can be complex and many business owners wonder if they should hire a payroll clerk and issue payroll in-house or if they should outsource it. As a contractor a significant portion of your job costs involve payroll and labor burden (payroll taxes, worker's compensation insurance, general liability insurance, company paid fringe benefits etc.) and you need to have these numbers included in your job costing reports so you can analyze your bidding practices and know whether or not you made a profit on the job. If your payroll is not run through your accounting software you loose this vital piece of job costing information.
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Penny Wise & Dollar Foolish Over QuickBooks 3rd Party Apps

Are you being penny wise and dollar foolish over QuickBooks 3rd party apps and their price? Don't be ashamed, it happens to a lot of people. Many times a QuickBooks user will look at the cost of a 3rd party application and think - why should I spend the money on a third party application when I can just as easily do this task using Excel or some other way! This is insane, I've already spent a lot of money just to purchase QuickBooks. Ya, I get it - money is tight and we are all looking for ways to trim unnecessary dollars from our budgets - but are we sometimes being penny wise and dollar foolish? Many times I think that answer is "Yes". Here is a real situation that I was involved in just last week, I was talking with this gal who works for a contractor and she told that she had just spent a total of 7 1/2 hours RE-DOING and RECALCULATING 28 (twenty-eight) AIA billing in Excel for a project that they were working on because of a number of changes that had taking place along the way.
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Weekly Wrap-Up: News You Can Use 4/27-5/3/2012

There is so much news and information floating around the web - it's difficult (at best) to keep up! I've added a Wordpress plug in that grabs information from my Twitter stream to help me (and hopefully you as well) keep up with everything. Look for the Weekly Wrap-Up: News You Can Use every Friday. This weeks news includes news about payroll, job costing, videos, accounting/taxes, social media/marketing, accounts payable, quotes, certified payroll/prevailing wage, QuickBooks, organization/productivity, small business, accounts receivable, technology, hiring, Excel, construction, QuickBooks 3rd party applications, and website/blog creation.
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Weekly Wrap-Up: News You Can Use 4/20-4/26/2012

There is so much news and information floating around the web - it's difficult (at best) to keep up! I've added a Wordpress plug in that grabs information from my Twitter stream to help me (and hopefully you as well) keep up with everything. Look for the Weekly Wrap-Up: News You Can Use every Friday. This weeks news includes news about payroll, job costing, videos, accounting/taxes, social media/marketing, accounts payable, quotes, certified payroll/prevailing wage, QuickBooks, organization/productivity, small business, accounts receivable, technology, hiring, Excel, construction, QuickBooks 3rd party applications, and website/blog creation.
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QuickBooks & Your Construction Business – What’s Your Gripe?

We’ve talked with contractors who are frustrated with QuickBooks only to find that they aren’t utilizing many of the features that would provide them with the information that they were looking for. Likewise, we’ve talked with contractors who have taken that step into purchasing new construction-specific software and only use the base features of it because it was too difficult to learn, ended up resenting their purchase and came back to QuickBooks. What are your biggest gripes, problems, or issues when it comes to using QuickBooks in your construction business? Use the comment option to tell us your problems - but you need to be specific! We'll then take these comments and develop some training videos, live webinars, or eBooks.
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ASA Seminar Payroll & Tax Strategies for Public Works Contractors

Cash is "KING"! Public Works Construction and Prevailing Wage projects require advanced financial planning methods and tools along with an understanding of the ever-changing compliance requirements -- so that you get paid on time! I'm thrilled to be joining Steve Kuzmack, President of Fringe Benefit Experts for a comprehensive 2 hour - easy to understand seminar for the American Subcontractors Association - San Diego branch, on strategies for lowering labor costs and complying with certified payroll reporting requirements on Federal and/or State funded construction projects - including the impact of the new Compliance Monitoring Unit {CMU} and the required filing of electronic certified payroll reports.
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About Your Host:

Nancy Smyth, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Nancy Smyth, Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc.
QuickBooks Construction & Payroll Expert


I've been using and supporting QuickBooks products since the early 1990's. I've worked with thousands of contractors, assisting them with QuickBooks setup, Certified Payroll Reporting requirements, AIA Billing and Weighted-Average Overtime.


QuickBooks is a powerful product, but learning how to use it in your construction business can be difficult. I hope you find resources available here to be helpful.

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