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QuickBooks & Your Construction Business – What’s Your Gripe?

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What’s your biggest gripe, problem, or issue when it comes to using QuickBooks in your construction business? Is it the Myth of Do-It-Yourself Accounting?  Is it the fact that there really isn’t a lot of construction specific help or training available?  Is it confusing terminology? 

frustrated with using QuickBooks in your construction business?QuickBooks is a powerful software program — but the key to your success in using it depends on how well it’s setup and then how well you utilize the features that are built in.

QuickBooks® is a generic bookkeeping and accounting program, designed to be used by every type of business that you can imagine.  If it was industry specific, well it would have the same big price tag!  Sure Intuit makes a “Contractor” version, but even then it’s designed to meet the needs of every type of contractor – from the handyman to the bridge builder.  When it can’t handle a certain portion or segment of your construction business, you must then look at learning advanced tips and techniques and/or 3rd party integrated applications that will fill those needs.

Because your construction business is unique – it goes without saying that your bookkeeping and accounting requirements will be different as well.

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?

  • Is it a functionality issue like the lack of a built-in cost code list?
  • Is it a feature issue – such as the lack of a “really” good way to handle Change Orders?
  • Is it a usability issue – such as you don’t know how to do something, like perhaps get your equipment costs into job costing reports?

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 – which will be offered through our Learn to use QuickBooks in your construction business website.

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    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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