Estimates vs. Purchase Orders: What’s the difference?

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  Estimates and Purchase Orders can be created using QuickBooks.  Many people want to know what the difference between the two are and when it is appropriate to use them.  I often see a lot of confusion on the QuickBooks forums about Estimates and Purchase Orders, what the differences are, and when you should use each one. An Estimate, otherwise known as a Bid, Proposal, Quote or perhaps even a Schedule of Values in the construction industry, is a detailed breakdown of work or tasks that you will perform in order to complete a project for a specific customer or a specific job and what you will charge them to do it. A Purchase Order, on the other hand is normally something that you issue for materials or the services…
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