Contractor's Guide to QuickBooks Pro

Contractor's Guide to QuickBooks Pro

by Karen Mitchell, Craig Savage, Jim Erwin
     
 

According to a recent national survey, more construction contractors use QuickBooks Pro and QuickBooks than all other accounting programs combined. And for good reason. QuickBooks Pro excels at all the routine paperwork in a construction office: writing checks, keeping track of your bank balance, sending out invoices and statements, creating up-to-the-minute profit… See more details below

Overview

According to a recent national survey, more construction contractors use QuickBooks Pro and QuickBooks than all other accounting programs combined. And for good reason. QuickBooks Pro excels at all the routine paperwork in a construction office: writing checks, keeping track of your bank balance, sending out invoices and statements, creating up-to-the-minute profit and loss statements for the month, year or by job, writing payroll checks, paying suppliers and subcontractors, tracking job costs, comparing estimated and actual costs for each job, and much more.

But there's a lot to learn in QuickBooks Pro. And converting to a new accounting system can be a complex and confusing task, even if you have a strong background in accounting and plenty of time to install the new system. That's why this book was written-because most construction pros aren't accounting experts and have more important work to do at the job site.

Contractor's Guide to QuickBooks Pro 2005 will walk you step-by-step through QuickBooks Pro's detailed setup procedure and then explain item-by-item how you should be using QuickBooks Pro every day. In days, rather than weeks, you'll create a first-rate accounting system that's an asset to your company.

Here you'll find simple, well-illustrated instructions for customizing the setup for QuickBooks Pro 2005, including what each screen on your monitor should look like. This manual explains every choice you need to make and every button you need to click on. And it tells you how to get a trial version of QuickBooks Pro if you want to try it before buying, and includes two other programs you'll want to use when estimating costs with QuickBooks Pro. Here's what's on the CD in the back of this manual: A QuickBooks Pro 2005 file preconfigured for a construction company. The file has a chart of accounts already entered, plus a complete set of memorized reports. Just plug in your own company data-vendors, subs, customers, etc. And at the click of a mouse, you have all the information needed to run your jobs. National Estimator-an easy-to-use estimating program with more than 100 pages of construction cost estimating data for general contractors. Dozens of other databases are available. (QuickBooks Pro doesn't come with any estimating data.) Job Cost Wizard-converts your National Estimator estimates into QuickBooks Pro estimates so you can create and send invoices, track job costs (charge every check to a cost category in your estimate) and compare actual and estimated costs. You'll know exactly where you made and lost money on every job. Blank construction forms you can open on your computer (with nearly any of the popular word processing programs), customize, fill out, print and send to customers and subcontractors.

With this book, the CD in the back with the software and data files just described, and QuickBooks Pro 2005, you have at your fingertips all the financial tools needed to keep your books straight, and your company running strong and in the black.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572180697
Publisher:
Craftsman Book Company
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Edition description:
BK&CD ROM
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.78(d)

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