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Setting Up a Good QuickBooks Item List

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We are often asked by both new and veteran QuickBooks users about how to set up a “good” Item List.

QuickBooks uses Items extensively.  Items are used on just about every form in QuickBooks, from Estimates, Invoices, Purchase Orders, bills and checks, and coupled with your Chart of Accounts form the very backbone of your job costing.

The only way to set up a “good” item list is to create one that is specific to your company’s needs, which means planning.  The tips in this article will help you get started.

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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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