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Nancy Smyth

Nancy Smyth, President of Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc. has used and supported Intuit products and end users since 1986. I've worked with clients in a lot of different industries, however, I prefer to work with commercial and/or government construction contractors who utilize QuickBooks Financial Software for their accounting needs. Let's face it, doing bookkeeping can be pretty boring - but doing books for a construction contractor has always been my passion - there's always something "quirky" that they need or want. That's the challenge - and I love a challenge! I've been a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 1999; and as President of Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc., I am a key player in the development of several QuickBooks Add-Ons for the construction industry. I also the author of the QuickBooks for Contractors blog, in addition to the Learn to use QuickBooks in your construction business website. Join me the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5-6 p.m. EST on Google+ for a live QuickBooks for Contractors Hangout, where an experienced panel of QuickBooks folks are available to answer your questions.

Tips for Trouble-Free Bank Statement Reconciliations

I recommend two key tips that will reduce the time and frustration of reconciling banks statements. These solutions are based on the principle that we want the bank reconciliation window to match exactly what appears on the bank statement, and that data should be input accordingly. If you use the following method it will make the challenging task of reconciling bank statements much easier. Price:  Free
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Who Are Employees?

Before you can know how to treat payments you make for services rendered to you, you must first know the business relationship that exists between you and the person performing those services. Before you can know how to treat payments you make for services rendered to you, you must first know the business relationship that exists between you and the person performing those services. Price:  Free
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Are You Paying Prevailing Wage Fringe Benefits in Cash?

What if told you that you could reduce your payroll tax contributions by at least*$14,784.00 a year and receive additional savings on your general liability insurance (if you live in a state where liability insurance is based on gross payroll instead of sales)? Would that kind of savings help you lower your bids and still make money? Impossible you say! What would you say if I also told you that your employees would also be happy? Price:  Free
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Getting Paid – Improving Credit & Collection Policies

When a business owner seeks to expand his company one of the most important steps that can be taken is to review the company’s current collection process. Instead of looking at collections as just another financial operation, it should be viewed more creatively and seen as a means to acquire financial gain. Improving your collection processes leads to fewer outstanding account balances, fewer bad-debt write-offs, and, therefore, better working capital that you can put to good use----the growth of your business. Price:  Free
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Bounced Checks-Everybody Hates Them – but, How Do You Handle Them in QuickBooks?

Handling bounced checks in QuickBooks can be confusing and many people are looking for a quick and efficient way to handle bounced checks so the bank reconciliation can show both the money in and the money out…. But not affecting income in a prior period. This article explains three different ways in which you can handle a customer’s bounced check. Price:  Free
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Do You Barter? Trading Services between Customers and/or Vendors

If you buy services or product from your customer – or if your vendors buy services or products from you, you might want to “trade” services instead of paying each other - especially in this economy. Exchanging “credits” with each other is a good way to offset your cash flow without actually exchanging money.  You will, however, need to add a few new records to QuickBooks and do a few “special” transactions to make sure that all of your reports come out accurately. Price:  Free
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4 Ways Businesses Fail/10 Steps to Succeed

Ever wonder why it seems that you are struggling to make your business grow and be more successful while others seem to be doing so well?  Or are you just looking for some suggestions to help make your business run smoother? Increasing profitability is a continuous cycle.  You need to be able to analyze jobs and refine your processes to make the next job even more profitable than the last. Price:  Free
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Year End Tasks

The end of the year always adds even more tasks to your already busy schedule, and sometimes it's simply overwhelming! Intuit has build a very good "QuickBooks Year-End Guide/Checklist" and it's included right in your QuickBooks program by going to the Help Menu and choosing Year-End Guide. In this article, we'll cover each topic listed in the Year-End Guide, and offer some additional tips on each of the sections. Price:  Free
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Tracking Use Tax

While QuickBooks does an excellent job of tracking Sales Tax, even when you have to collect Sales Tax from multiple jurisdictions, it does not automatically calculate Use Tax for you - - - but it is possible to track Use Tax using these instructions. This article provides you with step-by-step instructions for tracking use tax on goods or services that you purchase which are subject to use tax. Price:  Free
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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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