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Business Productivity Tips & Training

This section contains articles that directly relate to business productivity Tips & Training for anyone in the commercial/government construction industry who is using QuickBooks for their day-to-day bookkeeping.

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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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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Is Your Data Safe?

Disasters come in various forms, from the terrible hurricane's that have been experienced by those living along the Gulf Coast, to a computer crash due to a virus, or hard drive failure. Business Data Access (BDA) provides a simple way for you to transfer and backup your QuickBooks® data. Price:  Free
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Why is Job Costing so important?

Job cost tracking is an extremely important part of every contractor's business. Job costing tracks the expenses for a job, and then allows you to compare those expenses to the jobs revenue.  This tells you which jobs are making money and which jobs are not. This article provides tips for using QuickBooks job costing capabilities to it's fullest. 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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