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Employee New Hire Information & Checklist

There is so much more to hiring an employee than putting an ad in the newspaper and arranging for interviews - even though these are both very important. Once you have gone through the interview process with everyone who has applied and you make a hiring decision; you find yourself with a lot of additional information that you need to have keep on file about the employee that you just hired. That's where this 13 page employee new hire information & checklist will come in handy - and it's in Word format, so you can customize it to meet the needs of your company. Price:  Free
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eBook: Payroll Mistakes. It’s Not As Easy as 1-2-3!

Payroll is an essential part of your business – not just a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly annoyance. Payroll is the primary way that employees are rewarded for good job performance and retained. If you are issuing late or incorrect paychecks, it can lead to dissatisfied, unmotivated workers – or worse. It’s hard to keep good employees when a company gets payroll wrong. The consequences of some mistakes can be more serious than just your paychecks simply being incorrect. Many mistakes result in getting a very hard time from people you don’t know (and certainly don’t want to know) – the federal and state enforcement types. Price: $6.95
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VIDEO: Worker’s Comp & Payroll Tax Strategies for Public Works Contractors

Worker's Comp and payroll taxes take a huge bite out of a contractors profit when working on Public Works construction projects - especially if the contractor is paying the full fringe benefit rate of the prevailing wage to the employee in cash and not to the Union Hall or into bona-fide plans. Contractors in California will soon be faced with yet another increase in Worker's Compensation premiums.

Join Tim Blackwell of InsuranceDude.com, Steve Kuzmack of Fringe Benefit Experts, and Nancy Smyth of Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc. for a free, live 1 hour *Google+ hangout on Tuesday June 12, 2012 from 5-6 p.m. EST where we discuss easy to understand strategies for saving money.

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ARTICLE: What to Look for in a Construction CPA

Hiring a CPA or tax accountant for you construction business is as critical as hiring a supervisor on the job site. Not all CPA's or tax preparers understand construction and when they don't your books could be in as much of a mess as your job site would be if you hired a supervisor with no experience! In that perfect world, your company wouldn’t need a CPA. We would all just pack up our adding machines, green eyeshades, and armbands and move on to other professions. But, that isn’t going to happen, is it? In fact, the regulatory environment is headed in the other direction. States are looking for revenue, there are three or four new federal tax acts each year, and GAAP is going global. These current and future changes will make the role of your company’s CPA more important – not less. Price:  Free
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VIDEO: Batch Timesheet Entry in QuickBooks 2012

VIDEO: Entering employee time in the Weekly Timesheet in QuickBooks is a painstakingly slow process, especially if you have a lot of employees - QuickBooks 2012 solves "some" of that with the new Batch Timesheet Entry feature, but it's still not perfect or very flexible. Entering timesheets for multiple employees or vendors all at the same time will be a huge productivity booster for some companies - but only in very specific situations. In the real world, the QuickBooks Batch Timesheet feature will not be much of a productivity booster for many construction companies - they will want a more robust solution that will solve nine (9) critical and missing needs for their QuickBooks employee time card entry processes.
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eBook: Hiring a Bookkeeper for your construction biz-Test their skills

eBook: There comes a time when it just makes sense to hire a bookkeeper to handle the day-to-day data entry tasks, but you also need to make sure that they are familiar with QuickBooks® and the construction industry and the only way to do this is by testing their skills. Hiring some one who seems to have a strong bookkeeping background from their resume, but has never worked for a contractor might not be the right choice. We've developed a Construction Bookkeeper Test, with 145 questions, that will help you evaluate their skills. Price:  $25.00
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About Your Host:
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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