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Markup Calculator & Gross Profit Guide (+ Quick Conversion Charts)

In this article, I’ll explain gross profit percentage and markup, AND I’ll give you 2 free “Quick Conversion Charts” to print and carry with you to quickly calculate markup and gross profit percentage. To succeed in business, it’s important to understand two key concepts: gross profit (margin) and markup. Let’s start with some definitions. What …

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QuickBooks Sunset on May 31 – What does it mean for your business?

QuickBooks Pro Premier Enterprise sunset impact

Will the QuickBooks Sunset Impact My Accounting or QuickBooks Services? Quickbooks “sunset” only applies to 2021 (and earlier) versions. Until May 31, 2024, you can get QuickBooks customer support and add-on services for Pro, Premier, and Enterprise Solutions 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. However, if you are still using a 2021 version of QuickBooks, you …

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The Worst Training You Can Buy (And Waste Your Time On)

You Found the Perfect Seminar… It’s the training resource you’ve been looking for to make the changes you want in your company. The main problem – your QuickBooks company file was set up wrong from day one. You’ve been making do, but haven’t been getting the job-costing information you need. Now you’ve found the solution …

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Calculating & Controlling The Cost of Chaos

Calculating and Controlling the Cost of Chaos

From our Better Numbers – Better Business™ management series… Diane and Ken Horst demonstrate real-life examples of how you can spot common (fixable!) profit leaks so your business can become more effective, more efficient, and more profitable. Why this matters to you: You’ll discover an inexpensive, easy-to-use tool that can help you run the same …

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11 Ways to Take the Pain & Suffering Out of Tax Time

How To Solve the Tax Time Nightmare If you’re someone who dreads January, February, March – and beyond – because those months seem to turn into “Franken-tax” time, you may be asking yourself: “How do other companies do it? What would it be like if I was ALL DONE with tax-related chores by the middle …

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Insights About QuickBooks Project Management Apps

QuickBooks Project Management Apps - Pro, Cons, and Insights

QuickBooks Project Management Apps – Pros, Cons & Insights Managing construction projects can be complex, and finding the right tools is key to your success. Have you ever wondered if a project management app (plug-in) might be right for you? (You may have already heard of apps such as JobTread, CoConstruct, BuilderTrend, BuildTools, and ECI’s …

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Using AI to Reduce Manual Data Entry Costs and Errors

MakersHub - Reduce time spent on accounts payable by 90%

Using MakersHub AI to Reduce Accounting Costs Diane and MakersHub founders Charley Howe and Phong Ngo demonstrate how you can reduce the time your company spends on accounts payable – by 90%! This live demo with Diane, Charley and Phong reveals how you and your company can wave goodbye to detailed manual entry for Bills, Approvals, …

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Using AI to Reduce Manual Data Entry Costs and Errors – Transcript

MakersHub - Reduce time spent on accounts payable by 90%

In this interview, you will learn about an AI tool that will help companies reduce accounting costs and errors by automating the process of entering bills, approving invoices and making payments. Why this matters to you: In most companies, a large percentage of accounting efforts goes into the tedious and error-prone process of manually entering …

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Above vs. Below the Line Markups

Above vs Below the Line Markup

Diane Gilson’s insightful video, “Above vs. Below the Line Markups,” featured on our QuickBooks Mystery Theater, delves into the critical decision of where to place production overhead costs in financial reports and its impact on pricing strategies. She poses the fundamental question: Should these costs be above or below the Gross Profit line? The video …

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Above vs. Below the Line Markups – Transcript

Above vs Below the Line Markup

In this revealing transcript of the “Above vs. Below the Line Markups” video, Diane Gilson demonstrates two scenarios for determining your markup percentage based on where you account for production overhead costs on your P&L. While neither method is wrong, the second one builds more costs directly into the bid price, resulting in a more …

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Job Costing is Critical for Construction Companies

Job costing is critical in construction

Diane and Bracken Anderson (from busybusy) recently had a great interview-style meeting where we explored why job costing is critical for construction companies. Why this matters to you: When you understand what job costing is and how to get started with it, you can then focus on your winning jobs. And that means more profits for …

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How Cloud Hosting Really Works With Quickbooks Desktop – Transcript

Real life Cloud Tech with Diane and Jake

In this video, you will learn the power of cloud hosting for QuickBooks Desktop and see a demonstration of how easy and effective it is to manage QuickBooks using a cloud hosting service. Why this matters to you: If you are a QuickBooks Desktop user, cloud hosting is a powerful service that enables essential functions …

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How Cloud Hosting Really Works With Quickbooks Desktop

Real life Cloud Tech with Diane and Jake

QuickBooks Desktop Cloud Hosting Jake Reeves (Director of Sales at Summit) joins Diane as she does a live (and “real-life”) demonstration of how cloud hosting REALLY works for QuickBooks desktop! Why this matters to you: See how you can set up your own cloud hosting “desktop.” Get answers about how cloud hosting can work for YOUR …

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Job Costing is Critical for Construction Companies – Transcript

Job costing is critical in construction

In this video, Diane Gilson is asked a series of questions about job costing, its importance for construction companies, and how to implement it. Why this is important: Job costing is the foundation of effectiveD construction projects and company management. Without effective job costing systems that provide accurate and detailed job costing information, companies will …

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Streamline Your Business with QuickBooks Inventory Software

Let BuildYourNumbers.com explain why you should use QuickBooks-compatible inventory software to integrate and streamline your systems. Do you have an inventory? If so, how do you keep track of that inventory? Whether you’re already using inventory accounting software or keeping track of your inventory through lists, spreadsheets, or year-end adjustments, I’m about to show you …

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Top 7 Reasons Business Owners Call a QuickBooks ProAdvisor

ProAdvisor Advice Signpost

Why You Need A QuickBooks ProAdvisor Based on 20+ years of being a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, here are the top 7 reasons businesses contact me for assistance. See if any of these scenarios sound like what you may be facing in your company… As a business owner, you learn through trial and error what makes your …

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Business Overhead Expenses

Business Overhead calculator + graph

Calculating overhead can be tricky, but QuickBooks can help you calculate and monitor your business overhead expenses more efficiently and effectively. Business Overhead Expenses: What They Are and How To Calculate Them Have you ever wondered exactly WHAT business overhead expenses really ARE? Do you know what YOUR business overhead expenses are? Or how to …

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QuickBooks Account Reconciliations & Discrepancies

Feeling Great when you Resolve QuickBooks Account Reconciliation Discrepancies

Company owners sometimes ask me:  “Should balance adjustments arising from account reconciliation problems cause me any concern?”  Do QuickBooks Account Reconciliation Discrepancies Matter? Account reconciliation is crucial; here’s why… You want to be certain that you and your bank, credit card companies, and lenders agree on the amounts shown in your books. (If not, you …

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Paying QuickBooks Bills with a Credit Card or Vendor Credits

Use Credit Card to Pay Bills in QuickBooks

Paying your QuickBooks Bills can be easier (even pain-free!) – when you use your software to its fullest capacity. QuickBooks Pay Bills with a Credit Card Company owners and bookkeepers often use credit cards to pay QuickBooks bills. Those who appreciate the convenience of purchasing items or paying bills using credit cards often ask how …

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How to Squeeze More Profits Out of Every Construction Job With Job Costing

How to squeeze more profits out of every job

Job Costing – The Difference Between Profitable Construction Companies and Those Who Struggle Unfortunately, in my 25+ years of experience working with construction business owners, one thing has become painfully clear to me. There are two types of construction business owners: Those who are using job costing reports and using them well and Those who …

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Calculating Labor Burden and Profits – Introduction: An Example

Labor Burden or Payroll Burden equals employee cost in additionto gross payroll

Labor Burden: If you’re struggling to understand and measure your Labor Burden and its effect on profit, these articles by Diane Gilson will teach you how to do it. We’ll start with some quick definitions of labor burden and how to calculate it, followed by a real-life example so you can see how it’s done. …

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QuickBooks for Contractors – Using Items for Job Costing

This post about QuickBooks’ Items is excerpted from our more extensive training video that’s included in our Construction Accounting & Management Program (CAMP). QuickBooks Items: Automating Job Costing for Construction Companies QuickBooks Items enable construction companies to automatically track and report on the financial detail underlying what’s REALLY going on within the financial side of …

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Avoid the Gross Profit Rollercoaster

The Gross Profit Rollercoaster Podcast

In this interview, Diane and Dave Sullivan (host of The Roofer Show podcast) dive into what Diane calls the “Gross Profit Rollercoaster.” They explore why ‘highs and lows’ happen in a business (when the numbers aren’t lining up), and how to avoid those ups and downs. Why this matters to you: As Dave says, “You …

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Avoid the Gross Profit Rollercoaster Transcript

The Gross Profit Rollercoaster Podcast

In this interview, Diane and Dave Sullivan (host of The Roofer Show podcast) dive into what Diane calls the “Gross Profit Rollercoaster.” They explore why ‘highs and lows’ happen in a business (when the numbers aren’t lining up) and how to avoid those ups and downs. Why this matters to you: As Dave says, “You …

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Labor Cost Calculator: How It Helps QuickBooks & Enterprise Users

Labor Cost Calculators and QuickBooks Business owners who use QuickBooks or Enterprise accounting software can benefit greatly from the built-in job costing features, such as its ability to assign payroll and payroll tax costs to jobs – but there is one major flaw built into those ‘normal’ job cost reports that you need to know …

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Top Accounting Blogs

The accounting blogs listed below are some of the most reputable and informative online. I wanted to create a quality resource for people seeking any additional accounting advice, so below you’ll find what I believe to be some of the top accounting blogs. As an endorsement, I’ve created a badge for them to display so that …

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QuickBooks Payroll: 5 Major Benefits

QuickBooks Payroll makes payday much easier

Yes, your initial QuickBooks payroll setup can take some time and requires attention to detail. BUT manual payroll processing requires even more work – and you have to do it over – and over – and over… Which sounds like the better choice?    QuickBooks Payroll Ask any 10 small and mid-sized business (SMB) bookkeepers and …

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Construction Job Costing

Use construction job costing for more profitable jobs

Yes, you may believe that job costing is a challenging facet of construction accounting! But with the right training and customization, you can easily master QuickBooks to achieve your goals! Why Construction Job Costing Matters Contractors and manufacturers must be able to accurately predict, record, and control the cost of each job. You’ll need to …

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Top 5 Tips for QuickBooks Experts Know (and You Should Too)

New to QuickBooks? Feel like you’re all alone? Well, you’re not! Every new user could use tips to get them started in QuickBooks… You’ve started your new business from scratch and know you need to really get a handle on your numbers. Maybe you’ve been recruited by a family member – or hired by a business owner …

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How to Use QuickBooks Job Cost Features to Achieve Your Gross Profit Goals

Job Costing In QuickBooks QuickBooks is designed to help you plan, measure, and monitor company and job results. You can even use QuickBooks Job – Cost Features to Achieve Your Gross Profit Goals! Use its management reporting tools to immediately SEE operating and financial results. Proactively correct problems – before they spin out of control …

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Learn How To Use QuickBooks Online

Are you one of the many small-business owners taking on your own accounting? Let QuickBooks desktop help you like it’s helped millions others. In recent years, many small- and midsize-business owners have been steering away from using trained accountants for their financial needs and, instead, have taken on the responsibility internally – either by doing …

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QuickBooks Payments: Easier, Faster ‘Money-in-the-Door’

QuickBooks Payments or Merchant Services - Get Paid from your desktop, a customer invoice, or mobile app

When you make it easier for your customers to buy from you – and pay you – two things typically happen: your sales increase, and you get Quickbooks payments faster. That means enhanced cash flow and fewer collection calls. Plus, a side benefit is that customer satisfaction is often higher when goods or services have been …

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Labor Profit Tip #3: Your Gross Profit Numbers May Be Misleading

Labor Burden Information Tip #3: To See Accurate Job-Cost Reports, Assign Labor Burden Costs to Each Job. If you’re looking for ways to make your company more profitable, getting a handle on your fully burdened labor costs is a critical place to start because it can show you how to: Estimate labor costs more accurately, Price jobs to …

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A Tale of 4 Companies: Gross Profit & Job Cost (Part IV)

Communicating the Schedule Keeps Job Costs on Target to Hit Gross Profit Goals

Targeting Gross Profits: How Estimators and Project Managers Focus on Goals & Job Costs at Paul’s Perfect Projects If you haven’t already read them, you’ll probably want to visit Part I, Part II, and Part III of this “Tale of 4 Companies: A Job Cost & Gross Profit Drama” before beginning the following “Part IV”. As we …

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A Tale of 4 Companies: A Job Cost & Gross Profit Drama (Part III)

job-cost and gross profit percentage

How Bookkeeping Supports Job-Cost & Gross Profit Measurement at Paul’s Perfect Projects, LLC If you haven’t already read them, you’ll probably want to visit Part I and Part II of this “Tale of 4 Companies: A Job-Cost & Gross Profit Drama” before starting the following “Part III.” In Part III, Paul & Dave have just …

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Labor Costs Profit Tip #4: How You Can Stop Over-Runs in Labor Costs

Labor Costs Are a Risky Part of Your Business. Make an Immediate Impact on Your Bottom Line by Heading off Costly Labor Over-runs Before They Get Out of Hand. 7 Ways to Reduce Labor Costs Know and use your true, fully burdened labor costs when estimating. Increase estimating accuracy by using costs based on specific employees (or averages …

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Labor Burden & Profits – How Much Do My Employees Cost?

Labor Burden & Profits: How Much Do My Employees Cost?

This article by BuildYourNumbers.com will teach you more about what you need to know about labor burden and its effect on profit. What exactly is it? How Does it Impact My Business? “Do my employees really cost this much?” While you probably have a good handle on your employees’ hourly wage or salary costs, and know …

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Labor Profit Tip #5: The Secret to Making Better Hiring Decisions

Labor Burden Information Tip #5: Make Better Hiring Decisions by Thoroughly Understanding Potential Additional Costs Bad hiring decisions can have a devastating effect on your bottom line, so you want as much objective data at your fingertips as possible before you hire. You can use labor burden calculation information as a starting point when it’s …

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7 Reasons To Love QuickBooks Desktop Assisted Payroll

Fast easy payroll with QuickBooks Desktop Assisted Payroll-

QuickBooks Desktop Assisted Payroll is our payroll service of choice at Info Plus Accounting. Because we ‘eat our own (QuickBooks) dogfood,’ we know the quality of this product. And we nearly always recommend Assisted Payroll to our clients. Why do we typically recommend this product to our clients? Here are my top seven reasons: 1. …

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Tale of 4 Companies: A Gross Profit & Job Cost Drama (Part II)

Paul (of Paul’s Perfect Projects, LLC) tackles the gross profit problem by showing Dave his Estimate vs. Actual variance reports. (If you haven’t already read it, you’ll want to visit Part 1 of this “Tale of 4 Companies: A Job Cost & Gross Profit Drama” before jumping into the following “Part II”…) Paul’s Approach to …

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Job Estimate Tip: Use Fully-Burdened Labor Rates

How fully-burdened job costs yield more accurate estimates

Labor Profit Tip #1: For More Accurate Job Estimates, Include Fully-Burdened Labor Costs for Each Employee What Will The Labor on That Job REALLY Cost? When You Don’t Include Fully-Burdened Labor Cost Info, You May Be In For A Surprise… If you’re not using fully-burdened labor costs for every employee’s work included in your estimates, …

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Labor Burden and Profits: The Connection l BuildYourNumbers.com

Labor burden is an essential element to determine accurate job costs

If you’re struggling to understand or measure your labor burden and its effect on profit, let BuildYourNumbers.com help you with our job cost and accounting tutorials. Labor Burden & Profits: Connect the Dots! Got employees? If so… What’s it cost to put them “into the field”? What should you be charging for their time? Should …

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Troubleshooting QuickBooks Issues

Troubleshooting QuickBooks

QuickBooks & Enterprise Solutions are, generally speaking, stable, logical, and powerful programs.

When something isn't working properly, however, it's very easy to lose perspective and get upset or angry with the software.

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Custom Fields in QuickBooks

Custom Fields to Customize QuickBooks Desktop

5 Ways to Tailor, Tag, & Track Specialized Information QuickBooks Custom Fields Have you explored the many ways to use Custom Fields in QuickBooks?  If not, you’ll likely be surprised at how this feature can vastly expand the “trackability” of specific data that’s unique (and often, vitally important) to your company. Would it be helpful …

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