Cost codes are unique identifiers assigned to items in an inventory sold individually or as a part of an assembly. The goal is to track the final outcome of the item(s) sold against the original estimated cost of the item. It is used in both financial and cost accounting.
The feedback loop is a concept used in business where information is processed and identified as beneficial or detrimental to the operation. Any negative feedback is corrected and the loop begins again. As time goes on, the goal is to perfect the business operation.
The goal of accounting is to make continuous improvements in operation by monitoring economic results over a period of time. Any changes to economic value is analyzed for impact and the source of the change. In effect, management is constantly tweaking the business to gain marginal improvements via financial results.
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As a construction company owner, you need a profit and loss statement that conveys information in a format that will identify how much you are truly making as a profit. The best format is a construction profit and loss statement identifying contract revenues, direct costs, indirect costs and the overhead expenses. This format most closely matches the estimating style of most small construction companies.
At the end of the day, it is about the profit you make with your company. This format will point out where the problem is located and where the best performance occurs. When I look at a P&L, I want to quickly identify issues and concerns and get them addressed. If you use this format along with the project accounting reports I illustrate in other articles, not only will you quickly discover any problems, but you can actually pin point the underlying issues and get them resolved. This will add thousands of dollars to your bottom line. So as you read this article, remember you are trying to improve that bottom line, this format is absolutely the best tool to achieve that goal.