The first time I used QuickBooks, it was the DOS version. That was over 20 years ago. Today, there are a multitude of versions for QuickBooks. QuickBooks Online doesn’t measure up to Intuit’s Enterprise versions. It isn’t even close. There are many issues the Online version has and thus the end reporting function is limited. However, there are a few interesting advantages. This accountant’s review helps the reader to understand the advantages and issues the Online version has.
QuickBooks is the best overall accounting software for the small business operation. QuickBooks has a vast educational support system, it is cost effective and has a very advanced reporting capacity.
Class accounting is one of the options available with QuickBooks software. Most accountants and bookkeepers misunderstand its purpose and how to properly implement this wonder tool of accounting. If you are considering using class accounting and want to have a full comprehensive understanding, this is the article for you.
Control accounts are used when there are multiple third parties interacting with the business in regards to similar function. Control accounts reduce the workload for bookkeeping by using subsidiary accounts or schedules *. The aggregated value is reported as one line of value on the financial report.
Up to this point in this series about bookkeeping I’ve only mentioned accounts (ledgers) by name. To speed up the process of entering information accountants converted names to numbers. This made it easier to enter information in the original journals. Instead of long hand written words for the particular ledger, you simply enter a number.
The whole goal of financial reports is to gain an understanding of financial performance and identify the key issues for changes to make improvements. In accounting we referred to this as a continuous feedback loop method of financial improvement. Insert data, report the data, discover opportunities for improvement; make changes and insert data and begin the whole process all over again. If you are even mildly alert to what is going on, you should easily identify opportunities and make financial improvements and ultimately maximize profitability for your business. It is not going to happen overnight but it will dramatically improve your bottom line within 2 years.
But all of this starts with the estimate for the project.
Just like a tip of an iceberg, a progress billing for a construction project is an invoice for a small part of the overall contract value. It needs to be recorded correctly and presented to management in a way that is understandable and beneficial for making decisions. This article will introduce the concept and cover how progress billings are presented on the balance sheet.