The most radically changing tool for mason contractors are not the trowel, saws or materials, but the hardware and software in their offices. While the construction tools remain relatively unchanged, mason contractors need to remain on the technological learning curve when it comes to the software that is running their businesses. It's hard to discuss labor efficiencies in the field while turning a blind eye to labor efficiencies in the office, where missing a bidding opportunity might cost you.
This month, Masonry is showcasing just a taste of some of the software tools that will help you keep your business lean and mean in the year 2005.
Tut Accounting Software
Payroll, payables, receivables, job cost, ledger and equipment make up this integrated software solution. Payroll includes certified reports, different union/pay rates per job, unit production tracking, 401K, and child support deductions. "Open the mail, enter invoices" payables reduces paper handling and keeps job cost accurate and current. Duplicate invoice prevention, automatic price checking, and quantity tracking aid accuracy. Expanded job control assists the allocation of management skills to projects needing you most. Weekly and monthly job cost reports are included. For more information or for your free videotape, call (800) 875-6885 or visit www.tutsoftware.com.
QuickBooks: Premier Contractor Edition 2005
QuickBooks: Premier Contractor Edition 2005 is custom-built for contractors to help manage their businesses efficiently and accurately. The product features enhanced job costing tools to effortlessly track complete and accurate costs for jobs, ultimately helping contractors to make more money per job. Contractor Edition allows contractors to stay on budget with five new job costing reports including cost-to-complete and job cost by vendor. In addition, the product includes the ability to set billing rate levels by employee to save time and help reduce billing mistakes. For more information, call (888) 729-1996 or visit http://quickbooks.intuit.com.
PAYment application Made Easy for Excel, or Paymee, is a mason contractor billing software that creates high-quality progress billings for construction projects. Paymee was designed as a graphical and automated alternative to AIA form G703 & G702. Paymee is simple to use, powerful and very customizable to meet complex billing requirements. Put in billing details and a summary sheet is generated automatically. For more information, call (212) 593-1395 or visit www.PaymentApplication.com for a free version of the software.
Foundation for Windows construction accounting software was designed specifically for the labor-intensive contractor, helping them to understand their jobs and manage overall financial progress better, faster and with greater accuracy than ever before. Endorsed by CPAs and contractors alike, Foundation works the way you want it to. The system's use of a Microsoft SQL Database increases user control, allowing unlimited flexibility and reporting. For instance multiple job cost reports, such as production reporting, work in progress, variance and over-/under-billings, can be created on the fly. Additionally, the unique user-definable drill-down capability can address multiple reporting needs. For more information, call (800) 246-0800 or visit www.foundationsoft.com.
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