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QuickBooks 2013 for Contractors

Contractors have many unique bookkeeping needs, so we've designed this course from the ground up specifically for the construction industry. 

In this six-week course, you'll learn how to use the Premier Contractor Edition of QuickBooks 2013 to run your business more efficiently. Lessons are clearly illustrated and include easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to give you hands-on practice with the features that you're sure to use every day. You'll discover how to create custom, professional-looking contract estimates and track time and materials, and you'll learn the different methods you can use to bill your clients, including how to use the QuickBooks progress invoicing and job-costing features. 

You'll find out how to deal with tricky situations, like change orders and retainage requirements, and you'll learn how to properly set up accounts, items, customers, and jobs. All along the way, you'll learn how to avoid many of the big and often costly mistakes contractors commonly make with QuickBooks. Finally, you'll learn how specific transactions impact all your accounts, and even some techniques to protect your business from fraud, prepare for tax time, and generate useful and dynamic reports.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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QuickBooks 2013 for Contractors

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QuickBooks 2013 for Contractors Details + Objective

Course Code: qc4

You Will Learn
  • Learn how to set preferences to customize your QuickBooks experience
  • Create, edit, and use items and sub-items in QuickBooks
  • Create and edit customers and vendors to match your job-costing system
  • Create estimates and invoices with various billing methods
  • Use time-tracking features to record and then transfer time data to an invoice
  • Use the QuickBooks payroll module to create and print paychecks for your employees
  • Create financial statement, job-cost, and time reports
  • Get ready for year-end closing by reconciling and cleaning up data
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain confidence in your ability to use QuickBooks to accurately track your financial accounts
  • Learn to use the QuickBooks software for bookkeeping in a course specifically designed for contractors
  • Learn how to avoid many of the big and often costly mistakes contractors commonly make with QuickBooks
  • Become more efficient at bookkeeping so you can devote more time to the things that bring money in the door
QuickBooks 2013 for Contractors Outline
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Week 1

Contracting businesses have many unique accounting and reporting needs. In this first lesson, you'll learn how to set and edit your general, accounting, tax, and time-tracking preferences to fit your particular company. Then, you'll learn the QuickBooks basics, like how to create and edit accounts in your company file. You’ll also see how you can modify company templates (estimates and invoices, for example) to track all kinds of valuable information.

Week 2

In this lesson, we'll focus on the Items List, which is an extremely useful tool for contractors. Even though different types of contractors will set up their lists differently, there are some general guidelines you can follow to ensure that your list works effectively and efficiently. Then, go over some great tools to assist you in tracking both revenues and expenses for each job you complete.

Week 3

In this lesson, you'll learn how to create project estimates and transfer the information to an invoice. You’ll also find out how to handle the different invoicing methods contractors often face, such as time and materials and progress invoicing, and you'll get an opportunity to enter a few sample invoices using the different methods. Then, you'll learn the steps you need to follow to enter change orders and retainage.

Week 4

You'll learn the most basic methods for creating a new vendor and entering a check transaction. In addition, you'll see how you can use purchase order and bill-paying features to better track costs that are more common for contractors (such as materials and subcontractor costs). Then, we'll discuss recording time entries and how you can transfer these entries to other locations in the program, such as invoices.

Week 5

In this lesson, we'll focus on the key payroll issues that contractors face. For instance, you'll learn how to create payroll items as part of your job-costing system. We'll also discuss some techniques for filing workers' compensation reports. Then, you'll discover how to locate critical information for your business, and then how to generate some spectacular reports to help you to better manage day-to-day activities. 

Week 6

We'll begin this lesson with a discussion of some simple but important month-end procedures, like reconciling accounts and printing reports. And finally, we'll go over simple steps you can take to reduce your risks and safeguard your business assets. You'll learn how to set up and restrict users to certain areas of the program, review an Audit Trail report, and set a closing date for the books.

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QuickBooks 2013 for Contractors Instructors
Scott Paxton

Scott Paxton is recognized as a Certified Public Accountant and holds master's degrees in business administration and accounting.  His background includes experience as a public accountant, a manager in the banking industry, an entrepreneur and a college business instructor.  In addition, Scott has spent much of his career working closely with small business owners to help them successfully implement and troubleshoot the QuickBooks accounting program.

QuickBooks 2013 for Contractors Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

QuickBooks Premier Contractor 2013 for Windows, Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 2000, XP, or Vista.

QuickBooks Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins. When installing the software using the Premier version, be sure to select the contractor's edition. QuickBooks Pro 2013 is acceptable for this course, but please be aware that the Pro version is missing certain features that are only available in the Contractor's Edition used in this course.

The Macintosh, Simple-Start, and Online versions of QuickBooks are not supported in this course.

QuickBooks 2013 for Contractors Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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