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FAQ - Job Costing

Job Costing Software Frequently Asked Questions
 
  1. What does it Include ... ?
  2. What is Job Costing ... ?
  3. What are labor units ... ?
  4. What are labor columns ... ?
  5. Track labor hours by job number ... ?
  6. What is unionized payroll ... ?
  7. What are payroll withholdings ... ?
  8. What are committed costs ... ?
  9. What are actual costs ... ?
  10. What are estimated costs ... ?
  11. What are takeoff-items ... ?
  12. Why Modular Software ... ?
  13. What are the System Requirements ... ?
  14. What is stand alone construction cost tracking software ... ?
  15. What is Distribution to Job Phases ... ?
  16. Does AccountPro Integrate with Peachtree Accounting, Quick Books or MYOB ... ?
 

What is Included ... ?

        Ordering Platinum Job Costing Software Includes no extra cost links to download the following Platinum modules:

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What is Job Costing ... ?

  • Job Costing is the tracking of estimated, committed and actual costs and units associated with a single, or any number of jobs the business has agreed to do for a customer or customers for a fixed or cost plus price.
  • In the AccountPro Job Costing Platinum module jobs are tracked by 12 character alpha, numeric or alphanumeric characters and a Job description of up to 45 characters.
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What are labor units ... ?

  • Labor units are units which represent a unit of labor (normally in hours or fraction of an hour), which in the AccountPro Estimating program is multiplied by a Dollar amount per hour to come up with a cost for installation of that item.
  • The Dollar amount used per hour can vary from job estimate to job.
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What are labor columns ... ?

  • There are 5 columns per item representing various levels of installation difficulty and or job conditions.
  • One of the 5 columns may be set aside and used strictly for estimating extras on a job where conditions are different than they are when bidding on a base bid.
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Can the Job Costing module track labor hours by job number ... ?

Yes. The Job Cost module tracks every labor hour posted to a Job broken down into trade divisions or any breakdown division the user establishes.

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What is unionized payroll ... ?

Payroll details may be entered directly into the Job Costing module or automatically updated from the Canadian and US Payroll modules.

AccountPro Payroll supports union payroll deductions and supports establishing as many union deductions as required each of which may pertain to a certain union with specific details of how a deduction is to be calculated.

Some examples:

  • The deduction can be for union dues, health and education fund, or whatever deduction you establish in the payroll module
  • Assign deduction ids to specific employee which, for example, will allow different deductions for apprentices, journey persons, trades, etc.
  • Calculate deduction for straight time
  • Calculate deduction for overtime
  • Deductions can be a percentage, dollar amount or both
  • Paid by Employee or Employer or percentage split
  • Maximum deduction amount
  • Deductions can be turned On or Off globally for a pay period or by employee
  • etc.
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What are payroll withholdings ... ?

Withholding is the amount that employers subtract from their employees' gross pay for a variety of taxes and benefits, including Social Security and Medicare taxes, Federal and State income taxes, health insurance premiums, retirement savings, education contributions, union dues, etc.

Payroll withholding details may be entered directly into the Job Costing module or automatically updated from the Canadian and US Payroll modules.

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What are committed costs ... ?

Cost may be entered, tracked and compared in the module for actual, committed and estimated costs, hours and units.

Committed costs may consist of for example:

  • Purchase orders issued for a job
  • Contracts issued for a job
  • Sub-contracts issued for a job

Tracking committed costs will give the business the ability to see what costs a job will incur before the actual invoices are received in the office and entered into the job costing module.

It (the module) also provides the ability to compare the committed costs to:

  • Actual Costs and units incurred to-date
  • Estimated Costs and units
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What are actual costs ... ?

Actual costs may consist of for example:

  • Labor dollar costs including the number of hours charged to a job
  • Labor burden dollar costs charged to a job
  • Material costs (including number of units) charged to a job
  • Sub-contractor costs charged to a job
  • Overhead charged to a job
  • Rental costs charged to a job
  • Bond and Permit costs charged to a job
  • Estimating costs and hours charged to a job

The Job Cost module provides the ability to compare the actual costs (broken down by job-phase) to:

  • Committed Costs and units
  • Estimated Costs and units
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What are estimated costs ... ?

Estimated costs may consist of for example:

  • Labor dollar costs including the number of hours (or units)
  • Labor burden dollar costs charged
  • Material costs (including number of units charged to a job
  • Sub-contractor costs charged to a job
  • Overhead charged to a job
  • Rental costs charged to a job
  • Bond and Permit costs charged to a job
  • Estimating costs and hours charged to a job

The Job Cost module provides the ability to compare the actual costs (broken down by job-phase) to:

  • Committed Costs and units
  • Actual Costs and units
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What are takeoff-items ... ?

Takeoff is the procedure of entering a number of units into the Estimate for an item (Takeoff Item) from a drawing or other details for an estimate.

The number of takeoff units may consist of (some examples)

  • Quantity of...
  • Length of...
  • Volume of...
  • etc.

The units may be feet, meters, each, per 100 or whatever is established (by the user) for the takeoff item in the product master file.

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Why Modular Software ... ?

Modular software allows you to purchase only the modules you need.

Any module may be purchased and run as a standalone module without the need for any other software, or additional AccountPro Software.

If multiple AccountPro modules are installed, the modules will automatically interface with each other without any special setup.

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What are the System Requirements ... ?

  • Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP.
  • Screen Resolution 1024 x 800 or better.
  • Internet Connection for software downloads and upgrades (not required to run or install the program).
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What is stand alone construction cost tracking software ... ?

  • The AccountPro Job Costing module keeps a history of all entries in the module.
  • Tracks billings, labor, material, hours and units.
  • Provides breakdown by user defined category (or division) with sub-totals for each.
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What is Distribution to Job Phases ... ?

  • The AccountPro Job Costing module keeps a history of all entries in the module.
  • Offers breakdown and distribution by user defined category (divisions, job phases and sub phases) with sub-totals for each job.
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Does AccountPro Integrate with MYOB, Peachtree Accounting or Quick Books ... ?

  • Due to the fact that the level of detail in all AccountPro modules it would not be feasable to interface with Peachtree Accounting or 3rd Party software.
  • All AccountPro modules print transaction details which may be used for entry into other systems. Details may be filtered by range.
  • An import module is available to import specified master files (using csv format) into AccountPro.
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