Job Cost Management
November 11, 2020
Job Cost Management
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise
We use QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise in the accounting function to track job costs and revenues, as well as all of our g/l reporting and cash management. Reports are provided to project managers on a weekly basis. Project managers and management staff rely on these resources to stay on top of progress and costs.
- It is user-friendly and logical to use.
- The system allows for ease of edits and changing transactions during the learning curve.
- As a consultant, it is easy to go from job to job, because even different types of businesses use the same functions.
- The reporting is quite flexible.
- Import and Export functions could be expanded or more obvious, especially during the set up process. Historical information uploads would be great.
- Seeing the g/l entries behind the transactions can be difficult at times.
- My client is able to produce monthly financials quickly and accurately for the first time even.
When we first started considering QuickBooks Desktop there were 12 projects to be tracked. By the time implementation had taken place, there were over 30 projects. There was no issue with expansion. In addition, we utilize some of the features differently than originally written, but it works.
The set up of vendors was the easiest part. Inputting historical job data, which is needed to track progress, was much more time consuming and difficult. It would have been nice to have been able to upload this information, but it was not possible without the purchase of additional software, which was not guaranteed to work. Several online solutions that claimed to be the answer were not. When researching on line (such as the QB website) it is difficult to know which comments apply to which version. That can be quite frustrating, and can make the implementation process a series of dead ends for a while.
Most of our uses are as expected.
We looked at BuildTools' product and it is pretty slick. But in the end, we found that the construction version of QuickBooks did everything that we needed, while also providing the g/l support we needed. QB allowed our field staff to keep doing things the way they were accustomed [to], and only the office staff really changed their processes.
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise is quite easy to learn. This makes it good for smaller businesses with basic bookkeeping staff to keep the day to day processes going. A business owner can keep up with minimal knowledge of bookkeeping or accounting. Most of the reports needed by a basic business are already included in the package, and it takes very little time to learn how to produce more specific reporting.