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Maximize Your Profit With These Job Costing Strategies

2023 accountability business Apr 05, 2023
Five labor-tracking tips to help you grow and streamline your business.


If you're a business owner and you've been putting off job costing, it's time to take the first step and start tracking labor. Here are five tips to make tracking labor easier and doable:

1. Set clear expectations. To start tracking labor effectively, you need your field personnel, administrative support, and production managers to all play a part in it. Set clear expectations that tracking labor is now mandatory and everyone needs to understand its importance.

2. Use time-tracking software. Utilize time-tracking software such as QuickBooks Time, especially if you're already using QuickBooks Online. If you have other tools with your production management software, map them correctly to QuickBooks. If technology is getting in the way, use an old-fashioned paper timesheet.

3. Provide incentives. Once you have tracking set up, choose a target and reward your personnel for achieving it. You can align your team's goals with yours by providing incentives, such as happy customers and profitable projects.



4. Monitor compliance. Ensure that everyone is tracking labor correctly by monitoring compliance. Every day, check that all field personnel is clocking in and out of multiple jobs as they should be.

5. Use the data. By tracking labor, you can now use the data to run job reports and analyze profitability. If you haven't been tracking labor, you might not have a target, but I can help you set one, so book a call with me.

Tracking labor is crucial for running a profitable business, so don't put it off any longer. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me by phone call or email. I look forward to helping you!

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