Payroll Tip: Not Sure Where to Start? Start With Labor

Not Sure Where to Start Job Costing? Try Starting With Labor Successful job costing starts simple and develops as you put it into practice. Once you begin coding your timecards by job, the next step is to begin using cost codes (sometimes called “tracking codes”) to break your costs down into the next level of detail. The idea is this: …

Case Study: Bechter Plumbing, Inc. Takes Back Their Payroll

  People say construction payroll is hard. Really, it’s all about control. What controls the way you process payroll? A single fixed wage in your accounting software? A behemoth processing firm? Since Bechter Plumbing, Inc. partnered with Payroll4Construction.com, they control their own payroll. “It’s so nice to be able to just get in and set stuff up on my end,” …

Case Study: An Electrical Contractor Takes Payroll From Good to Better

  Most people (and companies) will probably encounter a version of this sentence at some point in their career: “It’s not personal; it’s business.” That was what Massachusetts-based Pine Ridge Technologies, Inc. found themselves saying as the business was growing and its office staff realized their big-name payroll service was no longer going to suffice. “It was great, and we …

Taking on Multi-State Taxes Like a Pro

How to Cross the Border: Taking on Multi-State Taxes Like a Pro by Fred Ode In a construction company, you have thousands of moving parts to keep track of at all times — literally and figuratively. Besides maintaining and tracking equipment, bidding, hiring, and managing job sites, construction payroll alone can give you plenty to navigate. Just look at state …

Payroll Tip: Check Your Worker Classifications

Check Your Prevailing Wage Worker Classifications When is a laborer, not a laborer? Potentially, when they’re an equipment operator — or working as anything else, for that matter. That’s because when agencies look for prevailing wage compliance, they aren’t necessarily looking at job titles. Instead, they want to know workers are being classified and paid for the work they’re doing. …

5 Reasons Why You Should Review Pre-Check Reports

Construction offices know how invaluable good payroll reports are — whether that’s for keeping track of accruals through the year, reprinting an earnings history or filing W-2s — but what about pre-payroll reporting? Pre-check reports that let you view the effect of a payroll run on your accounting before you finish processing it are often overlooked. Meanwhile, contractors stand to gain a lot from …

Case Study: For Tight Line Construction, One Good Decision Leads to Another

With any new company, the work at the very beginning is easily the most challenging, as early decisions shape the future of the business. In 2014, the Boston-based wall and ceilings specialty contractor Tight Line Construction* had been operating for less than a year. They’d been running their construction accounting on a popular small-business software and were in the final …