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Quick Books® 2010 All-in-One For Dummies® by Stephen L. Nelson

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Chapter 5. Setting Up Project and Job Costing Systems

In This Chapter

  • Setting up jobs and projects

  • Accounting for job and project costs

  • Finding alternative ways to do job costing

  • Using estimates

  • Figuring out progress billing

Many businesses work on projects or jobs. For example, one way to look at a home builder's business is as a series of home construction projects. A manufacturer, such as a commercial printer, may print books, brochures, or posters for their customers. Each of those items represents jobs that are performed for specific customers.

Accounting may work a bit differently when a firm organizes its work into projects or jobs. In some situations, a firm needs to track revenues and expenses — not just by a standard chart of accounts — but also by jobs or projects. Fortunately, QuickBooks makes job costing, or project costing, pretty darn easy. In this chapter, I talk about the tools that QuickBooks provides.

Setting Up a QuickBooks Job

To set up a QuickBooks job, choose the Customers

Setting Up a QuickBooks Job

To set up a job for a particular customer, right-click the customer and choose the Add Job menu command. When you do so, QuickBooks displays the New Job window, shown in Figure 5-2.

The Customer Center window.

Figure 5.1. The Customer Center window.

Figure 5.2. The Address Info tab of the New Job window.

To set up a job for a customer, ...

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