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Construction Bookkeepers: Tips for Producing Quality Financial Statements

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Jul 18, 2019

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Financial paper charts and graphs on the tableConstruction Bookkeepers: Tips for Producing Quality Financial StatementsMany construction bookkeepers have gaps in their knowledge about how to produce quality financial statements. That can matter at year-end. There is only so much your CPA can do at the end of the financial year to correct or modify poorly recorded transactions.

In some companies, bookkeepers may keep records in a certain, albeit less-than-perfect, way simply because it is how things have always been done. That may not help your business meet the challenges in today's competitive world where lending, bonding, and mergers and acquisitions depend on accurate representations of business transactions. Well-trained construction bookkeepers can help you plan and save cash, gain access to more leverage and credit, and finance large-scale initiatives.

If you want to encourage your bookkeeper to take on more expensive education, that doesn't mean you have to pay the tuition. Encourage your bookkeepers to increase their education by promising them a raise, provided they meet certain standards after the courses are completed. The prospect of a raise can motivate workers to get a degree or new accounting certification.

Of course you can reimburse or pay for your employees' expenses for work-related education. The amount paid or reimbursed is a deductible business expense.

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New Call-to-actionYou will likely find that the employee's increased abilities are worth giving the bookkeeper a raise, reimbursing for the education or both. There will be fewer mistakes and less of a mess for your CPA to clear up at the end of the year. In addition, the more information the bookkeeper has at hand the more likely the person is to find ways to help your firm save money through more clever financial management.

Education is crucial, of course, when a person wants to move up to an advanced, executive position. Much of construction accounting, finance and tax can be learned on the job with the right mentoring, but some of it requires a bachelor's degree in accounting along with a specialized certificate in construction accounting, tax or finance.

However, if a bookkeeper has designs on taking the helm of a large construction company, a CPA license generally is a must.

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Many construction contractors have a certain idea of what a bookkeeper is worth, and they will not pay more than that under any circumstances. They'd rather hire a new bookkeeper than let a good person grow in the position to become a controller or a CFO.

Having someone become more and more involved in major company financial decisions can be uncomfortable for some employers, particularly when they built the business and want control over all financial decisions.

But other executives realize the value of surrounding themselves with people who are smarter than they are. As your bookkeepers' skills grow they are likely to start applying better techniques for managing cash, collecting receivables and cutting costs, all of which can mean your business will be more profitable and cash rich.

Consult with us about the specialized training you and your staff need to remain competitive in the construction accounting, finance and tax market. We can also help drawing up a controller or CFO employment agreement that can protect you as your bookkeeper grows in the position. This will give you the security of knowing that you will always ultimately have control while your bookkeeper helps you plan for cash and spending in ways you couldn't have imagined.

Looking for additional bookkeeping assistance? Learn about Concannon Miller's Bookkeeping & Accounting services here. 

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Topics: Construction & Real Estate Development

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