Job Costing Can Save You Money

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We all know that contractors need to stretch their budgets and allocate their funds wisely in order to stay out of the red.  The basic principle behind job costing is to know as accurately as possible how much money has been or will be spent in the different areas of a project.  How can job costing be the recipe to success for construction companies? All projects have direct materials, direct labor, and overhead. If these costs aren’t accounted for properly, your projects may not be as profitable as your job cost schedules lead you to believe. What better job costing can do for construction companies is give them a more realistic breakdown of a project’s costs, even the costs that may not be expected or otherwise included in the original bid. Improved historical data will allow contractors to better estimate how much a project will cost on the front end and give them a competitive advantage when submitting bids.

Some common overhead costs improperly allocated are:

  • Equipment and the cost to keep it in use
  • Computers and their software
  • Interest charges
  • Unforeseen events such as plan changes, increased material costs, or additional time requirements
  • Salaries of those not directly working on the projects but overseeing them

Improved job costing ultimately leads to better bids and to more profitability. Precision Bookkeeping has a team of professionals experienced in helping our construction clients implement comprehensive job costing strategies. Contact us if you need help increasing your bottom line!

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