Take a keen interest in your company’s insurance protection

Not many people wake up in the morning wanting to talk about insurance. But it’s important for contractors to take a keen and ongoing interest in their company’s coverage. It needs to meet not only the bid requirements of every project you take on, but also the wider needs of your construction business as it […]

Learn the ABCs of activity-based costing

Your latest project might be running on budget, but how can you determine whether your work in progress is really boosting profits or hurting the bottom line? Or, if a job is exceeding forecasted costs, how do you break it down to identify the problem? Many construction companies have addressed such issues by measuring the […]

Could a CRM system help me win more jobs?

My construction company recently celebrated its 15th year in operation and, even better, business is really heating up. My concern is that, with this lengthy history and sizable client list, so much information seems to be falling through the cracks. We try to track everything through a shared spreadsheet, but it’s kind of a mess. […]

Whipping up more profitable jobs with WIP reports

Jobsites generate many things — dust, rubble, scrap metal. But they also generate a lot of information. And extracting the right financial data from an ongoing project in an accurate, timely and easily digestible manner is critical to maintaining that job’s profitability and avoiding losses. Depending on the size and nature of your construction company, […]

What contractors should know about bonus depreciation

As projects heat up, construction company owners often find they must buy additional equipment or other assets to ensure project success and remain competitive. Because return on investment for high-dollar purchases can take years, finding the right tax deductions to help offset costs is critical to staying in the black. The good news is that, […]

New revenue recognition rules to “go live” soon

A new website or updated software “goes live” when it’s launched for widespread use. This, too, will soon be the case with an important accounting change for construction businesses that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). For privately held companies, Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, is due to go live […]

Think about licenses before working out of state

Construction markets can turn on a dime. One new manufacturing plant or infrastructure project can transform a sluggish region into a booming economy. Problem is, these hot markets often ignite across state lines. In such cases, you may rush to commit valuable time and resources to preparing a bid. Among the many small details that […]

Using your financial statements to recalibrate your estimates

Offering a fair price for quality workmanship lies at the heart of every contractor’s long-term success. Finding this critical balance begins with the estimating process. Over time, however, even the most sound approach to estimating can slip a little bit and require recalibration. The good news is that the tools for the job lie right […]

PATH Act bonuses for smaller construction companies

If yours is a smaller construction company, you may think you’re even further behind the eight ball when it comes to claiming the research tax credit. After all, large businesses can presumably allocate staff and resources to innovation more readily. But smaller construction businesses should still give it a try — and the Protecting Americans […]

How contractors may claim the research tax credit

The research credit (often called the “research and development” or “R&D” credit) incentivizes businesses to step up their investments in research. Although calculating the break isn’t exactly easy, the end result can be well worth the effort. Generalities and specifics To be eligible for the research credit, an innovation-seeking business activity generally must: Relate to […]