Update 6/22/2017: A lot has changed since we wrote this piece. We’ve found a couple more great software options with QuickBooks integration and removed an option that no longer appears to exist. The list now has six options over the original five.
Build it, bill it, and keep your books in order.
That’s the ideal situation for construction business owners–stay on top of new building jobs without having to get into the slog of bookkeeping.
From my own experience, many construction companies prefer to do their finances by hand, on Excel, in QuickBooks. There isn’t much variation, regardless of whether they’ve invested in construction management software or not.
If you are considering construction management or construction estimating software and have invested lots of time in QuickBooks, don’t waste time with software that doesn’t integrate.
Entering the same information multiple times in different applications takes extra time and effort, and it increases the chances of error. Construction software with QuickBooks integration lets you enter information once and once only.
Here are six great options of construction software with QuickBooks integration that were chosen based on how much emphasis they placed on incorporating QuickBooks functionality into their software. They are listed in alphabetical order:
BuildStar construction management software is an enterprise online solution for the construction industry in general. Template-driven, it can be adapted to different construction specialties.
The core functionality in BuildStar includes construction job cost estimating, bid management, change order management, and subcontractor and supplier management. The software also facilitates preparing reports and sharing information with customers.
If you already use QuickBooks, BuildStar offers the possibility to synchronize transactions and accounts to or from your general QuickBooks ledger.
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Corecon is cloud construction software that claims to be “fully integrated” with all versions of QuickBooks: Pro, Premier, Enterprise, and Online.
Corecon is built for construction businesses that want help with estimating, accounting, and project management and are looking to automate some of their operations to make life simpler.
The software’s features include dashboards that help you analyze cost budget, contract, or loan amounts, labor hours, and equipment hours.
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eConstruct from Epitome is the company’s software package specifically for the construction industry.
Besides QuickBooks integration, it lets users manage quotations, subcontractors, contracts, logistics, document and CAD images, and plant maintenance. In particular, the software offers insights into cost variances from planned costs, cost-to-complete reporting to assess profitability of a job, and cash flow reporting by job, project, and range of projects. Material purchasing can be automated according to the stage reached in a project, with inventory control of all materials held across multiple locations.
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Paskr is “all-in-one” construction management software that is designed to automate processes so you can spend less time in the office and more time actually, you know, building stuff. As part of that, the software can be integrated with QuickBooks.
In Paskr, you can pull accounting data from any point in the project using QuickBooks, as well as receive automatic updates of accounting and budgeting data once a job is set to “In Progress” within the software.
Through the software, you can also manage construction contacts, store all project plans in one place (including drawings and photos), and manage thousands of bid invitations.
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With integrated construction estimating, accounting, project management, and customer relationship management, SmartContractor aims to help small and medium construction businesses be more efficient.
Indeed, the vendor’s benefit statements include both “Increase your profitability” and “Get done by 5:00 and enjoy life again.” The key to both of these is automation of different construction management tasks.
SmartContractor focuses on providing functionality specific to the construction business, and integrates with QuickBooks for general business accounting, including accounts receivable and payable, bank account reconciliation, payroll, check printing, and general ledger accounting.
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Job estimating, scheduling, contract, specification, and document management all feature in the ConstructionSuite software application specifically designed for growing construction companies.
The software offers a setup wizard to start working rapidly with QuickBooks. The two-way import/export functions let users launch estimates, purchase orders, and invoices into QuickBooks, and manage costs and check profitability by using data from QuickBooks. Construction accounting power-users are likely to appreciate the sophistication available in ConstructionSuite’s QuickBooks integration.
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How do you do accounting?
What these different software options have in common is that they provide functionality that is specific to the construction industry. QuickBooks advertises its software as being useful to contractors too, but there is a basic difference. QuickBooks adapts its general accounting functionality for use by builders, whereas BuildStar, Corecon, Epitome, Paskr, SmartContractor, and UDA ConstructionSuite have for the most part taken the reverse approach. They use the particular needs of construction companies as the starting point and design their software functionality around them.
Which construction software and accounting application combo do you use? Do you use a construction software with QuickBooks integration? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.
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