Why Do You Need To Make A Profit?

By Michael Stone

Don’t confuse profit with salary or hourly wages. Making a profit isn’t optional: Your business needs profit to survive.


Taxes and Profit and Markup

By Michael Stone

Michael addresses a few different questions we’ve heard recently, primarily dealing with taxes and profit and calculating your markup.


Know Your Numbers: Current Ratio

By Michael Stone

There is a measure you can use to determine how financially solid your company is at any given point in time. It’s called the current ratio, and it’s a good idea to check it regularly.


Estimating, Labor Burden, and Cost of Goods Sold

By Devon Stone

When you own a small business you wear a lot of hats. Understanding the numbers might not be your favorite hat, but numbers are important because they show where you stand financially.


What Should You Do With Your Profit?

By Michael Stone

The best way to avoid paying taxes is to not make a profit at all, but it’s a rough way to live. 


Profit and Loss and Markup

By Michael Stone

When your books are set up properly, it’s easy to calculate your markup, and it’s also easy to compare your actual results to your estimates.


Calculating for Taxes

By Michael Stone

Taxes are the price you pay for being profitable. It’s a good thing when your business is in the black and you need to pay taxes on it. It’s not good when you’re taken by surprise.


Construction Business Safeguards: Fraud and Embezzlement

By Michael Stone

We hear many stories from business owners who have had to recover from the theft of funds by their own employees. Today we’re sharing a list of things you can do to protect yourself and your business.


Setting Funds Aside

By Michael Stone

An Operating Capital Reserve Account helps keep you and your family free from financial worries, which helps you sleep better. 


Job Costs and Overhead

By Michael Stone

I’ve seen contractors try to apportion overhead on a daily, weekly, monthly or per job basis when compiling their estimates. I don’t recommend any of those approaches.


Long-Term Business Survival

By Michael Stone

How well you manage your money when business is good impacts how easily you’ll survive when business is tough.


A Collection of Thoughts: Bookkeeping, Markup, Taxes, Advertising . . .

By Michael Stone

This week I want to catch up on a few things that have been bothering me.


Accounting – Keeping Track of Your Jobs

By Michael Stone

It’s easy to know if you’ve made a profit when every transaction is complete in a day. It isn’t as easy in construction, where a job might take a week, a month, or even more than a year to complete.


Paying Yourself

By Michael Stone

You’re in business to provide a service and make a profit doing it. Having the financial info you need to make decisions is critical for your business success.


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