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Need help keeping track of Job Costs & Expenses.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by KindGardener, Dec 14, 2003.

  1. KindGardener

    KindGardener LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    One thing that seems to help with good, accurate estimating is having job costs & expenses tracked in such an organized, retreivable way.

    What software programs or manual systems do y'all use to help build & improve your estimating.

    Pardon the double post (also in Elements of Business), but I want to hear from those that are mainly inot landscaping, as opposed to lawn maintenance.

  2. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,578

    Tracking your material costs should be easy enough.

    A bit of background first ... at the start of each project the foreman are given a file with the following in it... a PO#, drawing/design, a description of the work to be done, a sheet with each task and the bid hours to do each.

    We have tasks assigned to a number. example #5 is excavation, laying pavers #4 etc etc.
    At the end of each day the foreman are required to fill out a worksheet and fill in the time spent at each task. The total number of hours is then transfered onto a computer each day. Job costing is then done at the end of each project. We do some other things ....hopefully you get the general idea.
  3. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,040

    Hi KindGardener,

    You are welcome to download and try our software to see if it would be helpful. :)

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