February 18, 2016
How Construction Project Managers and Bookkeepers are Saving Time and Money with "the Cloud"
The construction industry is constantly changing due to regulations, labor requirements, insurance requirements, and competition. With so many parts in flux, it can be daunting to stay on top of estimates, permits, labor, sub-contractors, payroll and accounting details. Fortunately, the cloud is making those tasks easier.
More than ever, construction managers use apps for accurate labor management, estimating, and project management. With great data, project managers and bookkeeping teams can work closely together to maintain profitability and positive cash flow from the job site to the office.
"Due to increased labor costs alone, the construction industry needs to realize that if you're trying to manage a project with pen and pencil, or even Microsoft Excel, the room for error is enormous," says Ian Grimbleby, Partner and Construction Team lead. "They can quickly throw an entire budget."One of our clients, CDC Construction, has adopted a mobile friendly strategy to manage time card processing using Edifica, a cloud-based project management software tool. Owner Seth Cheek mentions, "I am always thinking about how we can make the business more efficient and productive. Our industry is moving towards being more mobile, and we are too. With a little time and consistency, mobile management will become second nature, just like wearing a hard hat!"
Construction team-members Ian Grimbleby, Adriane Reams and Javier Padilla (L-R)
Edifica is just one of many cloud management and accounting software programs. Please give our Construction team a call for help determining which cloud tool is best for your company.
Please keep in mind that our Cloud Accounting Team is always here to help you with your accounting and financial management needs, including transferring your Excel files or desktop Quickbooks to Quickbooks Online.
“It all started with church…” Those are the words Nalini uses to explain how her career in accounting first began, although the industry runs in her veins as her older sisters are also in the field. Nalini, a Modesto native, began taking bookkeeping classes while she was a student at Modesto Junior College. During her time there, she was asked to help out a local church with their bookkeeping and she fell in love with putting numbers together and helping get positive results for her client. From MJC, her desires and dreams in the field grew as she transferred to Northwest Nazarene University and fell in love with the school of business, eventually graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and continuing on to receive her Master of Science s in Accounting from Walden University.
When Nalini is not crunching numbers, you can find her leading fellowship at Big Valley Grace Community Church, watching movies (like the Lord of the Rings trilogy) or reading up on a historical figure such as William Wilberforce (English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade).
One of her favorite quotes by Mr. Wilberforce states, “We have different forms assigned to us in the school of life, different gifts imparted. All is not attractive that is good. Iron is useful, though it does not sparkle like the diamond. Gold has not the fragrance of a flower. So different persons have various modes of excellence, and we must have an eye to all.” Nalini is passionate about seeing what is special in all people and looks forward to finding a way to share her passion in our community through encouraging and building up young women.