When writing a check to pay an invoice, the author puts the job name on the Memo line and indicates the direct expense category and class in the Category field. As he types, Quicken's autofill function completes the typing, speeding the process.
When writing a check to pay an invoice, the author puts the job name on the Memo line and indicates the direct expense category and class in the Category field. As he types, Quicken's autofill function completes the typing, speeding the process.

I started my small design-build business in the early 1980s. By 1992, I was running three crews, building new houses and doing major remodeling projects. It was around that time I realized my skills and temperament were better suited to running a smaller, more personally manageable business, keeping only one crew busy with a combination of custom and spec remodels.

I now work on a hybrid time-and-materials basis, typically with a “not to exceed” budget. I bill every two weeks, charging the actual invoice cost of materials, subs, and other services, plus the price of my crew’s labor (not my cost of their labor), all multiplied by 120 percent. My labor price is spelled out in the contract and already...

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