The big points: 1. This will be a heavy/civil construction firm, doing both private and public work.
The big questions: 1. Without many jobs (and many cost codes) active at once, this being a new firm and all, can I just make some kind of Excel workbook for each job, and then import that into a larger, purpose-built job costing software? Or is this just more headache than it's worth? 2. Am I overthinking this? Should I sit down and consult with an accounting professional to see exactly what it is I need? The problem here is that I don't even know what I don't know. 3. My knee-jerk reaction is Quickbooks or something like it because it seems to be the industry standard, but will it have all the stuff I need? Will I spend $250 on that, only to spend $5K AND have to re- enter the entire check register and invoice history?
I'm not trolling here. I just would like some general guidelines as to what direction I should be pointing in, and accountants seem to be the best group of folks to which I should ask accounting questions.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.
Phil Crow TItan of Industry