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FAQ - Estimating

Electrical Contractor Software Modules Frequently Asked Questions
 
  1. What is included ... ?
  2. What are labor units ... ?
  3. What are labor columns ... ?
  4. What is unionized payroll ... ?
  5. What are Electrical Estimating Cost Codes ... ?
  6. What are takeoff-items ... ?
  7. What are Line Items ... ?
  8. What are Invoice Line Formats ... ?
  9. Why Modular Software ... ?
  10. What are the System Requirements ... ?
  11. What are is Certified Payroll ... ?
  12. What is a Customer ID ... ?
  13. What are lines per Purchase Order ... ?
  14. What is stand alone construction cost tracking software ... ?
  15. What is Distribution to Job Phases ... ?

What is Included ... ?

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What are labor units ... ?

      • Labor units are units which represent a unit of labor (normally in hours or fraction of an hour), which in the AccountPro Estimating program is multiplied by a Dollar (or other currency) amount per hour to come up with a cost for installation of that item.
      • Electrical Labor Units (most) are included for the electrical products which ship with the Electrical Estimating software module.
      • The Dollar (or other currency) amount used per hour can vary from estimate to estimate.
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What are labor columns ... ?

      • There are 5 columns per item representing various levels of installation difficulty and or job conditions.
      • One of the 5 columns may be set aside and used strictly for estimating extras on a job where conditions are different than they are when bidding on a base bid.
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What is unionized payroll ... ?

AccountPro Payroll supports union payroll deductions and supports establishing as many union deductions as required each of which may pertain to a certain union with specific details of how a deduction is to be calculated.

Some examples:

      • The deduction can be for union dues, health and education fund, or whatever deduction you establish in the payroll module
      • Assign deduction ids to specific employee which, for example, will allow different deductions for apprentices, journey persons, trades, etc.
      • Calculate deduction for straight time
      • Calculate deduction for overtime
      • Deductions can be a percentage, dollar amount or both
      • Paid by Employee or Employer or percentage split
      • Maximum deduction amount
      • Deductions can be turned On or Off globally for a pay period or by employee
      • etc.
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What are Electrical Estimating Cost Codes ... ?

Electrical Estimating Cost Codes are a product or item id consisting of:

      • The Product ID (alphanumeric)
      • A product description
      • A takeoff unit description (feet, meters, cu yards, etc.) and takeoff quantity factor (multiply or divide the takeoff quantity by a factor
      • A material takeoff cost unit:
        • Column 1 Unit Cost, Column 2 Unit Cost, Column 3 Unit Cost, Unit Cost Measure, Unit Cost Measure Description, Cost Factor
        • Unit costing may be specified for Imperial or Metric units
      • A Labor unit:
        • Column 1 Labor Unit, Column 2 Labor Unit, Column 3 Labor Unit, Column 4 Labor Unit, Column 5 Labor Unit, Labor Unit Measure, Labor Unit Description, Labor Factor
        • Labor Units may be specified for Imperial or Metric units
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What are takeoff-items ... ?

Quantity take-offs. They quantify the material and labor needed to complete the work specified various tasks in for an estimate.

Some examples a take off:

      • 1,000 feet of 1" or metric sized conduit
      • 5,000 feet of #12 or metric sized wire
      • 35 - 1" connectors (or metric size)
      • 100 - 1" couplings (or metric size)
      • etc.
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What are Line Items ... ?

      • LINE ITEMS as used in the Invoicing and Purchase Order modules represent the item and line (row) on which you entered the item.
      • You may have up to 9,999 line items in an Invoice and Purchase Order.
      • The 'Item' may represent a physical item, a description of service, a qouted item or just a plain text description.
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What are Invoice Line Formats ... ?

As most businesses have different needs as to what the invoice shows to their customer, INVOICE LINE FORMATS as used in the AccountPro Invoice module will print the details as selected from one of the options presented in the preferences menu.

Some examples:

      • Show Quantity ordered
      • Show Quantity shipped
      • Show Unit cost
      • Do not show unit costs
      • Show Unit price
      • Do not show unit price
      • Show Item ID
      • Do not show item id
      • etc.
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Why Modular Software ... ?

Modular software allows you to purchase only the modules you need.

Any module may be purchased and run as a standalone module without the need for any other software, or additional AccountPro Software.

If multiple AccountPro modules are installed, the modules will automatically interface with each other without any special setup.

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What are the System Requirements ... ?

      • Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP.
      • Memory 512mb (preferred 1gb) ram.
      • 125mb free disk space for the first module, 50mb for each additional module.
      • Screen Resolution 1024 x 800 or better.
      • Internet Connection for software downloads and upgrades (not required to run or install the program).
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What is Certified Payroll ... ?

      • Certified Payroll Reports are required on most Government construction projects. The contractor provides Certified Payroll Reports for specified periods to the government agency responsible for the project.
      • Hours are entered into the AccountPro Payroll module and the report printed from the AccountPro Certified Payroll module.
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What is a Customer ID? ... ?

      • A Customer ID is used to identify the customer's or company's name. A customer id may be numbers and or letters (alphanumeric). For example, A-101 would be a customer id.
      • A Customer ID may have up to 12 alphanumeric characters.
      • Using a Customer ID in AccountPro modules make for quicker entry and or section of customers and is less prone to data entry errors.
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What are lines per Purchase Order ... ?

      • LINE ITEMS as used in the Invoicing and Purchase Order modules represent the item and line (row) on which you entered the item.
      • You may have up to 9,999 line items in an Invoice and Purchase Order.
      • The 'Item' may represent a physical item, a description of service, or just plain text.
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What is stand alone construction cost tracking software ... ?

      • The AccountPro Job Costing module keeps a history of all entries in the module.
      • Tracks billings, labor, material, hours and units.
      • Provides breakdown by user defined category (divisions, job phases and sub phases) with sub-totals for each.
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What is Distribution to Job Phases ... ?

      • The AccountPro Job Costing module keeps a history of all entries in the module.
      • Provides breakdown by user defined category, job phase (division), sub-phase (or sub-division) with costs and hour sub-totals for each.
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