Partnership provides a turn-key solution for accepting electronic payments

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ComputerEase Software, Inc., has formalized a partnership with Infintech, a Cincinnati-based company supplying a high quality service for accepting electronic payments. The partnership is designed to give ComputerEase software users the lowest possible rates available from the major credit card companies and offer simple and easy set-up.

The Torch Award places Infintech in an elite class of businesses

Infintech was recently awarded the 2014 Torch Award in Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau. This elite award is given for their fresh look at credit card processing, offering education and transparency to businesses. Infintech aims to help demystify credit card acceptance by educating businesses on payment methods, costs and security.

To learn more about Infintech, you can visit them on the web or directly contact Jamie Schenk.

Is your CPA doing everything they can for you? 7 Questions to Ask

HelpThe construction industry is a difficult one – full of strategic planning, tight deadlines, demanding customers and lean margins. In some projects, just 2-3 percent can be the difference between profit and loss.

However, construction companies that navigate this industry expertly have learned to surround themselves with others who understand the business – especially their CPA firm. You look for subcontractors who have experience in a particular type of work; your CPA firm shouldn’t be any different. Don’t settle for just any old number-cruncher. To be on target in this business, you need a CPA that understands construction.

Certainly, no matter what business you are in, your relationship with your CPA firm should be active year-round, not just during tax season. But there are other factors that are unique to the construction industry that can help make you more efficient and more profitable.

How do you determine whether or not your CPA firm is meeting all of your needs? Here are 7 questions to ask:

  1. Does your CPA simply prepare your information? Your CPA firm should be doing much more than the bare minimum quarterly tax paperwork. They should be analyzing the data and providing you with information that your team can use to make educated decisions moving forward.
  2. Does your CPA add value to your internal accounting department? Your accounting department is your eyes and ears on your jobs and the overall financial well-being of your company. Those job costing numbers need to be accurate, which is something that our construction accounting software specializes in. Your CPA firm should be willing to share valuable insight with your accounting staff to help them see the bigger picture. This, too, will go a long way to providing you with the information you need to make higher-level decisions with confidence.
  3. acctdeskcomputerDoes your CPA firm conduct or have access to benchmarking? Here in the Cincinnati area, the CPA firm VonLehman conducts an annual construction survey, analyzes the data and then shares the information with others. This report helps construction firms benchmark how they are doing in comparison to the rest of the regional construction industry. If you are located in a large metro area like Cincinnati and your CPA firm specializes in assisting construction clients, they probably have access to information to help you benchmark where you stand.
  4. Does your CPA have a proactive approach to bonding? As a construction firm, you need specific information to present to your surety company to secure the bonding capacity you need. Your CPA can proactively help you through this process by reworking your financial statements and restructuring your debt to give the surety the specific information they need. Being proactive allows you the opportunity to bid on a large project when the right one comes along.
  5. Has your CPA firm talked to you about your succession plan? Developing a succession plan is a long process, and your CPA should be helping you through it. Furthermore, a succession plan is more than your legacy. The surety and financial lenders will want to know your succession plan, too. This gives them the assurance that if anything happens to you, your company’s projects will be completed.
  6. Does your CPA help you understand your financial statements? When you work with the right CPA firm, not only will the numbers be accurate, but you will understand where they come from. Intelligent overviews of your financial statements are crucial when meeting with surety or banking representatives.
  7. Does your CPA understand work-in-progress reports? Job costing isn’t an after-the-fact item; it is an ongoing task. When you review your work-in-progress report on a monthly basis, you see what happened in the last 30 days and can make any needed adjustments immediately. The right CPA firm will also hone in on over- and under-billings and work with you to get the project back on track.

The right CPA firm will proactively analyze pertinent information and provide you with the data you need to make business decisions with confidence. Any CPA can crunch numbers, but wouldn’t you prefer a firm that can be an active participant in your business? To discover more ways your CPA firm can be helping you, view our “What Your CPA Should be Doing for You” webinar.

If you want your CPA firm to work with ComputerEase to provide the best possible accounting services to your company – or if you are a CPA with the same goal in mind – find out how our CPA Partnership Program can help!

 

ComputerEase’s Peggy Layton named Vice President of NAWICC

NAWIC LogoWe want to congratulate our very own Peggy Layton for being elected Vice President of the National Association of Women in Construction Cincinnati (NAWICC). ComputerEase is a longtime partner and sponsor of NAWICC, and this news can only serve to strengthen the bond between our organizations.

NAWIC was founded in 1953 as a support network for women working in the construction industry. The Cincinnati chapter has been a proud part of that network since 1962. They have over 60 members including project managers, accountants, lawyers, and project administrators. You couldn’t ask for a more capable VP than Peggy, our Director of Operations. We look forward to seeing what advances NAWICC makes after this decision.

ComputerEase Introduces New Rewards Program

New program thanks ComputerEase customers and partners for their loyalty by offering a generous $500 reward for each qualified referral that turns into a client

CINCINNATI, Ohio — February 9, 2012: ComputerEase Software, Inc., a leading provider of construction accounting, project management and mobile field-to-office software, has introduced a formalized referral program that rewards its customers and partners for recommending ComputerEase. The new program provides a very generous ‘thank you’ for a qualified referral that becomes a new ComputerEase client by rewarding the referring individual with a $500 Visa gift card.

ComputerEase users have never needed an incentive to recommend their construction accounting software to friends and colleagues; over 50 percent of the software development firm’s sales come from customer referrals. To reward that loyalty, ComputerEase developed a more structured system for tracking referrals and extended the program beyond its customer base to include industry partners, such as CPAs, bonding agents and construction consultants, former ComputerEase users and virtually anyone who knows a growing construction business that would benefit from ComputerEase construction software.

While many referral rewards programs offer company-level incentives like product discounts or maintenance fee credits, the ComputerEase program is designed to reward a specific person with a premium payout. When a qualified referral results in a sale, ComputerEase will award the $500 gift card to the individual who made the original recommendation.

“Regular referrals from loyal customers and industry partners have always been our strongest source for new business,” said ComputerEase President, John Meibers. “Our rewards program provides a more concrete way to demonstrate our appreciation and say thank you for recommending ComputerEase.”

To simplify the referral process and accurately track rewards, ComputerEase has created a dedicated Web page that makes it easy to participate in the program. To qualify for a potential reward, referrals must be made using the short form at www.computerease.com/rewards. Interested individuals can also visit this site to learn more about the ComputerEase rewards program and read the terms and conditions.

About ComputerEase
Founded in 1983, ComputerEase develops integrated construction accounting and project management software that helps contractors solve problems and increase profits. The scalable, modular structure of ComputerEase makes it the ideal fit for companies of all sizes and specialties. In addition to accounting and job costing, ComputerEase offers robust equipment, purchasing, service and electronic document management solutions. ComputerEase takes great pride in providing a matchless level of customer support. To accomplish this, the company has put industry professionals in key positions: 100% of the ComputerEase support, training and implementation staff has construction experience. More than 6,000 contractors across the U.S. use ComputerEase to streamline their operations and increase profits.

For more information:
Dowd Fox, Director of Sales and Marketing
ComputerEase Software,Inc.
dowdf@computerease.com 800.544.2530 | www.computerease.com