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So far James Leichter has created 10 blog entries.

Understanding the 5 Types of Accounting to Grow Your Business

By |2021-11-12T07:33:06-06:00March 15th, 2021|General|

Whether you run an HVAC Software, Plumbing Software, electrical, janitorial, or any other field service business, it is important to know and understand the 5 types of accounting required for success.  The most successful business owners know these numbers and are empowered with the knowledge to make sound business decisions.  If you're not a

The Aptora Story – Full Article

By |2021-11-12T08:20:33-06:00January 18th, 2021|General|

It all began in 1996; James R. Leichter, a well-respected Kansas City contractor decided he wanted to help other contractors with the same issues he encountered with best business practices and sharing advice with other contractors. After working in the HVAC field since 1985, James started his own successful HVAC company, Envirotech. In 1996,

Financial Reporting Structure for a Contracting Business. Part 3

By |2021-11-12T09:04:42-06:00January 8th, 2021|Business Coach|

Imagine giving a technician a significant raise and being 100% certain you will be able to afford it and that they are still highly profitable. Well, you can. This is part three of three in my series of posts talking about the importance of financial structure. If you haven’t seen my last post, please go

Financial Reporting Structure for a Contracting Business. Part 2

By |2021-11-12T09:01:57-06:00January 8th, 2021|Business Coach|

This is part two of three in my series of posts talking about the importance of financial structure. Chart of Accounts Financial transactions are recorded with a set of codes called the chart of accounts. These codes are classified by assets, liabilities, equity, income, cost of goods, overhead, and more. The chart of accounts is

Financial Reporting Structure for a Contracting Business. Part 1

By |2021-11-12T08:57:57-06:00January 8th, 2021|Business Coach, Featured|

Accounting is the basis of business decisions. While you may not be an accountant, or even like accounting, you are likely a decision-maker. You are asked to make numerous business decisions every week and your decisions need to be correct the vast majority of the time. Will we need to borrow money soon? How

Cash versus Accrual Accounting. The Difference Could Kill Your Business.

By |2021-11-12T09:21:54-06:00January 8th, 2021|Business Coach, Featured, Uncategorized|

I sometimes receive questions on why Total Office Manager does not allow for cash basis financial reports (like we do for sales tax reports). Cash basis accounting is not GAAP compliant and has NO PLACE in business management. A cash basis is how a person manages their personal checking account, not a business enterprise. In

Z-Score Bankruptcy Model

By |2021-11-12T09:37:54-06:00January 8th, 2021|Business Coach, Featured, Uncategorized|

This famous and widely used model (or ratio) represents the important work of New York University’s Professor Edward I. Altman. Originally, Altman studied 33 public corporations that filed for bankruptcy and 33 control firms selected at random. Using a very sophisticated statistical technique referred to as multiple discriminate analyses (MDA), he discovered that bankruptcy could

The Importance of Bank Reconciliations

By |2021-11-12T09:58:30-06:00January 8th, 2021|Business Coach, Featured, Uncategorized|

The bank reconciliation process provides assurance that a company’s accounting records and balance sheet reflect the proper amount of cash. Bank recs are also a vital step in reducing your risks against theft, fraud, and embezzlement. Terms associated with the “bank rec” include: 1. Outstanding checks. Checks that were written (and have been recorded on

Computer File and Folder Naming Rules

By |2021-11-12T10:04:00-06:00January 8th, 2021|Business Coach, Featured, Uncategorized|

This article deals with the topic of how to name computer files and folders. When you manage a contracting company, setting up an electronic file system is a necessary and important part of your management system. Naming Files and Folders with Special Characters It is important to use standard universal “regular” characters when naming folders

Using Ratios to Manage Your Business Profitably

By |2021-11-12T10:19:38-06:00January 8th, 2021|Business Coach, Featured|

There are many Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Key Financial Ratios (KPIs) available to managers. The key to profitability in the contracting industry is controlling labor. One of the most important labor rations, if not the most important, is the Labor Efficiency Ratio. Labor Efficiency Ratio This productivity measurement compares the labor hours paid versus

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