Contractors have many unique bookkeeping needs, so we've designed this course from the ground up specifically for the construction industry. In this six-week course, you'll learn how to use the Premier Contractor Edition of QuickBooks 2011 to run your business more efficiently. Lessons are clearly illustrated and include step-by-step instructions to provide you with hands-on practice with the features you're sure to use on a daily basis. You'll discover how to create custom and professional-looking contract estimates, and you'll learn the different methods for billing your clients, including how to use the QuickBooks progress invoicing and job-costing features. You'll also find out how to deal with tricky situations, such as change orders and retainage requirements, and you'll learn how to properly set up accounts, items, customers, and jobs. All along the way, you'll gain strategies for avoiding many of the big and often costly mistakes contractors commonly make with QuickBooks. Finally, you'll learn how specific transactions impact all your accounts, and master some techniques to protect your business from fraud, prepare for tax time, and generate useful and dynamic reports.