Aptora Blog

  • 2013 Tax Tips

    It’s not too early to start thinking about Year End…Are you ready? Yes, it’s fall and that means it’s time to start thinking about and preparing for year-end. Here are some helpful hints for the upcoming tax form season that can help you get off to a good start: 1. Order enough forms – Don’t forget to […]

  • How to Select Mobile Service Management Hardware

    Selecting a mobile device to use with Aptora Mobile (Total Office Manager) field service management software is an important thing to consider. Here we offer contractors some helpful information on how to select a mobile device for your technicians and other employees. Generally speaking there are currently two schools of devices you can safely go […]

  • Cash Basis versus Accrual Basis Accounting

    Cash Basis versus Accrual Basis Accounting There are basically two accounting methods for managing your contracting or service company’s books. These accounting methods include “cash accounting” and “accrual accounting”. In this article, I want to discuss both of these and explain which is most appropriate for you and why. Please understand that these methods apply […]

  • Battery Backup/UPS

    Battery Backup/UPS “What is a Battery Backup? What is an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)?” Why would your service company or contracting business need one for their computer system? Whether for commercial or residential environments, these are important questions many business owners have been asking in recent years. Many more contractors and service business owners are now interested in finding […]

  • About GPS Tracking

    GPS: Not Just Your Father’s Two-Way Radio By Ryan Duarte – Information Technology Expert These days they are becoming a part of every piece of American society. From cell phones to tracking systems, GPS use is fast becoming common place in the USA and across the world. The amount of public GPS usage is increasing […]

  • Mobile Field Service Management Software

    Importance of Mobile Field Service Management Software There is a saying that almost everyone is familiar with, “The customer is always right.” This means that we are in a customer-based business environment, and to acquire these customers, we need to cater to their wants and needs. This also means that their perception of our company […]

  • Financial Ratios and KPIs

      Please Note: This is part of a series of articles titled Accounting and Bookkeeping Principles for Contractors Written by James R. Leichter Using Financial Ratios and Key Performance Indicators to Monitor Your Business In baseball, pitching managers use statistics to help them make important decisions; such as which pitch to throw, to what player, and under […]

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping Principles Intro

    Please Note: This is article numner one in a series of nine articles titled Accounting and Bookkeeping Principles for Contractors Written by James R. Leichter Overview Accounting is the process of compiling and organizing financial information to produce reports for financial analysis, the process of reading and interpreting financial data. Similarly, bookkeeping is the process of gathering raw financial data, paying […]

  • Chart of Accounts for Contractors

      Please Note: This is part of a series of nine articles titled Accounting and Bookkeeping Principles for Contractors Written by James R. Leichter Chart of Accounts for the Service and Contracting Business Introduction A Chart of Accounts is a list of the financial accounts (bookkeeping) for a business, systematically arranged, generally according to assets, liabilities, equity, […]

  • Income Tax Accounting

      Please Note: This article is part of a series of articles titled Accounting and Bookkeeping Principles for Contractors Written by James R. Leichter Income Tax Accounting Contracting businesses must pay income tax based on their calculated taxable income. There are typically two ways of approaching income calculations: The GAAP-established measurement of income, called the financial accounting income, […]

  • Accounting Journal Entries

      Please Note: This is article seven in a series of nine articles titled Accounting and Bookkeeping Principles for Contractors Written by James R. Leichter Adjusting Entries in Accounting The receipt or payment of cash requires a straightforward entry into one or more journals. Journal entries for transactions governed by the accrual principle (see The Accrual Principle […]

  • Accounting Journals and Ledgers

      Please Note: This article is part of a series of articles titled Accounting and Bookkeeping Principles for Contractors Written by James R. Leichter Accounting Journals and Ledgers In a manual accounting system, the debits and credits for each transaction are first entered in a book called a journal. The journal record for each transaction is called […]