Peachtree easily tracks customer, vendor and employee information. Clicking on the View option or clicking on one of the tasks to the left of the screen reveals a summary of information. Sub-contractors can be set up as a vendor type and tracked accordingly. Expense accounts can be entered for each sub-contractor and insurance information entered and tracked, as well.
The inventory and services function allows for viewing all inventory items. Users can also add custom tracking information or view item history as well as all paid and unpaid purchase orders. Job Ledgers or Job Retainage reports can also be printed. When entering inventory, users can also choose an appropriate class and corresponding cost code for more efficient tracking.
REPORTING & MANAGEMENT TOOLS:
Peachtree’s construction product offers a solid selection of job costing reports, including the Job Ledger (displays all transactions applied to a particular job) and the Job Profitability report (shows all job activity along with actual expenses and revenues). The Work in Progress report provides vital details about the progress of each job including estimated revenue and expenses, along with actual and dollar amount that each job is under/over.
Peachtree offers a series of templates designed to simplify communications. Templates are available for customer letters, quotes, sales orders and invoices. For easier communication from the field, Peachtree also offers an optional Remote Access add-on that provides system access from anywhere with a high-speed Internet connection.
All files imported or exported must be in comma-separated ASCII (CSV) format. Users can also convert QuickBooks data into Peachtree. A long list of add-on modules designed to integrate with Peachtree products are also available and can be viewed in detail on the vendor’s website.
All Peachtree products contain a comprehensive Help function that guides users through everything from basic system setup through entering data into the system. The ‘What’s New in Peachtree’ feature provides a list of new features and functions found within that version. ‘Show Me How To’ is an excellent Help too, as well, containing short tutorials on frequently used system functions. New for 2011 is the Setup Advisor that provides help as users set up and enter new records.
Peachtree offers links to all service releases on their website, which can be downloaded at any time. Also invaluable is the Peachtree Knowledgebase, which contains FAQs with detailed answers. A customer service chat is also available for users at no cost. Currently, there are three levels of support available: Monthly Support, Freedom Support and Peachtree Business Care. All support plans offer both phone and email support, live chat and website support access.
SUMMARY & PRICING
Sage Peachtree Premium Accounting for Construction 2011 costs $499.99 for a single-user system, and $1,199.99 for a five-user version. An excellent accounting product on its own, Peachtree Construction is an ideal match for small construction companies and contractors looking to get and keep a handle on their business.