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Unlocking Construction Profitability: The Power of Work in Progress Reporting

Mastering the Art of Financial Forecasting in the Construction Industry

In the ever-evolving world of construction, staying ahead of the curve is paramount. Construction champions, those who strive to revolutionize the industry, understand the importance of financial foresight. One such champion is Kathy Svetina, a fractional CFO who specializes in helping construction businesses overcome their profitability and cash flow challenges.

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Kathy's expertise lies in the strategic use of a powerful tool: the work in progress (WIP) report. This operational and financial report provides invaluable insights into the future of construction projects, enabling business owners to make informed decisions and achieve sustainable growth. She has giving Construction Champions audience a free resource a video that explains the structure of WIP (work in progress)

Decoding the Work in Progress Report

The WIP report is a game-changer in the construction industry. It offers a comprehensive view of your projects, including budgeted amounts, estimated costs, and actual billings and expenses. This information is crucial for understanding the profitability and cash flow of each job.

Key Insights from the WIP Report:

  • Gross Profit Margin: The WIP report reveals the gross profit margin for each project, allowing you to identify which jobs are performing well and which need attention.

  • Billing and Cash Flow: The report tracks how much you have billed and how much cash has been received, giving you a clear picture of your future cash flow.

  • Remaining Costs: By understanding the remaining costs for each project, you can better plan and allocate resources to ensure successful completion.

Forecasting for Construction Champions

Effective forecasting is the hallmark of construction champions. By leveraging the insights from the WIP report, you can gain a clear understanding of your future financial position. This knowledge empowers you to make strategic decisions, mitigate risks, and capitalize on opportunities.

Strategies for Accurate Forecasting:

  • Combine WIP with Draw Schedules: Integrating the WIP report with your project draw schedules provides a more accurate timeline for incoming cash flow.

  • Anticipate Upcoming Expenses: The WIP report helps you identify and plan for upcoming expenses, ensuring you have the necessary funds to meet your financial obligations.

  • Proactive Change Order Management: Properly documenting and tracking change orders can prevent unexpected costs and maintain profitability.

Aligning Financials for Success

One of the common challenges construction businesses faces is the disconnect between their financial statements and their actual cash flow. The WIP report plays a crucial role in bridging this gap, ensuring that your financial reporting accurately reflects the true state of your business.

Avoiding the Financial Rollercoaster:

  • Adjusting Financial Statements: Incorporating the WIP report adjustments into your financial statements provides a more realistic picture of your profitability.

  • Preventing Tax Surprises: By accurately accounting for work in progress, you can avoid overpaying taxes and ensure your financial obligations are met.

  • Empowering Informed Decisions: With a clear understanding of your financial position, you can make strategic decisions that drive long-term growth and sustainability.

Watch this episode today!

As a construction champion, embracing the power of the work in progress report is the key to unlocking your business's true potential. By mastering financial forecasting and aligning your financials, you can navigate the industry's challenges with confidence and lead your company to new heights of success.

Unlocking Construction Profitability: The Power of Work in Progress Reporting


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