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Construction Accounting: A Basic Guide to Do Bookkeeping

Year 2023
August 2023
Construction Accounting: A Basic Guide to Do Bookkeeping
24 Aug 2023

Construction Accounting banner 300x169 - Construction Accounting: A Basic Guide to Do BookkeepingEffective bookkeeping is the backbone of any successful construction business. It ensures financial stability, regulatory compliance, and the ability to make informed decisions. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to construction accounting, highlighting the essential principles and practices. Moreover, we will introduce you to Synergix Construction ERP Software, a powerful tool that simplifies construction bookkeeping, making it more efficient and accurate. Read to explore construction accounting and discover how Synergix can streamline your financial operations.

The Basics of Construction Accounting

Beyond the specifics of construction accounting software, it’s crucial to grasp the fundamentals of construction accounting itself. Construction accounting is unique due to the project-based nature of the industry. It involves tracking income, expenses, and assets for individual projects rather than on a company-wide basis. Key concepts of construction accounting include:

  • Job Costing: Assigning costs to specific projects or jobs to determine their profitability.
  • Overhead Costs: Allocating indirect expenses like office rent, utilities, and salaries to projects.
  • Progress Billing: Invoicing clients based on project milestones or completion percentages.

Also read: 5 Ways to Manage Construction Project Budget

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The Challenges of Construction Accounting

Construction accounting comes with its own set of challenges. The complex nature of projects, variable costs, and changing regulations can make accurate bookkeeping a daunting task. Some common issues are:

  • Cost Variability: Construction costs can fluctuate due to factors like material price changes, labor shortages, or scope changes.
  • Cash Flow Management: Managing cash flow in a business with long project timelines can be difficult.
  • Compliance: The construction industry is subject to numerous regulations, making compliance essential.

Also read: Construction Pain Points – How Synergix ERP System Can Help?

The Role of Construction Accounting Software

This is where construction accounting software, like Synergix ERP system with Project Management module, becomes invaluable. Synergix offers a range of features tailored to the Singapore construction industry and conforms to Singapore Project Accounting standards, such as:

  • Comprehensive Project Cost Management: Easily track and allocate costs to specific projects.
  • Financial Reporting and Business Analytics: Generate comprehensive reports for individual projects or the entire company.
  • Compliance: Stay up-to-date with industry-specific regulations effortlessly.

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With a simplified dashboard, construction companies can gain a range of benefits and improve the projects’s processes. The system is able to eliminate manual data entry errors, ensuring precise financial records and enhancing accuracy. E-Invoicing integrated into the system allows businesses to streamline financial operations by automating repetitive tasks and accessing real-time financial data and project status to make informed decisions. 

Also read: Construction Project Management – How to Optimise it with ERP Software

Lots of our clients have benefitted from Synergix ERP system: 

Mr. Toh Kai Hock – Group IT Manager from Ley Choon Group: “…Upon implementing Synergix Technologies’s ERP, it has aided in our business process in many ways. Especially e-job sheet module is a very effective way to allow recording of workers’ movement from the site to be passed down to our backend teams, allowing real-time updates for all our projects. Integration for uploading photos via Dropbox has also proven useful for our operation. More importantly, the modification requested by our company, Synergix was able to fulfill and deliver as per discussion…”CTA br - Construction Accounting: A Basic Guide to Do Bookkeeping

Mr. Kerwin Ng – Director from Poh Wah Group: “…Synergix ERP system is very systematic and allows us to closely monitor the progress by different departments as we have 3 different entities using their software. In addition to that, we saw a decrease in human error especially in the inventory level and machine status. Since all the different departments are now integrated; hence, we also noticed a reduction in communication errors…”

Mr. Jasper Ho – Director from Guan Ho Construction: “…The implementation of the Synergix ERP system has helped to reduce the duplication in data entry across our departments and increased the accuracy of our data generation. Further, you have also accommodated changes requested by our users and released these requests through software upgrades. As such, we would like to commend the quality of your after-sales services provided and these have given us the utmost confidence that our issues will be resolved in the most expedient manner…”


In conclusion, effective construction accounting is the foundation of a thriving construction business. Synergix ERP software simplifies this process, offering accuracy, efficiency, and compliance in one powerful package. We hope that this comprehensive guide serves as a valuable resource for construction professionals looking to optimise the bookkeeping processes. Talk to our experts and enhance the financial health of your projects and your company.

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