If your business occasionally performs custom tasks in addition to
fulfilling orders for inventory items, you can set up a special Custom Work
item and use it to track income and expenses for the custom work that you do.
This allows you to see how profitable custom work is for your organization. If
all the work you do is custom work, you may prefer to create multiple custom
work items so that you can track the different types of custom work that you
Go to the Lists menu and click Item List.
From Item List, select New.
In Type, select Non-inventory Part.
In Item Name/Number, type Custom Work.
Click the button next to "This item is purchased for and sold to a
With this selected you can add the item to the invoice you create for your
customer, and you can also use the item to assign the costs of the custom
project when you are entering bills and writing checks. If you use the same
item for both invoicing and costing, you will be able to compare the cost of
building the custom item with the amount you charge your customer for it. You
can use the Job
Profitability Detail Report to gather that information. This type of
reporting will give you gross profit margin by for each custom-built
Leave the Description on Purchase Transactions box blank (you
can fill it when you enter a purchase order or bill).
In the Expense Account field, select the Cost of Goods Sold account you want
to use for material purchases. (The Manufacturing and Wholesale-distribution
sample company files use account 5000 Materials).
In the Description on Sales Transaction box type Use
this item to sell goods that aren't kept in stock.
Leave the Sale Price blank or at 0.
In the Income Account enter your Sales Income or Revenue account (the
Manufacturing and Wholesale-distribution sample company files use account 4100
Entering bills for