QuickBooks has many hidden goodies that are useful for contractors. I want to teach you all of them.
This time I'm going to try something new: I'm adding QuickBooks screenshots to this post. Let me know in the comments if you find these articles more useful with illustrations.
I'm also working on a free downloadable report on the Top Ten QuickBooks Tips and Tricks for Contractors, and this is one of them.
Many QuickBooks users are confused when they open a report on Job Costs, only to find the Name field is the name of the Customer:Job. As a contractor, you might be more interested in a list of Job Costs for a particular job with Vendor information included.
Here's how I've created a report I use all the time with exactly that information: Job Costs (all except Payroll) listed and totaled by phase/division and with Vendor Name, date, amount, etc.
You start with one of QB's standard reports: Reports > Jobs, Time & Mileage > Job Profitability Detail