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What is NetSuite Project Accounting?

NetSuite SuiteProjects project accounting enables companies to monitor and manage revenues, expenses and profitability over the lifetime of a job. Ensure clients are billed accurately and on time, automate complex revenue calculations and allocations and support multiple revenue scenarios on a project-by-project basis. And, with every transaction tied to a general ledger account, it’s easy to gain a complete view into a project’s financial health.

Improve Project Profitability

Monitor and report on project accounts — including profitability metrics and budgets versus actuals — in real-time, using easy-to-read graphs and reports. Effortlessly drill down from summary level to detailed insights to keep projects on track.

With NetSuite, we are able to see any potential issues ahead of time, which allows us to become very proactive rather than reactive.

Rebecca Ostrom
SVP Finance & Operations, W2O Group

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NetSuite Project Accounting Benefits

NetSuite Project Accounting Benefits
  • Automated Billing and Invoicing. NetSuite’s flexible billing-rules engine supports services contracts with accurate invoices, reducing days sales outstanding (DSO).
  • Greater Revenue and Forecasting Insights. View your revenue status anytime, in detail or as a summary.
  • Accurate Revenue Recognition. Recognize revenue separate from project billing to support services-based performance obligations and ensure revenue compliance.
  • Better Budget Management. Create, manage and edit project budgets from the portfolio level all the way down to individual tasks.

NetSuite Project Accounting Features

NetSuite project accounting is integrated into your general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchase order and inventory management systems to deliver visibility, productivity and efficiency benefits throughout the project lifecycle.


Centralize, manage and automate billing — from simple services invoices to more complex recurring, time-and-materials and fixed-fee projects. Manage approvals based on the customer or project with an end-to-end invoicing engine, and view outstanding balances in real time. Scale billing across the organization with standardized business rules that streamline approvals and ensure financial compliance.


Revenue Recognition

Recognize revenue according to your unique schedule and guidelines, including multiple revenue rules, like labor, fixed, percent complete and other charge-based rules. Leverage revenue recognition that’s separate from project billing to support how your organization measures profitability.

Revenue Recognition

Job Costing Allocations

Identify, aggregate and assign purchase orders to costs for specific projects, and allocate direct and indirect costs against project budgets. Granularly assign costs associated with separate projects to the correct customers for more accurate project financials. Budget more effectively by identifying where each cost is allocated, on a per-project basis, and gain insights into all billable and nonbillable costs tied to specific projects.

Job Costing Allocations

Forecast Tracking

Forecast charges attached to future activities, and measure overall project profitability for improved insights and predictability. Track revenue in detail or via summary reports to make informed decisions, and monitor in real time how project performance affects the organization. Easily view project profitability metrics and compare budgets versus actuals so projects stay on course.

Forecast Tracking

Dashboards and Reporting

Dashboards and reports can be easily configured, giving all stakeholders real-time access to vital information. Monitor billing and revenue summaries, and generate easy-to-read graphs and reports that show detailed project-level data, including profitability metrics, revenue logs and project budgets versus actuals.

Dashboards and Reporting

Challenges NetSuite Project Accounting Solves

Challenges NetSuite Project Accounting Solves
  • Limited Visibility into Project Financials. Gain easy access to up-to-date project financials and performance and cost reports.
  • Manual Invoicing. Centralize and automate invoicing processes to improve cash flow.
  • Inaccurate Revenue Recognition. Automate complex revenue calculations and allocations and support multiple revenue scenarios on a project-by-project basis.
  • Lack of Standardized Processes. Integrated, standardized and customizable business rules, templates and processes replace time-consuming manual efforts.
How Much Does NetSuite Project Accounting Cost?

How Much Does NetSuite Project Accounting Cost?

Companies of every size, from pre-revenue startups to fast-growing businesses, have made the move to NetSuite. Looking for a better way to run your business but wondering about the cost?

Users subscribe to NetSuite for an annual license fee. Your license is made up of three main components: core platform, optional modules and number of users. There is also a one-time implementation fee for initial set up. As your business grows, you can easily activate new modules and add users — that’s the beauty of cloud software.

Project accounting capabilities are included with the NetSuite SuiteProjects or Project Management modules.

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