Labor in assembly item work around, Quickbooks Pro
Thanks for the quick reply, but this is not a solution. I do use job tracking. But I build these items ahead of any customer ordering them, so the finished assembly ends up in my inventory. When a customer orders it, I sell them the assembly item. So I can't track my job costs to a Customer:Job like I would for a custom project that is specific to a given customer. The link I provided shows a work around for Pro that removes from inventory the raw materials that go into the assembly and assigns the cost of those raw materials to the final assembly item. However, the missing piece are the labor costs that go into making that assembly item.
Tracking job costs can be done if the item is about to be ordered and not yet assembled. In this case, since the assembly was already created, the option to track it is unavailable.
I can see how this option would be helpful for you and your business. Rest assured that I'll pass along your suggestion to our Product Developers. They're always looking for ideas to consider on how to improve QuickBooks.