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QuickBooks 2013 Gives You A Reason To Upgrade

Tired of QuickBooks’ cramped, claustrophobic screens and uneven interface? You’ll be pleased to see the 2013 version. You chose QuickBooks for a variety of reasons, a major one being its simplicity and usability. But the software is more than 20 years old now, and hundreds of features have been added over the years. QuickBooks looks […]

October 18, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Billing for Time and Expenses: How It Works

QuickBooks handles billable expenses capably, but it’s critical that you understand the process thoroughly before proceeding. Billing for inventory parts is easy. Pick the items from a list and specify a quantity. Poof. Done. Billing for costs, time or mileage is a little more complex. QuickBooks has built-in tools to help you do this, but […]

August 1, 2012 | 0 Comments More

QuickBooks Reports Help You Maintain Balanced Inventory Levels

Running out of products too frequently? Having to sell cheap because inventory is overloaded? Use QuickBooks’ reports. It seems so simple in theory. Don’t overstock goods because you’ll tie up too much money and perhaps need a clearance sale to get rid of the excess. On the other hand, don’t let yourself run out of […]

July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Backup Or Portable Company File? How To Decide

QuickBooks provides two ways (actually, three)  to create a copy of your QuickBooks data file. When is each appropriate, and how do you proceed? When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that Intuit is able to pack the lion’s share of your financial data into one giant company file. This certainly makes it easier […]

July 10, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Cutting Expenses Key To Profitability, But How? Some Tips

It may seem like a no-brainer – cut expenses to make more money – but many small changes can result in significant savings. With the nation’s economy still weak, this is no time to loosen the purse strings in terms of your business expenses. Rather, why not re-double your efforts to cut costs and boost […]

July 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Be an Informed Donor!

It seems every few months we hear news of a nonprofit organization that mishandled donated funds. With more than a million registered charities in the United States, how can you as a donor be sure your contributions are being put to good use? First, let’s have a little lesson on charitable donations. In order for […]

April 3, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Portable Productivity: Smartphones Do Invoices, Expenses, Time Billing

These three web-based apps – accessible via your smartphone – provide mobile access to QuickBooks data.   Accounting “in the cloud” is closer than you might think. QuickBooks Online, of course, is entirely cloud-based, but it does not yet offer all of the features found in Intuit’s top-of-the-line products, Premier and Enterprise.  In the meantime, […]

March 21, 2012 | 0 Comments More

The Blue Screen of Death, or “Dude, Where are My Files?”

You get up one sunny Tuesday morning. You grab a cup of coffee and turn on your laptop to check email. And there it is: the “Blue Screen of Death.” The scenario has two possible outcomes: Option 1: Your heart sinks, you become nauseous and you start to panic as you realize you’ve lost your […]

March 13, 2012 | 0 Comments More

How Can You Prevent Child Identity Theft?

In my last blog entry, I shared my family’s child identity theft scare. But how can we prevent child identity theft in the first place? If your child’s social security number is stolen, you may not know about it for years. By then, the damage to his or her credit is done, and your child […]

March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Child Identity Theft: Could it Happen to Your Family?

The day started out innocently enough. We had recently changed banks and I stopped in to open new savings accounts for our children. A few minutes into the process, the bank representative looked at me with a puzzled expression and asked to see my oldest son’s Social Security card again. After verifying the number, he […]

February 23, 2012 | 0 Comments More