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Are You Vulnerable to Fraud?

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), over $3.5 trillion is projected to be lost to fraud worldwide in 2011 alone. The typical organization loses 5 percent of its revenues each year. While we have a lot to think about as entrepreneurs, we do need to take time to educate ourselves about this unfortunately common business loss. Continue reading

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A Penny Saved Isn’t Always a Penny Earned

Is Your Bookkeeper Wasting Your Money? With good intentions and a desire to save money for their companies, bookkeepers often miss simple ways to save money. Many business owners think of the bookkeepers as a guardian of their funds. But what I frequently see is one of two problems. Continue reading

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Get Paid Faster and Reduce Bank Fees

I’m like every business – I like to get paid quickly. So, like other businesses, I try to make paying me as easy as possible. I was slow to accept credit cards because of the fees. Not only do banks often charge a monthly fee, but the bank also takes a percent of the sale, and depending on the provider, there can be other fees as well. If I wanted to let clients pay me online (whatever is easiest for them), I had to accept credit cards. Now, just like most businesses that accept credit cards, I accept those fees as a part of the cost of doing business. Continue reading

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What’s New in 2011?

The new versions of Pro, Premier and Enterprise Solutions are out. Here’s a partial list of new features in 2011. Continue reading

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Is it Time to Upgrade?

The new version of QuickBooks is out and I’ll be highlighting some of the new features in upcoming articles. The question clients frequently ask is, Is it time to upgrade? The answer, of course, depends. So, ask yourself these questions: Continue reading

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QuickBooks’ Frustrations

Most of my clients come my way because they’ve experienced some type of confusion or frustration with QuickBooks. Recently, I’ve spent some time helping a client move from Online QuickBooks to Desktop QuickBooks. Although both are QuickBooks products, there are many differences. Just ask anyone who’s seen both! Personally, I much prefer the desktop version because it has so many more features, some to help me troubleshoot, which I frequently need to do frequently with my clients. Continue reading

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Time for a Change…

If you write your own blog, then you are used to dealing with “What do I write about today or this week?” If you don’t, then you may not realize that sometimes it’s a challenge to come up with a topic. Now I’ll be the first to admit that there are a ton of features and issues and questions that come with QuickBooks. And for whatever reason, my mind will go blank when it’s time to write. I usually look at what issues my clients have had in the past week or two to give me some ideas for topics. Sometimes the issue is trying to condense the topic so fits into one blog or else expand upon it so I can write multiple blogs from it, sometimes it’s just easier to show than to write about it and sometimes it’s just that I much prefer talking & showing to writing (I’ll have to work on some videos)! But I’m going to try something different. Continue reading

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