Author Archives: Monica Mitchell Muir, Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Are You Prepared If Disaster Hits Your Business

Between storms and malware, many are learning the importance of backups and access. Hopefully, you’re already making backups of your data on a regular basis. It’s simple to set up data backups automatically and then forget about them until you need them. But have you ever looked around to see if there are any gaps in your backup strategy? Here are seven places to look to make sure all your business data is backed up safely. Continue reading

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A Few of My Favorite Features in QuickBooks

There are many features I like in QuickBooks, guess that’s why I support the software! But I find when I’m with new clients who have been using QuickBooks for a while or clients who are upgrading, I always like to share a few of the features I like either as a business owner or from a timesaving bookkeeping perspective. So here’s my list: Continue reading

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Secrets to Monitoring the Health of Your Business in QuickBooks

How healthy is your business? Many businesses just look at their profit & loss statement (aka income statement), but you could be missing out on some helpful information. If you’ve ever struggled financially, but your P & L shows a profit, these ratios can explain why. Lending institutions often use these ratios to analyze your financial statements as part of the loan approval process, so wouldn’t you like to know what they’ll see? Continue reading

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Have You Checked These Balances Lately?

The Balance Sheet is an important report in your business’s financial statements. Unfortunately, I find that many small businesses never look at this report. Usually it’s either because they don’t understand the report or they think it has nothing to show them in terms of profitability Continue reading

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Commonly Overlooked Features in QuickBooks Part 2

I frequently see that there are features in QuickBooks that can be very useful but clients frequently are unaware of their existence or how they can help. So, today’s article takes a look at several features you might find helpful. Continue reading

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Commonly Overlooked Features in QuickBooks Pt 1

I frequently see that there are features in QuickBooks that can be very useful but clients frequently are unaware of their existence or how they can help. So, today’s article takes a look at several features you might find helpful. Continue reading

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What Your Profit and Loss Is Really Telling You

Who doesn’t like to look at profit?! But I find many have misconceptions about what the Profit & Loss report (or Income Statement) can/should do for them. This is usually due to a lack of knowledge when it comes to accounting. But whether you are the business owner or the bookkeeper you should understand at least a little bit about accounting and your financial reports. So here are some basics that will help you both review your jobs or projects as well as your business. Continue reading

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Filter to Find What You Want

QuickBooks makes it easy to find information with their Filters. A filter simply limits (filters out what you don’t want) so you see only what you want to see. Both the Find Feature and reports in QuickBooks use Filters. So once you know how to use in one place, you can use it elsewhere. Continue reading

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Better Business Decisions by Customizing QuickBooks’ Reports

A key reason for tracking your accounting in QuickBooks is to help you make better business decisions. Sometimes, to get the information you need, you need to customize an existing QuickBooks report. Continue reading

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Estimated vs Actual Hours

How did the actual time on the job compare to what you estimated? That’s one of the big things you want do know, right? If job costs run over, it’s usually in the area of labor, not materials. Here’s how you create it. Continue reading

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