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Understanding Items Pt. 2 – Item Setup

Last time I wrote about Items, saying they were probably one of the most misunderstood features in QuickBooks and discussed what an Item was.   I then mentioned that a common mistake was to use the wrong Type of Item.  Today … Continue reading

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Save Time with Exception Reporting

Do you spend a lot of time reviewing stacks of reports each month so you can get the information you need to make decisions?  Do you find out after the fact that something went wrong in your business and that … Continue reading

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Better Business Decisions by Customizing QuickBooks Reports

Better Business Decisions by Customizing QuickBooks’ Reports A key reason for tracking your accounting in QuickBooks is to help you make better business decisions.  With a few changes to an existing report, you might be surprised at what you can … Continue reading

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Are You Guilty of Any of These Mistakes?

When I talk with contractors, I hear many of the same issues. I don’t have confidence in my reports It’s hard to discern profitability of jobs and/or divisions (or departments or ….) I can’t get good job cost reports It … Continue reading

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Save Time with These Payroll Products

Payroll is one of those aspects of business that many are reluctant to change, but it’s worth evaluating from time to time and this is a good time of year to do it. If you decide to make a change, you have time to be up and running with your new payroll system by the first of the year (or sooner if you want). Continue reading

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Save Time with More and Powerful Features in Enterprise Solutions V14

Our last article focused on Pro/Premier. However, features I’m most excited about this year are in Enterprise Solutions. In fact, a couple have been on my wish list for quite some time, so I’m happy to finally see them in the software (job costing, customizing expense columns and price breaks based on quantities). Continue reading

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Estimating in QuickBooks

If you do job or project costing, then it’s important to use the Estimate feature in QuickBooks. But that feature is often underutilized for a few reasons. Could be a lack of understanding on how to work with the estimate template in QuickBooks. Could be that a spreadsheet or other software is used to actually determine the estimate, so why bother entering it in QuickBooks? Isn’t that an unnecessary step? No!! Continue reading

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Six Quick Productivity Tricks So You Can Go Home Early

If you have an endless to-do list, you’re not alone these days. Most of us are constantly looking for ways to work smarter and get more done. Here are six quick tips to help your productivity so you can go home early. Continue reading

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Choosing the QuickBooks Payroll Option Best for You

Payroll is one of those aspects of business that many are reluctant to change, but it’s worth evaluating from time to time and this is a good time of year to do it. If you decide to make a change, you have time to be up and running with your new payroll system by the first of the year (or sooner if you want). Continue reading

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Are You Missing Crucial Job Cost Tools and Information?

Are you missing out on crucial job cost tools and information? I’ve met with several contractors of many types over the years (remodelers, general contractors, subcontractors from various trades, landscapers, government contractors…) and one of their big concerns is job costing, as it should be. However, I’ve seen that they miss out on some helpful tools simply because of the version of QuickBooks they use. While you can use Online QuickBooks, QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks Pro to get some reporting for expenses for a job, you miss out on many reports and other features that can help you. QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise Solutions both have additional reports that are worthwhile, in my opinion. Continue reading

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