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QuickBooks 2018 - What New Features are You Hoping to See?

If history repeats itself, we'll be seeing a new version of QuickBooks desktop software released sometime in the fall of 2017 (don't confuse this with the Online version of QuickBooks). By desktop, I mean the Pro, Premier and/or Enterprise editions of QuickBooks. Sorry Mac users - I don't expect to see any new editions of that version ever again...

If you were drawing up a list of new features for QuickBooks 2018, what would you like to see?

Here's my list:

  • The ability to see gross profit margins automatically on quotes, sales orders and invoices

  • The ability to have much more functionality with e-mail addresses
    • For example, there could be a field for the "Accounting Department E-Mail" so that all invoices being sent out would go there instead of having to deal with the very limited use of the two existing e-mail fields

  • Being able to see the contents of the custom fields for inventory and non-inventory automatically appear on the screen without having to click the Custom Fields button every time!
    Custom Fields Displayed

  • An authoritative fix for the years-old problem with the Memorized Reports list getting corrupted and memorized reports being lost

  • A fix to allow the screens in QuickBooks to fully display and not get cut off at the bottom  - for example, you can't see the save and close or other buttons in the lower right corner because the screen does not "fit" properly

  • The option to simply delete a transaction from Intuit Merchant Services that does not post properly when downloading credit card transactions. Intuit tells me these drop off the screen after 6 months - why not allow the user to simply delete it?

  • The ability to fix sales tax reporting when the various codes get out of whack. Fixing the sales tax payable balance is easy. Trying to fix the breakdown of that balance across codes - a huge hassle.

  • Turning on the Enter key preference and Use Today's Date preference by default - I've seen these two things throw many new users into a state of confusion over the years.

  • Add a date paid stamp to bills, just like what was done to invoices

  • Expand the cash flow projector tool beyond a 6 week window. This was a great start a long time ago, but haven't seen anything new with this tool for years.

  • Allow multiple vendors/costs  for those vendors to be stored for an inventory or non-inventory item

  • Having an inventory stock status by item report that shows the qty of each LOT on the report - it current shows the lot numbers in stock, but not the quantities of those lots.

  • A sales by customer by product report - please?

I'd love to hear what's on your mind when it comes to new features and functionality in QuickBooks 2018! If you're reading this online, just drop your comments in the box below. If you're reading this via e-mail, just click the "view in browser" link to take you to the web site for easy posting.

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Reconcile ANY Asset, Liability or Equity Account in QuickBooks

Here's a tip to simplify your accounting even more...

Take advantage of the fact that QuickBooks will allow you to reconcile ANY asset, liability or equity account balance!

Many businesses are already taking advantage of the QuickBooks reconciliation feature for their bank and credit card accounts (if you're not doing that, you should be!). But it can offer even more to you.

Here's how...

When you get into the reconciliation window, you can choose ANY balance sheet account from the drop down list that appears, as shown in the sample below:

Reconcile Any Account

Where could this come in handy?

Pretty much any account where you are tracking activity in and out of the course of a month, including:

  • Reconciling prepayments of inventory or other prepaid assets
  • Employee advances
  • Reconciling accruals and payments of payroll taxes
  • Reconciling partner distributions and payments

Once you've completed the process, if you go to look at the account register for the account you just finished, you'll note the familiar "check box" to indicate the transaction has been properly reconciled and the account is up to date:

Reconcile Check Box

That's all there is to it!

Note that this trick works in both the desktop and online versions of QuickBooks.

 

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Reduce Check Fraud in Your Business with Positive Pay - The Treasury Software Solution for QuickBooks

Were you aware that a staggering average of 1.2 million fraudulent checks enter the banking system every day and losses are growing 2.5% annually (source: American Bankers Association)?

If your business is still issuing paper checks, you may easily become part of those statistics.

And what a pain that would be - trying to work your way through unraveling the implications of a scammed check.

I have some great news for you!

There is an easy way to help prevent your business from becoming a victim of check fraud.

The solution is called Positive Pay.

POSITIVE PAY TO THE RESCUE

According to Wikipedia, "Positive pay is a service whereby the company electronically shares its check register of all written checks with the bank. The bank therefore will only pay checks listed in that register, with exactly the same specifications as listed in the register (amount, payee, serial number, etc.). This system dramatically reduces check fraud."

This article on Positive Pay from Provident Bank also offers some insights into the benefits of using Positive Pay, which may include:

  • A reduction of disbursements risk
  • Simplifying your accounts payable process
  • Improved control

POSITIVE PAY AND QUICKBOOKS

In order for this process to work, your bank needs to receive details about the checks you have written so they can compare it to the checks presented for them to clear.

Naturally, the details about the checks you have written could be manually created and uploaded to your bank.

However, this process should be automated to keep it fast and simple.

Even though millions of businesses use QuickBooks accounting software to issue their checks, there is no direct way to easily create a file of the checks you have written to upload to your bank. Unfortunately, there is no magic button within QuickBooks to tackle that task.

Enter the Treasury Software Positive Pay solution...

EASILY CREATE A POSITIVE PAY FILE FROM YOUR QUICKBOOKS DESKTOP OR QB ONLINE

The folks at Treasury Software have created a solution for QuickBooks users that allows them an easy point and click solution to creating a Positive Pay check file directly out of their QuickBooks company file.

Their solution works with both the desktop versions of QuickBooks (Pro, Premier and Enterprise) and the Online versions.

Here's a quick visual of how it works:

Positive Pay Solution

 

With the Treasury Software Positive Pay for QuickBooks solution, QuickBooks users enjoy all of the features and benefits of Bank Positive Pay, such as:

  • Easily create positive pay files in your bank's format
  • Quick setup with Bank Express Codes for your bank
  • Full audit trail
  • Exception reporting and research tools

VERY SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE FOR MY READERS

The folks at Treasury Software have been kind enough to create a special discount code for my loyal readers that applies to all of their products (big thanks to Treasury Software!!)

To snag your 30% discount code on their Positive Pay for QuickBooks (or any other of their products), just type in the code BBL27 and you will get a 30% discount! It's that easy...

WHAT'S YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH POSITIVE PAY?

Have you been using positive pay in your business to reduce check fraud?

Care to share your experience with it so everyone can learn more about it?

Just drop your comments in the box below (or click the "view in browser" if reading this via e-mail) to pass along your comments and insights. Greatly appreciate them!

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Simplify Sales Rep Tracking, Reporting, and Remote Access with Crik-IT for QuickBooks

Do you find yourself constantly working to provide reports, details, and snippets of other information to the sales reps for your business?

Have you considered moving toward more of a "self-serve" approach and letting your sales reps access this information themselves without you being stuck in the middle?

If so, consider the Crik-IT sales rep/CRM portal for QuickBooks.

Their solution will provide sales reps (and customers too!) with access to current sales reports, dashboards, inventory, order and invoice information. Reps can also enter orders themselves as well if you want them to!

THE CRIK-IT PORTAL/CRM FOR SALES REPS

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Here are some of the reports that your reps would have at their fingertips:

  • Year over year sales comparisons for a 3 year period
  • Monthly sales comparisons for the past 3 years
  • Reports by SKU, customer, rep or product line
  • And more...

The Crik-IT Portal/CRM can also help automate and streamline the administration of your sales reps in the following ways:

  • Complete remote access - no need for them to be inside QuickBooks itself
  • Lead and opportunity tracking
  • Order entry
  • Inventory availability

Here is a sample dashboard view from Crik-IT:

Dashboard Sample

And here are samples of a few of the reports available for instant access:

Report Sample

 

FREE TRIAL FOR QUICKBOOKS DESKTOP OR QUICKBOOKS ONLINE

Crik-IT is compatible with both the desktop versions of QuickBooks (Pro, Premier and Enterprise) in addition to QuickBooks Online. You can grab your 30 day free trial today.

Take it for a test drive so you can get a deeper look at how it can solve common headaches when working with a team of sales reps.


PRICING FOR CRIK-IT

Crik-IT is offered in several different packages, which include:

  • Customer Service Package
  • Order Desk Package
  • Sales Force Package
  • Full Circle Package

For example, the Customer Service Package starts at $29/month for 1 user, and then an additional $15/month for additional users.

Features and functionality scale up as you move across the various package offerings. Just follow the Pricing link on this page for more details.

WHAT'S YOUR APPROACH TO SALES REP MANAGEMENT?

I'm curious - do you currently use CRIK-IT? Have any thoughts to share on it?

Using something else for managing your reps?

Please let me know how you're handling this aspect of your business - others will be interested as well!

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Spreadsheet Type Calculations within QuickBooks?

Have you ever needed to make additional calculations within a QuickBooks form, but found it limiting?

For example, if you have tried to:

  • Total shipping weights on an invoice
  • Total or subtotal columns on a purchase order, sales order, or invoice
  • Add line numbers to a packing slip or invoice
  • Calculate a running total on a bill of lading

or any other type of calculation beyond quantity x rate, you've likely found QuickBooks to be rather frustrating!

ENTER FORMCALC SST

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The FormCalc SST add-on for QuickBooks can help you extend the functionality of QuickBooks to handle the above scenarios (and many more too!).

The SST stands for Superior Spreadsheet Technology, and what it means for you is that you can literally add spreadsheet like calculations to the following QuickBooks forms:

  • Invoices
  • Sales Orders
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Purchase Orders
  • Credit Memos
  • Sales Receipts

HOW FORMCALC SST WORKS

Setting up calculations involves taking a "snapshot" of the QuickBooks form (Invoice, etc.) you want to work with, then entering spreadsheet formulas in it. From there, you will save the FormCalcSST template.

When ready, you then simply use a series of "hot keys" that will then call up the template you have created and put to work on a form within QuickBooks.

FormCalc SST can also enhance your QuickBooks by offering:

  • Text handling and calculations
  • Column totals and subtotals
  • Date and time math
  • The use of custom field, headers and footers in calculations
  • Results and text formatting
  • "Mini-spreadsheet" features

WORKS WITH PRO, PREMIER OR ENTERPRISE VERSIONS

Regardless of which desktop version of QuickBooks you have (Pro, Premier or Enterprise), FormCalc SST can plug right in and get to work so you can get more done in less time every day.

A 30 day free trial of the software is available for you to try before you buy.

If you don't need as much horsepower as FormCalc SST offers, you can easily choose the core FormCalc product,

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This is the original application in the FormCalc series.

Are you already using FormCalc SST or FormCalc in your business? Would love to hear from you and learn more about what things it is handling for you!

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Why Is My Customer Showing Overdue? I Set Up the Right Terms in QuickBooks

Let's say that you recently negotiated a sale (congratulations!), and your customer snagged some extended payment terms with you as part of the deal.

So, instead of paying you in your normal net 30 day terms, they are going to pay you with net 45 day terms (hopefully your profit margin covers this extra financing term!)

You go to create the invoice in QuickBooks, and quickly see there is no "net 45" day term in the list. So, you click the Add New option, and create the new terms that look like this:

Net 45 Day Terms

and blast through the OK button to get this invoice out the door.

All seems to be good at this point, right?

THE AGING REPORT TELLS YOU SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Next week, you do a quick rundown of your accounts receivable aging report, and you see the invoice to this customer showing as overdue. Say what?

There is no way it is overdue at this point!

Well, QuickBooks thinks something different about it than you do.

HOW TO SET UP THE PAYMENT TERMS PROPERLY

QuickBooks would indeed show you the correct aging of this invoice - if you had done one additional thing when you set up the terms above.

And here is the thing:

Net 45 Days with Days

In the original box above, the "net due in" was not changed from 0 to 45 days. So, QuickBooks would see this invoice overdue on the very first day you sent it, even though the terms "net 45" appeared on the invoice.

In the updated box below, the "net due in" is correctly set up to match the applicable terms.

Once you get in and reset the definition of the payment terms (quick shortcut to access them - click Lists > Customer and Vendor Profile Lists > Terms List). QuickBooks will then properly age the invoice on your reports!

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New Webinar - Advanced Inventory Topics in QuickBooks

If you've been looking for the "straight scoop" on how QuickBooks does (or doesn't) handle activities such as:

  • Groups/kits
  • Assemblies/bills of material
  • Unit of measure conversions
  • The advanced inventory module features of QuickBooks Enterprise Platinum, including:
    • Multi-warehouse/location tracking
    • Lot or serial tracking
    • Barcoding

then my Advanced Inventory Topics in QuickBooks webinar is built just for you.

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Hope to see you there!

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What's New in QuickBooks Enterprise 2017 - Part 2

Join me in taking a closer look at more features within QuickBooks Enterprise 2017, as well as some you may have missed in earlier versions:

Here is the link in case you missed the "What's New in QuickBooks Enterprise 2017 - Part 1" video

INTERESTED IN UPGRADING TO QUICKBOOKS ENTERPRISE 2017?

Be sure to review details on my web site, including a 20% lifetime discount on your QuickBooks Enterprise subscription, as well as other benefits too!

Help yourself to many other free resources and insights relating to QuickBooks Enterprise 2017.

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Using the QuickBooks Cash Flow Projection Tool

Little known, but quite helpful, the desktop versions of QuickBooks (Pro, Premier and Enterprise) have a built-in cash flow projection tool.

Learn how to project your business cash flow in QuickBooks for a 6 week period with the video tutorial below:

WHAT ARE YOU USING FOR CASH FLOW PROJECTIONS?

If you're not using the QuickBooks cash flow projector, I'm curious as to what app or program you may be using to see how the upcoming cash flow looks for your business. Are you using Excel? PlanGuru? Something else?

INTERESTED IN TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR BUSINESS FINANCES?

If so, you may be interested in learning more about my "Beyond QuickBooks: Making Sense of Your Numbers" program. Designed to help you feel a lot more confident and capable when it comes to managing the profitability of your business!

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Stop Inventory Balances from Going Negative with QuickBooks Enterprise

Have you been wishing that QuickBooks would add a feature that would stop your inventory on-hand balances from going negative?

Your wishes have been granted!

Learn more about how the Enterprise edition (2015 and newer!) stops this annoyance from occurring...

In case you didn't know it, by having inventory go negative in QuickBooks, it is known to cause all sorts of issues and concerns with the average cost of items getting totally whacked out as well. My friends over at the Intuitive Accountant have a great article that discusses the impact of negative on hand on QuickBooks average cost.

ADDTIONAL RESOURCES

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