21 posts categorized "QuickBooks in the Cloud"

The Jobber App for Your Mobile Service Business

If you visit your customers to provide your services, need to handle scheduling, keep track of customer information, invoicing, billing, and more, then Jobber is for you.

Jobber was designed and built specifically for mobile service companies - and it was built exceptionally well!

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TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT JOBBER FEATURES

Let's take a peek under the hood at the Jobber application, and review the features found there that can help simplify and streamline your service business...

Scheduling - Whiteboards and Google Calendar can only take you so far. Speed up your scheduling with Jobber’s map view by assigning jobs to employees using the smartest route. Our job scheduling wizard can easily create complicated recurring job schedules. Jobber's drag-and-drop calendar covers all scheduling scenarios such as month, week, and daily views. Includes:

  • Job scheduling wizard
  • Ability to view map routing
  • Drag and drop calendar
  • Route optimization and website integration are available as add-ons

CRM - All of your client’s past jobs, quotes, invoices, and payments are easily searchable. Access the information anywhere with iOS and Android Apps. Capabilities include:

  • E-mail client reminders
  • Client history and search
  • Quoting
  • Custom fields and tags
  • Texting client reminders (additional fee applies)

EVEN MORE JOBBER FEATURES...

Team Management - Assign tasks and jobs to your employees and keep up-to-date on their progress with the Jobber Field app. Employees can track their time, add notes and attachments to visits, and Jobber can automatically create GPS waypoints throughout their day Capabilities include:

  • Tasks and time-tracking
  • GPS tracking
  • Team assignments
  • Text message of arrival notifications (additional fee applies)

Easy invoicing and payments

  • Sync with QuickBooks Online or Xero (additional fees apply for accounting sync)
  • Batch invoicing
  • Expense tracking and E-Payments from customers (additional fees apply)

 

GET YOUR FREE TRIAL AND A $75 CREDIT

Jobber is rated at 4.5 starts out of 5 in the Intuit App Center - feel free to explore what others have said about it and how it has helped their business.

Jobber offers a completely free trial of their software, and no credit card is required. Use my link to sign up for your free trial, and you'll also receive a $75 credit toward your paid service.

Are you currently using Jobber for your service business? Feel free to add your comments to the conversation in the box below!

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A Simple Way to Sell Products or Services on Your Existing Web Site with Shopify

Trying to find a new revenue stream for your business?

Looking to sell products or services from your web site?

Does the thought of "adding e-commerce functionality" to your web site give you a headache and keep you from moving forward?

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CONSIDER THE SHOPIFY BUY BUTTON

Here's the good news...

Selling products or services on your existing web site doesn't require an IT specialist or an expensive web designer.

In fact, all you need is a Shopify Buy Button.

HOW THE BUY BUTTON WORKS WITH SHOPIFY

As easy as 1-2-3...

Step 1 - Decide which products or services you want to sell on your web site

Step 2 - Grab the "embed code" that Shopify automatically creates for you to present them exactly as you want. Customize the colors to match your existing site

Step 3 - Copy and paste the code into your web site

This adds a mobile friendly and secure shopping experience to your site. All the power of Shopify in a single button.

BEYOND THE BUY BUTTON...

Adding the Buy button opens the door to a complete suite of tools that Shopify also offers their customers, including:

  • Integration with QuickBooks desktop (via Webgility) or directly into QuickBooks Online
  • Easy order tracking - notifications of orders received via e-mail or mobile
  • Shipping integration with all major carriers if desired
  • Analytics tools - assess sales and other metrics via the handy dashboard
  • Fully mobile - you can easily run the business from your phone or tablet

THE BUY BUTTON WON'T BREAK THE BANK

Adding the Shopify Buy Button to your existing web site runs just $9 per month. Other Shopify plans are also available to allow you to build your own online store and add even more features if desired - those start at $29 per month.

Shopify offers a free 14 day trial, with no credit card required so you can see for yourself how the Buy button and other features might work for you.

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Tired of the Hassle in Using the Accountants' Copy Feature of QuickBooks?

This post was shared by Chris Wise from CoralTree, the makers of Qbox...thanks Chris!

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Trying to find a better way of getting QuickBooks information to your accountant (or if you're an accountant, to get information from your client)?

Many accountants and small businesses become exceptionally frustrated when trying to share QuickBooks files using the Accountants Copy.  To avoid the frustration related to the reduced functions of this type of file, you can use a resource like Qbox.  Qbox is one of the fastest growing QuickBooks desktop file sharing/collaboration resources available due to its security, simplicity, affordability, and high level of customer support. 

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If you are looking for a way to share a QuickBooks desktop file with a client or shared user in a remote location, Qbox provides an effective solution.  Unlike other traditional file sharing options, Qbox has unique controls that prevent the creation of conflicted copies and file corruption.

Accountants and small businesses appreciate that each Qbox user has their own local copy of the QuickBooks file and experience the performance of their local environment when entering transactions.

As an accountant or bookkeeper, you can access all of your clients from one simplified access point called the Qbox Explorer.  You work on your client’s files at any time regardless of whether or not your client’s computer is turned on. 

Screen shot of the Qbox Explorer:

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Using Qbox, your files are always backed up in the cloud and available to download should anything happen to a user’s computer.  Additionally, Qbox keeps 20 copies (versions) of files in the cloud at all times so in the event of a corrupted file, a user can “roll back” to their preferred instance of the file. 

If you are frustrated with the limited capabilities of an Accountants Copy, using Qbox, you always have access to the working QuickBooks file. All of the Desktop functions are available to a Qbox user and you can print and/or back up locally if you so choose. 

Click here to learn more about Qbox and start your free 30-day trial today...

 

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Procurify: Online Purchasing Management for QuickBooks

Has your business outgrown the purchasing module found within QuickBooks desktop software?

Looking for ways to streamline the purchasing process?

Need to add an approval process to your purchasing management? (not found in QuickBooks!)

Have people in different locations and all they need is access to purchasing (and not the entire QuickBooks package)?

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INTRODUCING PROCURIFY

Procurify is an add-on application to the desktop versions of QuickBooks (Pro, Premier and Enterprise). By "add-on", I mean it is a separate piece of software that connects to QuickBooks and syncs information between the two programs.

It can bring a lot of functionality to your business that is not found within the basic purchase order module of QuickBooks.

Here is the suggested Procurify workflow...

  1. Request - electronically submit new purchase requests using your web browser or mobile device (notice - this doesn't have any mention of the staff person needing access to QuickBooks?)

  2. Approve - create automated approval routing based on your business needs. Establish direct lines of communication between the right people.

  3. Create the PO - Procurify automatically tracks, manages and organizes your purchase orders in one place. Instantly deliver approved requests for PO creation.

  4. Receive the items - intuitive and easy to understand interface lets you accurately document received items through your web browser or mobile device. 

  5. Set up to pay your vendor - enable complete transparency throughout your purchase order workflow. Keep on top of payments and eliminate duplicate or unnecessary spending.


EMPOWERING YOUR STAFF

Procurify helps simplify operations across all the functional areas of your business:

  • Buyers - funnel all of your purchase requests from all locations into a single, easily managed bucket. We facilitate the internal back-and-forth communication, allowing requesters to check the status of their orders at any time. Improve supplier relationships and standardize the goods you buy.

  • Operations - get through purchase approvals faster. Reduce the amount of bottlenecks and improve efficiency for your operations. Define and structure each role within your organization’s purchasing process with complete clarity.

  • Finance - establish and easily ensure enforcement of controls and policies (IE. use purchase orders, ensure approvals, three way matches), while not increasing your headcount. Empower people to stay accountable to their budget, by giving them real time information instead of monthly reports. (Visibility into spending in real time)

  • IT - Gain full adoption organization wide by implementing tools which are easy to learn and fun to use. Procurify worries about the infrastructure and security and reduces the load on your team and it integrates with select tools, and seamlessly passes data between them.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Be sure to tap into all of these additional resources that are available to learn more about Procurify and how it can benefit your business or organization.

NEED HELP TYING IT ALL TOGETHER?

My consulting practice specializes in helping businesses retain their investment in QuickBooks as their core accounting package, while extending the features and functionality through various add-on packages. Tap into my 30+ years of accounting, finance, inventory, and QuickBooks experience.

If you would like to discuss Procurify or other QuickBooks add-ons in more detail, please contact me.

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Quick Tip for Reconciling Your Bank Account in QuickBooks

Reconciling bank accounts in QuickBooks can take some time.

It can take even more time if you accept credit cards, and your merchant service provider takes the credit card fees out of EACH transaction!

Spend less time on bank reconciliations with the following tip.

LET ME EXPLAIN...

Let's say that you ring up a sale for $100 today and the customer pays via credit card.

When this deposit shows up in your bank statement, does it show up for the full $100? Or does it show up for something like $97.54 because the processor has taken their fee out of it right then and there?

If it is the latter where they are taking out the fees for each transaction, stop what you are doing and call them right now.

Ask to have your merchant service account fees set up on the "gross fees" basis instead of the "net fees" basis.

Under the "gross fees" basis, in the example above, you would see the full $100 being deposited into your bank account (the full "gross amount" is deposited). Your merchant service provider would then just hit your bank account once per month for the total of all the credit card fees for the month, and NOT take them out on a transaction by transaction basis.

Naturally, the merchant service provider normally defaults to the "net fees" basis, since they get paid faster that way. All it usually takes is a phone call to get it switched around!

The big benefit to you? Your $100 deposit will now reconcile on the bank statement in a nano-second!!

 

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TSheets Adds Employee Scheduling Features

One of the most loved employee time tracking apps for QuickBooks (rated 5 stars!) has recently added some new functionality for tracking employee schedules too.

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TSheets now offers you the ability to:

  • Eliminate dry-erase boards and funky Excel sheets
  • Schedule employees by shift
  • Schedule staff by job or task - just drag and drop on the schedule
  • Push notifications to employees by text or e-mail

Naturally, TSheets offers an impressive array of methods to capture your employees time, including:

  • Desktop or laptop computers connected to the internet (you can even work offline and upload when online)
  • Smartphones or tablets (Apple or Android)
  • Text message
  • Even call-in capabilities to record time

And did I mention that they offer GPS time-stamping too?

A 14 day, no risk free trial of TSheets is yours for the asking, so if you need an easy way to track employee time or create employee schedules, visit with them today for a closer look. If you like what you see, use code BLASACCTG and get 10% off the TSheets service.

ARE YOU CURRENTLY USING TSHEETS?

If so, your comments and feedback on how it is working out for you are welcome!

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What a genius idea! For Dummies book series tackles sales tax

Repost from Avalara.com

Life lessons. They’re never ending. There’s the stuff that you’d like to learn like paddle boarding, pasta rolling, conversational Spanish, and there’s the stuff that you have to learn, like web design, drywall hanging, and programming the DVR. We’re guessing sales tax falls into the latter category. Because, let’s face it, unless you’re a member of Mensa (or a masochist), sales tax is hard. And boring.

But now it doesn’t have to be. Avalara wrote the book on making sales tax easy. No seriously, we did. Okay, we had a little help on the “easy” part from the folks at For Dummies. Yes! That’s right; those massively popular bright yellow and black books that that offer useful instruction on, well, everything.

Odds are you’re familiar with For Dummies. Hard not to be, with more than 1,800 titles to choose from on everything from sushi to sewing to search engines and now (with Avalara’s help) sales tax.

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The beauty of these DIY guides is that they take topics that are inherently overwhelming to most of us and condense them down into something digestible. Who doesn’t love that? Sales & Use Tax Compliance for Dummies is a 49-page powerhouse of plain speak on everything sales tax from understanding nexus (the obligation to collect sales tax based on sales activities) to product taxability to proving tax exemption to registration and returns filing. There’s helpful tips to avoid costly mistakes that could led to an audit and practical reasons to consider automated tax software to make compliance easier to manage.

It’s a simple, straightforward look at a not-so-simple problem and a primer on why getting sales tax right is so important—and so hard to do on your own. There’s counsel for businesses of all types and sizes on how to make this process easier and business cases for tax-decisioning software that works right in the financial systems you already use in your business—from QuickBooks for smaller businesses to ERP or ecommerce systems for larger companies with more complex selling structures.

It’s a quick read (and a must read)! Download your free copy of Sales & Use Tax Compliance for Dummies.

Download Now

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Easily Access QuickBooks from Two Different Locations

I am seeing a common theme that runs through the various QuickBooks message boards on a regular basis.

It goes something like this...

"How do I back up my Quickbooks somewhere so my husband can retrieve it and restore our computer at the office, while I am on vacation working"

Or something similar...

"How can we both access QuickBooks when we are not in the same location?

QBOX TO THE RESCUE!

In the old days, the solution to the above scenarios was to futz around with flash drives or trying some other solution that ended up causing more grief than benefit, and usually causing somebody to overwrite QuickBooks with an older copy of the company data.

While those old-fashioned solutions still exist, I recommend QBox as a MUCH better alternative instead.

QBox allows you to easily sync QuickBooks data across different computers, and those computers don't have to be in the same place.

One computer could be out in the field during the day and the other be in the office.

A bonus for you - QBox can be used to share not just QuickBooks files, but Excel, Word, PowerPoint and more.

Get a free trial of QBox by clicking on the red button in the upper right hand part of their home page.

See for yourself just how easy the QBox solution is...you'll never mess with a flash drive to pass around QuickBooks files again!

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QuickBooks Desktop Version Outranks QuickBooks Online and Others

G2 Crowd recently released their research report to compare the best accounting software options for business. Thanks to them for making these results available!

Here is a graphic that recaps the results of the report (click the graphic for more details):

 

When ranked according to user satisfaction, here is how the packages stacked up:

  • Intacct - 95
  • Xero - 85
  • QuickBooks Desktop - 83
  • Freshbooks - 82
  • NetSuite - 49
  • Financial Force - 45
  • Sage 100 ERP - 44
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP - 17
  • QuickBooks Online - 10

Taking a look at the results of the direct comparison of QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online, note that QuickBooks Desktop scored a 4.0 out of 5 stars, and QuickBooks Online scored a 2.1 out of 5 stars.

The survey also offers other comparisons, such as the G2 score, # of ratings and market presence. Be sure to click into the report for detailed user feedback and many other product details and insights.

THE DEBATE RAGES ON...

It is interesting to observe that of the nine entries listed above, three of them are the traditional desktop platforms (QB Desktop, Sage 100, and Microsoft Dynamics GP). All the others are strictly cloud based solutions.

The buzz has been building for small businesses to move to the cloud for their accounting needs. If your business uses QuickBooks, maybe the results above suggest that you don't move quite so fast off the desktop version? If you have graduated from QuickBooks, maybe the cloud is the way to go.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Please share your thoughts on the QuickBooks Desktop vs. QuickBooks Online and cloud vs. desktop accounting debate in the comment box below and let us know how your business views this debate...

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Powerfully Simple Dashboard for Your Small Business

Score some bonus points with your boss...

If you know they are frustrated trying to pull together reports and key metrics from a number of different sources, they will want to know about the Grow Dashboard (feel free to check it out yourself too!)

MEASURE WHAT MATTERS TO YOU

The Grow dashboard offers a simple way to select the metrics that are important to running your business...

  • Need information from QuickBooks? (desktop or online)
  • Want to pull information from a customized spreadsheet or database?
  • Interested in pulling together information from Salesforce, Google Analytics, MailChimp, Facebook, Twitter and a host of other places?

If so, Grow is for you...

BUILD YOUR OWN DASHBOARD

If the built-in dashboard connections mentioned above are close, but not quite good enough, the support team at Grow can help you construct the perfect dashboard - no internal IT team required.

Grow allows you to connect your data, wherever it lives, and get the key metrics needed to monitor, manage and improve your business...

Take a closer look at the Grow dashboard solution today...

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