Please Join Me at the Ultimate Accounting vCon — it will be a GREAT conference you won’t want to Miss!
It is exciting to see so many CPAs, accountants, bookkeepers, QuickBooks ProAdvisors, consultants and others who have already registered to attend the Ultimate Accounting vCon next week (May 16 and 17). Sandi Smith Leyva and I (Michelle Long) have been finalizing the presentations and materials and all I can say is WOW! We have soooooo much great information, resources and ideas to share with you that will help you grow your business and serve your clients better that it is amazing! It’s not too late to register to join us and you will be glad you did! All the sessions are recorded so you can listen to them later as needed. Hundreds of your peers have already registered — don’t get left behind! Read more
Starting May 1st Michelle Long, MBA, CPA and Chuck Vigeant M.Ed. will bring you weekly webinars of 90 minutes to explore advanced features in Excel (Week 1 and 2) and provide deeper knowledge of the information that QQube provides in the area of Job Costing, Inventory Management, and Financial Analysis (weeks 3 thru 5).
All webinars are free, start at 11:00 am central time and will be recorded. Space will be limited to accommodate questions and answers within the planned 90 minute time slot.
NOTE: If you cannot attend the live webinar, register anyway so you receive the email with the link to the recording. You will not prevent someone else from attending the live webinar. Read More
I’m thrilled to say that I was a winner in the Intuit Innovator’s contest last fall and I finally won an iPad! I submitted a quick (2 minutes) video of how I helped a national fraternity implement QuickBooks Online for their chapters. In the video, I discuss the needs of the fraternity, the challenges they faced and how QuickBooks Online met their needs. Check it out:
Grow with QuickBooks Online Certification
QuickBooks Online continues to increase in popularity with about 40% of new QuickBooks users choosing QuickBooks Online. Are you Certified in QuickBooks Online yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Join the ProAdvisor Program and get certified so you can innovate with your clients too! There aren’t as many people certified in QuickBooks Online yet so it is a great way to differentiate yourself and can help you grow your business.
Have you been waiting for the QuickBooks 2013 give away? Well, I’m thrilled to say that the prizes are now on hand and ready to be given away! Stay subscribed to my blog so you won’t miss a chance to win!
This week, a blog subscriber will be chosen at random to win QuickBooks Pro 2013 (MSRP $249.95). Watch for an announcement at the end of the week! Read more
If you are looking to start, grow, or accelerate your QuickBooks accounting practice in 2013, I’m excited to let you know about a program that’s generating quite a buzz. It’s especially for QuickBooks ProAdvisors, ISPs, EAs, CPAs, and bookkeepers who want to take their accounting, IT, or QuickBooks consulting practice to the next level.
Here are some excerpts from 2011 and 2012 members: Read more
Recently small business owners and ProAdvisors who use Intuit Merchant Services had $35 – $100 withdrawn from their bank account for Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance Fees (as explained below). This caused complaints, confusion and frustration. Intuit sent an an email notification however many people report that they did not receive the email and were surprised when the charge was deducted from their account. Read on for more details, possible alternatives and information for QuickBooks ProAdvisors. Read more
I’m excited to invite you to Anything Goes! A special live event in the Successful QuickBooks Consultants Linkedin Group on Tuesday, April 24 from 1:30 – 2:30 CT. The event includes a live Q&A event with Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors, a special offer on QuickBooks Accountant 2012 and someone will win QuickBooks Accountant 2012 (MSRP $499.95)! Read more
Do you wonder if you should get QuickBooks Accountant instead of QuickBooks Pro? After all, QuickBooks Pro is cheaper. Is QuickBooks Accountant really better than QuickBooks Pro? Would QuickBooks Pro be sufficient? If you are an accountant, bookkeeper, tax professional or QuickBooks consultant, then you really should get QuickBooks Accountant. QuickBooks Accountant has the following unique features and functionality to help accounting professionals be more efficient and productive. Read more
The updated QuickBooks Advanced Certification exam (V3) and training are now available in the ProAdvisor course locker. To gain access to the exam and training, you must be certified in the three most current years of QuickBooks (currently 2010, 2011 and 2012). There are many benefits to earning the Advanced Certification as noted on the website: Read more
The Find-a-ProAdvisor website receives over 400,000 unique visitors annually. These small business owners (SBOs) and QuickBooks users are looking for someone to help them with QuickBooks. The Find-a-ProAdvisor website is a a great source of leads, referrals and new clients for many QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisors (you must be certified to be listed). Thus, when Intuit makes changes to the Find-a-ProAdvisor website, we want to know what changed and how will it impact me? Hopefully this blog post will help answer those questions. Read more
It is frustrating to enter transactions into QuickBooks and discover you entered them into the wrong bank account or QuickBooks file. Using different colors can help differentiate checkbook registers (i.e. accounts) or QuickBooks files. This helps you quickly identify which account or file is currently open. Read below for details on how to change the color of accounts and QuickBooks files. Read more
I’m thrilled to be presenting several sessions again this year at Joe Woodard’s Scaling New Heights 2012 conference in Nashville, Tennessee from June 17 – 20. Joe has lined up great sessions and speakers again this year. There’s over 100 hours of in-depth training on Intuit products and selected QuickBooks – integrated solutions and more. Read below for more details and register before February 29 for the early registration discount. Read more
Deadline is November 15 for Discount Pricing to Grow Your Business for Accountants, CPAs, Bookkeepers, QuickBooks ProAdvisors and more
Do you want to grow your accounting, QuickBooks, tax, or IT consulting business, but feel like your marketing skills are holding you back? Do you feel like there is no time to take on more clients, but you’d still like to earn more than you currently earn? Is your business not as full as you’d like it to be? Read more
Setting billing rates and fees can be challenging and can vary depending upon your education and credentials — are you a Certified ProAdvisor, CPA, accountant, bookkeeper or QuickBooks consultant? How many years of experience do you have and do you specialize in a certain area? Where are you located geographically? Should you charge hourly or fixed fees? Intuit recently conducted a new Average Billing Rates Survey and this post are the initial results. Read more
Want to know how Cindy S., a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, raised her rates by 50% just a few months ago and is already earning more revenue in her bookkeeping practice? Or perhaps how Suzanne, a CPA and Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, implemented a super simple, takes-a-tiny-bit-of-time follow-up system that got her a nice 4-figure account she wouldn’t have otherwise gotten? Read more
Frequently businesses will offer customers a free checkup or screening. For example, auto repair companies suggest you bring your car in for a free 28 point inspection or HVAC companies offer a free inspection of your air conditioner or furnace or similar offers for a free checkup or screening for something. Accounting professionals, QuickBooks ProAdvisors, IT consultants and more can utilize this concept to help grow and expand your QuickBooks consulting services. Read more
What’s the difference between QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Enterprise? What’s the difference between QuickBooks Pro for Windows vs. Mac? What are the differences between QuickBooks Pro vs. QuickBooks Online? There are many questions about the different QuickBooks products and the features available in each. It can be confusing to decide, ‘which QuickBooks is right for me’? Wouldn’t it be great to have a comparison chart to see the differences quickly and conveniently? Now, there is a Comprehensive QuickBooks Product Comparison to answer these questions. Read more
As I announced a few days ago, I am excited that Intuit has generously donated nearly $8,300 worth of FREE QuickBooks 2012 products and services for me to give away! There will be 12 lucky winners of QuickBooks 2012 products or services in this contest / giveaway. Wow, how exciting is that? Take a look at what you could win: Read more
If you are a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, please read this blog post regarding the product codes for QuickBooks Accountant 2012 and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Accountant 12.0 programs. Please help share this and spread the word to other ProAdvisors too. There is some initial confusion and incorrect product codes. Read more
I am excited to announce that Intuit has generously donated nearly $8,300 worth of FREE QuickBooks 2012 products and services for me to give away! There will be 12 lucky winners of QuickBooks 2012 products or services in this contest / giveaway. Wow, how exciting is that? Take a look at what you could win: Read more
There have been several new features and enhancements for accounting professionals over the past few years and this year is no different. Intuit QuickBooks® Accountant 2012 is Intuit’s bookkeeping, write-up and financial reporting solution for accounting professionals supporting multiple QuickBooks clients. The 2012 solution provides unique tools to help you be more productive and work more efficiently so you can better collaborate with your clients. With
the new and enhanced features included in Accountant 2012, you can: Read more
Recently there have been several questions about whether Intuit is discontinuing payroll or ‘getting out of the payroll’. Don’t be confused — Intuit will continue to provide many payroll services and comparable options, however Intuit Complete Payroll service (only) will be discontinued on December 31, 2011. If you or your clients use Intuit Complete Payroll Service, you will need to decide which payroll service you will use for 2012. Read more
QuickBooks ProAdvisors and CPAs, this is the final week to get a boost in your business with Sandi Smith’s Accountant’$ Accelerator
I want to share with you another chance (and there’s only a few more days) to learn about a program designed to help ProAdvisors and CPAs just like you break through to six figures and beyond in their QuickBooks practices. It’s ridiculously priced for what you get, and the program is closing on July 8, 2011 to new members. Read more
Many people want to increase traffic to their website and improve the ranking in Google (and other) search results. There are several things you can do that are relatively quick and easy and best of all free. Read more
If you have been waiting to join the ProAdvisor Program, NOW is the time to join! Very rarely do you see a discount on the ProAdvisor Program — especially $100 off (for NEW ProAdvisors only). For accountants, bookkeepers, QuickBooks consultants, some tax professionals and IT consultants who work with clients using QuickBooks, I highly recommend joining the ProAdvisor Program. Read this blog post about why I recommend joining the ProAdvisor Program and all the benefits it offers. Read more