QuickBooks Advanced Certified ProAdvisor Exam and Training Updated and Now Available

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

Results of Billing Rates Poll of Accounting Professionals

Frequently accounting professionals will ask questions like: What should I be charging for my services? What is the average billing rate for bookkeepers? Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors? Accountants? Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)? Enrolled Agents (EAs)? Tax Professionals? Should I charge an hourly rate or fixed fees? Unfortunately, the answer is usually — it depends. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to billing rates for accounting professionals. It depends on your education, experience, expertise, geographic location and more. The good news is that there is information available to help you get an idea of average billing rates to help you determine and set your billing rates and policies.

I put a quick poll on my website asking accounting professionals for their most common billing rates. Here are the results based on almost 1,000 replies:

For more detailed information on average billing rates for accounting professionals, check out these resources:

Remember billing rates should be established based on a number of criteria and considerations. Keep in mind the value of your education, experience, skills and more. Please do not set your billing rates too low. It may be tempting when you are new to the profession or just starting your business or whatever, but it devalues your services and does not help you get quality clients.

QuickBooks ProAdvisors — Changes to Intuit’s Find a ProAdvisor Website Launched Nationwide

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

Learn QuickBooks from expert Michelle Long in Training Videos / Seminar

Michelle Long has taught thousands of people how to use QuickBooks in hundreds of seminars over the past 12 years.  Michelle teaches other accounting professionals about QuickBooks as a national trainer for Intuit and writes courses for Intuit Academy.  Now you can learn from her expertise in a comprehensive QuickBooks training course. Read more

QuickBooks Tip: Using Color to Help Identify Accounts or Files

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

Join Michelle Long at Scaling New Heights – an Advanced Training Conference for Intuit Advisors

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