Archive for March, 2011

QuickBooks Accountant Copy: Don’t Bother.

The QuickBooks Accountant Copy is a great concept on paper, but a hindrance in real life. Nowadays, there are much more elegant and efficient ways to coordinate your work with your CPA, tax adviser or bookkeeper. If your CPA asks you for an Accountant Copy, I recommend that you push back. Luckily, fewer and fewer CPAs ask for an Accountant Copy.

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Intuit’s 401k – An Intriguing Approach

Intuit, the maker of QuickBooks, recently entered the 401k market and is getting some good traction. Why is it worth noting? After all, there are hundreds of 401k providers out there and most are investment institutions with much better financial pedigrees than Intuit’s. However, Intuit is taking an innovative approach that might fill a void for small businesses.

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Your Bookkeeper is not Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Does it Matter?

The bookkeeping profession is as unregulated as it gets. There are no official certifications like they have for CPAs, financial planners and many other white collar service professions. It’s a good thing as I’ll explain below, but it leaves many small business owners wondering how to identify the good from the bad among bookkeepers. In this profession, education and certifications don’t mean a whole lot, but if there is a certification that carries any significant weight, it is Intuit’s QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

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How to select a scanner for document management

Scanners have two broad applications: scanning documents and scanning pictures. This being a bookkeeping blog, the focus will be on document management. Paperless is the word of the day and scanners are becoming an increasingly important tool in most businesses, whether your objective is to distribute information more effectively (e.g. emailing documents to your bookkeeper) or you are trying to get rid of paper. Scanners come in all sorts of formats, speed, quality, sizes and prices.

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