Ringing Out 2016 in QuickBooks

Ringing Out 2016 in QuickBooks 2017 is just around the corner. Now’s the time to do your end-of-year QuickBooks tasks. Since early January of this year, you’ve been faithfully creating new records, entering transactions, and recording payments. You’ve run basic reports. You’ve done your collection duties. You may have paid employees and submitted payroll taxes. […]

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Charging for Time in QuickBooks Online Plus, Part 1

Charging for Time in QuickBooks Online Plus, Part 1 You could be losing revenue if you’re not tracking billable time carefully. QuickBooks Online Plus can help. You can’t see time. Nor can you look at hours and minutes to see how many you have in inventory. But if you’re a service-based business, your income is […]

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Are You Applying Finance Charges? Should You Be?

Are You Applying Finance Charges? Should You Be? Assessing finance charges is a complicated process. But if you have a lot of late payments coming in, you may want to consider it. There are many reasons why your customers send in payments past their due dates. Maybe they missed or misplaced your invoice, or they’re […]

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Setting Up Settings in QuickBooks Online

Setting Up Settings in QuickBooks Online You’ll be visiting QuickBooks Online’s Settings screen regularly, so it’s good to know what’s there. You can get into a rental car and just start driving to your destination. But you soon realize that you need to know where the temperature controls and the radio tuner are. If it […]

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What QuickBooks’ Calendar Can Do for You

What QuickBooks’ Calendar Can Do for You Yet another calendar? Yes. It’s a good idea to use QuickBooks’ calendar to stay on top of your financial transactions. These days, some of us find ourselves updating multiple calendars. There’s the Outlook calendar or other web-based solution for scheduling and task management. Maybe a smartphone app to […]

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Setting Up Employees in Xero

Setting Up Employees in Xero Preparing Xero to process your payroll requires time and attention to detail. Employees mean success. The fact that you’ve been able to hire a staff at your small business indicates that your products and/or services are in demand, and you can’t handle all of the necessary work by yourself. It […]

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How to Reconcile Accounts in Xero

August 2015 How to Reconcile Accounts in Xero Manual, paper-based account reconciliation is a time-intensive, grueling task. Xero’s tools make it easier and faster. There are probably few financial processes that you loathe more than manual account reconciliation. Matching transactions in the checkbook register to the printed bank statement isn’t so difficult, but the ending […]

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Working with Bills and Expenses in Xero

July 2015 Working with Bills and Expenses in Xero It’s much more gratifying to work with incoming payments, but the money has to go out sometimes, too. Here’s an overview. Xero provides numerous ways to pay for goods and services that your company needs in Xero. How you do so depends on the type of […]

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Use Xero’s Tracking Categories for More In-Depth Reporting

May 2015 Use Xero’s Tracking Categories for More In-Depth Reporting Xero offers numerous ways for you to sort and analyze your financial accounts. Tracking categories provide one kind of insightful filtering. Once you’ve spent some time working with Xero, you realize that your paper-and-Excel system was woefully inadequate. Instead of scribbling notes, hunting for documents, […]

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Creating Item Records in Xero

April 2015 Creating Item Records in Xero If your business buys and sells products, Xero can help you with the necessary record-keeping. When it comes to keeping track of inventory, product-based small businesses are probably a little envious of companies that sell services. Service companies may have occasional scheduling and staffing difficulties, but they don’t […]

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