QuickBooks Pro and Premier are terrific small business accounting applications. They serve millions of businesses capably. But you may find as you grow that the inventory-tracking features can’t meet your more sophisticated needs. Continue reading
The QuickBooks Item List is a powerful tool when it comes to managing, reporting and understanding your business. (To get there, click Lists | Item List)
Basically, the Item List is just that: any line item descriptions that are put on forms such as invoices or purchase orders. The line item can be an actual product description, or a customer discount, or even taxes and shipping/handling charges. Continue reading
Making the decision to sell your products or services online is more complex than it might appear. There are many moving parts to online success. Any “web marketing for novices” type of book can provide the basics: selecting and registering an appropriate domain name (your internet address), what to look for in web hosting, putting together a credible website, and then…the phone rings with the first order, right? Continue reading
These days, just about every small business using more than a single PC has a local area network, or LAN, in place. This is the network that enables the office’s desktop computers to send each other files, to share printers and disk drives and to connect to the Internet for the purpose of sending and receiving email, surfing the Web and using a growing variety of so-called cloud-based information services. Continue reading
Just about every business owner would rather focus on making product or providing services than doing their bookkeeping. That’s the natural focus of any spirited entrepreneur. Fiscal accounting tasks, such as bill-paying and accounts receivable, are sometimes viewed by the small and mid-sized business owner as a necessary evil.
However, once you start truly appreciating that your company’s cash flow is the best gauge for measuring business success, your viewpoint of accounting functions starts to change. Continue reading