Bookkeeping Money-Saving Tip # 18: QuickBooks, Quicken and TurboTax


At this time of year, your taxes are hopefully done, and you are probably not thinking of taxes at all. That’s all well and good, but have you begun planning for next year? Because whether your business is brand new, has never had a “regular bookkeeper”, or has been doing bookkeeping the same old ways for numerous years, it never hurts to consider if this year is the time to update your bookkeeping programs or stick with what you’ve always done.

For me, I always like the most updated version of anything… like the iPad 2… I … Read More

The 10 Customer Service Rules that All “Big Businesses” Utilize

You may be wondering, “E.T. Barton is a bookkeeper and a researcher.  What the heck could she possibly know about customer service?  What qualifies her to teach a lesson like this one?  She’s ‘Back Office’ – NOT Retail.” 

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SignTo be quite honest…I rock at customer service.  I mean, I seriously kick butt.  But that is not actually what qualifies me as a customer service expert.  What qualifies me is the fact that one of my very first jobs – back when I was in … Read More

Creating Discrete Adsense Ads

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In the first part of this blog series, Bookkeeping Money-Saving Tip # 14 – Make Money With Your Business Blog, I wrote that to make money with Google Adsense on your business blog, you needed to do the following things: 

  • Use “Adlinks” whenever possible.

  • Make any Google Adsense links in your blog match your “Other” links.
  • Place Your Google Adsense Adlinks in Discrete Locations.
  • Use Your Prime Real Estate for Banner Ads.
  • Utilize as many types of Google Adsense Ads as you can.
  • Today, I’m going to go into detail on … Read More

    10 Plug-Ins to Help Any Blog Increase Traffic

    Hey Everyone,

    Sorry I haven’t been posting more lately.  I’ve been traveling through Australia and Fiji (and will be heading off to Malaysia this week), while at the same time running an Online Workshop to help Business People with their Blogs.  The Workshop is taking up more time than I thought it would (as is the sightseeing), but by the end of September, I should be back to regularly posting 2 to 3 times a week.

    For now, here are some Plug-Ins that can help any blog get more traffic.  While these are WordPress … Read More

    Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper

    Diary Cover 4 copy(This Book is now available for sale on Amazon.)

    Meet Betty Bookkeeper

    She’s embezzling thousands of dollars a month from her unsuspecting Small Business Owner boss. Her boss has absolutely no idea because she seems like such a good woman. It’s that trust which makes it so tempting and so easy for Betty to steal.

    Do you have a Betty Bookkeeper? Or are you a Bookkeeper who worries about protecting your reputation? Then this … Read More

    A Must-Have WordPress Plug-In: PushButton SEO

    Hands-On with Push Button SEO for WordPress Affilorama Search engine, Search-Engine-Marketing Search engine, Search-Engine-Marketing—Danard Vincente ( This picture I pulled from the PushButton SEO Plug-In in less than 3 seconds… E.T.B.

    Okay, let me first start by saying this:  If you are not using WordPress for your website/blog, then this post is NOT for you.  If you do have WordPress or if you are thinking about switching to WordPress, then YOU MUST READ THIS POST.

    As many of my readers already know, I … Read More

    Paint a Target on Your Customers

    In BOOKKEEPING MONEY-SAVING TIP #4: Analyze Your Business Location, I discussed the fact that many businesses make the mistake of choosing a bad retail location because they don’t analyze the location in relationship to their competitors.  In actuality, proximity to competitors is merely one reason why a business location can fail.  Another common reason is failure to identify the customers in that location’s area.  If you don’t know who your customers are and where they are located, your business can go down in flames at … Read More

    Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper (Day 40) – Stealing the Boss’s Identity

    Betty Bookkeeper Headshot

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    I got a new credit card today. Well, technically, I got a new “company credit card” today. When the boss wasn’t around, I went ahead and called his credit card company and told them we had lost his company card and needed a new one. They asked me for all of the usual identifying information – social security number, mother’s maiden name, address, phone, account number, etc. – and of course, I gave the guy on the other end of the line … Read More

    BOOKKEEPING MONEY-SAVING TIP # 13: Make Money With Your Website (Part 1)

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    Believe it or not, when I first decided to start my own business seven years ago, I did not want to do bookkeeping.  I may be good at it, but I’ve never LOVED it (not like my Mom does).  Instead, I wanted to make “just enough money” so that I could stay home with my newborn daughter, and maybe do a bit of romance-writing on the side.  If that meant busting my behind and selling Mary Kay products to support my family, I was going … Read More

    Have You Heard About Kindle Worlds?

    In the August 19th, 2013 Kindle Direct Publishing newsletter, Amazon made a casual mention about Kindle Worlds.  Since this was a new tool I had never heard of (and I was about to do an Amazon workshop), of course I had to find out more.

    To put it bluntly, Kindle Worlds is a place for writers to create Fanfiction that Amazon will then publish and promote to their Kindle machines.  Here is a quote directly from their site:

    “Kindle Worlds is a publication submission platform where you choose … Read More