Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper (Day 14) – The Carnage Begins

Well Diary,

Betty Bookkeeper HeadshotToday was the day… the FIRST day that I stole from the company.  Today, I forged my first check with the owner’s signature. I would have done it a couple days ago – as soon as I found out the owner doesn’t open the bank statements, and in fact expects me to do it – but the owner suddenly changed his pattern. Instead of staying out of the office, like he had done every … Read More

Laptop Features to Consider For Small Businesses

The following is an excerpt from our eBook, “How to Start a Lucrative Virtual Bookkeeping Business.”

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One of the things I see a lot of when it comes to bookkeeping is laptops…lots of laptops.  Some work incredibly well (whether for bookkeeping or anything else) while others work horribly.  Thus, I have compiled a list of features to consider when shopping for any laptop, whether for bookkeeping alone, or for business in general.

(If you have any further recommendations, please leave them in the comments so that other readers will know what to consider.)

  • Must-Have Features … Read More
  • Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper: Why the Accountant Did NOT Catch Me

    Dear Diary,

    Let me just say – WhewWhat a relief.  Tax time is over and I got off scott-free.

    You see, I was very concerned that when I handed over the business books to the accountant this year, I would be busted – caught – nailed to the wall.  I was sure I’d be in Shawshank before long, and I was almost tempted to clean up my act – almost.  I was sure I was cooked when the accountant called me a couple … Read More

    Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper: (Day 72) Bank Balance? What Bank Balance?

    Dear Diary,

    Today, was a funny day.  The boss came into my office, and he had this look on his face.  It was a look like, I’m gonna get answers – no matter what.

    Pasting an innocent expression on my face, I quickly hid the Mafia Wars game on my computer screen and turned my full attention to him.  “What’s up, Boss?” I asked.

    “Hey, Betty.  I was just wondering – how much money do we have … Read More

    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

    Get Out of the Box

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    Ever heard the expression, “Think Outside the Box?”  Of course you have – who hasn’t?  Roughly translated, it means to think of the things that people don’t normally think of.  In business, it means to find and utilize the ideas that your competition is missing.

    What is my point, you may wonder, and why am I bringing up this topic?  A few days ago, I had a conversation with another bookkeeper that irritated the “heck” out of me.  The bookkeeper worked for a property management … Read More

    Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper – (Day 1) A New Job

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    Dear Diary,

    I just started my new job today, and it’s perfect.  It’s a small company with only a few employees, most of whom are never in the office – they all work “in the field.”  Also, there’s a receptionist, so I won’t have to be constantly answering the phone (thank goodness for that).  The receptionist is very friendly, and I can tell that she’s looking forward to having another woman in the office.  Most of the other employees are men – all the better for … Read More

    Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper (Day 55) – The Sister Company Scam

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    Dear Diary,

    Today I became a business owner.  That’s right, I’ve opened my own business and am about to make a million dollars the easy way – with little or no money down.  Okay – I spent a little money.  But technically, it wasn’t my money.  It was my boss’s money – or maybe I should call him my “investor” – not that he knows he’s an investor.

    If only all those companies touting their “make a million dollars without doing any … Read More

    The Email Subscription List

    EmailOne of the best things that any business can do is to generate an Email List, especially, an Email SUBSCRIPTION List.  With an email list, bookkeepers can email invoices and sales receipts to customers.  Even better, the advertising department (or person) can use an Email Subscription List to send out advertisements to customers and thus generate additional sales.  If nothing else, having an email subscription list gives a business an opportunity to remind customers that they exist – that they have products that might interest the customer at … 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