QuickBooks, Quicken and TurboTax

imageAt 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 … 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 (Day 40) – Stealing the Boss’s Identity

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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

    How to Send an Email Blast Without Getting Spam’d

    Many times, when businesses try to send out multiple emails at once, they end up getting put into the receiver’s Spam box.  It isn’t because the receiver doesn’t know the sender.  It’s usually because the sender has chosen more then 5 people (or some number just as disturbingly small).  It can be really frustrating when you have to send out an email blast to a multitude of people, and then never hear from them because the message ended up in their Spam folder, and they never check their Spam folder.   To bypass this, you simply need to send out an … Read More

    Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper – (Day 97) The Shell Company Scam

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    Dear Diary,

    Another day, another dollar…or at least, another stolen dollar.

    Well – I’ve had my own company for about two weeks now and I’ve made a couple thousand dollars skimming off the deposits.  The boss hasn’t noticed.  As far as he’s concerned, all of the invoices are paid, and I’m doing my job incredibly well.  In fact, I just passed the three month trial period, and the boss gave me a $0.50 an hour raise.  When he told me that, I felt like saying, “Really?  A … Read More

    Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper (Day 127) – The Payroll Tax Scam

    Dear Diary,

    Today, I was bored at work.  Really bored.  I mean – surf-the-internet-looking-for-designer-handbags bored.  (And I don’t even like designer handbags…although I wouldn’t mind a Brighton.)

    Anyway…it was Payroll Day, which usually I’m happy about.  When payroll comes around, I take my sweet time entering all the timecards and wages.  I tell the boss it’s an all-day project, but in actuality, I’m done before lunchtime.  I usually bring the checks into his office around 4PM, thus I get the rest of the … 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

    Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper (Day 112) – Theft by Signature Stamp

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    Dear Diary,

    Today the boss went on vacation and guess what he gave me…the Signature Stamp.  I couldn’t believe it when he handed it to me.  I think my smile was from ear-to-ear.  Doesn’t he realize how stupid it is to give me the signature stamp?

    “Are you sure you want to give this to me?” I asked all innocent like.  In the back of my mind, I was already calculating how much money I might be able to get now that I had this new stamp.

    “Of course.  I trust you,” he told me with an amused little smirk.

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    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 30) – The Double Payday Scam

    Dear Diary,

    Today was payday – the second since I’ve been here.  I figured it was about time to test the Double Payday Scam – to see if my boss would actually catch me.

    So, I started the day by doing the Payroll.  Just like two weeks ago, I created and took all of the paychecks to the boss to sign.  He signed them, with only the occasional request to see a corresponding timecard…then he signed mine without question.

    I … Read More