Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper (Day 195) – The IRS

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Dear Diary,

Today I got a notice from the IRS.  Luckily, the receptionist passed the letter to me unopened before the boss saw it (she didn’t know what it was), and he doesn’t know it’s here.

Opening the letter, I was shocked.  The IRS said that the company owned payroll taxes on the paychecks for the last three months that I’ve been here, and since we hadn’t paid when we were supposed to, we now owe penalties and interest.  Apparently, payroll taxes are due within three business days of cutting payroll checks, and the … 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.)

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  • 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 ORRead More

    Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper: A Warning Sign

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    Dear Diary,

    Betty Bookkeeper HeadshotToday sucked… and I mean, straight up sucked.

    There I was, minding my own business, when in walks the boss with a receipt. On the receipt are stamped the letters C.O.D. It was from one of our vendors that apparently hasn’t been paid in so long, they’ve changed our account from credit to C.O.D.

    “What is this, Betty?” the boss asked me. “Why has ABC Hardware turned our credit account … 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

    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

    Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper: (Day 149) The Collusion Scam

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    Dear Diary,

    Today was a not-so-great day.  Apparently, I have a partner now.  I never intended to have a partner, but it appears I have no choice in the matter.  Here’s what happened:

    I was in my office (innocently shredding checks), when I suddenly heard a man say, “I know what you’re doing.”

    Quickly slipping the leftover checks back into my desk drawer, I looked at him with my most innocent expression.  “What do you mean?” I asked sweetly.  It was Ernie, one of the flooring … Read More

    Diary of a Bad, Bad Bookkeeper: Paypal

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    Dear Diary,

    Betty Bookkeeper HeadshotToday I got an intriguing email.  The email was a confirmation from PayPal.  It said that we had spent $150 on an online order.  Since the company does not have a PayPal account, I knew it was a scam – a Phishing Scam, where some con artist is trying to get access to our account.  When you click on the links in the email, … 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

    How to Make QuickBooks Enter Transactions For You

    If you’ve already gotten OUR EBOOK: “How To Do A Year’s Worth Of Bookkeeping In One Day”, then you’ll probably already know how to do this step.  This excerpt is straight from that eBook with only a few modifications for those who haven’t read the book yet.

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    Do you have a lot of transactions that repeat from day to day, week to week, month to month in your business?  What about repeating transactions that need … Read More