Small Business Solutions LLC
PO Box 10053
Huntsville, AL 35801
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November 2012


It's that time of year again when the weather is cool and the leaves are falling rapidly---time to get out your tools and do some yard maintenance.  It's also the time of year to do your QuickBooks maintenance---time to get your files in shape to close out 2012.  If you haven't had a QB Health Check in a while, it would be a good time to schedule an appointment with us.  Call us at 256-337-5200 to schedule an appointment today.
Our updated website is getting great reviews.  Hope you've had a chance to check it out at!  If you haven't done so already, please take a couple minutes to click the link and tBobake a look.  Make sure to stop by the QB Bob Community section---this is where you'll find our frequently updated Blog and Podcast sections.  
Training, specials, promotions and upgrade discounts! Don't forget to check our website each month for our specials, upgrade discounts and promotional offers. We are also working with the UAH Small Business Development Center to set up classes for 2013. Check our website frequently
for more information.
Don't forget to tune in each Thursday at 6:45am to "QB Bob" on the radio (WTKI 1450AM 92.9FM) for QuickBooks tricks & tips.  Tune in on Wednesday, 11-21-12, for Bob's Monthly One-Hour Power Show from 8-9am.  Past podcasts are also  available on our website under the QB Bob Community header. 


Thank you again for your support!  Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance!
Certified QuickBooks Help 
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours,
"QB Bob" Crook
Owner, Small Business Solutions LLC
QuickBooks ProAdvisor
 Intuit Premier Reseller (IPR)
Certified - Advanced, Enterprise, & Point of Sale
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QB Bob Tip of the Month:


QuickBooks 2013 Gives You a Reason To Upgrade
Tired of QuickBooks' cramped, claustrophobic screens and uneven interface? You'll be pleased to see the 2013 version.
You chose QuickBooks for a variety of reasons, a major one being its simplicity and usability.

But the software is more than 20 years old now, and hundreds of features have been added over the years. QuickBooks looks old, tired and in need of a makeover.

Not anymore. Intuit has totally redesigned the program's interface and navigational tools, providing a more consistent, streamlined, state-of-the-art look and feel. For the first time in a few years, there's a compelling reason to consider moving up.

Figure 1: The QuickBooks 2013 home page.

Clean, Efficient, Customizable

What Intuit heard from customers was that they wanted a clean, simple experience. They wanted QuickBooks optimized for efficiency, and they wanted to be able to customize quickly.


So Intuit build a brand new interface, one that offers:
  • An across-the-board, consistent look and feel
  • A minimal learning curve, aided by familiar software conventions
  • A clearer, more obvious workflow.

QuickBooks' 2013's dramatic changes are evident from its first screen. The home page has been cleaned up, and many icons removed (with their functions available elsewhere). But the interactive flowchart graphic is still there, along with icons for other commonly-used features.


You can still use the software's standard drop-down menus. But you now have a choice between the old horizontal Icon Toolbar and a new vertical navigational panel (or neither of the latter two). You can customize the new panel to give you quick access to the functions and reports you use most often, saving time and unnecessary clicking.


Figure 2: The new vertical navigational panel can be customized to display the icons you want.
Familiarity, and Clear Signals

Whether you just handle a subset of your company's financial data or you're the only one working with QuickBooks, your workflow will be faster and more intuitive.
QuickBooks 2013 uses colors and other visual cues to provide helpful hints and speed up your work. If the same option occurs within more than one screen, it's always the identical color. When you're completing an invoice, for example, the Save & New button is a bright blue color, as it is on many other screens. The Save & Close and OK icons are the same shade within the forms and records where they occur.
Color is also used to signify related actions in the new navigational Ribbon, a familiar interface convention that replaces the mismatched icons that used to be displayed at the top of transaction forms. In QuickBooks 2013, the icons for related tasks are the same color, and the graphics themselves are much cleaner and well-positioned.

Figure 3: QuickBooks 2013's new navigational Ribbon is designed to accelerate workflow.

A Pleasure to Use

No area of QuickBooks remained untouched in this massive overhaul. Every screen has been modified to enhance readability and speed. Fonts look larger and clearer, and the overall design is more aesthetically pleasing.
So besides making your accounting chores zip along faster, the new look and navigation have a positive psychological effect: It's simply more enjoyable and less frustrating to interact with QuickBooks 2013. Its more modern, attractive look has a lot of appeal.
There are a few new things under the hood in this new version -- it's not just an interface update. For example, customer and vendor records are more flexible and thorough. You can attach to-do's to them, assign multiple contacts and store more contact options, like Facebook addresses and Twitter handles.

Figure 4: Contact records in QuickBooks 2013 are more readable and thorough.

Starting Fresh

There are other changes that will make your work life easier, like one-click access to both the Intuit App Center (where you'll find hundreds of integrated QuickBooks add-on) and your most often-accessed reports.

The last few versions of QuickBooks have been rather ho-hum in terms of new usability and functionality. But we encourage you to seriously consider upgrading to QuickBooks 2013. We'd be happy to help you get up and running with it. Together, we can take a fresh look at your workflow to see if you and QuickBooks can build a better accounting experience.
QuickBooks Tip

Here's a cool little keyboard shortcut. Hit F2 while you're in QuickBooks, and you'll get the Product Information screen. It'll tell you everything you want to know about your specific copy of QuickBooks, like your release and license number, the file size, number of users logged in, audit trail status and the total number of accounts, customers, employees, etc.


QuickBooks News

As of May 31, 2012, Intuit discontinued support for QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Simple Start 2009, QuickBooks for Mac 2009 and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions 9. You can continue to use these solutions, of course, but live technical support and add-on services like payroll, credit card processing, online banking and bill-pay are not accessible. Talk to us about upgrading if you're using any of these products or services.


Small Business Solutions LLC
PO Box 10053  Huntsville, AL 35801
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