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SPECIALS - POS, Pro & Premier

POS v.10 and 2013 seats 20% off

2014 Pro Special - $175.95

2014 Premier Special - $279.95

Sale ends November 30, 2013

Call 256-337-5200 to order TODAY

 November 2013




Tis the season of list making:  grocery lists, holiday meal checklists, gift giving lists, and work end of year planning lists.  I have often thought I need a list of lists so  I don't forget anything.  By the time December 25 rolls around, I'm so exhausted from all the planning, preparing and checking items off of my lists, I have to force myself to slow down to enjoy the holidays.  Then, what's around the corner New Year's resolution lists.  With all these lists, I'm always looking for ways to simplify, streamline and work smarter.  Enter QuickBooks 2014.  Intuit has added many small-but-useful features to QuickBooks 2014, all designed to help you work faster and smarter, and simply to support more convenient operations:


  • QuickBooks' color scheme has been changed.
  • QuickBooks runs faster.
  • You can copy and paste lines within forms. 
  • Emails sent from QuickBooks are filed within the customer record.
  • There's been some retooling of online banking (now called "Bank Feeds"), making it more accessible and understandable.

     Check out the article below for more 2014 features.


    Training, Tips &Tricks:

    Dec 12,  2013 (Thurs, 9am-1pm) - QuickBooks for Business Owners, $147

    Jan. 23, 2014 (Thurs, 9am-1pm) - Accounting 101, $147

    Feb. 20 & 21, 2014 (Thurs & Fri, 2 days, 9am-1pm) - Advanced QuickBooks, $247

    Mar. 20, 2014 (Thurs, 9am-1pm) - QuickBooks Fundamentals, $147

    Location:  515 Sparkman Drive.  Cost includes a QuickBooks workbook and snacks.  Class size is limited to (8) to keep the class small, and so that we can customize the class to the needs of the attendees. Pre-registration required--no walk ins.  At this low cost, seats will fill fast so call us today at (256) 337-5200 to register.  



    Happy Thanksgiving

    The "QB Bob" Team

    Tune in this Wednesday, 11-20-2013, for Bob's Monthly "QB Bob on the Radio" show from 8-9am.  Don't forget to tune in each Thursday at 6:45am to "QB Bob" on the radio (WTKI 1450AM 92.9FM) for QuickBooks tips. 

    QuickBooks 2014 Simplifies, Accelerates Common Tasks

    New version of desktop QuickBooks accomplishes goal of speeding up, refining your workflow.


    If Intuit named its desktop versions of QuickBooks by the version number rather than the year, we'd be in version 20-something by now. QuickBooks, still the preferred software for small businesses, keeps getting smarter in its annual upgrades. Rather than pile on tons of new features in its upgrades, Intuit - for many years - has concentrated on making it easier for you to access the tools and data that are already there.


    QuickBooks 2014 is no exception. Its combination of small-but-effective changes makes it easier to get in and do what needs to be done quickly, and then get out and move on to activities that will help build your business.


    A Superior View


    If you do upgrade to QuickBooks 2014, head first to the new Income Tracker (Customers | Income Tracker). QuickBooks offers numerous reports and other tools for following the progress of your incoming revenue, but this new feature provides the best we've seen in the software. 


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    Figure 1: QuickBooks 2014's new Income Tracker gives you real-time access to the status of your receivables.


    You may find yourself spending a lot of time on this screen because it gives you a birds-eye view of your receivables that isn't available anywhere else in the program. You can click on any of the four colored bars that run across the top of the screen - Estimates, Open Invoices, Overdue and Paid Last 30 Days -- to change the data that appears below. Within each bar is the number of related transactions and their total dollar amount.


    You'll use the drop-down lists directly below these navigational bars to set filters that define a subset of transactions. These are CUSTOMER:JOB, TYPE, STATUS and DATE.


    The last column in the table is labeled ACTION. Once you've earmarked a transaction or transactions that you want to work with by checking the box in front of each name, you can select an action you want to take. If OPEN INVOICES is active, for example, you can receive payment for the transaction(s), print or email them. Where applicable, you can open a drop-down menu in the lower left of the screen and batch-produce invoices, sales receipts and credit memos/refunds. 


    More Descriptive Email


    If you regularly send invoices through email, you may have wondered how many of them actually get opened by your customers in a timely fashion. QuickBooks 2014 contains a new tool that makes the details of each invoice available within the body of the email itself.

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    Figure 2: You can modify this template or leave it as is: QuickBooks 2014 will fill in the relevant details for each customer.


    To access this template, open the Edit menu and select Preferences. Click on the Send Forms tab, then Company Preferences. Open the drop-down list to select the type of form you want to view or modify (pay stub, sales receipt, credit memo, etc.). Click the Edit button to see the actual template, and open the Insert Field drop-down menu to see your options. When you email a form, QuickBooks will replace the text and numbers in brackets with the correct details for each recipient.


    This is what's called a mail merge. They're fairly simple to use, but one error will throw your message off. We can help you get set up with these.


    Smaller Changes


    Intuit has added many small-but-useful features to QuickBooks 2014, all designed to help you work faster and smarter, and simply to support more convenient operations. For example, the Ribbon toolbars on transactions now include a tab or menu that lets you open related reports.


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    Figure 3: You can now access reports directly from the Ribbon toolbar on transaction screens.


    Upgrading to a new version of QuickBooks can be challenging, so we encourage you to let us know if you'd like to explore the process. New functionality and usability that improves your workflow and your understanding of your finances can be worth the time and trouble.  Call us today at 256-337-5200 to get a price quote.  We have the best prices on the internet!  Will QuickBooks 2014 make your holiday list?


           QuickBooks Online - Is it Right for You?

    Anytime - Anyplace - Anywhere - Multiple Devices


    "Its comprehensive tool set makes it easy to manage your company's money matters and get a picture of its overall financial standing. The ability to generate almost any type of report is a real time-saver (and probably a life-saver), especially come tax time..........


    Easily convert your current desktop software to QuickBooks Online.  Find out if it's right for you.

    Let our certified ProAdvisors demonstrate how having your QuickBooks file on line can make it more convenient for you to work anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. 


    Call us today at 256-337-5200 for a demo or FREE trial!