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Everybody loves freebies! Free QuickBooks® tips, tricks and techniques via articles, eBooks and recorded videos. New items are being added frequently, they just take time to create. Browse this category to see what we have to offer and if you don’t see something that you are looking for, feel free to submit a request using the Suggestion Box link at the top of the page.
We’ve arranged our freebies into the following categories:

New Technology – where you’ll find information about new versions of Microsoft Windows, Office, and QuickBooks compatibility.
QuickBooks Resources & Reviews – where you’ll find information about the newest versions of QuickBooks.
Business Productivity Tips & Training – where you’ll find things like handy checklists and worksheets to help you better organize information, general business articles on hiring, identity theft, embezzlement, email etiquette and more.
QuickBooks Tips, Techniques & Work Arounds – where you’ll find things like articles on how to track sales tax – on both the entire project and a discretionary tax on a certain amount of the project, trouble-free bank reconciliations, handling bounced checks, bartering, tracking use tax, job costing, and more.
QuickBooks Training – where you’ll find video “how-to’s” for common QuickBooks questions.
IRS Resources – Construction – where you’ll find IRS related information relating to the construction industry and payroll taxes.

Tracking Sales Tax – On The Entire Invoice & On A Fixed Amount of the Invoice

For the most part, QuickBooks does a good job of tracking taxable and non-taxable sales -- even taxable and non-taxable items on the same invoice.  However, when it comes to tracking sales tax with a fixed rate on a fixed dollar amount of an entire sale ---- in addition to sales tax on the entire sale --- well it fails miserably and causes a lot of frustration for QuickBooks Users who encounter a situation of this nature. Price:  Free
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Making the Move to Public Works Construction

Making the move to public works construction will require planning and quite possibly a lot of changes in the way you currently run your existing construction business. This article will provide you with some tips to help you get started; but, be aware that we cannot possibly provide you with an entire, detailed roadmap to follow. Price:  Free
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Embezzlement, It CAN Happen To You

Whether it's theft of money, supplies, inventory, equipment, or intellectual property, nearly every small business will experience some type of employee theft or embezzlement at one time or another. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to theft simply because they don't have the resources or security controls in place to stop them. Employee theft is extremely common; unfortunately, we hear about it or read about it in the newspapers all of the time. This article provides 9 tips for protecting your business from embezzlement as well as 8 general QuickBooks controls and procedures to help keep your business safe, request it now. Price:  Free
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About Your Host:
Nancy Smyth, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Nancy Smyth, Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc.
QuickBooks Construction & Payroll Expert


I've been using and supporting QuickBooks products since the early 1990's. I've worked with thousands of contractors, assisting them with QuickBooks setup, Certified Payroll Reporting requirements, AIA Billing and Weighted-Average Overtime.


QuickBooks is a powerful product, but learning how to use it in your construction business can be difficult. I hope you find resources available here to be helpful.

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