VIDEO: QuickBooks for Contractors Hangout 9/12/2012

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This is the recording of the QuickBooks for Contractors hangout held on Wednesday September 12, 2012.  Our hangouts are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month on the Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc. Google+ page and everyone is free to watch the hangout live or be invited into the live hangout. Our live panel of long-time QuickBooks users/ProAdvisors had a combined total of more than 68 years of experience in using and/or supporting Intuit QuickBooks Financial software - and with the release of QuickBooks 2013 on Monday the new version was a prime topic of conversation and a live preview of QuickBooks 2013 was presented.  During this hangout we discussed: Difficulties in navigating and finding tax and labor law information on various State government websites Difficulties in complying with digital…
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What’s New in QuickBooks 2013 – A Special Google+ Hangout

What’s New in QuickBooks 2013 – A Special Google+ Hangout

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  Intuit has just announced the release of QuickBooks 2013 (today - 9/10/2012) and I'm inviting you to join us LIVE for a special QuickBooks for Contractors Hangout on Google+  for a preview of QuickBooks 2013.  This event will be held on Wednesday September 12, 2012 from 5-6 p.m. EST.  If you can't make the live event, you can watch it on our YouTube Channel at your convenience - because we'll be recording this special event. While there are not many new program features, QuickBooks 2013 looks significantly different from prior versions. I've been actively involved in working with QuickBooks 2013, as an Alpha and a Beta tester, since the end of June. According to Intuit, this year, a top request that they heard from customers like you was to…
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VIDEO: QuickBooks for Contractors Hangout 8/11/2012

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This is the recording of the QuickBooks for Contractors hangout held on 8/11/2012. During this hangout we discussed the following: Using OneNote vs Evernote Using Dragon Naturally Speaking CSI Cost Codes vs. NAHB Cost Codes QuickBooks for Windows & QuickBooks for Mac functionality Problems with leasing a computer The next hangout is scheduled for Wednesday September 12, 2012, 5-6 p.m. EST - will you be joining us?
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VIDEO: QuickBooks for Contractors Hangout 7/11/2012

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  This is the recording of the QuickBooks for Contractors hangout held on 7/11/2012. (Technorati claim token WFSDMZ4GQXJH.) After a rather shaky start (a blue screen of death on my new laptop) we had a lively discussion about: Tablet use and functionality Employee issues GPS Tracking app for your iPhone that tracks where the vehicle has been, how long it was there, number of miles driven, etc. , download the information to your computer and integrate it with Google earth for map display.  The GPS product is by Land Air Sea, find out more at https://www.landairsea.com/  10 common mistakes that contractors make when using QuickBooks Contractors Board in California has updated all the required construction forms (Lien Waivers, etc.) as of July 1, 2012 If you missed our live hangout,…
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VIDEO: How To Make Your QuickBooks Customer:Job List More Meaningful

VIDEO: How To Make Your QuickBooks Customer:Job List More Meaningful

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  The QuickBooks Customer:Job records hold a lot of important information, project information, customer types, job types, job descriptions, start dates, and many other things as well. The QuickBooks Customer Center provides you with the ability to track your Customers (project owners, awarding authorities, or general contractors) that you perform work for. For each Customer you can then track the various Jobs (projects) that you are working on for that specific customer. For each Job that you are working on you can also track Sub-Jobs (your Change Orders or Extra Work orders) that are specific to the original job. QuickBooks offers you two different ways in which to view your Customer:Job List. One view will allow you to look at the details (Estimates, Invoices, and Payments) for a specific job…
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VIDEO: QuickBooks Integration 101

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The integration between QuickBooks and a 3rd Party Application is often very transparent - and totally confusing to both QuickBooks ProAdvisors and end users.   The communication between the two programs takes place behind the scenes leaving very little to be seen – often only the end result of a report or task done outside of QuickBooks OR a transaction created in the 3rd party program that is posted into the data file. Everyone says “I need to SEE how IT (the integration) works”. It’s becoming more apparent that people confuse “integration” (the developer’s code) with HOW (the end result) the program works with the data from QuickBooks; even after watching a video about what the program does and how it does it. Definitions from the Computing Dictionary at Dictionary.com Integration…
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Project Information Worksheet-Keep Your Contract Info Organized

Business Productivity Tips & Training
  A project information worksheet will help you keep your contract info organized. One of the best ways to stay organized is by using a Project Information sheet, it will help you to keep your project paperwork organized. We've developed a Project Information worksheet, with the help of several contractors; it summarizes important aspects of a particular job and keeps essential information handy, it's also a great thing to give to your key office staff. When you are working on multiple projects, you do not want to have to stop to re-read a lengthy contract in order to find a single piece of information. The simple practice of recording important detailed information for each contract will make everyone's life easier when you need to complete progress requisitions and/or make collection…
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eBook: Getting Equipment Costs into QuickBooks Job Costing Reports

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Getting equipment costs into your QuickBooks Job Costing reports is a crucial piece of your overall job costing. If you feel that getting equipment costs into your job costing was a function that only costly construction software was capable of doing.  Think again, QuickBooks can track this accurately if it's set up correctly.  Yes, it's a little more work - but it's accurate, effective, and a whole lot cheaper than costly construction software. Whether you own, rent, or lease equipment you need to know the hourly or daily cost to have each piece of equipment on the jobsite and you need to get these costs into your QuickBooks Actual vs. Estimate and Job Profitability Reports. Our 32-page eBook will teach you: How to determine the cost-per-hour for each piece of…
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VIDEO: How to Create a QuickBooks Portable Company File

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  A QuickBooks Portable company file (.qbm) is a compact version of your company data file that contains ONLY your financial data, and because it is much smaller than a backup (.qbw) it can be sent by email or saved to portable media. A QuickBooks portable company file contains only the financial data for your company.  Unlike a backup file, it doesn't contain related files such as letters, logos, images, and templates.  It also doesn't contain a transaction log (.tlg file), which can be used to restore transaction data with the help of Intuit Technical Support if damage or loss occurs. You can use a portable company file whenever you need to move your company financial data to another computer or location or send it to another person. Another benefit…
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VIDEO: Batch Timesheet Entry in QuickBooks 2012

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  Need a productivity boost?  Try the Batch Timesheet Entry feature in QuickBooks 2012 to enter hours for multiple employees (or Vendors) at the same time. Entering employee time in the Weekly Timesheet in QuickBooks is a painstakingly slow process, especially if you have a lot of employees - QuickBooks 2012 solves "some" of that with the new Batch Timesheet Entry feature, but it's still not perfect or very flexible. Entering timesheets for multiple employees or vendors all at the same time will be a huge productivity booster for some companies - but only in very specific situations. All employees {or Vendors} must: Work on the same Job Be costed to the same Service Item Be paid under the same Payroll Item Work the same hours each day These requirements…
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