Harriet Gatter

Harriet Gatter
What Are My QuickBooks Options on Mac?

Question: I have a Mac that I use for my business, but I’d like to use QuickBooks. What are my options? Answer: There is a Mac desktop version of QuickBooks, which is very different from the Windows QuickBooks and is inadequate for our business. Furthermore, it is being discontinued, and a 2017 version is not…

Where Can I Get QuickBooks Software?

Question: Where should I look for QuickBooks software? Answer: My advice is to buy only from a proven source. The safest source is to buy directly from Intuit. But, there are many resellers that provide some attractive offers. I’ve heard a full range of reports from good to bad. Be careful in your selection of…

Help! My QuickBooks Isn't Working Right!

Question: My QuickBooks isn’t working the way it should. Is there anything I can do to fix the problems? Answer: If you are experiencing basic operating problems in QuickBooks, there is a "Verify and Rebuild" function. To run this, back up your QuickBooks first, and go to "File" to "Utilities." Run “Verify Data,” which will…

Can I Print Checks in QuickBooks?

Question: Can I print checks in QuickBooks? If so, do you have any tips for buying the checks? Answer: Yes, you can print checks in QuickBooks. When doing so, the transaction is recorded directly into your general ledger (into the account you designate). Also, when writing a check to pay a supplier purchase order, the…

How to Set a Default Checking Account

Question: When printing a check, the wrong bank account shows up. Can I set a default checking account? Answer: Yes, you can select a default checking account for various functions. Go to: Edit > Preferences > Checking (on the left side) > My Preference tab at the top. Here you can select a bank account…

How Can I Upgrade?

Question: How do I upgrade from QuickBooks Pro to Premier? Answer: QuickBooks makes it easy to upgrade from Pro to Premier. First, download Premier; then back up your QuickBooks company file. Print out your balance sheet and income statement on the accrual basis. When you are ready to upgrade, go to "File," "Open" or "Restore…

View Everything on One Screen

Question: Is there one screen in QuickBooks Premier where I can look at my open sales orders and invoices? Answer: Yes, QuickBooks has a feature called "Income Tracker" that does just that. Go to "Customers," then "Income Tracker." The dashboard shows a current accounting of various income segments. At the top, you will see totals…

Customizing Quickbooks for Promotional Products Distributors

Question: Are there any reports in QuickBooks that are designed specifically for the ad specialty industry? Answer: Unfortunately, there are no ad-specialty-specific reports, but all of the reports on QuickBooks can be customized. And some have been put to good use by distributors. If you have loaded QuickBooks Premier specifying the Manufacturing and Wholesale Edition,…

Who Made All These Errors?

Question: We have some recurring errors in our QuickBooks. No one will take ownership of the errors, but I need to find out who made them. Is there a way to do that? Answer: QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise have a report that should give you that information. It’s called an "Audit Trail." This will list…

Adding Data to Stock Reports

Question: Is there a way to add data to stock reports in QuickBooks? Answer: QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise allow a great deal of customization of its reports, but sometimes you will want to add, rearrange or manipulate data beyond the scope allowed in QuickBooks. In that case, you can export that QuickBooks report to an…

Making Default Templates

Question: How do I make a template in QuickBooks to be the default template for sales orders, purchase orders or invoices? Answer: QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise do not have a means to designate a “default” template, but there is a workaround to achieve the same result. Go to "Lists" and then "Templates." The list shows…

Why Use QuickBooks Over Other Software?

Question: My accountant wants me to start using QuickBooks Premier instead of industry software. Why? Answer: As described in another blog, QuickBooks Premier works very well for our industry, but your accountant may or may not know that. Likely, your accountant knows how to work within QuickBooks since it is the No. 1 accounting software…

Don't Do Unnecessary Work

Question: In QuickBooks, I prefer to set up items as categories, such as apparel or pens, and type in the individual descriptions. Is there any reason not to do it that way? I feel like I'm going to end up with too many items otherwise. Answer: I can understand why you might want to do…

Setting Up Non-Inventory Items

Question: I have my non-inventory items set up in QuickBooks, but I don't see anything in my cost of goods sold account, and my sales numbers seem very low. Why is that? Answer: Chances are you don't have your non-inventory items set up correctly. This is a common error for our industry, and one of…

Correctly Updating QuickBooks

Question: I am using an older version of QuickBooks and want to upgrade to the current year. What should I do to prepare for this? Answer: First of all, back up your current QuickBooks file. Then, run your balance sheet, and profit and loss (income) statements on both the accrual and cash bases for the…