Harriet Gatter

Harriet Gatter
Can I Integrate SAGE Online With QuickBooks on the Cloud?

Question: Can I have SAGE Online integrate with QuickBooks Premier if my QuickBooks is in a cloud-based storage platform? Answer: The SAGE Online system integrates with QuickBooks well—saving time and effort; recreating orders, customers, vendors and items in QB without having to reenter the data. Unfortunately, at this writing, SAGE cannot integrate with QB when…

When to Convert from One Accounting System to Another

Question: Is there a good time to convert from one accounting system to another? Answer: Actually, you can convert at any time of the year, but there is a “best time” that makes things as fast and easy as possible. If your fiscal year is Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, the best time to convert…

Do I Have to Enter All Data Every Time in Quickbooks?

Question: I am new to the business and to QuickBooks. Do I have to enter all of the data each time with each order? Answer: QuickBooks runs on lists. The major lists are Customer, Vendor and Item lists. There are a few others, too. True to all QB lists, once you create a list entry,…

How Many QuickBooks Users Do You Need?

Question: How do I know how many QuickBooks Users I need to start? Answer: My advice is less. I prefer to err on the side of saving money and minimizing the number of users until knowing exactly how many users are needed. And it’s wise to have as few people as possible inside your accounting…

Quickbooks Tips for Handling a Growing Business

Question: I am planning to grow my business. Should I just start out in QuickBooks Enterprise? Answer: “Big” is a relative concept. I have several ad specialty distributor clients who generate $3 million in annual sales, and QB Premier serves them perfectly well. QB Enterprise does have more features than Premier, but many are not…

Leaving Credit Card Charges as Journal Entries

Question: Can I enter credit card charges as journal entries in QuickBooks Premier? Answer: QuickBooks strongly discourages making journal entries, except in a few rare instances. You should not enter credit card charges as journal entries. QuickBooks has an icon on the homepage just for that. It’s in the lower righthand corner of the homepage…

How to Handle Credit Card Fees in QuickBooks

Question: I have customers that pay me by credit card, but the credit card company takes out fees. I am receiving less than the total amount on the invoice. How do I handle that in QuickBooks Premier? Answer: I am seeing this situation more often, where the credit card company takes out the fees and…

Why Use QuickBooks Over Sending Statements to Accountants?

Question: I send my bank and credit card statements to my accountant at year end to do my taxes. What benefits are there to using something like QuickBooks instead? Answer: There are lots of reasons. First, in QuickBooks, you are able to write and submit orders to customers and suppliers. From there, you can track…

Know When Your Customers Are Tax Exempt

Question: I am creating an item in QuickBooks Premier, and it makes me select it as "Tax" or "Non for Sales Taxes." Sometimes it is taxable and sometimes not, depending on the customer. What do I do? Answer: If an item is ever subject to sales tax in your state, create it as a tax item.…

How to Switch from Cash to Accrual

Question: Can I just switch from cash to accrual basis in my company? There is a button to do that in QuickBooks. Answer: Generally, you cannot switch your basis from cash to accrual or accrual to cash without a significant and legitimate business reason, and a government sanction, too. That being said, QuickBooks does have…

How to Calculate Gross Profit by Sales Rep in QuickBooks

Question: I have sales reps that I pay based on gross profit. Can I do these reports in QuickBooks? Answer: Unfortunately, no, QuickBooks does not calculate gross profit by sales rep for non-inventory items, which is 98 percent of our industry. I am working on a solution to this problem for some of my clients,…

Clarity and Organization are Key in QuickBooks

Question: Can you clarify "Customers," "Vendors," "Employees" and "Other Names?" Too often I use "Other Names." Is that right? Answer: No. It is best to set these up correctly from the beginning. Fixing later is difficult. In this section, QuickBooks allows a name to be used only one time. If you put everyone in "Other…

Make Sure Your Supplier's Purchase Order Matches the Invoice

Question: Do I need to make changes to my supplier’s PO to match the supplier invoice? Answer: Yes, and making this adjustment is a standard and absolute best practice in our industry. The supplier’s invoice almost always differs from the original purchase order, and it is the final invoice numbers that need to be correctly…

Why Does My Purchase Order Appear as Open?

Question: Why do I have supplier purchase orders that show as open in QuickBooks Premier even though I know I have paid them? Answer: There could be two explanations. First, there are times that your supplier purchase order does not mark all items as closed even though they are paid. To check this, open the…

Do I Need Business Insurance?

Question: My accountant wants me to buy some business insurance. Is that something I should have? Answer: I, too, advise my clients to purchase business liability insurance. It can protect you and your assets in the event of a lawsuit. If you are a sole proprietor, your personal assets are at risk with a lawsuit.…