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Who Do I Call With QuickBooks Problems?
September 6, 2019 at 11:57 am

Ask the Accountant… Question: What numbers do I call if I have a problem with QuickBooks? Answer: Let me introduce you to www.softwarediscountcenter.com. In addition to being a quality reseller of QB products, they also have a help desk. Click the "Help" tab Select "Support and Training." Here there are numbers to contact QB. Let…

You Are a Leaky Bucket
September 3, 2019 at 11:30 am

When it comes to motivation, we are all “leaky buckets.” We have all had the experience of hearing an awesome motivational speaker who inspires us to commit to change and get ready to take our success to the next level. However, we have also all experienced that motivation and commitment dissipate within a few weeks.…

My 5 Favorite Promotions of the Week: Russell Westbrook 'Thank You' Tees, Chicago Cubs 'Little League' Jerseys and More
August 21, 2019 at 1:36 pm

Another summer work day is just flying by, but I still want to make the most of it by spotlighting the awesome promotions I saw this week. Yes, as usual, it's all about the sports and the breweries. (Feel free to leave me some suggestions in the comments section if there were any other amazing promos you came across recently.) Without further ado, here is this week's Fave Five...

How to Handle a Supplier Mistake in QuickBooks
August 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Ask the Accountant… Question: I have a credit from a supplier for a mistake in an order. How do I enter that in QuickBooks? Answer: To enter a credit from a supplier in QuickBooks Premier to be used at a later time, follow these instructions. Go to "Enter Bills" Click "Credit" at the top of…

Inspired Employees, Happy Customers: Core Values, Company Culture and Continuous Improvement
August 21, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Companies grow and evolve. Culture and values have to evolve with them. Our first Core Values were about who we are at work. Our new ones are more about how we work together. The biggest learn for the management team through the Core Values project was that people want to be part of something that inspires them. If employees are inspired and happy, it shows—and it leads to happy customers...

Back to School
August 19, 2019 at 1:49 pm

If you are a parent (or are on social media), you know that it’s back to school time. Children and young adults are busy getting their class schedules, books and school supplies to prepare for another year of learning and growth. What a great time for us industry professionals to think about “going back to…

Are Promo Industry Firms So Desperate For Short-Term Gains That They’re Willing To Gamble Their Future?
August 15, 2019 at 2:46 pm

Taking the initiative to ensure safety and responsibility throughout the entire supply chain not only protects the brand equity of end-buyers, but also secures our livelihood in the promotional products industry. Sure, you could continue to gamble by ignoring product safety and responsible sourcing in order to achieve short-term gains, but the safe bet is to invest in the policies and procedures to protect the entire supply chain...

Do I Pay Sales Tax The Same as Income Tax?
August 16, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Ask the Accountant… Question: If I do my taxes based on when I get paid for orders, does that mean I pay my sales taxes the same way? Answer: Not necessarily. The basis with which you calculate your income taxes does not have to be the same as your sales tax basis. There are two…

Trust Your Intuition
August 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Most of us businesspeople have great ideas from time to time. The typical response to our good ideas is to seek lots of affirmation. In the pursuit of affirmation, businesspeople reach out to their friends to get feedback. There are two big problems with this. First, your friends don’t understand your business very well, and…