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“Stuff” that drives me insane

Everybody has “stuff” that drives them insane, these are mine.

Experts And Those Who Would Like You To Think They Are

Anyone can say they are a QuickBooks expert and according to Google, at least 83,000+ people are making that claim! How valid that claim is, however, is another question! Most of these self proclaimed experts sure have a lot to say, but when it comes right down to it and you evaluate what they have actually said (or written) you find that they really haven't provided you with anything concrete to take away.

Remember the old saying "Jack of all trades - master of none"?

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Is Someone at Work Wearing Too Much Perfume or Aftershave?

Do you have a hard time with people who wear too much perfume or aftershave? You know, the people who you swear just opened the bottle and poured it over their head, rather than having taken a shower in the morning - the ones that walk by you and leave a trail of overwhelming SMELL behind them? Whether this happens in your work environment or when you are in the grocery store or out having dinner at your favorite restaurant - this can certainly be annoying.

People with fragrance sensitivities, often referred to as “multiple chemical sensitivities” when they are severe, are not just bothered or annoyed by fragrances. Rather, they have a physical reaction to certain chemical compounds in fragrances that may be contained in a myriad of products, including lotions, shampoos, perfumes, aftershave, deodorants, cleaning products, pesticides, air fresheners, and even floorings and wall coverings. Symptoms can include headaches, nausea, runny nose, itchy eyes, and skin rashes, and in more serious cases, breathing difficulties, poor memory and concentration, muscle and joint pain, and sleeping problems.

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You Get What You Pay For – Do Cheap Bookkeepers Save Money?

There is a lot to learn about using QuickBooks and there is a LOT to learn about bookkeeping! Sure there are a lot of websites (including this one) where you learn how to do very specific tasks in QuickBooks and tons of YouTube videos - but tracking down the various pieces of the learning QuickBooks puzzle is horribly time-consuming and overwhelming; and the information that is found may not entirely meet the requirements of your company.

When you hire an inexperienced person and thrust them into full-fledged bookkeeping position; it’s very likely that you will end up with nothing but a huge mess on your hands and will need to have your books cleaned up by a professional.

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QuickBooks 2013 – Where Have the Colors Gone?

QuickBooks 2013 has an entirely new look and I have to admit there are many things about the product redesign that I really like, however, the biggest issue that I have with the redesign is the fact that Intuit has removed the ability to change the color scheme of the software.

Where oh where can my QuickBooks colors be, Intuit took them away from me…….ya, I know that sounds like a really bad rendition of an old song - but color is an important part of our daily lives and is said to influence our mood. What do you think of the new grey-on-grey look of the QuickBooks top icon bar?

Apparently Intuit is hearing all of the negative feedback on the lack of color and are proposing a change - if you would like to see what they are proposing (and I think it's pretty lame) take this survey at https://survey.intuit.com/survey/survey_page.cfm

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I want unlimited free training…

Ok, so I know that there isn't much in the way of QuickBooks training out their for this kind of situation - what I know I learned the hard way with lots of long, hard unbillable hours....but PLEASE don't call us up wanting free training and for us to teach you evertthing we know for FREE while you bill your customer for your "training time"!
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Playing games….

And let's face it, would you rather have a 2% commission on a $375.00 or $195.00 piece of software--or profitable consulting engagement with a possible full time client that generates on-going revenue? And while we are on the subject or wanting commissions/referral fees....how would you feel if I called you up and said, look I have this client that I'm willing to recommend to you---but ONLY IF you are willing to send me 2% of your total fees that stem from this client?
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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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