How to Date/Work With a QuickBooks 3rd Party Developer

How to Date/Work With a QuickBooks 3rd Party Developer

QuickBooks Add-Ons
    How to "date" a QuickBooks 3rd party developer may seem to be a silly topic for a blog post; but as I reflect on the last 12 years of being one of those "developers" the more I think that the title is appropriate - because in reality dating is a fair way to describe the relationships between Developers, ProAdvisors and QuickBooks users. First, a little history: Intuit released QuickBooks in the fall of 1991 (I've been using the program since that time). In January 1997 Intuit initially launched the ProAdvisor program and the first Certification exams were created for QuickBooks Pro 99.  To become a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor a bookkeeper, CPA, or other accounting professional could take a written multiple-choice test and if passed (initially after multiple tries…
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Avoid the Intuit Up Sell Machine

From Our Guest Bloggers, General QuickBooks News
Recently, many ProAdvisors and QuickBooks customers alike, have been complaining because the standard reply whenever you talk to QuickBooks Support is, "you need to upgrade to QuickBooks Enterprise", as if QuickBooks Enterprise could part the Red Sea, should you need that in your accounting software. The practice has become almost comical and it highlights a true disconnect between Intuit actually hearing its clients in need of solutions versus their perceived opportunity to close another sale. First, a little background.  Microsoft attempted to compete directly with Intuit by introducing Microsoft Small Business Accounting Software in 2007.  In response, Intuit slashed its prices on the Pro product so that Microsoft couldn't beat them on cost at the low end.  Thus, Microsoft couldn't get a foothold in the market. The good news for…
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ProAdvisor Certification “testing”

"Stuff" that drives me insane
Well, I've finally found some quite time to go take my ProAdvisor Certification "test" - I've been a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2000, when the program first was established by Intuit. I've taken this test 8 years in a row now, and I swear it's changed little - oh sure, they do put in a few questions about new features found in QuickBooks each year, but overall it's the same darn test I've taken since the inception.  How sad! I "used" to think that being a "Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor" actually meant something, now I feel that it means that somebody was able to pass the test (open book format), with less than 20 attempts.  Yup, that's right, you can take this open book test 20 times before you absolutely, positively…
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Playing games….

"Stuff" that drives me insane
Most Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors (CQA), Intuit Solutions Providers (ISP), Enterprise Solutions Providers (ESP), Certified Public Accountants (CPA), what-have-you's are really decent people---but the ones that drive me crazy are the ones that "play games". What do I mean by playing games?  Good question, let me explain! On our main website I'm pretty clear (ok BLUNT) about "How Sunburst Works with ProAdvisors, CPA's, etc."; as a matter of fact sometimes I feel I've been pretty harsh and really need to tone it down a bit.  Well every time I get to feeling like this, something like this happens: Ben, Linda, or I get an email or a phone call from one of these folks asking for a commission or referral fee for recommending our software.  We go through the "sorry, we…
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