Bookkeepers Test & Hiring a Bookkeeper or CPA

Be A Better Bookkeeper, Free & Fee-Based QuickBooks eBooks, Webinars & Training
So how do you find a "good" bookkeeper and test their knowledge before hiring them?  Or, perhaps you are ready to hire a CPA to help you with your business and your books. Congratulations!   We all know what a struggle it is to "try to do everything" yourself, and it almost goes without saying that as a busy contractor, we also know that time is best spent on the job and not in the office handling paperwork. Welcome to Tuesday Training! Tuesday Training is a new feature here on the QuickBooks for Contractors blog.  While everyday focuses on training of one sort or another, Tuesday’s are dedicated to more in-depth training. We’ll teach you the things you need to know about using QuickBooks, that you won’t find in the QuickBooks…
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Certified Payroll & AIA Billing Updates

Certified Payroll/Prevailing Wage, Customers & Accounts Receivable, The "Sunburst" Website
We've been testing, debugging, and documenting numerous certified payroll and AIA billing updates for the last few weeks - I've posted some of the information behind the changes here in our blog. Today, I just send out a newsletter to over 2,000 construction companies (in all 50 states) who use our software - Glad I use Constant Contact to keep everyone up to date, otherwise they would get me for spamming :-) Below are highlights from the newsletter. Certified Payroll Solution Updates: There are several new enhancements, changes, and requirements available for Certified Payroll Solution; some at the State level for certified payroll reporting and others at the Federal level for EEOC Reporting - each item has a link to our website where you will find complete instructions.  Be sure…
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Networking computers running different versions of Windows

New Technology
August 7, 2009 Earlier this week I reported that I was unable to get my Windows 7 machine to recognize the XP machines in our network and vice versa.........well I was finally able to do it!  YIPEE! Basically, it's like this: On the Windows 7 machine (logged in as the computer Admin) I had to go into Control Panel -> Security & System -> System window.  In the computer name, domain, workgroup settings section there is a button named Change Settings - click on that button and follow the prompts on the screens to where it asks you for your WorkGroup name. Enter the name of your current workgroup.  You will need to reboot your computer in order for the changes to take effect. On the XP Machine -> My…
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Windows 7 – Coming Soon to a Computer Near You

New Technology
Over the last few months I've been reading everything I could get my hands on about Windows 7, in order to prepare myself for supporting yet ANOTHER version of the Windows Operating System.  (Can you tell I'm just thrilled?) Windows 7, according to all the "techie magazines" will start appearing pre-installed on new computers beginning October 22, 2009.  Read this article for more information. So with the news, I've decided that I need to jump on the band wagon and build a "test" machine using the Windows 7 Release Candidate (a "Release candidate " is the version that is the last beta or test version that is released prior to a "final release" for the general public". ) I'll be posting updates as I work with the new version of…
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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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