Sunday, March 29, 2020

How to Set Up Advanced Settings in QuickBooks Online

Advanced settings has many features that can have a big impact on how QuickBooks works for your company. For example, you can change report settings, set up classes to track sales and expenses in specific locations, and turn on different automation features. Let’s go over advanced settings so you can decide what works best for you.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

7 Ways Your Morning Routine is Killing Your Productivity | Brian Tracy

The way you begin each morning has a major impact on the rest of your day. While many morning routines can positively impact your motivation and productivity, other habits can drain them. Here are 7 things you might currently be doing, or not doing, that are destroying your productivity.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Laurel Glass & Mirror Inc. Case Study

Company: Laurel Glass & Mirror Inc.


History: Laurel Glass and Mirror Company established in the heart of Main Street historic Laurel, Maryland in 1983. For the past 35 years, the company has been family-owned and operated and is in its third generation of management. Old-fashioned customer service and friendliness have been the heart of company core values you feel when you walk through the door and are greeted by the family English bulldog. The company provides commercial and residential glass and mirror products, custom cuts, shower doors, storefronts, and many other products.

Business Challenge: The company was using QuickBooks Enterprise to manage their business, but were discouraged by the lack of information populating job cost reports to help it determine profitability of commercial and residential projects.

The available job costing reports showed zero costs per job. Raw materials for their custom cut glass jobs were purchased in various large sheet sizes, but sold by square foot. Those costs were not showing in any job costing reports. Annual journal entries made by their accountant to adjust purchases and inventory assets to the end of year inventory count did not provide sufficient real-time data to determine whether or not jobs were profitable, and worse — were not allocated to the jobs completed.

Additionally, labor costs were a large component of their overall production costs and were not applied to the jobs. Paper timecards for 19 employees were hand-entered and weekly payroll was a chore that took almost a whole day including journal entries.

The company reached out to Turn Key Office for help.

Solution : Based on the client’s goals, we made a conversion to QuickBooks assisted payroll with job costing. We implemented an off-the shelf software product that provides electronic time keeping that is integrated with QuickBooks timesheets and payroll.

Now, employees use their smartphones to simply clock in and out to the work orders. Payroll and timekeeping become a breeze taking only a few minutes. As an added benefit, labor costs are allocated to the jobs, there are no journal entries and no more paper timesheets!

Next, Turn Key Office helped explain how job costing and inventory management goals can be achieved by utilizing units of measure to track sheets of raw materials purchased by the “sheet” and consumed by the square foot. We implemented embedded conversions to the various sheet sizes procured and mapped them to square feet for accurate inventory reports.

We also helped educate the team on the proper use of inventory and non-inventory item types and how job costing is accomplished with each type of item. We made choices of the effective use of each item type based on the type of sales transactions, set up the items appropriately, and made adjustments to represent on-hand quantities.

Conclusion : Now, the books accurately reflect the inventory on hand. And, the management team has the real-time job costing reports it needs to help identify and grow the profitable parts of the business, and they spend much less time on bookkeeping tasks!

Friday, March 20, 2020

How to Set Up Your Sales Settings in QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks has some useful settings to help you keep track of your sales.

Let’s go over the options and settings so you can decide what QuickBooks tracks when you record a sale, turn on time saving features like automated late fees for unpaid invoices, and customize your messages to customers.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

How to Manually Add Accounts to Your Chart of Accounts in QuickBooks Online

There are some accounts you might need to manually add to your chart of accounts in QuickBooks Online such as loan accounts or asset accounts. You may just want to track a smaller savings account manually and not deal with the individual transactions. Let’s go over how to manually add an account to your chart of accounts and find out why the opening balance is so important.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

5 Ways to Stay Motivated at Work | Brian Tracy

If you're like most people, there are probably days where you show up to work feeling a little unmotivated and uninspired. But if you wish to move up in your job and career you must continue to push yourself to do better work. Here are 5 tips that you can use to help you stay motivated at work.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

How to Use Enhanced Custom Fields in QuickBooks Online Advanced

You can use enhanced custom fields in QuickBooks Online Advanced to track anything you want, such as the sales rep responsible for a sale, customer number, or the beginning and ending dates of work on a job.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Monday, March 2, 2020

How to Pay Expenses w/ Owner Funds in QuickBooks Online

Small business owners often contribute to their business by purchasing things with their own funds. Let’s go over how to record this in QuickBooks. We're going to record the expense and then credit that same amount to the owner's investment account, all using an expense form. We’ll also show you how to reimburse the owner if you need to.