Church in the morning, trick-or-treating with the kids in the evening. You know which one of us has the sweet tooth! Greetings from your Boo Keeper. Now we have only two months to go in 2010.
The newest QuickBooks Pro 2011 has hit the shelves early this year and Intuit will be quick to pull the plug on supporting the older versions dated through 2008 come January. My clients know that I do not recommend annual upgrades but that a threshold of about three years does fall into that window of change. Many of us have not upgraded since before the Recession began and might now be ready for this new version. Some might consider a year-end software upgrade and a few might even consider a hardware upgrade.
There are a few useful changes to the newest version, including an add-on called "QuickBooks Connect" for mobile users. I have not seen this in action yet, but with everybody's fancy new phones, it is about time that QuickBooks stepped up with such an application. Another improvement is the batch invoicing function and the improvement in ease of sending invoices or reports from different preferred e-mail providers directly from QuickBooks. These are minor changes to some, but I remind you that that e-mail capability goes away with the drop in service support in January 2011.
QuickBooks PaymentNetwork is another fee-based service add-on and acts as an integrated, online payment processor, exchanging bank payments from your bank and that of your client. Much like PayPal, you send a request for payment and three days and .50 cents later your payment appears both in your QuickBooks and your bank account. This doesn't replace your merchant provider as it is only bank to bank and not payment via credit card. Both payee and payor must set up an account but it is another solution to collection issues.
The remaining thorns in my side concern holes in a few of the other QuickBooks versions. This includes the Mac version which still does not offer the maneuverability of the PC-based program, nor does it offer access to an Accountant's version which is important to some Tax Accountants. The Online version still doesn't act or perform like any of the other excellent Intuit products and is something for which I keep waiting year after year for them to step up and provide matching excellence. These PC-based improvements though in the QuickBooks Pro 2011 version are steps in the right direction and we look forward to upgrading you when you are ready.
John P. Merli
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