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QuickBooks Tip – Undeposited Funds Default | Everchange LLC

via QuickBooks Tip – Undeposited Funds Default | Everchange LLC.

QuickBooks Tip – Undeposited Funds Default

If you have used QuickBooks, you may have noticed that when you enter customer receipts there is no option to select which bank account the money is deposited to. Not all clients know that the amounts are coded to an account called undeposited funds and sit in that account until you go into the “Banking – Make Deposits” screen and make the official deposit that will match your bank statement.

I have had a couple of clients not know this and their undeposited funds account was huge. Then, the client does not see the deposit in the bank account and enters the deposit a second time by using the Banking – Make Deposits screen thereby duplicating a customer payment. And the undeposited funds account stays large.

To avoid making this mistake, change the default setting in QuickBooks. Goto Edit – Preferences. Highlight Payments on the left part of the screen. Click the Company Preferences tab. Uncheck the box in the Receive Payments section that says Use Undeposited Funds as a default deposit to account. click the OK button.

After changing the preference, you will notice a new drop-down menu on the receive payment screen which allows you to choose your bank account or undeposited funds. When do you use undeposited funds? When you have more than one payment being deposited the same day. For example, if you received 5 checks and those 5 checks are on the same deposit slip that you take to the bank, use undeposited funds. Then click on Banking – Make Deposit, select the payments, click OK, verify the date is correct, verify that the amount on the screen matches the amount on the deposit slip, and save the transaction.

When do you select your bank account? When you only receive and deposit 1 transaction for that day. For example, you receive one check and that one check is listed on the deposit slip that you take to the bank. And in doing this, you avoid having to go to the Banking – Make Deposits screen to make the official deposit

-Our friends at EverChange, LLC are located in Durham, NC and provide expert QuickBooks and Accounting Services.  For more QuickBooks tidbits, feel free to visit their twitter account @EverChangeLLC or “like” EverChange, LLC on Facebook.

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How Remote Services Can Help Save You Time and Money

Now more than ever, businesses are looking for ways to cut costs and operate more efficiently.  Some contracted services, such as bookkeeping and accounting, are outsourced to local professional firms or independent contractors in order to save the company the hassle and expense of hiring an internal employee.

Traditionally, these services have been provided “onsite” or at the place of business which requires additional time and/or mileage to be paid to the professional. Today, there are various resources and business applications that will allow services like these and even internal functions to be provided remotely from anywhere. With the cost of fuel rising once again, let’s explore some of the ways your business can have “remote” or “offsite” workers to help you grow your business while saving you time and money.

     

  • Online Banking Sign up with your bank to access your accounts, transfer funds, and pay your bills online from anywhere.  You can even link your QuickBooks accounting file to your banking account and download all of your transactions onto your ledger with the touch of a button.  Even those paper statements are becoming a thing of the past and your accountant can download them as needed to work on your books from anywhere.

  • QuickBooks Online Payments In addition to being able to download all of your daily transactions into your accounting software right from your bank account, you can now also accept customer payments via EFT every time you email an invoice. Simply register for this feature and your customers can click the link provided with the invoice and enter their routing and account information.  You receive your payment as an electronic deposit in a few days and only pay a small transaction fee of $0.50 each.  No more running to the bank to make deposits or tracking what payments apply to which invoice.  It’s VERY easy to use, free and convenient for the customer.  My clients love it!
  • Log Me In This service allows you to securely access any computer from anywhere.  Access files, work remotely, or transfer documents on your work computer when you’re not there.  Great for offsite workers and for peace of mind because you can always access your office computer.  For more info:  www.logmein.com
  • ShareFile A secure file transfer system that allows you and your customers to transfer files back and forth that are too large to email (like some QuickBooks files).  They even design the interface to match your website and color scheme.  Customer service is top notch and they are based right here in the Triangle area of NC!  www.ShareFile.com
  • Virtual Phone Number Not in the office? No Problem! Just get a “virtual phone number” to have one main number that is as mobile as you are. Each employee or contractor can have a unique extension that forwards to their cell phone or individual voice mail box.  The system can also forward your voice mails as an MP3 file to your email or transcribe it as a text message right to your phone. The best part? The cost for one business extension starts around $6 per month.  www.phone.com
  • CutePDF Your computer recognizes this nifty little FREE program the same as any other printer. Instead of printing your documents on paper, simply save as a PDF and archive it digitally.  It’s quick, easy to use, and you get to save trees and help our environment, too. www.cutePDF.com
  • Instant Messenger There are various free instant messenger programs out there such as Yahoo, AIM, Windows Live, and even Gmail.  Save on phone charges and stay in touch with remote employees and workers by instantly being able to communicate with them.  You can even set your status if you are busy, away from your desk, or on the phone.  A life saver when you just need information in a pinch!
  • Cloud Computing I’m sure you’ve heard this is all the rage as of late.  Actually, it’s been around for years just not with such a trendy name.  The “Cloud” is actually nothing more than “internet based applications” that allow you to store and access your data and software at an affordable price.  Instead of buying your own server which can cost thousands, you can simply “rent” server space and access your data and software applications over the web.
  • Online Payroll Services Payroll is one of those areas that causes a great deal of stress and forces a lot of business owners to be tied down to their payroll schedule. Enter the online payroll service! These simple to use, convenient web-based services allow you to process your payroll over the internet from anywhere.  Some of them (like the payroll service we offer) even pay your taxes and file all your Federal and State forms electronically so you don’t have to.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!
  • Online Accounting and Billing Software If you need to access your accounting data or bill your clients while you are on the go, consider moving to an online accounting or billing service.  There are many out there to choose from so do some research to see which meets your needs best. Some of the more popular ones are QuickBooks Online, FreshBooks, Outright, and Kashoo.

These are all tools that you, your employees, and contractors can utilize to help save money, time, office space (save on rent!), paper, mileage, and our environment.  What are some ways your business uses to stay green, fast, and efficient?