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  1. Hey everyone! I am Erica Dooley and I served in the military now over 8 years now. I am a human resource assistant for the SCARNG fulltime. I do not have any children as of yet and not marry. I am currently attending college for a degree in entrepreneurship, economics, and business. I am not sure where to start or how to start. I know I enjoy helping and building up people. If you have any advice please feel free to comment. I am open to any ideas or suggestions. I love God, coupon shopping, spending time with friends and family.
  2. Hey everyone! I am new to the VA world. I would like to start an VA business. I am not sure where to start. I want to start it off on the right foot. I know to brush up on some things and need training other areas trying to go in. If anyone can give me any advice I am open to it. Thank you! I greatly appreciate it.
  3. I was recently asked a question about choosing invoice software by a new VA that’s just started their business and wondered with which software I suggested they start. The VA said “I've been leaning towards using Freshbooks but then I recently learned that Xero has a great project management feature which can be great for a small business.” My response to them was pretty straight forward. “I have no experience with Xero, which is fairly new on the scene and my little bit of experience with Freshbooks I was not impressed. I will tell you that for US Based bookkeeping, the majority of small businesses (and CPAs) prefer QuickBooks primarily; of course this is mostly due to marketing (think Microsoft vs. Apple). I think you would be best off going with bookkeeping specific software and separate management software (many of which are free and info can be found on this forum.) I then explained that if they had considered and discarded QuickBooks because it is so expensive I could suggest an alternative to the high-priced versions. In 2010, QuickBooks put out a free version of "QuickBooks Simple Start", which is great for basic bookkeeping when you are starting out. My first version of my book "How To Do Your Own Small Business Bookkeeping" was based on QB Simple Start. Because the software was free, I still include a cd-rom copy of the software with the book when folks purchase the book through me. A cd-rom copy means that it is not cloud based and that it will be on your hard drive only. I am not a big fan of cloud-based when folks are starting out as it can be fairly expensive as there are usually monthly if not annual charges involved. So, when possible, I load software on my desktop computer. The QB Simple Start 2010 version of my book with the free software is $24.99 including shipping if you order it directly from me. The full version of my book, which is currently for QB 2014 (and is a completely different program than the QB Simple Start) is available at Amazon for $44.95, but you have to buy the software separately, which can run over $150.00. Please note I don't recommend purchasing any software used as if it has been registered once you can't re-register it without buying a new license, so you would be back to paying for full price software. I have attached sample pages for QBSS 2010. If anyone is interested in purchasing the book/software package, simply pay me for for it through Paypal (send a payment to lily@virtualofficegoddess.com); Be sure and include your mailing address in the notes section of the payment and I will get it right out to you. And, of course, you can always PM me here or email me if you have any questions regarding this or any other bookkeeping-related questions. CLICK link below to DOWNLOAD how_to_bookkeeping_QBSSexample.pdf
  4. Hi, I am reaching out to all VAinsiders to see if anyone is interested in bartering or trading a testimonial for services. I am a new VA and looking for experience and testimonials. If you have overwhelmed, need help, could use extra hands, get excellent customer service and other assistance, please contact me at deblco14@gmail.com. Thank you in advance.
  5. What should I know about accounting and bookkeeping? The importance of keeping adequate records cannot be stressed too much. Without financial records, you cannot determine how well your business is doing or where it is going. At a minimum, records are needed to substantiate: Your tax returns under federal and state laws, including income tax and Social Security laws; Your request for credit from vendors or a loan from a bank; and Your claims about the business, should you wish to sell it. What other items do you feel are important for your businesses bookkeeping needs?
  6. United States IRS regulations require all vendors who were paid $600 or more during the prior fiscal year to be issued a 1099 Form by the business who paid them. The IRS then uses this information to verify the amount of income reported on annual tax returns by the vendors. First, be sure your QuickBooks vendors that should be issued 1099s are set up properly in QB. If you don’t have their tax ID information, Now is the time to request it (send the vendors a W-9 to request the tax ID information.) Now is also the time to order your blank 1099/1096 and W-2/W-3 forms from the IRS. Visit www.IRS.gov/orderforms. Click on Employer and Information Returns, and they’ll mail you the forms you request for free! Unsure how to do your bookkeeping? Then it's time to order my book! "How To Do Your Own Small Business Bookkeeping".
  7. Hello everyone, My name is Tracy Collins and I am the owner of Collins Bookkeeping. I have been a member here in the past but then due to some personal issues I had to let my time and membership lapse but I am back. I started my virtual assistant business several years ago and then my husband, two children and myself packed up and moved from Pennsylvania to Tennessee and we couldn't be happier. During this time I basically shut my business down in Pennsylvania and I took a hiatus to get settled and rethink my intentions for starting my own business again and realized my intentions were pure because I have a passion and legitimately wanted to help small business owners so here I am back at it again and looking forward to it. Tracy Collins
  8. Hi everybody, I have developped a small expertise in doing the bookkeeping/reporting for Canadian Real Estate Brokers, Realtor and Agents. (FR: agence immobilière, courtier immobilier, agent immobilier) I use Quickbooks Online for my expertise, and it can possibly be extended to Xero as well. It allows Brokers to get (with a few click of the mouse) detailed reports on: Income per properties Expenses per properties Profit per properties Intrust / in trust reports per properties These details are very important for Realtor, Real Estate Broker's managers and having the ability to get these with only few clicks of the mouse is a huge time saving!! No need to wait for excel sheets being updated, all this is available within the bookkeeping software after I have set up the system accordingly. I believe I can help Brokers and Agents move their company to the next level of success! Please do not hesitate to contact me for a free 15 min consultation. Best regards, Nadine LeBrun | Onyxia Bookkeeping Bookkeeper and Accountant Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor | Xero Certified Advisor | Certified QuickBooks Online Payroll
  9. Hi all! Just want to introduce myself, Nadine. I'm a virtual bookkeeper and accountant having a look around this forum! I also speak French and can help you out with French customers. I also do professional translations EN to FR(cad) Can also do FR to ENG(us). Best! :-) Name: Nadine LeBrun Company name: Onyxia Bookkeeping URL: www.facebook.com/onyxiabookkeeping/ Services: Cloud Bookkeeping, accounting, consulting, month end, year end, etc Specialties: QuickBooks Online, Xero, Wave, Freshbooks, Cloud Bookkeeping for: Realestate Brokers, eCommerce, entrepreneur, solopreneur, professionnals, etc... City/Town/State/Country: Quebec, Canada Serving: Canada and United States, possibly more. Nadine LeBrun | Onyxia Bookkeeping Bookkeeper and Accountant Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor | Xero Certified Advisor | Certified QuickBooks Online Payroll
  10. I specialize in bookkeeping, have been doing it for more than 17 years, (Accounts Payable & Receivable, General Ledger, Cashbook, VAT, Inventory, Financial reports) & payroll. I use Quickbooks and Excel. I also do budgets (planning and projecting).
  11. Hello everyone! I am Amiee from Marietta, GA, a larger suburb/city about 20 miles northwest of Atlanta. Ive been a licensed realtor and doing real estate assistant work for 13 years, the last 4 virtually, mainly for one large real estate team but am currently branching out to other industries related (i.e. builders) and unrelated, mostly getting business through word of mouth at this point. I have done everything from office and operations management, to contract management, marketing and bookkeeping. I have lived in and around the area for 40 years and am married with two children, late elementary/middle school aged so virtual work really gives me the flexibility to be where I need to be when I need to be there! Happy to find a group to join as I branch out and find my footing in this exciting career Amiee
  12. Hello Everyone! My name is Sarah and I have recently decided to take the jump of setting up a Bookkeeping and VA business. A little about myself... I am a mum to an amazing little girl and currently have one client who I complete all their Bookkeeping and Admin needs, I was lucky enough to get this client through word of mouth. I have been networking as much as I can to secure some more clients so I can make this a full time option for myself, I would love to speak to you all and get hints and tips and all your experiences as I believe it can only Strengthen what I am trying to achieve. Be great to hear from you all. Thanks Sarah
  13. Hi everyone, I'm Harold from Philippines. I'm new to Virtual Assistant business and one of the skill I want to hava to offer to clients is accounting/bookkeeping. What I want now is to become an intern. I'm looking for someone to become my partner in accounting, someone who could enhance my skill in the field of accounting/bookkeeping. You can contact me via: Yahoo Email: bacon.harold@yahoo.com Gmail: haroldbacon239@gmail.com skype: harold.bacon3 Thank you. Looking forward in working with you!
  14. Should my line of credit be positive or negative on my balance sheet? I have a line of credit that needs to be manually added to a balance sheet. It is paid off. Should this show up as a negative or positive value on the sheet? How can I show how much is lent to me without having it show up as if it is owed? Should loans to affiliated companies show up as positive or negative?I have several loans lent to several businesses. Should this amount show up as positive or negative on a balance sheet?
  15. Virtual Executive Assistant PLUS VEA+ Features: 1. Administrative duties 2. Bookkeeping duties 3. Marketing duties PLUS Features: Travel Arrangements Tutoring (8+ years as a teacher) 6-week Horse camp (ride with a multiple World Champion) Brandy Vaincourt 518-651-6021
  16. Hello, I'm stepping into this business full force after the company I worked for made cutbacks due to slow business. I am wanting to get my bookkeeping service up and running from home. I already have two clients that came from Craigslist about a year and a half ago. It started as a rebuilding files and bringing the companies current. The files were lost due to a computer crash and past bookkeepers who couldn't maintain correct information. I rebuilt one company going back at least 2009 and the other I think to 2011. It was a full time job but once completed I still maintain both companies. I'm hoping to continue this path of working from home and want to grow my business. I've done the business cards and going out meeting small businesses and introducing my company. I have meet with my chamber of commerce, but have not joined due to the cost of joining. I have promised myself that if I land other client I will join. I've gotten post cards and put some in the local library a long with my business cards. I've also mailed post cards, but found most came back undeliverable. I still continue to run ads on Craigslist. I have a Facebook business page I run ads on sometimes. I have a yellow pages ad and also another website called manta. I am on Adwords with google, but it might be costly. I have went into some CPA's office, but no one is usually there that I need to talk to. I have a Upwork page and have had zero success. I'm looking for advice as a freelancer or virtual bookkeeper or both would be great. Is there something I am missing or something else I did to do? I know a lot of people say network, but I'm confused on that term. Could someone please explain and get an example? I target small businesses. I offer catch up, short/long term bookkeeping, tax prep, but I do not do taxes (I just get it ready for the CPA, more time taking off your CPA's fee), special projects and of course on going bookkeeping. I'm currently enrolled in college trying to maintain a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. My eyes/ears are wide open for any advice you may have. Thanks in advance. :crossfingers:
  17. Welcome to Data & Document MD. My name is Betty Danis and I'm a Virtual Assistant specializing in writing, editing, proofreading, electronic research, data entry, bookkeeping, client management, and general organizing techniques. I gear my work towards "public service companies" (like municipalities and other small government organizations, special districts, workforce centers, senior centers, and not-for-profits. I also pride myself on the work I do for individuals needing assistance in all or any of my specialty areas - anything from constructing a simple cover letter to finding the right health care professional or insurance coverage to typing, proofing, and editing "The Great American Novel". I worked "in-office" as an Administrative Manager for the Public Works Department (our "unsung" heroes!) of the Town of Breckenridge, Colorado for 26 years. However, a great deal of that work was done virtually from my home or while I was traveling. Since my retirement (in 2012), I have been working virtually from home on a part-time basis (taking care of personal issues as well as working with a few clients). My "life situation" demands that I continue to work part-time (15-20 hours/week) but it's time for me to go public. I have purchased a domain name for my website and plan on having that up and running within the next month. Stay tuned for updates on that! Right now, I am really in need of a logo - for my website, my business cards, and other marketing materials. This kind of design is not my area of expertise ( ) so if there's anyone out there that can work with me on that, I'd LOVE to hear from you! I can pay you or trade work - whatever works for you! I'm so happy to be a part of this forum and this great organization! Cheers! Betty Danis, Data & Document MD
  18. Hi, guys. So I am taking my time going through the VAC, because I really want to do things right. Some of the best advice for me, has been to keep my skills updated and polished. It is a lot of work, but I know that it will pay off tremendously. One of the areas that I have been working on, is my capability with MS Excel. I searched and searched online for different programs that would meet my needs. I was just going through my trial period with a program that required a fee, until I discovered the best Excel training program of all! The program is called Excelisfun, and it is technically not a "program". It is actually a YouTube channel with over 2,000 videos of Excel tutorials. The presenter is Mike Girvin, a teacher and Excel Guru from Seattle. The material is wonderfully helpful, and I cannot believe that it is free. He even provides practice assignments for each concept! If you are looking to learn Excel, or simply brush up on your skills, then I highly recommend Excelisfun. Click here to go to the channel. Another YouTube channel with great Excel lessons is Ann K. Emery (her channel is named after her). She is a Data Analyst & Visualization specialist, and focuses on how to use Excel for those purposes. She also has an amazing blog, with lots of helpful information. Here is the link: click me. My last tip is a site called GCFLearnFree.org. They have free courses in Excel, along with downloadable exercises. In addition to Excel, they have lessons on many other software applications, including MS Access, Google Docs, etc. They also have a YouTube channel by the same name as their website. These three resources are and have been very helpful to me, and I hope that you guys will find them helpful as well. Always learning, Meghan
  19. This true story by Sandy Morgan of Almost Anything LLC, gives great advice on how one would prevent themselves from opening the wrong QuickBooks file. Opening the wrong file is a huge deal and could lead to major difficulties if it occurs. It happens more often than you think, so be aware and prepared or else you could fall into the same trap! Click on the following link to learn about how to prevent it from happening to you! http://www.qbquestions.com/?p=215
  20. Hi Everyone, I've noticed one contractor posted their bookkeeping package rates on their Craigslist ads. 1) Should I take advantage of "free" advertising and post my hourly or package rates into Craigslist ads until I build enough of a clientele to afford to put up a website? 2) Or is this strategy ill advised as I run the risk of potentially being labelled a "fly-by-night"? 3) Do any of you advise using offline newspaper ads for marketing a new bookkeeping practice the way plumbers use them to advertise their businesses? Any feedback, insight, or information would be greatly appreciated! Have a Happy New Year!
  21. Hi Candy, I took a basic bookkeeping course and I'm still struggling to understand debits & credits. All the instructor said was that debits and credits are the reverse of what you do when balancing your checkbook. I'm hoping an experienced bookkeeper can explain it to me in simpler terms. Please explain to me in layman's terms what debits and credits are in double entry bookkeeping? Thanks in advance, Yvette
  22. Is anyone familiar with the Interior Design Industry specific accounting software, Design Manager? I have a client that is looking for some help with it. Any insight is welcome! Thanks, Tiffany tiffany@loneorange.com
  23. Hey everyone, I am re-launching my business. I have worked in different office settings for so many years that I have acquired many things that I am interested in doing: bookkeeping, accounts receivable/payable, data entry, human resources (pre-screening new employees), genealogical research. I guess ideally I would like to do genealogical research and focus on oil & gas companies or genealogical societies. However, I also enjoy data entry and bookkeeping for small offices. Any suggestions?
  24. Hello to everyone I am an Approved Trainer using MYOB full range of programs and really do enjoy bookkeeping and helping anyone to master all the benefits of this wonderful accounting program. WOuld really enjoy to talking to anyone who needs some help. with over 20 years experience Regards Jennifer
  25. Re: http://www.sleeter.com/blog/2012/06/quickbooks-professional-bookkeeper-2012/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+QuickBooksAndBeyond+%28QuickBooks+and+Beyond%29#.T-XnDfUvuP9 I was reading this article at Sleeter. I must agree with them. I'm not sure I see the point. If you are going to use those functions with the "Bookkeeper" edition, you would want to spend the $100 bucks and get the full premier accountant edition. Especially for the report writer since reports are what bookkeepers do a lot of these days. Kind of an odd move by Intuit. Not really sure what the deal is there, but thought I'd share. Make sure you scroll down to the bottom to see the differences. Weird.
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