Tag Archive: bookkeeping

Bookkeeping and Accounting Tips

Do you claim AUTOMOBILE EXPENSES? Make sure you are tracking your mileage. Make note of the your odometer reading at the beginning of the year, then track all your business mileage throughout through the year. Keep a log in your car and record in it every time you get into the car. For the more tech savvy, there are apps for your smart phone that will use the GPS to record this for you. When tax time comes, you will... View Article

November 18, 2015 8:49 pm Published by

BEWARE: Quickbooks & Windows 10

Just a quick note to let you know that Quickbooks is NOT CURRENTLY SUPPORTING its product on Windows 10.  This means that if you upgrade your operating system and your Quickbooks stops working, you are going to be out of luck until Intuit finishes their testing and irons out the glitches.  I am speaking from experience, as I have spent numerous hours on tech support today with no resolution in sight. I strongly encourage you to WAIT.  Don’t upgrade until... View Article

August 18, 2015 6:53 pm Published by

Outlook 365 Errors

My Outlook 365 has been acting up, refusing to start up without a reboot.  Some internet research lead me to the solution:  My outlook.pst file was corrupted and needed to be repaired. If you have this problem, I’ll let you know what fixed it for me: Go to the “Program files” folder on your computer and search for “scanpst.exe” Open scanpst.exe it and locate your outlook folder.  It is probably hidden, so you will need to “Show hidden files and... View Article

July 7, 2015 6:54 pm Published by

Quickbooks Error 15271

Question:   When trying to update Quickbooks, I get an error message that says Error 15271 – a file cannot be validated. This is an error that has plagued many of my clients. The answer on the Quickbooks site is to reset the updates and, failing that, to reinstall the program. This takes a lot of time, and I have found a simpler solution for this and other QuickBooks update issues.   Follow these steps to resolve most Quickbooks update issues:... View Article

September 25, 2014 6:54 pm Published by

The Paperwork Avalanche

Working with small businesses, the one refrain I hear over and over from my clients is “How do I stay organized? I have paperwork everywhere!” This is a challenge for all of us. As your business grows, there are more demands placed on your time, and without a solid system for staying organized it’s easy to let the receipts, invoices and statements pile up. These are some suggestions I have for keeping your bookkeeping paperwork in order: Go to your... View Article

August 13, 2014 6:54 pm Published by

Minimum Wage Increase in Ontario

On June 1, 2014 the minimum wage in Ontario will increase to $11.00 per hour for most employees. http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/minwage.php  This change is going to have an impact on both Ontario businesses and wage earners. If you are a small business owner make sure you have all the facts ahead of time.   DEFINITIONS General Minimum Wage – this rate applies to most employees Student Wage – This rate applies to students under the age of 18 who work 28 hours... View Article

May 27, 2014 6:55 pm Published by

Starting the New Year Off Right

One thing I love the most about the New Year is that it’s a chance to start over and get things right this time. This is how you should look at your small business bookkeeping.  Who cares if last year you got so your have a chance to do things differently.   Here are some hints and tips to start the New Year off right: Create a good filing system.  Take the time to file away the old and make... View Article

February 9, 2014 6:55 pm Published by

Time Management: Schedule for Success

How many times have you sat in your office, scanning a news website or (gasp) checking your Facebook because you have a meeting in 15 minutes and there is no point in starting something new?  A big part of time management is learning to organize your time more effectively. One helpful tip is to schedule your meetings for first thing in the morning, or for directly after lunch, so that you don’t have gaps in your schedule.  If you start... View Article

December 15, 2013 6:56 pm Published by

Time Management: Stay Healthy, My Friends

Do you want improved focus and concentration?  Do you want to avoid burnout?  Do you want to get the most out of every waking moment of your day? The answer is simple:  Maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Don’t skip meals because you are too busy.  Get moving, walk the dog, go to the gym, play a sport, meet a friend for a coffee.  Maintain your physical and emotional health as well as the health of your business. You can’t consistently stay... View Article

December 15, 2013 6:56 pm Published by

Time Management: Quality Vs. Quantity

We’ve all been asked this job interview question:  “What’s more important, Quality or Quantity?quality or quantity?”  It seems like a no brainer, quality is definitely more important, right? In reality, doing everything perfectly while taking twice as long as everyone else is a guaranteed, one-way ticket to unemployment.  Quality is number one, but efficiency is also very important.  The key is to increase your efficiency while maintaining that high standard of quality in everything you do. The time of day... View Article

November 30, 2013 6:56 pm Published by