Ask the Accountant

Harriet Gatter, owner of Accounting Support LLC, was an ad specialty distributor for 23 years and an adjunct professor of accounting at Neumann University. She sold her ad specialty business in 2012, became certified as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and now works exclusively with ad specialty distributors nationwide on their QuickBooks, order management and accounting needs.

A reader asks, “In QuickBooks, I prefer to set up items as categories, such as apparel or pens, and type in the individual descriptions. Is there any reason not to do it that way? I feel like I'm going to end up with too many items otherwise.” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

A reader asks, “I have my non-inventory items set up in QuickBooks, but I don't see anything in my cost of goods sold account, and my sales numbers seem very low. Why is that?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

A reader asks, “I am using an older version of QuickBooks and want to upgrade to the current year. What should I do to prepare for this?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

A reader asks, “I have created a duplicate customer in QuickBooks that has a slightly different name. How do I combine them into one customer account?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

A reader asks, “What steps should I take to review my sales tax report to make sure it's correct?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

A reader asks, “I am interviewing a bookkeeper who is familiar with QuickBooks. Is that all I need to know?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

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