You know all the boring, tedious stuff that you have to do to keep your business running? The stuff that you think is a waste of your creative genius time that you'd like to just pay somebody else to do? The bookkeeping, invoicing, budgeting ... everything having to do with spreadsheets, numbers, QuickBooks and filing cabinets? Well, what careers might that describe? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico
on Dec 27, 2007 -
Can someone please point me in the right direction to find practice test papers for Financial Accounting? (Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Statements of Returns on Equity, Cash Flow Statements, Depreciation, Ratios, etc. etc.)
Assorted business schools worries inside. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno
on Oct 28, 2007 -
Any advice on which websites offer the best information on IR35 in the UK in a format that would allow me to easily keep up to date with the latest developments or issues? [more inside]
posted by monkeyforest
on Oct 22, 2007 -
Is it possible to open a QuickBooks 2006 company database file in an older version of QuickBooks, namely QuickBooks 2004? Or is there a way to downgrade a 2006 database to a version that would open in 2004? Basically need to open a new database in an old version. Is it possible?
posted by doomtop
on Oct 18, 2007 -
I've been struggling to find accounting software, online or PC/Mac based (either will do) that is suitable for a computer consulting practice. I need to be able to handle the typical basic things done by QuickBooks, like invoicing and estimates, simple A/R and A/P reports, etc. But that isn't enough. I need to manage multiple bill rates on a per consultant/per customer/per job or work order basis. QuickBooks doesn't do that, and I've tried hard to find out how to make that work. Any advice, hive mind?
posted by Merdryn
on Oct 3, 2007 -
What is the difference between an accounting association vs. an accounting network? Also, how does this distinction relate, if at all, to the Parmalat scandal?
posted by josher71
on Aug 21, 2007 -
If I take (and pass) the CPA Exam in one state, will I have to retake the exam if I move to another state?
posted by bkpr
on Aug 15, 2007 -
AccountingFilter: Client convenience aside, does receiving "instant payment" for my services via PayPal make financial sense rather than waiting for a check to come in the mail 30 days later? Help me unlock the secrets of the Time Value of Money. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep
on Aug 1, 2007 -
Accountingfilter: Does FASB
provide HTML versions of their pronouncements? If no, why not? [more inside]
posted by aliasless
on Jul 5, 2007 -
Has anybody already done the work of configuring GnuCash for an Australian small business? If so, what's involved in electronic submission of a BAS, and is there an easy way to transfer records to an accountant who thinks QuickBooks is the Only Thing? No more inside.
posted by flabdablet
on Jun 13, 2007 -
Looking for a little advise as to how to handle information or some ideas of a decent, and cheap (maybe free) software allowing me to track information gathered when doing accounts receivable or collection calls (NO I am not that person calling people around dinner time to ask why they have not paid the cable bill). Our customers are all corporations and are good about paying just some are a bit slower than we would like so we call to check on the status of payments. We currently use QuickBooks to do our invoicing and the method that I am currently using is to pull an aging report, pull the older invoices up and then type notes in the notes field of that invoice which I feel is not all that efficient of a method. Any advise or help that you can provide is appreciated.
Have an enjoyable weekend!
posted by scooters.toad
on Feb 23, 2007 -
I need accounting software that will help me manage 20-30 people's income and expenses. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon
on Jan 29, 2007 -
I could use your help hive mind. I'm currently taking an accounting course in college, and I'm having difficulties with financial statements and what gets reported where. I'm looking a mnemonic system that can embed this into my brain, as well as tricks and formulas which can help simplify this for me. [more inside]
posted by dropkick
on Jan 18, 2007 -
How much is an MBA from a lower-tier school worth? Especially when compared to a Masters in Accounting from a higher-end school? [more inside]
posted by Darke
on Nov 8, 2006 -
Jaded cubicle monkey seeks internet advice on self-employment in bookkeeping. Can I make a living as a low-end bean counter at home? [more inside]
posted by Potloaf
on Nov 3, 2006 -
Is there a “standardized” chart of accounts setup that is widely used among machine shops/small manufacturers (USA)? Working with other industries in the past (veterinary and restaurants), I have found that many choose to use a standard industry-specific chart of accounts – often established by a national industry association, etc. I have googled, etc. but have not found anything worthwhile for machine shops/small manufacturers... Any accountants or shop owners out there?
posted by randex8
on Nov 2, 2006 -
Swedish Business-Filter: Where can I find the actual text of the Swedish Financial Accounting Standards Council’s recommendations RR 30 – RR 32? Preferably translated into English? [more inside]
posted by Darke
on Sep 25, 2006 -
Studiometry questions: I've been trying this program out for a few days and it seems ok, but the support for it just doesn't seem to exist, so I have some questions about how to do some things. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic
on Sep 9, 2006 -
Help me get my small business more organized! Need small business management software recommendations, hacks. [more inside]
posted by eileen
on Aug 9, 2006 -
Ok, this is getting ridiculous. I'm incredibly qualified for data entry work, but all the data entry in my area falls under the heading of "accounting". I'd love to get some accounting experience, but every job that would give me accounting experience requires at least a year of -- wait for it -- accounting experience. What can I do?
posted by squidlarkin
on Jul 17, 2006 -
Online payments: I need a way to invoice and have clients pay
invoices online. Not with Paypal because that requires too many hoops for the client. Preferably with something that will allow payments via a credit card using Authorize.net or Paypal Web Payments Pro. [more inside]
posted by letterneversent
on Jun 16, 2006 -
I did a lot of freelance work last year but didn't keep good records. What's the best way to find out what I owe for 2005 & avoid the problem this year? [more inside]
posted by octavia
on Feb 6, 2006 -
I run a tiny record label. So far we have one release under our belt and book keeping has been relatively easy as far as keeping track of what outlets we sell the cd too, and keeping track of collections and what not...We have three releases planned for the upcoming months, and this is gonna throw a wrench into our book keeping.. I could very well, just adopt the same policy for every release as I do for our first one, but it seems like a lot more work then needs to be done.. I keep a simple ledger for each account with how may cd's they took in, what they ow, and when a check comes in subtract the payment from the existing balance. NOw with some vendors having two or three of our releases, and checks coming in for more then one of our releases, Im gonna need a better way to keep track of ... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid
on Jan 17, 2006 -
Since I figured "hey, I can do algebra!", I volunteered to be the treasurer for an academic conference coming up in a couple of months. Thing is, I've never been a treasurer before; what do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by rkent
on Jan 17, 2006 -
Can anybody provide a referral to a lawyer and/or an accountant with experience advising small businesses (internet based) in the start-up phase?
I'm located in Los Angeles in the South Bay area. [more inside]
posted by willnot
on Dec 13, 2005 -
Can you provide a referral to a lawyer and/or an accountant with experience advising small businesses (internet based) in the start-up phase? I'm located in Los Angeles in the South Bay area. [more inside]
posted by willnot
on Dec 1, 2005 -
I am tasked with writing a web-based accounting software in PHP-MySQL. My background in accounting is minimal. I understand enough of debits & credits & transactions and such, but I'd like to find some resources which could help me in working out the programming workflow, database relationships, etc, ie the technical parts of developing such a system.
posted by arrowhead
on Aug 6, 2005 -
How would I get a good approximation of a portfolio return on an investment account which has regular incoming and outgoing cash-flows, so that I can compare it to mutual fund and stock index performance? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon
on Jul 8, 2005 -
Can anyone recommend a good accountant in Chicago? My boyfriend is starting a small home-based business and needs someone to help him get (and keep) everything in order. Bonus if the accountant is in Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park.
posted by smich
on Jul 6, 2005 -
I'm the treasurer of a small non-profit organization who has been keeping track of our group's finances in a crude, checkbook-style format. I'd like to keep the financial records in a more professional way, as if we were a small business. What's the best way for me to learn how to do this? Can anyone suggest good books or software that will help me learn this?
posted by capcuervo
on Mar 9, 2005 -
I'm new to the consulting world AND my mind has erased anything practical it might have learned in college accounting courses. My client is really slow to pay me, and I want to start charging them interest for overdue balances. My google-foo is failing, I can't seem to find any bookkeeping tutorials that tell me how to calculate this (daily? weekly? how much?), or even how to format/word it on my invoices. Can anyone either tell me how to do this, or direct me to an appropriate web resource?
posted by Kololo
on Feb 28, 2005 -
Does anyone know of a program for Windows 2000/XP that will bring several different types of document files and image files together into one interface? This application should be able to reorder and renumber the pages accordingly. Also the tool must be able to export the end product into a universal format such as PDF or Word.
posted by airguitar
on Feb 22, 2005 -
Embarrassment of riches filter: I have a Bank of America account, and about two weeks ago I noticed that they had erroneously deposited approximately $1,400 of extra interest from some savings bonds into my account. I called to notify them of their error, and after playing phone tag, they eventually realized that the deposit was a mistake and assured me that they'd take back the money. Bizarrely, they still haven't, which is starting to get annoying. After a certain period of time, do I get to keep the money? If not, can I do something to get them to actually take it back?
posted by anonymous
on Feb 13, 2005 -
I purchase a car for 10,000. with a $1000 rebate
The state levies a 5% sales tax of $500 . Am I not entitled to to a tax refund of $100 ?
My good buddy Google is uncharacteristically mum about this query.
posted by Fupped Duck
on Feb 13, 2005 -
I run a small design firm out of the house, with 2 employees and yearly sales of about $250K. How much should I pay for basic accounting services? He only does my taxes, I have a payroll service for payroll, and I do my own bookkeeping.
posted by anonymous
on Feb 4, 2005 -
OwnershipSocietyFilter: Is this
$50 trinket really
the only way to get data from my bank account (Quicken Interchange Format) into Quickbooks? Intuit would like me to make a not-free call to ask the same question...
posted by subpixel
on Jan 27, 2005 -
StudyBingeFilter: let's suppose I had one week to teach myself banking, specifically: asset/liability management, market risk management, credit risk, funds transfer pricing/profitability, mortgage servicing valuation and accounting. anyone recommend some books/study materials/etc.? [more inside]
posted by mdpc98
on Jan 18, 2005 -
I am running a free Web-based service for friends and acquaintances. Lately, the volume on this service has been growing greatly. The next step is to move the service to a professional host. I am thinking of putting a paypal donation button on the site to help pay for it. Are there any legal or tax issues I need to worry about? Do I need a business license? What if I want to start selling Cafe Press items or running Google ads? I am located in the USA.
posted by Orkboi
on Jan 16, 2005 -
I have exercised stock options and taken possession of a small number of shares. I have not sold anything, but am wondering how screwed I am, tax-wise. First, do I have to declare the value of the stock as "income" for the year that I acquired it? Second, if I should sell it, do I add the money I receive from that sale to my regular taxable income? Do I deduct the amount I paid in? Is the net difference subject to other taxes? Is this handle-able by an average person or do I need an accountant?
posted by scarabic
on Jan 13, 2005 -
[FreelanceFilter] My wife is about to launch her freelance design (web, print, flash, branding) business. Never having done this, and being Mac-people, we were looking for a recommendation on a good accounting/client software package. Something that would allow client tracking, billing hours and invoicing would be helpful. What are you guys using?
posted by TeamBilly
on Jan 13, 2005 -