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  • Scaling New Heights 2015 Takeaways on QuickBooks and Business

    Scaling New Heights 2015 is in the books!  In four intense days, attendees took a deep dive into QuickBooks and its surrounding environment.  Through general sessions, class instruction, sponsor exhibits, and networking, attendees had the opportunity to grow and improve their own businesses and practices.  Here are our takeaways:

    1)      QuickBooks Online is growingPB at SNH

    No doubt Intuit is pushing QuickBooks Online.  Every Intuit rep, whether in the QuickBooks booth or giving a speech on the main stage, preached the value of QuickBooks Online.  This was starkly contrasted by the nearly 1500 QuickBooks Pro Advisors in attendance that constantly questioned Intuit on their handling of the desktop legacy programs.  But this is nothing new.  The theme of the last several years of QuickBooks related conferences has been, why is there no parity between QBO and QB Enterprise in particular?  SNH15 was no different, neither in the questions being asked, nor in Intuit’s response.  Simply, QBO will never reach feature parity with QuickBooks Enterprise.

    As Intuit employees get pushed more and more with this line of questioning, their responses eventually come down to, and I’m paraphrasing here, “Look, you can complain and do/sell anything you want.  We are trying to move everyone to QuickBooks Online.  So either get on board or sell something else.”  Their actual phrasing is more along the lines of, QuickBooks Online is a growing market and we just want to make you all aware of the opportunity.

    Intuit did give two telling stats regarding QBO.  First, there are currently about 1 million QBO users.  Last Fall at QuickBooks Connect they quoted 700K QBO users.  That’s significant growth in less than one year.  Second, 60% of all new QuickBooks users are using QuickBooks Online.  So while most users are still on QuickBooks desktop versions, that number is changing in favor of QBO.

    2)      We sell a Story and our product is a Reaction

    This was a common theme throughout the conference.  Jon Taffer ("Bar Rescue" host) yelled about it during his animated keynote and Joe Woodard continually brought it up during his many speeches.  Telling a story means that you’re not just SNH speechgiving a client financial data or processing their payroll, you are giving them the ability to make decisions to grow their company so they can move into that new office building or put their kid through college.  The excitement or joy or enthusiasm your client feels after talking with you and hearing your story is your product.  That’s why you’re in business.  Making money is a nice product of being in businessJ.

    3)      Accountants are moving from Score Keeper to Coach

    With all the new technology in the marketplace, accountants now have the tools and time to be less bookkeeper and more business consultant.  Data automation allows much of the time accountants used to spend collecting and inputting data to be used instead to analyze and recommend.  This is both more productive and lucrative for the client and accountant.

    4)      Scaling New Heights 2016 is in the Bahamas!

    There’s not much else to say other than PrintBoss will be there!

  • Printing Checks from the Cloud with QuickBooks Online

    Coming off of the Scaling New Heights 2014 conference, we've received a lot of inquiries about whether PrintBoss works with QuickBooks Online.  At the conference last month, Intuit made it clear that the future of QuickBooks is in their online version.  This is not to say they are abandoning their desktop version, but most development will be for the cloud software.  They are encouraging this focus also in their third-party developers.  By putting on conferences like QuickBooks Connect and only inviting apps supported by QuickBooks Online, Intuit is making it clear they want to push their cloud software.  We talked a lot about this after the conference.

    Coming away from SNH14, it is understandable that many QuickBooks users and Pro Advisors had questions about QBO and its environment.  For this reason we wanted to take this space to answer some of these questions.Cloud printing

    First and foremost, yes PrintBoss Select and Enterprise work with QuickBooks Online.  By installing the PrintBoss printer driver on your local network or computer, you can print checks from QuickBooks Online to your PrintBoss printer driver.

    When using PrintBoss with QuickBooks Online, it is necessary to use the Internet Explorer web browser.  All other web browsers render the QuickBooks Online output as an image instead of as text.  IE is the only one to render the QBO output as text.  By doing this, IE enables PrintBoss to manipulate the page and allow top, middle, and bottom check positions.

    Beyond this IE requirement, PrintBoss functions the same in QBO as it does on the desktop QuickBooks applications.  As Intuit makes this push into the cloud, PrintBoss will continue to enable you to print checks onto blank check stock, saving you time and money.  We are currently in development with a QBO only PrintBoss app that will make this even easier, so stayed tuned for more on that in the coming year.

    If you have any other questions, contact us here or try PrintBoss yourself with our 30 day free trial.

    We’ll see you in the cloud!

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