For my first QuickBooks blog post with Allbusiness.com –
where is one to start. I will take the
occasional general questions on QuickBooks, QuickBooks Peripherals, and third
party software from our readers. There
is so much to QuickBooks it is difficult to know where to start….
First a little about myself, you can read my brief bio for
yourself…but just to give a brief synopsis of how I got here….I am
co-owner/co-founder of Barons’, Inc. and am an Advanced Certified QuickBooks
ProAdvisor. What is an Advanced
Certified ProAdvisor? I will answer this
Personally, my niche in the QuickBooks industry is merchant
services through Innovative Merchant Solutions (IMS) also known as QuickBooks
Merchant Service as well as having a background in hardware/software training
and support. We are an agent office for
IMS, enabling small businesses to accept credit cards through the QuickBooks
Software or via terminal and downloading those transactions into QuickBooks,
but more on that later. Did you know, as
I did not about 2 years ago, that Innovative Merchant Solutions was an
independent company prior to Intuit buying the company or merging with Intuit
in 2003 to bring additional service to QuickBooks as well as a whole new
revenue stream to Intuit.
That was my niche, our company is also co-owned and
co-founded by Sharon McCauley, she has about a 20 year history as a CPA,
currently inactive status as she is only doing QuickBooks consulting and
ProAdvisor. This gives our company an
edge, in my opinion, to cover all areas that a QuickBooks consulting practice
must have in order to succeed.
Where did I leave off?
What is an Advanced Certified ProAdvisor? This program, Intuit started it this year as
a pilot program and is “and is designed to deepen the expertise of ProAdvisors
who are already knowledgeable in QuickBooks, and distinguish these “QuickBooks
experts” as highly proficient in this field.”
The prerequisites to become advanced certified are as
- Attend the two-day,
four-course QuickBooks Advanced seminars.
- Attend the four web-based advanced
- Already have completed
QuickBooks ProAdvisor Certification for 2005, 2006, and 2007.
a lot of you reading this, ProAdvisor and/or Advanced Certified ProAdvisor is
the last thing you plan to do probably because you USE QuickBooks to run your
business and not make a living with QuickBooks in a consulting type way. For those of you are not interested in
becoming a ProAdvisor – Intuit also offers a program called the Certified User
Program. “This web-based program is
intended to broaden, deepen and verify users’ knowledge of QuickBooks Financial
Software via training and testing. It is specifically designed for people who
use QuickBooks in their daily jobs and desire to demonstrate QuickBooks
capabilities to current and future employers.”
You can visit http://quickbooks.intuit.com/product/training/certified_user_program.jhtml?lid=left_nav
to learn more about the Certified User Program.
Did I mention that the price for this particular certification is free,
yes, this one of the few things that Intuit offers without a price tag