Here’s a neat opportunity: Learn the inventory part of QuickBooks and get a chance to win a free copy of QuickBooks Premier 2012 too.

Our online training seminar, scheduled for March 22, 2012, will help you increase your understanding and confidence with the inventory functions in QuickBooks. Learn to set up items and track inventory activity from purchase orders through sales. Get a handle on the reports that will help you manage your inventory effectively. Find out how to troubleshoot problems in QuickBooks inventory.

At the end of the seminar, we’ll be drawing a name from among those who have registered. The winner will get a free copy of QuickBooks Premier 2012 — a $400 value.

Get details and register here.

We get calls from a lot of people who are setting up QuickBooks for the first time and need some help. How do you find local training and consulting resources?

Fortunately, it’s quite easy. You simply dial up a QuickBooks Pro Advisor by zip code. There’s a good chance that there is a professional QuickBooks consultant near you.

You’ll see a list of consultants in your area. Read their information and the reviews their clients have given them. Pick a few that look good to you and give them a call. Find out their rates and, more importantly, their experience in doing first time set up for QuickBooks newbies. Ask them what their approach would be. Then make an appointment with one you feel comfortable with.

If you are looking for online training with live trainer interaction in an online seminar format, explore the online classes offered through AccountingUsers, Inc.

Veterans support organizations can sign up for free QuickBooks payroll training. The training is scheduled for November 3 and is in the form of a one hour live online seminar called “QuickBooks Payroll Essentials”.

Intuit Trainer Network presenter Stacy Kildal will be conducting the training session. The focus of the seminar will be on verifying the accuracy of payroll figures and making sure everything is correct before submitting payroll data to the government.

AccountingUsers, Inc. is making the free QuickBooks training available to veterans organizations as part of its Community Connect public service initiative.

The seminar is available to QuickBooks users everywhere (not just veterans orgs) and will be recorded and made available afterwards to all who register for the seminar. The number of seats is limited.

Click here for details.

Most adventures are meant to be shared.

Think: The Three Musketeers. Han Solo and Chewbacca. Holmes and Watson.

It’s just more fun to have an adventure buddy.

In life, my family members are often my adventure buddies. This usually (but not always) works out well, and makes for great family memories. Here is my daughter and my pooch, pausing during our climbing adventure up the west face of Mount Yale, in central Colorado.

mt yale colorado

In business, it is good to have adventure buddies too. My first adventure buddy in business was Leif Haug, co-founder with me of AccountingUsers, Inc.

Leif was first my friend, then my boss, then, as we went into business together, my partner. We weathered lots of storms together in the software consulting market. It was fun learning how to make a business work during the infancy and maturation of the PC accounting software world. These days, Leif is working on new challenges elsewhere, so our relationship has come full circle — now he is just my friend again.

These days, I have new companions in business adventure. In particular, I’ve partnered up with some Quickbooks training professionals to offer a new series of online training seminars specifically designed for QuickBooks users. We’re just finishing up our first wave of classes. This is great fun, and it’s gratifying to work with people who share a bit of that sense of adventure.

Who are your companions in adventure? is offering free access to upcoming live QuickBooks training webinars to staff at schools and colleges.

AccountingUsers, Inc. (dba is launching Community Connect, a corporate citizenship initiative. September is back-to-school month, so educational institutions will be the focus.

School administrators and staff, school district treasurers and bookkeepers can attend these online training events for free. Several Community Connect seats have been reserved for each of these live training webinars:

September 8 — Job Costing Essentials in QuickBooks

September 15 — How to Create and Setup a QuickBooks Company Correctly

September 22 — Using Preferences to Reduce Time and Errors in QuickBooks

September 29 — How to Set Up and Use Accounts Receivable in QuickBooks

Click the links above for details and registration.

quickbooks training optionsYou’re new on the job, and that job includes using QuickBooks. You have some bookkeeping experience, but you’re wondering if it’s enough!

There are some things you can do to get up to speed with your new bookkeeping assignment, and none are very expensive:

* Read a book or watch a DVD. There are several books out there that QuickBooks-using readers rate highly. Some of the most popular are QuickBooks for Dummies, QuickBooks: The Missing Manual, and QuickBooks: The Official Guide. They’re available on Amazon. A DVD training course, QuickBooks Essentials LiveLessons, also gets good marks.

* Take a class. Lots of community colleges offer beginning or intermediate level classes on QuickBooks. They are sometimes scheduled for the evenings or weekends, so you can work them around your job. If you live in a larger city, there may be training classes or seminars offered by professional trainers (these are usually more expensive, though.) A listing of some available local classes can be found here.

* Participate in a live QuickBooks training webinar. will be hosting a series of live online training events for QuickBooks users starting in September.

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