I use my quick books to generate monthly invoices for my customers ( I like the print and email feature) you can email your invoices to your clients via QuickBooks. I enter checks, Credit Card, and Cash Payments that my customers give me.
I`ve also entered all my services and prices. So whipping out an Estimate takes me about 2 minutes.
But you know what the best feature is: Being able to create your own fields, for example I have custom fields for FTP Host, IP Address, User Name, Passwords and login Information for my customers.
I love the way it Keeps track of all my expenses, and Sales, and if you configure it right, it will even tell you which side of the business all your sales are coming from. For example I ran a sales report for last month and 38% percent of my cash flow comes from Web Development and Design...
This is a cool feature if you plan on expanding your Business plan later on down the road. I use Business Plan Pro and it has a quickbooks Import feature.
So they go hand in hand if you ask me..
You`re probably not going to like this answer, but I bought a separate no-frills laptop PC just for my Intuit program (they don`t make "Rental Property Manager" for Macs).
I figured I could write off this expense as being 100% dedicated for this business purpose, since I have my Mac for personal use. (And it`s actually worked out well to have a backup laptop with PC compatibility, on more than one occasion.)
As for your other question (should you hire out this service) ... I`d say YES! I`ve reached a point in my life where it`s worth it to me to pay someone to do those things I really hate to do. Especially when they`re important things that must be done one way or another. The price is worth it for the peace of mind, alone. Another idea would be to barter some service you offer with someone who can do your bookkeeping.
If your work is simple, you might want to try finding someone through a senior center (seniors are sterotypically very reliable and experienced folks, and there might be someone interested in doing bookkeeping on a part-time basis). You could also try to find someone through a community college (where there are bright students wanting to make extra money, but they`re not hired by full-time employers because of their school schedule or their lack of experience). Another potential source for your assistance would be through some agency that places people with handicaps. Some of the most conscientious and reliable workers I`ve seen have been individuals with vision or hearing impairments. I`m not sure why that`s the case, but I believe that people with physical handicaps are often overlooked and an underutilized resource of skills.
First of all, why would you want to use your laptop as your primary computer?
I would suggest you installing Quickbooks on a desktop rather than on a laptop. Anything can happen to a lap top, you can drop it, the motherboard gives out, your LCD stops working. Then what?
You`re going to loose all your information..
As for quick books being secure, Yes it is... very secure unless you give out your password.
I would of been interested in the Quickbooks and Homemaker position but unfortunatly I live in Texas.
Their is a way to merge Quickbooks with another computer (laptop). So you can carry it around with you and make the entries. You just won`t be able to print until you go all the way to the back room I am thinking it had something to do with networking your computer to the laptop. Probably will have to read the guide for Quickbooks.