QuickBooks is one of the most powerful accounting software suites on the market. What one person using QuickBooks can do is equivalent to what whole teams of accountants used to do twenty to thirty years ago.
In our current SaaS, high-tech world, a lot of businesses are trying to make the most out of the software they use; whether it’s a CRM, Project Management software or accounting software. Today, the many tools for businesses are packed with features, customizability, various versions, and these tools can often integrate with one another to optimize business operations. These complexities have given rise to a hybrid professional that is a mix of accountant or bookkeeper and software management specialist called a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
A QuickBooks Proadvisor is an accounting or bookkeeping professional that is trained, tested and certified by Intuit on a range of advanced, QuickBooks specific topics and subject matter. Certification involves extensive training, a two-hour exam where you must score a minimum of 80%, and a yearly recertification exam.
Accounting software has become a must-have for businesses, although interestingly, 18% of businesses use no software at all!
QuickBooks has more than 70% of the market. A large part of the reason that QuickBooks is the most widely used accounting software is because it is customizable. That means the software can be tweaked to work well for pretty much any type of business, of any size, and in any industry. Rightfully so, as most businesses have their own unique and ever-changing operational requirements. This massive benefit is also what makes it a complex tool to manage. So how does a business get the most out of the powerhouse software that is QuickBooks? You guessed it, by hiring a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
They can offer a wide array of accounting and bookkeeping related services
QuickBooks ProAdvisors can offer your business accounting, bookkeeping, or even tax-related service. So much so that they can almost be seen as an outsourced accounting service, which is normally quite costly. However, the expertise and product specific know-how that you need to keep your accounting software running efficiently is exclusive to certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors.
They will ensure that your QuickBooks is set up correctly
Getting the most out of the software you choose to work with can mean the difference between success and failure in business. You will always find a spectrum of success stories and negative reviews on almost any software offering out there. Often, this is merely the result of how the business owner utilizes the software, and this cannot be done if the software is not set-up correctly. One of the most significant reasons to hire a QuickBooks ProAdvisor is for your business to be set-up correctly from the get-go. This could save your business thousands of hours and resources with troubleshooting. Additionally, if your QuickBooks is not set-up correctly, you risk having inaccurate information and financial statements, which can also be costly.
They are the first to hear about updates that could affect your business
Earlier this month, we published an article about when it is time to upgrade your QuickBooks software. In that article, we talked about how updates on new releases can benefit your business. Moreover, we also discussed the detriments of working with an outdated software. Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors are experts that receive exclusive invites to QuickBooks events and conferences, as well as early access to news and updates from Intuit. This means that before a big software update that may impact your business is rolled out, they may be able to advise you on how your business can benefit from it or make a recommendation to schedule an update at an ideal time to limit operational disruptions. This, coupled with access to a dedicated customer support team directly from Intuit for any highly complex problem that may arise, makes these professionals an invaluable asset to have.
They get a discount on products
What’s more is QuickBooks ProAdvisor certified accountants have a massive benefit to access exclusive discounts for added features and services offered by Intuit. There are a wide range of different add-ons, plug-ins, and added features that are designed to help different businesses from different industries increase productivity. QuickBooks ProAdvisors can help you quickly decide whether your business needs an added premium feature, and better yet, they can even save you money with those exclusive discounts in the process.
If you are using QuickBooks, you should consider hiring a QuickBooks ProAdvisor to optimize the use of the software, which is extremely important. QuickBooks experts will save you time, money, and data integrity by setting up your software correctly. They go through an extensive training and testing process so that you can rest assured that your software and data is in good hands. Having someone on your team who truly understands your software’s multi-faceted features is invaluable to your business.
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