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QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

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Chapter 18. Keeping Track of Financial Tasks

Attention to detail. Follow-through. These are a couple of the things that keep customers coming back for more. Following up on promises or calling to check that an issue was resolved successfully is good business. But sending reorder brochures after customers have made purchases can just make them mad. In addition, paying a bill late can result in a whopping late fee. Conversely, you can leave money on the table if you don’t take advantage of early payment discounts.

If you use other programs for managing customer relationships and keeping track of what you need to do, you can record these types of details there. But if you tend to work in QuickBooks all day long, the program has several features that can help you stay in customers’ and vendors’ good graces by tracking what’s been going on and what still needs to be done.

QuickBooks’ to-dos are preferable to papering the edges of your computer monitor with sticky notes, although you might prefer to keep to-dos in a program that you keep running constantly, like your email or calendar program, so that you see reminders when you need them. This chapter kicks off by explaining how to create and manage to-dos in QuickBooks.

If you collect info about customers, vendors, and employees, QuickBooks’ notes feature can keep them close at hand. For instance, you could record one note to document a customer’s problem with an order, and then record another note to document how he wants you to use his ...

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