Volume 1, Issue 10 - June 2017 Greetings Business Owner, It is June. June is a busy month. Father's Day, Graduations, Weddings and summer celebratio

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Volume 1, Issue 10 - June 2017


Greetings Business Owner,

It is June. June is a busy month. Father's Day, Graduations, Weddings and summer celebrations begin. I love this time of year, especially living in Lake Hopatcong. Activities during the summer are abundant. There is always something fun to do around the lake.

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Have a great day,
Ali :)

Is Your Business Using the Right Accounting System?

Is Your Business Using the Right Accounting System?

Have you ever tried on a shirt or jeans and found they didn’t fit at all? They looked great on the hangar, but that was the end. Accounting systems come in all sizes, shapes and colors just like clothing; and just like clothing, some accounting systems fit your business better than others. It’s not easy to spot in a mirror when an accounting system does not fit a business, but there are other signs that will give it away. Here are five of them:

Numerous Workarounds

A workaround happens when your current system cannot do all the things you need it to do. A workaround can take the form of a spreadsheet, a report, a program or database created with extra time spent every month so you can get the information out of your system and manipulate it the way you need it to run your business.

Since no accounting system is a perfect fit for any one business, it’s normal to have some workarounds in place to meet your unique business needs. If you have too many, it might signal you have outgrown your current system and need to find an accounting system that provides you with more functionality.

Downtime or Waste Time

If you are unable to access your system when you need to do your job, then you are experiencing downtime in one form or another. You may be waiting for a file to be fixed or the system may actually be down. If your system runs slowly, then that’s another form of downtime wasting your time. If you have to take time to make backups and perform restorations, this type of activity does not add value to running your business. When you have too many of these time-wasters, it could be time to look for a better way.

Old Technology

If your accounting system is more than three years old and you have chosen not to update it, you may be missing out on newer time-saving features that could help you reduce the amount of time you spend doing your accounting. If your accounting system is more than six or seven years old, then you are definitely losing productivity. It’s time to bite the bullet and learn a new system so you can experience better profit margins in your business.

Limited Users or Security

If your current accounting system does not provide you with enough users, then you might have more expensive employees doing lower level jobs, which is costing you more in payroll expenses.

You may also need certain user permissions to be more granular than they are in your current system as you grant access to certain parts of the system to different users. If you’re on QuickBooks Online, that’s a really easy fix, so please talk to me about this.

I find user access is a hot button with a lot of business owners, so if it’s true for you, please reach out and let’s have a conversation about this.

Limited Physical Access

If your accounting system is located on a private PC or server in your business, this limits access to your files. If you have more than one business location, you like to work from home or your employees work from their homes occasionally, then you may want to look for a system that accommodates “anywhere, anytime” accounting. This is a pretty easy fix too, as this requirement is now quite common with business owners today.

The same can be said for mobile access. New apps enable many accounting features to be completed from your mobile phone, such as checking bank balances, approving a bill and taking a picture of a receipt and uploading it, to name a few. If you want to do you accounting from your mobile phone, ask about mobile apps we can link to your system to enable this functionality.

Boosting Your Accounting Productivity

I might be a little biased, but accounting has gotten to be a lot more fun in the last few years with advancements in technology. If you see any of the signs listed above, it might be worth a conversation to see if your accounting system is the best fit for your business. Reach out anytime.


Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. No pressure or obligation. Visit Kipp's Books website or call 201.739.4479 if you need help with bookkeeping.

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Thank you for your support,
Ali :)


Alison K.M. Lohr is...
Certified Public Bookkeeper
QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor
Treasurer for the Jefferson Twp Chamber of Commerce
Member of the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB)

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