How to use QUICKBOOKS ONLINE (2022)

hey there i'm James
you're watching Accounting Stuff and in this video i'll give you a quick guide
to QuickBooks Online i made a similar one a couple of years ago
but QuickBooks Online has changed a bit since then so let's refresh ourselves What is QuickBooks Online?
QuickBooks Online is a popular cloud accounting software it's made by an American company called Intuit
and it's specifically designed for small businesses What does QuickBooks Online do?
it lets you record, sort and store all your businesses transactions in one place So which version of QuickBooks Online is right for you? if you click on my affiliate link in the description
then you'll see three or four options depending on where you're based
simple start, essentials, plus and advanced if you live in the US you can try these out for free or dive straight in
with the discount and if you clicked the link then you'll be
supporting this channel so thank you! each of these charges you a monthly fee on the left we have simple start which comes 
in the cheapest it's the most basic version   of QuickBooks Online and it works well for small 
businesses that sell services or digital products   you only get one user though if you want more 
then you might want to consider essentials instead   it gets you three users, time tracking and helps 
you manage and pay your bills if you sell physical products then you'll need
QuickBooks Online Plus to handle your inventory this version also lets you track your profit by project
advanced is aimed more towards medium-sized businesses
you're allowed up to 25 users and you're able to customize access by role
you'll also get batch invoicing, automated workflows and some fancier analytics
QuickBooks Online is a cloud-based accounting software so all of these run in your browser
it doesn't matter whether you're using a mac or a pc and they let you upgrade or downgrade at any time
so no stress What does QuickBooks Online look like? Like this!
welcome to the QuickBooks Online Dashboard up here we have your company name and logo
today we're looking at Craig's Design and Landscaping Services which is the sample company
to the left of me we have the Navbar with the New Button right at the top
this is where we do most of our day-to-day tasks, run reports stuff like that
which we'll get into in a moment if you don't like the Navbar then you can hide it
by clicking on these three lines up here that will give you some extra space if you need it
and in the top right corner we have my experts, help, search, the notification bell, settings and 
a link to your Intuit account behind me we've got the business overview
you can see summaries of your invoices, expenses, profit and loss, sales and your bank balances to the right
this data can be a little sensitive so you can use the privacy button to hide it from any prying eyes 
alrighty then how does QuickBooks Online work? let's start with these buttons up here
if you want to invite your accountant then you can   click on the my experts button
if you don't have one then you can search for one here as well or if you're doing it yourself then good for you 
you can ignore this entirely the help button brings up the QuickBooks assistant bot
which can help with some of your basic questions   you can also use this to reach a human
or have a look through the frequently asked questions when you click on the search button you'll see 
a list of all your most recent transactions you can also find your older ones here as well
and make changes to them if you need to   settings is very important
if you're firing up QuickBooks for the first time then this is where you go to set things up
there's three main columns your company, lists and tools
under your company you can find your account and settings in here you can do things like add a logo
and change your company name just be aware that these changes do show up 
on your invoices you can also add your employer identification number
or your social security number for taxes and below that you can pick a tax form
based on your company type and choose an industry
then we have your business contact information your company's email, your customer facing email,
your phone number and your address to the left you can check your usage limits,
customize your sales and expenses and fiddle with your advanced settings
perhaps you want to turn on account numbers or multi-currency
anyway let's 'X' out of this and pop back into settings click on manage users if you want to add people
to your QuickBooks account the different user types give different levels of access
next up is your chart of accounts which brings up a complete list of all your businesses accounts
please be careful with this one because these accounts should be tailored to your business
if you're getting started and you're new to bookkeeping then i'd definitely recommend
getting some help from an accountant next up we have QuickBooks Labs
you can go here if you want to turn on plugins like Quickbooks Themes this is where you can access Dark Mode
if that's your thing under the list column you can manage all of the products
and services that you sell you can also check your recurring transactions
to see what's been scheduled to be paid each month up here in the tools menu you can order business checks,
import data into Quickbooks from Excel or Google Sheets
or you can bring in your QuickBooks Desktop data if you're making the switch
there's an option to reconcile your accounts, add a budget and see the audit log
which tracks user activity then there's smartlook and the resolution center
in smartlook you can share a code with your accountant to let them see your screen now that that's out the way let's take a 
look at the Navbar right here at the top we have the New Button
we click this when we want to create things for customers, vendors, employees and other stuff too
for example if you sell something to a customer   then you might need to create an invoice
so that they can pay you add a new customer or pick one of your regulars
from the drop down menu select what you sold them, pick a quantity and a rate add in the sales tax or a discount if you need to
and that's all there is to it, save and send   QuickBooks will generate the invoice for you
and email it directly to your customer Nice, now let's head back to the Dashboard
you sell things to customers and you buy things from vendors there's two ways to record purchases
you can use expenses or bills if you've already paid for a good or service
then you'll want to click expenses maybe filled up your car at a gas station
enter the amount, what you paid with, attach the receipt to keep things organized and save and close
alternatively if you want to save time you can snap your receipt on your phone
instead of using the QuickBooks App that will scan it straight into the system
bills are for situations where you buy something and haven't made the payment yet
the form looks very similar to the expenses one but this time you need to enter the terms
and a due date that's the deadline that you need to make the payment by
besides that it's the same deal as before just fill out the details, attach a copy of the bill
and any other support and then hit save or
save and schedule the payment under the employees column you can manage 
your payroll if you've added that on   and fill out timesheets
in the other column you can post journal entries these are a bit technical so i wouldn't mess with them
unless you're comfortable with how accounting works this is the kind of thing that i teach on this channel 
so if you'd like to learn about that then why not click subscribe? below the New Button we have the Dashboard
button followed by the banking tab this is where you link your business's bank account 
and credit cards to QuickBooks it's one of the first things you should do when getting
up and running every day QuickBooks will automatically and securely
pull in all your transactions it'll then try it's best to match them
to your invoices, bills and expenses that you entered using the New Button
if it's done this correctly then all you'll need to do is click match to confirm
do not panic if you come across any uncategorized income and expenses
pick the customer or vendor that it relates to select a category, attach your support
and click add sometimes you might find yourself categorizing
the same expenses over and over if that's the case then you can speed things up
by creating a bank rule next on the Navbar is sales
this sectionis all about your income and invoices at the top you'll find a graph of your
business's income over time if you want to look at a different period
this year for instance then you can change it in the top corner 
below that there's a summary of your invoices at a glance you can see what's been paid and what 
hasn't your overdue invoices are colored in orange   if we move through these tabs then we can see all 
your sales transactions and invoices which have been nicely arranged by urgency
if something's overdue then you can click here to email them a reminder
which can save you a bit more time up here you can manage your lists of customers
and your products and services after sales we have expenses
this is all about the money flowing out of your business we've got a complete list of all your bills and expenses
if we head to the vendors tab then you can see all your suppliers along with a summary of what you owe
again overdue bills are colored in orange you can click on them to see the full list
and arrange the payments if you're signed up to plus or advanced then you can track
your expenses and profitability by project right here then we have payroll where you can manage
all your employees and contractors if you added that on the time tab is where you track and manage timesheets
if you're using essentials, plus or advanced and then we have the reports tab
this is where you run all your financial statements that my latest videos have been about 
your income statement, your balance sheet and your cash flow statement
click on the little star if you want to add something to your favorites
the income statement or profit and loss is where you monitor your financial performance
it gives you a summary of your revenues and expenses over a period of time
if you want to see your cash inflows and outflows over a period of time as well
then take a look at your cash flow statement the balance sheet shows you your financial position
it gives you a snapshot of your assets liabilities and equity at a point in time
reports like these are key to understanding your business in the taxes tab you can manage your sales tax
if you're registered for that monitor your mileage in the mileage tab which you
can track using the QuickBooks Online App then there's the accounting tab where you
can find your chart of accounts and the bank reconciliation
the bank rec is where you reconcile all your transactions between QuickBooks and your bank account
I recommend that you do that at the end of every month to keep things nice and in order
finally my accountant is the place where you connect with your accountant and
invite them to look at your books and that's all we've got time for
if you're thinking of signing up then remember you can use my affiliate link
if you'd like to help support this channel cheers for watching
have a good one!

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