Zen Payroll Software

I totally endorse Zen Payroll Software. Here is why

Payroll is a real challenge for small business owners. Do you really want to deal with payroll on your own? Wouldn't you rather run your business?

Would you prefer to outsource payroll, or do you want control? Zen is the best of both worlds. You're outsourcing payroll at half the cost of companies such as ADP & Paycheck, without giving up any control. Instead of calling in changes (and half the time the clerk gets it wrong), you go online and make the changes yourself. I'm not always a fan of online solutions, they can drain your energy, but the Zen user interface is super simple to use. And they have great customer support if you get stuck. You can even hire us to do it for you.

If you decide to go with Zen for the new year, contact me first, so you can sign up under my account. I've been bugging them about giving me a referral fee. I think that once you sign you, you'll never want to leave, so they're getting a client for life. I want something for my referrals too.


Let's talk about the QuickBooks integration. I've run the sync/link and all it does is add the check into QuickBooks that takes money from your bank account, and posts it to Wages & Taxes, Salaries, or whatever you want to call your payroll expense account. You can enter that in manually, or upload it from the bank feed faster than you can integrate it from Zen Payroll. And if you do ever need more detailed information, such as specifics on employees or tax liabilities, Zen is storing those reports for you!

Youtube Debut

Philippe Matthews, "the Oprah of Blog Talk Radio", and a really cool guy, interviewed me on "Empowering Teens and Young Adults with Radically Simple Accounting".

Here is the link for the YouTube Video:

Web link to YouTube Interview of Madeline Bailey by Philippe Matthews

We chose this topic because Philippe is starting a non-profit agency, HOW, to help kids break out of generational poverty and I wanted to help. Hope you enjoy the interview!

QB Connect Conference

QuickBooks Connect, Oct 20-22, 2014, was Intuit's premiere conference to celebrate their foray into the subscription business of QuickBooks Online. The conference was a chance to meet people, see the cloud technology, and get the advice needed to start, run and grow a business. It was a unique experience and an opportunity to make valuable connections.

The over 4000 attendees included a veritable who's who of industry movers and shakers. Vendors I work with such as Expensify, and Zen Payroll had sponsorship booths. I got the Zen t-shirt to prove it.

Accountants, such as myself, attended to become "Advanced Online Certified", a new certification Intuit rolled out at the conference. That test is extremely hard to pass, so the day-long training will be invaluable too.

Headline presenters included entrepreneurs Magic Johnson, Martha Stewart, Kevin Clearly, Cliff Bar & Co. CEO. Marc Andreessen (Netscape fame) got up from his sick bed to be interviewed by Scott Cook, Founder, Intuit Inc. Mr Andreessen is a VC now, so perhaps he wanted first dibs on the next FaceBook developer who might have been in the crowd? The level of creativity required to create a business such as FB was what I found most exciting about the conference too.
During the conference, I gravitated towards Sarah Clansky to answer my Intuit information booth questions. By the third question, she shared with me that she doesn't actually work for Intuit Corp. Rather; she's the project manager for doubledutch.me—the business that developed and managed the QB Connect conference app. She has 3 more conferences to roll out this month alone. Two years ago that business didn't exist, or if it did, just as idea, a vision, or maybe a dream? 

 It's a joy and a blessing to be around attendees, and my clients, who all have such a high level of business creativity.

QuickBooks Tech Support

Computers and tech support go together. Tech support comes in a variety of packages. I work visually, kinetically, and on a project basis. That means either at the client's office, or remotely where the client and I can discuss issues.

Lots of people want instant phone and email support, which we don't provide. It's a business decision, based on 100 reasons why. Yesterday I was at a clients that aptly illustrates one of the reason's why.

A client called about having me look at his WA State B&O report, and past returns. He didn't trust the report his bookkeeper was giving him, wasn't sure if he was filing correctly, and wanted to know if he should amend past returns? The bookkeeper was pretty upset at me for not doing this as a tech support call. Lots of drama.

The client turned out to be right on all fronts. The bookkeeper's numbers were correct, but QuickBooks wasn't putting the numbers in the right place on the Salestax Liability Report because of  how she had learned to use the software. On invoices that didn't have salestax, she was leaving that space blank, instead of putting in "non". In a million years, she would have never asked that, nor would I have imagined that was the problem with the report. While I was there, I got on the phone with the Dept of Revenue and clarified how he should file and what codes he should use. I verified that past returns were 'good enough'. And left the bookkeeper notes and reports so that she could do this correctly in the future.

With visual access to QuickBooks, access to the client or bookkeeper, and a block of time, I have yet to find a QuickBooks problem I can't solve, sometimes with the help of Intuit Tech Phone Support, which I pay handsomely for. So if you need phone support, Intuit can provide it to you too.

Millionaire Mindset Seminar

The Millionaire Mind Intensive (MMI) is the self-help rich system for becoming a millionaire that I support. After reading the best-seller, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, by T. Harv Elk, the founder, I thought, "this is for real". He lists what you must be willing to do to be rich, and I could see the one thing I had not been willing to do. Later, I inadvertently discovered that T Harv Elk was anonymously donating a great deal of money to a spiritual teacher I follow. Charitable giving is absolutely part of the millionaire mindset. You can read his book from any library and attend their introductory seminar for free. At the free seminar, there will be a DJ, plus lots of handouts and prizes. Most of the seminar was content. They pay for it because they upsell you to more seminars, the real ones that will really help you get rich. And it was a super fun weekend bonding with a group of 160 like-minded local souls.  Taking three days off from work is a huge deal, but it's worth it. Money is very important.

Click Here to Learn More About Millionaire Mindset

When you sign up for the seminar, I get a referral fee if you use my referral number, which is MMI31851. I would be so grateful to you if you do. And I will pay it forward. I'm learning from the best!

Angie's List

Angie's List is now for all businesses, not just contractors. My goal is to attract 200 new clients every year. In order to do that I need to get the word out. Reviews from happy clients help a great deal. Reviews are scattered between Intuit's website, my website, Linked in, and other internet sites.

Here is the link for my listing at Angie's List:

Read Unbiased Consumer Reviews Online at AngiesList.com

A big heartfelt thank you to every client who has given me a great review. I remember you fondly and hope your business is more profitable every year!

"Find my iPhone" App Saves the Day

On Holiday vacation, my iPhone was stolen. I used iCloud "Find My iPhone" app to locate it. It was in a city where I have a friend. I locked the phone, and sent an alert to call my friend for a reward. I set the reward at the street value of the phone. My friend was an angel to drive to a dangerous neighborhood in the middle of the night to retrieve it, and mail it back the next day. Happy Holidays!