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Successful QuickBooks Consulting: The Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Growing a QuickBooks Consulting Business ---Ideal for Bookkeeping or Bookkeepers, Accounting or Accountants, or Consultants Paperback – October 13, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434810690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434810694
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

* Thinking about starting your own consulting business?
* Need ideas to help grow your business?
* Not sure how to get clients or what rates to charge?
* Want advice from other top consultants?

If so, then Successful QuickBooks Consulting is for you! After owning my own traditional accounting practice for about five years, I realized I did not really enjoy the work I was performing. I went back to school and earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship. Now, I am the owner of M. Long Consulting, LLC. Speaking, training, consulting, and writing are now my focus, and I could not be happier!!! I have been able to be my own boss, set my own work hours, and select the clients and type of services I want to provide. Most importantly, I have been home with my children while they are growing up! It is my hope that I can help share my knowledge to help others achieve the same in their lives! I truly enjoy helping others start and grow their own business as well as helping small and growing businesses to utilize QuickBooks to manage their business with good financial information.

Alison Ball, Sr. Manager, Accountant Training Network, Intuit, Inc.

"Michelle Long has created a very comprehensive guide for anyone considering starting a QuickBooks Consulting business. Her use of real-life examples and the fact that she has used her own experiences along with those of other leading QuickBooks Consultants is very compelling."

Cheri Streeter, MBA and Small Business Development Center Director, Overland Park, KS

"Sharing best practices is what Michelle Long does best -- whether it's teaching QuickBooks in the classroom or sharing her tips in this book. The best part is: Michelle actually practices what she preaches -- in her own consulting business. Michelle's guide is full of practical how-to's and is the perfect first step for anyone contemplating starting a QuickBooks consulting business."

About the Author

Michelle L. Long, CPA, MBA is the founder of Long for Success, LLC specializing in QuickBooks Online services and helping small business owners (including accounting professionals) start and grow their business. Michelle was named one of 10 Women who Inspire a Profession by Accounting Today, a Small Business Influencer Awards - Community Choice Winner by Small Business Trends, and a Financial Services Champion of the Year by the Small Business Administration in recognition of her dedication to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners. As one of the elite national trainers for Intuit, Michelle has presented numerous seminars and webinars and courses for Intuit Academy. She has presented webinars for Staples and Office Depot and spoke at various conferences nationwide. She has been quoted or mentioned in the New York Times, Inc.com, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, WebCPA, Accounting Today and more. Michelle is the author of the books Successful QuickBooks Online Consulting: The Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Growing a QuickBooks Online Consulting Business and How to Start a Home-Based Bookkeeping Business and numerous courses for Intuit Academy. Since 2000, Michelle has helped tens of thousands of QuickBooks Online users and accounting professionals learn about QuickBooks Online in seminars, webinars and conferences nationwide and recorded QuickBooks Online courses sold on DVD, online video or an iPad app. Michelle is a CPA, Advanced Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor, holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and is a Certified FastTrac Facilitator. Her blog was named 10 Accounting Blogs Worth Watching by Accounting Today. Her Linkedin Group (Successful QuickBooks Online Consultants) has nearly 30,000 members and is a great resource and networking opportunity for accounting professionals.

More About the Author

Michelle L. Long, CPA is the owner of Long for Success, LLC specializing in QuickBooks consulting & training, coaching small business owners, speaking and writing. She was named one of '10 Women who Inspire a Profession' by Accounting Today and a Financial Services Champion of the Year by the SBA. She has been mentioned in the New York Times, Inc.com, Business Week, Investor's Business Daily, WebCPA, Accounting Today, PCMag.com and more. Michelle is the author of "Successful QuickBooks Consulting" and "How to Start a Home Based Bookkeeping Business".

Michelle is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and has a unique relationship with Intuit as one of the few national trainers in Intuit's Trainer/Writer Network. Michelle is a consultant for Intuit product development and author for Intuit Academy.

Since 2000, she has taught hundreds of seminars to thousands of people about QuickBooks, filmed QuickBooks training courses and been a guest speaker for Office Depot's Web Cafe multiple times.

You can learn more at her website and blog www.LongforSuccess.com

Customer Reviews

This is a very informative book with a wealth of insider tips.
C. DeLara
This book was very informational, I am in the process of starting my business and found very helpful information.
I recommend the book to anyone who is considering starting their own QuickBooks Practice.
Sue M.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
Great book! I liked it a lot. I think it is a wonderful book that will help someone with an accounting background either take the plunge into self-employment as a QuickBooks consultant, or give someone who already has their own bookkeeping or accounting firm the know-how to expand into another service offering. This book is not about Quickbooks per se. It is about how to become a Quickbooks consultant in a professonal capacity.

The author has ties to Intuit and the Kauffman Foundation. And sometimes the book comes across as an advertisement for these two organizations. She is also a QuickBooks consultant herself, so this book comes across as a marketing piece for her private practice, too. But the book is a short quick read that certainly opened my eyes to what a person can do to prepare for and become a self-employed QuickBooks consultant.

I am a SCORE volunteer who regularly counsels wanta-be entrepreneurs and small business owners on how to prepare business plans and how to get their new businesses up and running. I'm also a CPA and attorney. I am not one to advise my SCORE clients to spend much on consultants to help them start their own businesses. And the way I usually advise my clients regarding bookkeeping and accounting is to get a PC and a copy of QuickBooks Pro. I tell them to install the software on their computer and struggle with the program for a week. Try to set up their accounting system and then save the data file to a CD. Then find a QuickBooks consultant to examine it and tweek it so it will work well for the business and the data can be easily merged into Turbo Tax at year end. Now that I have read this book I know a little more about what credentials a QuickBooks consultant should have and how my clients can easily find them.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tammy on December 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I want to start my own business offering bookkeeping services and QuickBooks consulting, but I had a ton of questions and I didn't know where or how to start. This book answered all my questons and many more questions that I hadn't even thought about yet! I can't imagine how much time I would have spent looking for all this information! Plus it will help save me money on the things I need and by not spending money on marketing methods that aren't effective!

Successful QuickBooks Consulting provides the steps I need to take to start my business. It also has a lot of resources along with the relevant website for more info. I wasn't sure where to start or what to do before.

I especially like the "Keys to Success" throughout the book which are comments and advice from other ProAdvisors. There are also a couple of chapters with other ProAdvisors' advice and comments, and things they wish they would have done differently or known sooner. It was great to be able to read all of them. Plus, the results of the survey of ProAdvisors was very interesting!

After getting this book, I feel much more confident starting my own business and it is nice to have this book as a reference when I need it!!! I would highly recommend this book if you are starting your own business (or want to)--whether your focus is on QuickBooks, bookkeeping, or taxes you'll find lots of useful information in the book.
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I have read quite a few books regarding bookkeeping services, consulting services and tax services but this is the first book I have read regarding QuickBooks consulting services - which is the main service area of my business. I think this is an excellent reference guide for anyone that is starting or growing a QuickBooks consulting business.

I found Michelle's information on marketing, performing engagements, establishing billing rates and growing the business very helpful. Prior to reading this book I would constantly read the QuickBooks on-line forums especially on practice development to gain insight from other QuickBooks consultants. I have even tried contacting consultants that have been in business for quite some time to see if they would offer some advice, tips or insight for a "newbie". Unfortunately I have not had much luck until now. Michelle's chapters entitled:

* Common Mistakes Consultants Make
* Advice From Other ProAdvisors
* What Consultants Wish They Would Have Known Sooner
* Keys to Success

contain the information that I have been looking for! I wish I would have known about her book when I first started my practice these four chapters alone would have definitely saved me a lot of time and money. If you have ever wondered "can QuickBooks consulting be an ideal business for me", "I'm a Pro-Advisor what's my next step", "what works and what doesn't work when growing a QuickBooks consulting business", "can I make any money at this", "how can I find more QuickBooks clients" - BUY THIS BOOK!

Andrea Young-Miles
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard B on January 8, 2008
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Truly a valuable contribution. As a CPA with an established retained CFO practice, I found in this book many 'not available elsewhere' ideas both for building a practice and for maximizing consulting practice income. A great mix of clear, comprehensive 'how-to' basics and valuable 'from the trenches' suggestions.
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