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QuickBooks Pro Features Explained

Hey Everyone

Back in July 2010, we introduced QuickBooks Pro integration, which allowed users to export their expenses directly into their QuickBooks Pro account. Once a user imported their .IIF file with their expenses into QuickBooks Pro, the expenses showed up as a ‘New Bill.”

This kind of support was OK for companies who didn’t really know what accounting procedure they wanted to use for tracking expenses, but the method left out advanced expense-tracking procedures that seasoned QuickBooks Pro users craved for.

Well, now we’re happy to say that we’ve broadened our support to handle the three most popular ways to import expenses into QuickBooks Pro:

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(1) EXPENSE TRACK VIA WRITE CHECK

For small companies that have employees paying out-of-pocket for T&E and then getting reimbursed via paper check after-the-fact, a very simple way to reimburse those employees is to go to Banking->Write Check, and simply cut a check to the employee for the sum total of their expenses (say for $100.00) and then fill in the line items that sum up to that total so that the individual expense accounts (such as Meals & Entertainment, Travel, Incidentals, etc) have a running total of spend therein.

A few useful notes:

(a) We allow users to configure what account the checks are written from (e.g., “Bank of America Checking Account”).  This can be configured via the ProOnGo Web Portal->Settings->QuickBooks.  Default is “Checking Account”.

(b) Field 1 in ProOnGo is used as the expense account name so that the check is backed up by itemized expense account line items that sum to the total of the reimbursement.

(c) The “Client” field in ProOnGo flows through to the “Customer:Job” field in QB Pro.  Useful for companies that pass expenses through to clients or run reports to determine profitability of each client (not unusual).

(2) EXPENSE TRACK VIA CREDIT CARD  

Some companies prefer to think of their employees’ reimburseable expenses as a virtual “credit card”.  I.e. the employee is making purchases and the company owes the employee the sum total of those purchases as a reimbursement.

In this line of thinking, the employee “is” the credit card.  Users label their expenses using:

  • Field 1 (Category) to specify the expense accounts against which the employee spent.
  • Field 3 (Client) to flow into QB Pro’s “Customer:Job” field
  • Field 4 (Payment Type) in ProOnGo Expense to indicate the Credit Card account name

So, a Credit Card account might be named “Max Reimbursements”, and would accumulate line items of expenses incurred by Max. Then, on some agreed rhythm, the QB administrator cuts Max Schmidt a check for the running total sitting on that “credit card” for that expense category and/or project.

(3) EXPENSE TRACK VIA VENDOR BILLS

Some companies treat their employees as Vendors, when it comes to expense reimbursement.  For example, if Max buys 3 computers on his personal credit card, and the company has agreed to reimburse him for buying these for the office, the QB admin could go to Vendor->Enter Bills and create a “bill” from Max Schmidt, billing the company for the total cost of those 3 computers.  The QB Admin could then go to Vendors->Pay Bills to issue a check to Max Schmidt for the total amount of those 3 computers.

This is the 1 style of QB Pro export that we’ve supported to-date.  Support has now been improved, though.

ProOnGo’s Field 3 (Client) now flows through to QB’s “Customer:Job”.  This is important if Max purchased these computers for work on a particular client and I pass the expenses through to that client (while simultaneously reimbursing Max), OR if I use any of the QB reports that track profit/loss on a per-client basis.

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New BlackBerry UI Launched

We just launched a new user interface for BlackBerry devices. As you can tell by the screenshot, we got a toolbar! This toolbar makes the navigating and creating expense reports easier than ever.

The new version should be available on BlackBerry App World in a couple days, or if you can’t wait, you can download this new version by navigating to www.ProOnGo.com on your BlackBerry browser.

As always, let us know how you like the new changes by sending an email to Support@ProOnGo.com or you can Tweet us (@ProOnGo).

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New Mobile Site Launched

A new mobile site has launched for iPhone and Android devices. The new site features a much improved user experience as well as a whole lot of information.

We’ve also added Getting Started Guides for brand new users under the Help and Support option on the site.

Check out the new design and tell us what you think by sending us an email at Support@ProOnGo.com or tweet us @ProOnGo.

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Samsung Releases Fixes for GPS for Android Users

If you’ve been having trouble getting your GPS to work properly on your Samsung Android device, Samsung has come out with a couple guides to get your GPS back on track. The guides walk users through how to update the phones with the appropriate software fix and how to use and install the GPS Restore Application.

Samsung Captivate GPS Fix Guide

Samsung Vibrant GPS Fix Guide

Thanks to MobileBurn for the tip.

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Your Company’s Own Expense App: ProOnGo Expense White Label

Rebranding ProOnGo Expense to fit your company.

Coming in early December, we will be launching the ProOnGo Expense White Label package. This brand new package allows businesses to rebrand ProOnGo Expense with their company’s log and color scheme, and we will upload this new app to the iTunes App Store.

How it works:

If you’re interested in getting a custom application for your firm, it’s a relatively quick and easy process thanks to the ProOnGo Expense Custom App Wizard.  All you do is:

  1. Pick your splash screen color
  2. Insert your Company Splash Screen image
  3. Upload your app icon
  4. Choose your color scheme
  5. ProOnGo uploads the app to the iTunes App Store.

After you complete the wizard, you’ll be able to instruct your employees to the iTunes App Store market to download the company’s rebranded expense tracking application.  You can expect the White Label Wizard to go live in early December.

Are you a tech savvy CPA that would like to become a launch partner with ProOnGo’s White Label app? Contact us here!

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Mobile Expense Reporting for Businesses

A few weeks back we launched our ProOnGo Businesses Packages. These packages allow businesses us to easily distribute ProOnGo Expense throughtout their company without needing to worry about individual subscriptions.

I want to take a moment and go over our Premium Business Package’s features and explain how these features can help out your business with expense tracking.

Up to 100 Users
With the a Business Package subscription, businesses don’t have to worry about signing up every single one of their employees with ProOnGo. They simply point to the ProOnGo Expense app in the device’s marketplace, and as long as they sign up with the company’s email address, the user will enjoy full benefits of a ProOnGo subscription

80 GB Receipt Storage
It’s important for businesses to have a back up of their receipts in case of an audit. Luckily, ProOnGo has businesses covered. We offer 80 GB or receipt images. That’s over 80,000 receipt images per year. All of this information is instantly recalled as soon as a business needs it.

Custom Excel Spreadsheet Integration
Most businesses contain expense report templates and as our Pro Subscribers already know, we’re able to take that template and have it automatically filled out with your expenses. Businesses will receive the same special. They just send us their expense report template and it’ll be fully integrated into the app within two weeks.

Credit Card Integration
We currently support American Express cards, but within the next coming weeks, we are rolling out our support to over 90% of banks in the United States. So businesses with ProOnGo Expense can have their employees’ business credit cards instnatly sync with the app, so no manual entry is necessary.

24-Hour Support Guarantee
We guarantee a response to your support request within 24 hours of your request. Call by phone (312-878-4585) or email Support@ProOnGo.com

Accounting System Integration Consultation
Need to import your employees’ expenses directly into your accounting system? We’ll offer a free consultation session to figure out how to import the expenses into your system.

5 Hour per Year Receipt Audit Assistance
When the auditor calls, we’ll be at your side. With a subscription to a Premium or Pro Business Account, your business will receive 5 hours of audit assistance to gather the receipts you’ll need.

Annual Backup DVD
Receive a DVD backup of all of your receipt images once per year.

If you’re interested in one of our Business Packages, but have some questions you’d like answered first, just shoot me an email and I’ll do what I can to help you out: Max@ProOnGo.com

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ProOnGo Expense Credit Card Sync for Trial Users

Hello All

We just released our Credit Card Integration feature into ProOnGo Expense about two months ago, and it’s quickly becoming one of our more popular features.  The feature, which allows users to sync their credit card with ProOnGo Expense, imports the credit card’s transactions as expenses.

Well we’ve just granted access to the Credit Card Integration feature for our Trial and Lite Package users. The trial is only going to be around for a limited time, so sync up your card now and see how you like it.

Oh, and keep sending us your questions and comments to Support@ProOnGo.com!

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ProOnGo Getting Started Guide

Hello All

As usual, we’re busy at work, continuing to improve ProOnGo Expense usability as well as develop new features. But we’re also in the process of developing a Getting Started Guide for users that want to know more about how to use all of our fancy features.

iPhone Getting Started Guide

You can take a look at what we already have out there: iPhone Getting Started Guide & the BlackBerry Getting Started Guide. We’ll continue to post updates to the Getting Started Guides as well as launch a guide for Android within the next few weeks, so keep checking back.

And of course, as always, if we’re missing something or leaving something out in which you think our guides need, or a feature/improvement the app needs, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email: Max@ProOnGo.com.

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