Welcome back to our Firm of the Future profile series about thriving firms who are benefitting from the cloud and QuickBooks® Online Accountant (QBOA) to better serve clients and find new revenue opportunities. In this new article, we spotlight Amanda Hinzmann, owner of Estrella Bookkeeping, a firm in Goodyear, Ariz.
Mindy King: Amanda, tell us about your accounting and/or tax practice.
Amanda Hinzmann: My bookkeeping practice is Estrella Bookkeeping out of Goodyear, Ariz. I started my business in 2011, and I’m loving it.
MK: How long have you been using QBOA?
AH: 18 months
MK: What convinced you to make the move to QBOA?
AH: At first, I just wanted to try it out to see what it was all about. Each and every upgrade made to QBOA has been nothing but a complete time saver. I love QBOA and refer all my clients to this software.
MK: What are your goals for your practice this year?
AH: My goal is to make a certain amount of money – pretty much doubling my income – and to stay on top of each and every one of my clients and become more available to them.
MK: What’s your favorite away-from-the-office place to get work done?
AH: We have an information center in our community (Estrella), and I will go there every once in awhile to get my work done.
MK: Where’s the craziest place you’ve done work for a client?
AH: My bed.
MK: What’s your number one timesavings tip?
AH: Two of my very favorite timesavings tips are the bank feed, which is a huge time saver, especially if you can make a rule for it, and recurring invoicing. I was doing my invoicing for one of my clients on QuickBooks Desktop manually and got him to switch over to QuickBooks Online and set all of his invoices to recurring and automatically send email. It’s great!
MK: When you’re not working, what’s your favorite way to spend your time?
AH: If I’m not working, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my family.
MK: What advice do you have for peers that are still on desktop?
AH: You really don’t realize how much automation there is available (huge time saver) and you can get on anywhere you want. No more passing files back and forth. I would highly recommend QuickBooks Online to any peer and know you won’t regret it.