Yes, it’s true, I am now officially a Working Woman. No longer a Lady of Leisure, sipping Starbucks and eating bon bons while watching Oprah.
Now, before you think, gee, this is great, she won’t have to lower her vacation standards anymore and rent a piddling do-it-all-yourself mosquito haven of a villa in no-man’s land…..the job has one small glitch. There’s no salary. No benefits. But the hours are great. My boss is great. The commute is a breeze.
You see, I’ve become the Bookkeeper for my son’s new business venture.
Here’s how the conversation went:
Mom: Son, I’m thrilled for you about your new shop. You are super talented and smart. You will do great!
Son: Thanks Ma. I appreciate your love and support.
Mom: As much as I love you and know you will do well, your strongsuit is NOT handling money. How about you let me manage the books?
Son: Yes. Yes. Yes. That would be fabulous. I can’t pay you yet Ma.
Mom: Oh my. I wouldn’t take a salary even if you offered me one. This is just my way of lending a motherly (and fiscally responsible) helping hand.
So, here’s where I need your help times two.
One, I want to invest in a good bookkeeping software. The company is a owner-operated business operation so far, no employees for now, so the software will be to manage daily sales receipts, sales tax to New York State, pay invoices etc. The limited research I’ve done shows QuickBooks Pro as the software to beat but every time I Google it, the user reviews of Customer Service are so bad, it has me worried about buying it. Please tell me what your experiences are, pro and con. And of course, if there’s a better product, holler.
Two, I want to get a simple business laptop that will be 100% exclusive to the company books and documents. No fancy add-ons, just a stripped no frills laptop, PC based.
The Lenovo seems to get high marks but I’ve never owned one so your two cents, pro and con, is appreciated. The Dell Vostro is half the price of the Lenovo but honestly, (a) I’ve never HEARD of the Vostro and (b) what a stupid name for a product line.
I’ve also suggested to Son I help him find a better system keeping daily receipts. This is what was handed off to me yesterday! 🙂