Updated: Apr 3
Have you explored what you can do with QuickBooks reports once you’ve created them?
At AccountAbility Consulting, we understand that good money management is essential for the health of your business.
If you aren't tracking your business income and expenses conscientiously, you'll have a hard time seeing an accurate picture of your business's finances.
When you accurately record your data in QuickBooks, you reap the reward of accurate reports. Rather than scanning through a list of customer invoices to see which ones are past due, you can run an A/R Aging report with a couple of clicks. The same goes for your bills with an A/P Aging report. Need to know what items are selling well and which are not? An Inventory Stock Status by Item will tell you that now.
These decisions do more than just answer the question of, "How many vacuums do I have in stock?" or, "What were my total expenses for February 2022?" They provide insight into your cashflow that will allow you to make better business decisions and plan for the future.
Once your reporting is accurate, you gain the ability to modify your reports. share them, and make comments on individual line items. We'll detail just how to do this below. (You may want to work with a QuickBooks sample file for most of these steps. Go to File | Open Previous Company.)
Where does QuickBooks start when you create a report? How does it know, for example, what date range you want the report to cover and what customers and vendors and items should be included? It doesn’t. The pre-built reports that QuickBooks can create have default settings. That is, they just provide a starting place. To run the reports with the content you want to see, you have to modify the reports by clicking the Customize Report button in the upper left and specifying your preferences.
You can change numerous settings in QuickBooks’ reports, and then memorize those preferences for use again.
Once you’ve modified a report that you want to save, it’s easy to keep a copy of it with its new settings. With the report open, click the Memorize button at the top of the screen. When the Memorize Report window opens, give your report a Name that you’ll remember and easily associate with its settings and content. If you’d like to save the memorized report in a Memorized Report Group, check that box and open the drop-down menu to select from the options there (Company, Customers, etc.).
Do you think other QuickBooks users might want to use the model you created? Click the box next to Share this report template with others. In the window that opens, you’ll need to give your report a Description. You can choose to share your name or post it anonymously.
Click Share, and you’ll be able to see your template in QuickBooks’ Report Center by clicking Shared with the Memorized tab highlighted. Other users will only be able to access the settings and use them with their own data. Yours will not be included.
You can click the dialogue balloon next to any item and enter a comment about it in the box below.
The QuickBooks Reports menu is a comprehensive listing of all of your report options. Click on it, and you’ll see that there’s a link for your Memorized reports right at the top. You’ll also see a link for Commented Reports. QuickBooks allows you to enter comments in reports.
To see this in action, open the Sales by Item Detail report. Click Comment on Report at the top of the screen. QuickBooks will open another copy with small dialogue balloons displayed next to every element of the report (Name, Qty, Sales Price, etc.) in every row. Click one that you want to comment on, and a window opens below. Enter your comment.
The number in front of the comment (1) matches the correct location in the report. Click Save over to the right. You can now Print or E-mail the commented report or Save it after giving it a Name. To see the list of reports you’ve entered comments on, open the Reports menu and select Commented Reports. Your original report will not contain the comments, only the commented one you saved.
You may be commenting on reports just for your own purposes, but you may also want to share them with colleagues or other business contacts sometimes. QuickBooks allows you to email selected reports on a schedule, as long as they’re memorized.
Scheduling reports isn’t such a complex process, but your system has to be set up precisely for it to work. For example, you must:
Be in single-user mode.
Have an email service connected to QuickBooks (if it’s Outlook, it must be open and running).
Not be in sleep or hibernation mode.
Have QuickBooks updated to the latest release.
Have QuickBooks running.
However, we strongly discourage you from trying to schedule reports on your own. Your report data is very sensitive, and emailing it to the wrong person could be disastrous. If emailing selected reports on a schedule is important to you, we can walk you through the process of setting this feature up.
As always, we’re available to help with any type of QuickBooks issue. We have a deep knowledge of the software, your business's unique needs, and the common pain points that many small to mid-size businesses experience. We encourage you to broaden your use of QuickBooks if you don’t feel that it's serving you to its fullest, and if you need assistance with making that happen, we're happy to schedule a one-on-one session to address your concerns.