GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping

GoDaddy

As a participant in BzzAgent, there are times when I receive free or discounted products to review, and share my honest opinion. The following is a review of a product I received for free.

A couple weeks ago, I received a free year’s subscription to GoDaddy’s Online Bookkeeping service.

Here’s a little confession about myself: I love accounting. I love keeping books, and I love making spreadsheets and spreadsheets filled with budgets and projections, profit and loss statements, and whatever else I can add and subtract.

I also still run my small, in-home business as a child care provider according to the IRS. The income is small, and it’s part time, but I still have to keep track of my books and income, so this trial was GREAT for me! It was so simple to start an account, and the interface is easy to understand and easy to find what you need. The buttons are big, and the sections are easily identified. The language is also pretty simple- you don’t have to be a CPA to understand what to put in which field. This online-based software can be accessed anywhere you have internet, so you can enter in your purchases even when you’re on the go.

It even keeps track of your personal expenses. I don’t know that I can stray from my excel spreadsheets, (and my pages and pages of personal budgets and projections) but that’s a pretty handy feature to include. Especially for those that do run home-based businesses and they have to differentiate between personal and business expenses. I can foresee this feature as a handy tool if (heaven-forbid) one does get audited.

The only downside I have found is that my business is not inventory-based, so there are extra features that I would not ever use. A child care business is service-based, so I don’t keep track of sales or inventory. I only keep track of clients and the hours I spend in business, plus my expenses.

I also had a nice surprise a week after entering my business data, when GoDaddy sent me an email with my profits for the week! Sweet! That is so handy- can you imagine using that with direct sales, or a small etsy shop???

What I like most about this program is that it automatically lets you view your Schedule C, and gives you a running total for quarterly (or yearly if you don’t file quarterly) taxes that will be due based on your profits. How easy is that!!!??? Especially since I’m trying to keep my profits down (and in home child care, you can claim a lot of household expenses that you wouldn’t normally write off on your 1040 EZ*). So this is like a running total of how many more expenses I need to add in there so I don’t go owing so much to Uncle Sam.

The fact that this program tracks personal and business expenses, gives you a Schedule C, tells you when you need to file quarterly (and how much), and is so easy to use makes it well worth the $99/year listed on the website. It’s accounting software AND a personal accountant wrapped up into one cloud-based data file!

Watch this one-minute video for a little more from GoDaddy:

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Frugal Homemaking: Homemade Dishwasher Soap

Homemade Dishwasher DetergentI have been making our own dishwasher soap for our home for a little over a year now, and I have been very satisfied with how it cleans our dishes. I run my dishwasher at least two times a day. We snack and eat often, and I don’t spend money on paper plates, so we use a lot of our dishes every day. I’m not very good at keeping track of who used what drinking cup, and our cat has a tendency to drink water out of glasses that are sitting around too long, so unclaimed beverages go into the sink if they aren’t claimed.

I varied the dishwasher detergent recipe I found here, and added some store-bought dishwasher to help with the lack of phosphates. In my opinion, it adds a little extra strength to the homemade recipe.

I did some research, and there are sites out there that says to avoid the water spots on the dishes, you can use Lemi-Shine to add citric acid. I’ve tried it, and it doesn’t work that well. I order Citric Acid on Amazon whenever I’m getting low. It comes in a plastic bag, but as you can see, I just recycled a lemonade jug and refill it when it gets in. The only downside to this product is that it doesn’t have anti-clumping ingredients (not too much of a downside in my opinion), and all I do is sift out the big clumps, put them in a Ziploc and let my three year old beat them until they’re powder again.

Borax and Washing Soda can be found at Walmart in the laundry detergent aisle. I’ve found Borax at grocery stores, but Walmart seems to be the most reliable when it comes to Washing Soda. I’ve tried other stores, and they just don’t carry it reliably.

If you’re ready to try your own dishwasher detergent, gather your ingredients, a large bowl to mix it in and a container with a tight fitting lid to store it in.

Dishwasher Detergent:

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1 cup Dishwasher Detergent (any brand)
½ cup Citric Acid
½ cup Kosher Salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Store in airtight container. Use according to your machine’s instructions. I never had the instructions for my machine, so I put two Tablespoons into both the rinse and wash compartments (four Tablespoons total) and run on normal wash.

For a rinse aid, I fill the compartment with plain white vinegar.

Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist Review

So, my friends, if you haven’t heard of BzzAgent.com, they are a great company that allow people like me to try products and then spread the word about what I think about them. They give me free samples, and I have to try it out first. And, my opinions are just that- my opinions. Honesty is important here.

 

Recently I was given a sample of Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist. I selected the Pineapple Mangosteen. A little about the item. First, by looking at the picture, I couldn’t quite tell what it was. I thought it might have been one of those automatic misters that look nice when you put it on your end table. Once I saw it on the shelf, I realized it’s a Fragrance Spray. So, it’s a pretty fragrance spray.

I was wary about bringing home an air freshener. My husband is pretty against sprays. He has a sensitive nose and can’t handle a lot of the chemical smells. I haven’t bought Febreeze since we were newly married (about 8 or 9 years) and we stopped using dryer sheets a few years back all together because of the scents (among other reasons).

But, like a good BzzAgent, I have to try the products before I talk about them, so I sprayed the diaper changing station, the bathroom, and the cat litter box. The smell was not overpowering even as I sprayed it. 15 minutes later, my sister came home and she could still smell it!

Later that night, I asked my husband what he thought, and his response was, “It’s not bad.” Which, in my mind is an A plus from him! I’m excited to keep this one around!

Check back, because I also have a sample of the Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser that I’m going to review in a few days.

Something New

Here begins another journey of our life as a family.

Next month, I will have closed down my daycare for a period, and our house will begin the renovation process to abate lead hazards. Our house will get new siding and windows, and a couple other new pieces here and there. Yay! New is always good, right?

AND since we can’t stay in the house while the work is being done (safety hazard) we need to find a place to stay. Nope, no hotel. No one here in our city has offered to put all four of us, plus the cat and rabbit up, so I called my mom, and the kids and I are going to Sunny San Diego for 3 whole weeks! (DH will be joining us the first week, then back to work he goes.) I pawned the animals off to various people/friends/neighbors for the duration of our adventure. Now I just need to find a place to pawn the husband off for a few weeks…

But wait, there’s more…

We also have to pack up every belonging in our house and prepare to move it to a POD.

Joy.

I walked in to my office today, and realize how daunting of a task it will be. Just my children’s books alone are taking up 6 boxes. So far. And for some reason, as I’m walking through the house, I keep seeing more books that missed the boxes. This is going to be an interesting journey.

The open house for contractors is April 17, at 8:30. Hopefully it moves along quickly, and every thing is on schedule.

Next on the list: Actually purchasing the plane tickets for California.