Q: Why is ClerkBooks Better Than Manual Bookkeeping?
The manual approach is time consuming, tedious and difficult to balance. ClerkBooks automates your entries and will not let you save a transaction unless it balances. Your books are balanced after every transaction!
Reports in a manual bookkeeping system can take up a lot of your time and energy. ClerkBooks allows you to run reports, on the spot, for any given time period, even previous fiscal years!
Ever get tired of thumbing through pages and pages of big bulky ledgers to find linked information? QuickBooks reports allow you to “drill-down” from any report to the orginal transactions on that report!
QuickBooks also has a comprehensive search tool allowing you to quickly find everything you need.
Spreadsheet formulas are hard to learn and easy to break. The built-in accounting functions of ClerkBooks organizes and calculates your finances for you.
The manual approach puts your financial records into multiple ledgers or spreadsheets. ClerkBooks organizes all your accounting into one uniform system.
Q: Why is ClerkBooks Better Than QuickBooks Alone?
QuickBooks is the world’s #1 small business software, but it isn’t made for Municipalities. ClerkBooks adds full fund-based accounting to QuickBooks.
ClerkBooks adds fund tracking and the chart of accounts recommended by your State Auditor.
ClerkBooks adds utility billing for water, sewer, garbage and electricity.
ClerkBooks adds over 50 custom reports tailored for cities including: council reports, utility billing reports and state reports.
ClerkBooks adds custom payroll items and employee templates specific to City Government.
ClerkBooks adds a Journal Entry Tool which automatically splits your payroll taxes and benefits into the proper expense account and fund. The tool also closes out your month by transferring net income/net loss into the appropriate fund balance.
ClerkBooks adds a User Support Site with a searchable and printable set of step-by-step “cheat sheets”, hours of video training and various resource links specifically for your state.
Our staff supports the ClerkBooks modules and QuickBooks. We also offer general accounting and audit support. No need to call overseas to get the help you need.
Q: Why is ClerkBooks Better Than Our Competitors?
Many of our competitors offer “add-ons” for QuickBooks. Our system is completely integrated with and is designed specifically for QuickBooks.
ClerkBooks is designed by a former City Clerk who has faced the same situations you face on a day-to-day basis.
We live in Small-Town Iowa. We built ClerkBooks to work for small towns and have added the features and stability for big cities. We don’t try and make small towns fit into the big city model.
Hey, did I mention that we use QuickBooks? That means:
You get to use the world’s #1 accounting system.
You can get help from just about anywhere: local accountants, local bookstores, local colleges, online classes, and of course, through us.
Most auditors are already familiar with QuickBooks. They love the features, and really love our additions.
Before we hand-off the system to you, we streamline and customize the system specifically for your City and your State. We enter all of your customer information. We enter all of your beginning balances (customer, payroll, bank, loans/bonds, funds, etc.) We enter all your employee and payroll information. We set-up your utility billing rates. We enter all this, and more. When we hand the system off to you, you can use it right away!
Q: Why Do City Councils Love ClerkBooks?
Initial price includes everything your City Clerk needs to get started right away, including: software, installation, configuration and orientation. We set-up your beginning bank, customer, vendor, employee and fund balances. We set-up your utility billing rates and beginning meter readings. We even reconcile the first month’s bank statements!
Low cost of ownership! Our initial price is as low as many of our competitor’s annual upgrade fees! Then, our system only needs to be upgraded every 3-5 years! Upgrades can even be spread out over multiple years!
You get the up-to-date information you need, including: Bank Reconciliations, Voucher Forms & Claims for Approval Summary, Budget vs Actual, Fund Balances, Departmental reports and much more!
Your City Clerk can “drill-down” each income or expense line and give you a report of every transaction in that account, at any time!
Historical reports give you a “Red Flag” for any altered financials. Giving you confidence that your reports are consistent!