DECEMBER 2014 ;e Costco Connection 85
By Christina Guerrero
SMALL;BUSINESS OWNERS have a lot on
their plates: managing their teams; serving
customers; tracking payroll, sales and
expenses. Any tools that help simplify these
processes can enable them to be successful.
“We take care of all that complex work for
them and make it easy for small-business
owners to focus on their business,” says Terry
Hicks, vice president and general manager for
Costco offers Intuit Payroll and
QuickBooks Online with four affordable
plans starting at $20.99 per month. Members
save 33 percent when QuickBooks and
Payroll are purchased together, in addition to
the savings realized by purchasing through
Costco. “We save the Costco member an average of 20 percent versus if they bought it
directly from Intuit,” Hicks says.
The plans include QuickBooks Online
Essentials, with or without the Payroll option,
and QuickBooks Online Plus, with or without
the Payroll option. The programs are integrated to make them even more user-friendly.
“We’ve really made these two solutions work
even better together,” says Hicks.
Payroll processing and automatic payroll
calculating let members run payroll on the go
with three easy steps.
1. Intuit Online Payroll enters employee
hours, figures paycheck calculations and
prints checks or provides free direct deposit.
2. Intuit Online Payroll calculates federal
and state payroll taxes for members and
mobile devices because it syncs with comput-
ers, tablets and smartphones.
“Not only are we reminding you that it
needs to get done, but you have the means to
do it right in the palm of your hand,” Hicks
says. “[You’re] able to do it right there on the
spot with Android or iOS devices.”
QuickBooks Online gives small-busi-
ness owners the confidence to run their
business more efficiently because they know
where they stand, Hicks adds. Once set up,
the program automatically pulls in data from
your bank and credit card accounts, saving
time and reducing data and entry errors, and
it learns from your behavior to automatically
“One of the most popular features of
QuickBooks is connecting to your bank
account and downloading expenses to your
QuickBooks,” Hicks says. “That helps you
not only record the expense, but track it the
Self-help assistance and toll-free phone
support are available if needed. “Most people
don’t want to wait on hold if they don’t need to,”
Hicks says. “We try to make the product super
simple so there’s not a lot of help needed.” C
For more information about Payroll or
QuickBooks, go to Costco.com, click
“Services” then “Payroll Services” and
reminds them when to pay.
3. Intuit Online Payroll automatically fills
in federal and state payroll tax forms and
allows members to e-file.
Additionally, Payroll is set up for business
owners at every level, from those who are
comfortable paying employees but want help
with taxes, to those who prefer to outsource
the whole thing and prefer full-service payroll, to those who are completely comfortable
doing all those tasks themselves.
QuickBooks Online has been completely
redesigned from the ground up, with hundreds of enhancements that members need
to run their businesses. “One of the things we
wanted to do with QuickBooks is make it
super easy for anyone to understand what’s
going on with their business,” Hicks says.
QuickBooks Online helps business owners run their business by tracking sales and
expenses, and helping collect debts faster and
running payroll; it can be used across all
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