Intuit’s QuickBooks universe is considerable and growing.
For instance, as of July 31, there were 1.513 million paid subscribers for QuickBooks Online; and Intuit’s small business online ecosystem grew 25 percent for fiscal 2016. By October 2017, Intuit is projecting to have 2.0 million to 2.2 million QBO subscribers.
With more than 400,000 accountants working with small businesses, more than five million small businesses using financial management software, and an estimated 15 million plus self-employed individuals not currently using Intuit’s solutions in the U.S., there’s plenty of room to be an influencer.
Here’s a list of some QuickBooks influencers to follow.
If you are in the QuickBooks community, you’ve probably seen or run into Joe Woodard.
If not, that’s surprising.
Woodard is the chief in Woodard Consulting, Woodard Media for QuickBooks-related podcasts, Woodard Network for virtual training, The Woodard Institute for coaching small business advisors, and Woodard Events, the latter known for Scaling New Heights.
He claims to have helped train more than 75,000 accounting professionals in everything from developing their practices to maximizing their use of QuickBooks and QBO, and fosters community through the Woodard Network.
Scaling New Heights, a trade show and conference that focuses heavily on QuickBooks ProAdvisors and aims to help accountants improve their practices, has been put on for the past eight years. In May, it was a four-day event in The Bahamas with SalesPad as a sponsor. Scaling New Heights 2017 is June 4-7. 2017, in Orlando at Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort.
He authors the Two Roads Blog, a great source for information about taking your business to the cloud and for learning about cloud computing and how it’s changing business as we know it.
Ridner doesn’t hesitate on sharing strategies for choosing between QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online.
The blog is also a starting point on principles and ways to grow accounting practices.
On a personal level, besides being a business enthusiast he's a self-proclaim sports fanatic, is married, and has four children.
The president of Nerd Enterprises, Inc., Seth David also operates the companion School of Answers consulting and education practice.
Both are based in Burbank, Calif.
Before starting his own firm in 2003, he worked for a Santa Monica, Calif., CPA firm and was an accountant for the Veterinary Centers of America.
He started his Between Wall and Main as a simple Tumblr blog, and it’s evolved into a news and education platform for small businesses aimed at helping them succeed as well as a Facebook group he operates with Stacy Kildal and which has more than 800 members.
An accounting and technology guru, QuickBooks expert, and self-described app addict, Kildal operates White Lake, Michigan-based consulting company Kildal Services, LLC.
Oft-honored, including as CPA Practice Advisor’s Most Powerful Women in Accounting and 40 Under 40 in Accounting; Intuitive Accountants Top 100 ProAdvisors; and Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting, she authors her tips-friendly Stacy K. blog.
She partners with Woody Adams and Dawn Brolin for the online podcast QBO Show, which also has companion how-to videos on YouTube.
Kildal also founded the app-testing review site Appasaurus Rex, which offers weekly one-hour webinars and has new app categories each month. In addition, she offers the six-week Stacy K Academy QuickBooks Online training course for accounting professionals.
Adams has been an Intuit product consultant for more than a decade and is also a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
He is based in Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Since 2011, Russell has been the senior technology editor at The Sleeter Group’s Accountex Report, formerly The Sleeter Report. Following the report helps keep you updated on QuickBooks, QBO, and insight into fixing the issues common with both platforms.
He formerly authored the Practical QuickBooks blog from 2008 to 2013.
Russell has seen the small business software industry change from 8-bit microcomputers in the mid ‘70s that ran on eight-inch floppy disk drives to cloud computing. With certification as an Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor and experience in inventory and manufacturing software for small businesses, he is a wealth of knowledge.
— Shane Kluiter