Connecting QuickBooks and Salesforce not only makes your bookkeeper’s day a little easier, it also gives you a full, accurate view of what you’ve sold, who has paid, and what payments are still outstanding. Read more to learn our recommended approach for integrating these two business-critical systems.
Why would you want to integrate QuickBooks Online with Salesforce? Doing so will minimize what we call “swivel chair” integrations, where you have to manually move one entry to another system. By integrating Quickbooks Online and Salesforce, you minimize potential errors that might come from duplicate data entry.
You also minimize the labor associated with manually copying customer information from one system to the other. Plus, you reduce the number of emails that go between people inside your company.
All these combine to make everyone more efficient in general. Before you begin, you should know that the most efficient way that we have found to integrate QuickBooks Online and Salesforce is to use this application you’ll find on AppExchange called Breadwinner. Breadwinner has written a very specific integration that makes connecting with QuickBooks Online quite easy, and that is our recommended approach.
Salesforce/QuickBooks Online Integration Steps
Step 1: Make sure Salesforce is up and running properly and tracking your opportunities.
Step 2: Make sure QuickBooks Online is up and running properly and managing your accounting. It’s important that these first two steps are properly set up and you’ve been using them for a while, and your team agrees it’s working well.
Step 3: Make sure you’re managing your other financials properly. Make sure you’re managing your P&L and your balance sheets and your cash flow forecast. Make sure your other important accounting documents are all buttoned up and working well.
Step 4: Set up Breadwinner and begin moving data from Salesforce over to QuickBooks Online. You may want to consider using a Breadwinner specialist, but this is not always necessary. If you have a question, just contact their support and they can steer you in the right direction. Most organizations are going to be able to set up Breadwinner in about a day.
Step 5: Keep a very close eye on things for the first month or so that you’re running this integration. Double-check that nothing’s gotten gummed up in the works and address whatever issues may come up. You usually won’t see any problems, but this is your accounting data we’re talking about here this is the lifeblood of your organization. Be sure to keep a close eye on it. If it’s going to be accurate, you need to make sure that the system is working well.
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