Introduce Yourself!

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Hi everyone,

For those of you who don't know me yet, my name is Tami and I'm Reckons Online Community Manager!

I thought it would be a great community building exercise for us to introduce ourselves to each other to help break the ice and get to know each other on a slightly more personal level.

If you would like to introduce yourself, feel free to post a reply!

Some information you could include to get you started:

  • Your name
  • Your company
  • Favorite business tip
  • Favorite hobby

I look forward to reading each of your posts!
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Tami Van Der Wel

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Posted 6 years ago

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Jim Russell

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Hey guys,

  My name is Jim and I run the Program Office for Reckon IT.

  As you can appreciate we are going through an unprecedented period of change in the company, which brings with it phenomenal opportunity and exciting possibilities!!  In IT alone we are running 56 concurrent projects, with ReckonOne just 1 of these. 

  Favorite business tip ?? Well business is based on people so I have always believed the best business tip is to engage, empower, enlighten and encourage your people !

  Favorite hobby.. well anything to do with technology of course .. I have worked in IT for 36 years (stop laughing !! .. yes I am as old as your father) .. since the days of the dinosaur Mainframe .. before the advent of desktop computing .. there is very little in technology I haven't worked on or with.

 I look forward to Community immersion !

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Tami Van Der Wel

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That's some great advice there Jim and thanks for posting!
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Jason Hollis, Head of Product

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Hello world!

My name is Jason and I am currently a Systems Consultant at Cutcher & Neale - a BRW top 50 accounting firm in Newcastle and North Sydney.

My IT background started at Coles Myer where I tinkered with anything available (Windows 3.1 and DOS at the time), then a Business Degree at Monash where I majored in DBMS (Oracle v6 I believe was our SQL tool - boy I wished I kept going down that path!), and into family businesses that used QuickBooks (now Reckon Accounts Business).

So what is a Systems Consultant anyway?? In a few words I give expert advice on a businesses current or future technology requirements. Whether this be entry level accounting products like Reckon Accounts, or completely customisable ERP solutions like Ostendo, I will process map their business, identify technology voids or efficiency gaps and provide a solution (or multiple solutions) - and not necessarily one we support.

It's all about providing a solution, not the tools. However, if we can use one of the 10 software providers we currently support, then even better.

Biz Tip: Hmmm.... that is tough. There are so many depending on the situation. I would say hire well (as in good people) and automate as much as you can (with a great system). Oh, and have fun (your customers can tell when you love what you do)... is that 3 tips already??

Where I live: I assume you don't want GPS co-ordinates Tami?? If you do - here you go - this is where I live.

We have recently moved from Lake Macquarie to Newcastle City - I miss living on the lake, but with a commute of 5 mins down from 55 mins, a short walk to the beaches, cafe's, my wife's work and dare I say it... my mother-in-laws - it's all going pretty well.

Fav hobbie: Sailboarding since I was 12 so that is still high on the list, although I don't sail 5 days a week like I once did :( 

Playing guitar and singing - although that is more like a job now than fun - and reading database or coding text books - and red wine, preferably while reading a database text book!

Like Jim, I too am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and love of all things database (and business) related!!

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I'm Steve, sole trader.
My business is computer sales and repairs
Mobile business, no shop front
Based around Gladstone, Central Qld
Business Name - Steve Cook Desktop Support

Best business tip:
ALWAYS return missed calls, even if no message has been left.

Used QuickBooks/Reckon products for 5 years
Looking forward to being part of the Reckon 2014 Beta Testing
I have several suggestions for improvement or fixes
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Hi I am a Personnel plus user and have been since it was Quicken personnel plus in 2004 and I use it for managing my investments and personnel finances
I look forward to getting some helpful answers to my many Questions.
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I have bought a new laptop with operating system Window 7 to replace my old laptop which is abt 5 yrs old with preinstalled qbk versions 5-6 and 7-8.  I tried to install the quickbooks but just simply cldnt work as prompting to install internet explorer 6. Kindy assist.
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Jason Hollis, Head of Product

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You'll possibly have to update your software Sally as Windows 7 compatibility issues exist. There are some workarounds. Please start a new thread on the forum and you will get the required responses (it will be buried in this thread).
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HI my name is Leanne and I work as a bookkeeper for Phillipsons Accounting Services in Sale Vic.     One of my roles is to help our clients with their bookkeeping.

A business tip,  a little data entry everyday saves time at BAS time & never hesitate to ask for help.

I am looking forward to be a part of this community and have already benefited from some help.

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Hello Reckon Community

I'm Helen, I'm a New Zealand Reckon Accredited Consultant currently living and working in the Cook Islands.

I trained and worked as an accountant for many years and have been an AC for over 10 years in  New Zealand.

I now run my business from Rarotonga and specialise in Consulting for the full Reckon range of products. My main focus is helping my clients get the most out of their Accounting and Point of Sale software, customising it for their needs, as well as making sure they get their accounting right in the process!

I look forward to being part of this community and it being a valuable tool for my business.



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Mirko, Alum

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Welcome to the Community Helen! I hope you gain some valuable information and share your wisdom with other members. Thanks, Mirko
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Lauren Roe, Accredited Partner

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Hello Everyone

My name is Lauren Roe and I am a Reckon Accredited Partner based in Southern Tasmania.

I run a small business, 123 Accounting and Bookkeeping Services, which is mainly centred around the Reckon product range.

As well as consulting, installation, training and troubleshooting for Reckon software, I also offer bookkeeping, accounting and business organisational services.

My best business tip is to always give two business cards to my clients and suggest that if they are happy with my services, they pass one on.

I love reading and gardening and taking my dog for a walk down by the water. I also enjoy reading these community posts! I love my job :)

Its great to be part of this forum and I hope that I can provide some assistance as well as receive it.


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