Dustin Wheeler

Dustin Wheeler
Dustin is a technology-driven CPA in Orem, Utah.

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Smart accounting is as cool as a smart home, but not as easy to show off

The latest gadget addition to my home is the Amazon Echo, a speaker that responds to voice commands similar to Siri and Cortana, but is completely hands-free. By default, the Echo goes by the name of Alexa. For example, she reads the day’s NPR news briefing if I say, “Alexa, what’s the news today? ” It responds to commands to play music, read the weather report, tell me how bad traffic is, set timers, and many others. Beware if you …

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No paper for a receipt? Take a picture of the gas pump

In a prior post, I wrote about how I use document management software to push transactions and the supporting documentation into accounting software. As I’ve developed this method of doing my accounting, I’ve realized that the key to keeping accounting in real-time is using the document management software for every transaction, if possible. It also helps me make sure every transaction that goes through my bank account is legitimate. So what do you do when you can’t get a receipt?

This …

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Awesome Apps for Accounting: IF by IFTTT

IF by IFTTT (“If This Then That”) has been an extremely useful tool in my web automation efforts. Through this website and app, I create “recipes” so that when a certain event happens in one app, an action is automatically triggered in another app. I use it for some social media activities, for example, posting Instagrams as Twitter photos.  Here’s another one: by sending a text to my phone number, I can turn the volume up.  Since I mute my …

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Awesome Apps for Accounting: Genius Scan, Hubdoc and Xero

In my search for a fully automated, completely paperless, and mobile-friendly accounting system, I’ve discovered three apps I love that have almost made it a reality.

Unless I’m near a desktop scanner, every receipt or document enters my virtual file cabinets through Genius Scan.  I don’t know how it does it, but it turns my iPhone’s camera into a high-quality PDF scanner.  I love being able to crop my receipts, make them black and white, and make the PDF file sizes …

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Consuming content on tablets with Google Currents

For a guy that enjoys new technology, I entered the realm of tablet computing a little late.  I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 with a 10.1 inch screen.

The tablet fills a unique role among the other devices I own.  It is more portable and boots up faster than my laptop.  The larger screen makes it a much better device for viewing web pages and PDF files than my phone.

Unlike my desktop and laptop computers, the tablet is not …

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