Innovative Bookkeeper Brings Live QuickBooks Training Classes to the Web

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Online technology bridges the training gap with affordable, effective, and convenient learning method for small business staff.

Gabrielle Fontaine is a professional bookkeeper and QuickBooks trainer who refuses to meet with her clients in person. Instead, she works with them exclusively by telephone and computer. "It's really a winning situation for my clients," says Fontaine. "Using a high-speed Internet connection, I can train them on QuickBooks software just as effectively as if we were sitting together in the same office or classroom. Working this way saves my clients from unproductive travel time and eliminates the need to pay high gas prices."

Online learning with university courses and even degree programs has been around for some time, offering convenience and cost savings over on-site educational options. Recently though, advances in Web-based training technology have also made it easy for even small businesses to get their staff into the online classroom to meet their specific training needs. Until now, small businesses that use QuickBooks financial software have had to send their staff to live QuickBooks classes or directly hire a QuickBooks consultant to get training. Their only other choices were impersonal self-study books and computer-based CDs.

"Combining the effectiveness of live, instructor-led training with the convenience and affordability of computer CD programs, I can bridge the QuickBooks training gap for my clients - and they love it!" says Fontaine. "My classes are not like those live mega-courses that throw a ton of information at you all at once in a single one- or two-day marathon. That's overwhelming and makes it nearly impossible to retain what you learn."

Her new online training classes are presented in digestible one- to two-hour sessions. And because students are encouraged to apply what they learn between sessions, they build their skills faster while getting their questions answered by an expert.

Because of its user-friendly interface, QuickBooks is the most popular small business accounting software program, with over three million installations. However, powerful new features are being added to the program every year, causing more and more users to discover formidable challenges in working with it effectively. For this reason, Fontaine has found that her online QuickBooks training programs are highly effective for her clients. She provides live QuickBooks training classes nationally through her website at

Certainly online training is a positive trend that will continue to gain momentum, especially in a tough economy. Innovative small business educators like Gabrielle Fontaine are leading the pack by making effective, affordable training options available for small business owners and their staff.

Gabrielle Fontaine, PB is a freelance Professional Bookkeeper and Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. She assists Internet-savvy entrepreneurs in getting control of their financial records to maximize profits, using QuickBooks financial software. For more information please visit


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