Bonnie Biafore

Bonnie Biafore

Author, consultant, and trainer: project management, financial software and technology

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Conifer, Colorado

Areas of Expertise:

  • project management
  • personal finance
  • small business accounting
  • technology
  • Web resources
  • making techie stuff easy and fun
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing

Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated with math in its practical and more esoteric forms. As an engineer and project manager, she's thorough and steadfastly attentive to detail but redeems herself by using her sick sense of humor to transform drool-inducing subjects into entertaining reading. She writes about project management, accounting, investing, personal finance, and technology. Her books, Successful Project Management and NAIC Stock Selection Handbook, won major awards from the Society of Technical Communication, although she appreciates the rave she receives from readers much more.

Bonnie is the award-wining author of more than 25 books including QuickBooks: The Missing Manual (now Intuit's Official Guide to QuickBooks), Project: The Missing Manual, and Online Investing Hacks. She has also published her first comedic crime novel, Fresh Squeezed. She writes a monthly column called "WebWatch" for Better Investing magazine and is a regular contributor to www.interest.com. As a consultant, she manages projects for clients and wins accolades for her ability to herd cats.

When unshackled from her computer, she hikes in the mountains, cycles, walks her dogs, takes aerial dance classes, and cooks gourmet meals. You can learn more at Bonnie's website, www.bonniebiafore.com.

QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual QuickBooks 2014: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
October 2013
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $33.99

Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
April 2013
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $33.99

QuickBooks 2013: The Missing Manual QuickBooks 2013: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
October 2012
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $33.99

QuickBooks 2012: The Missing Manual QuickBooks 2012: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
October 2011
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

QuickBooks 2011: The Missing Manual QuickBooks 2011: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
November 2010
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $27.99

Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
June 2010
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

Personal Investing: The Missing Manual Personal Investing: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore, Amy E. Buttell, Carol Fabbri
May 2010
Print: $21.99
Ebook: $17.99

QuickBooks 2010: The Missing Manual QuickBooks 2010: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
October 2009
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

QuickBooks 2009: The Missing Manual QuickBooks 2009: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
October 2008
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
September 2008
Print: $24.99
Ebook: $19.99

QuickBooks 2008: The Missing Manual QuickBooks 2008: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
December 2007
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
November 2007
Print: $24.99
Ebook: $19.99

Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
August 2007
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

QuickBooks 2006: The Missing Manual QuickBooks 2006: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
December 2005
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Quicken 2006 for Starters: The Missing Manual Quicken 2006 for Starters: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
November 2005
Print: $24.95
Ebook: $19.99

QuickBooks 2005: The Missing Manual QuickBooks 2005: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore
February 2005
Ebook: $23.99

Online Investing Hacks Online Investing Hacks
by Bonnie Biafore
June 2004
Print: $24.95
Ebook: $19.99

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Should you pay off your mortgage early?

June 27 2010

The answer depends on which of the two groups below you fall into. The good news: there's no wrong answer. You're right whether you decide to pay off early or not. Group 1: You want to be able to sleep... read more

Planning to Spend Less Money This Year

January 24 2009

I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. Any day of the year is a great day to resolve to do something better than before. But January is a great time to review how last year's income and spending compared to last year's budget. If you haven't defined a budget, the… read more

Another Reason to Consider Postponing Retirement

November 04 2008

The previous post explained why it makes sense to try to wait out a down market before withdrawing money from your retirement accounts. But wait, there are even more benefits to waiting--literally.... read more

Retire in a Down Market? Not So Fast

November 04 2008

Retiring at 65 could mean as many as 30 to 35 years running seniors' marathons, dipping your toes in tropical waters, or just cooling your heels. Over long periods of time, the ups and downs of the stock market... read more

Who Says Credit Card Companies Are Heartless?

October 20 2008

If you hate extortion-level late fees and interest on credit card balances the way I do, you probably pay off your balance each month. Occasionally, an overly exuberant schedule or a senior moment can lead to a late credit card... read more

Taming personal finance

October 08 2008

Why does finance turn normal human beings into boring, complexity-obsessed fiends? Used to be, you had a job and a pension -- you worked, you retired, and your company took care of your benefits. You cashed your pension check and... read more

It only hurts if you sell

October 03 2008

UPDATE: President Bush on Friday signed legislation that increased the amount of savings insured by the FDIC in an account from $100,000 to $250,000 (until December 31, 2009). With the stock market gyrations the last few days, several people... read more

Let’s Make a Deal

August 12 2008

With any project, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Otherwise, the experience could end up a lot like that blind date with the guy who was long on body odor and short on charm. The problem is clients sometimes want answers but they don’t want to hear any… read more

What has your project earned lately?

April 17 2008

Earned value analysis was a popular topic at the PMI Rocky Mountain chapter 2008 Spring Symposium. People in the audience nodded knowingly as presenters chanted the EVA mantra. But I’ve heard plenty of folks managing projects ask what earned value analysis is all about. The first step is understanding earned… read more

Confessions of a Project Management Junkie

March 17 2008

To the planning-adverse and even some project managers, project-managing a vacation is over the top. I’m a die-hard organizer so project management creeps into even what I do for fun. This approach isn’t as sick as it might sound. Really.... read more

Let’s Make a Deal

February 12 2008

With any project, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Otherwise, the experience could end up a lot like that blind date with the guy who was long on body odor and short on charm. The problem is clients sometimes want answers but they don’t want to hear any… read more

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Webcast: Exploring the New Reports on Project 2013
April 23, 2013
Join us for a live webcast presented by project management expert Bonnie Biafore author of Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual. We will get you up to speed fast and put your project management skills to work.

"A top pick for any business project manager and many a business reference collection will need this."
--James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: California Bookwatch, September 2011, Volume 6, Number 9

"Get it even if you are just beginning to contemplate Project 2010."
--Si Dunn, Sagecreek Productions

"For anyone who is contemplating the use of Microsoft Project 2010 to manage any project, here is the best book we have seen to prepare for the task, be it large or small."
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"...this book is an easier and more enjoyable read than its cousins in similar guidebook series."
--Megan Just, Sacramento Book Review

"This admirably clear, simple, sensible, honest, and astute guide explains everything you wish you'd learned earlier about how to mind your money. If you'd rather make yourself than Wall Street rich and secure, here's the sound advice you need."
--Amory B. Lovins

"Personal Investing: The Missing Manual is a compelling approach to guiding your financial life using your own values and goals. "
--Lisa Hendrickson

"The book is absolutely excellent, both for the information on Project 2010, but also the tips and tricks that Bonnie includes throughout that are useful for Project managers of all kinds."
--Sean Earp, The Sean Blog

"I have now read a few of the missing manual books and have been impressed with all of them thus far, and this one was no different...This book opened my eyes and helped me to gain a better understanding of what some of the things that our investment people were talking about in the past."
--Dad of Divas, An Island Life

"This should be the starting point for any Quickbooks user: it covers all the basics using step-by-step instructions and easy language. Small business owners using Quickbooks and libraries catering to them will find it invaluable."
--Diane C. Donovan, California Bookwatch: The Computer Shelf

"It's conversational without being "cute", complete without being dull, clarifies Quicken issues that many other books do not, (such as the confusing difference between Q's "automatic backups" and the backups you save to external media), and includes special "Up To Speed" items that few other books cover, such as how to record Escrow Costs if you're buying property. "
--Babette Bloch, GGCS, Golden Gate Computer Society (GGCS)

"So long as the reader is intending to obtain an intermediate understanding of Project 2007 and learning to apply it to projects for the first time, I would certainly recommend this title to any new project manager / project analyst or to those starting to work with Microsoft Project for the first time from other fields."
--Wayne Anderson, The Falconic Code

"Any who own Microsoft's Project 2007 need Bonnie Biafore's Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual guide, which should really be in the box alongside the program...This book should be on the shelves not only of serious computer reference library, but any business library and any individual who owns Project 2007 and wants to get the most out of it."
--James Cox, The Computer Shelf: Midwest Book Review

"Project is complex software, and learning it is, well, a project in itself. Get up to speed fast with Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual. Written by project management expert Bonnie Biafore, this book teaches you how to do everything from setting budgets and tracking schedules to testing scenarios and recognizing trouble spots before your project breaks down...With Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual, you get more than a simple software how-to. You also get a rundown on project management basics and plenty of solid advice on how to use Project."
--Steve Brock, Stevo's Book Reviews