Setting Up Your Agency (Users, Profiles, Accounting)
|Newton User Guide: Setup Profiles|
Producer Profile information is used to maintain profile data on the all agency employees. Anyone who works for the agency and/or needs to access Agency Systems is considered a Producer.
Producer refers not only to salesmen, but also to customer service representatives, operators, receptionists, and any employee of the Agency.
See: Producer Profile for more information.
Configuring your Agency Profile is an important step to going live with Newton. These steps must be complete after your final conversion data is in place. To begin, select the Profiles menu at the top of the Client Explorer window. Here, you will configure your agency profile, lines of business, companies, producers, commission rates, and will ensure success with Newton, by Agency Systems.
See: Agency Profile for more information.
- 101 - Operating Account
- 102 - Premium Trust
- 200 - Cash On Hand
See: Bank Profile for more information.
The Class Profile screen is a list of codes which represent each line of business within Newton. A class code is assigned to each policy, and each invoice line on a policy. Many reports can be run for individual class codes, including Premium Volume Reports, and Sales Analysis. Marketing Queries can also be run by class code, for example to market promotions to all clients who have Homeowners policies.
See: Class Profile for more information.
Every policy and invoice in Agency Systems will be coded to a company. The company profile allows you to specify default commission percentages, billing method (Agency Bill or Direct Bill), and website information by company.
The only critical item to review the first week is the billing default and NAIC codes for Forms such as Auto Id cards and Certificates.
See: Company Profile for more information.
The Department Profile screen is a list of codes which represent each department or location within Newton for a given record. A Department Code is assigned to each Policy, Invoice, Cash, Check, or Journal.
- Personal Lines, Commercial Lines, Life & Health, and General Accounting are the default departments.
- If you have multiple locations, you can use departments to denote where the business took place (you will create a department for each location).
- Many reports in the system can be run for a specific department code, e.g. Premium Volume Report, Sales Analysis, and Marketing Queries.
See: Department Profile for more information.
Voucher invoices are commonly used for:
- Expense Checks, such as rent or utilities
- Agency Systems support subscription fee
See: Voucher Transaction for more information.
A Vendor Profile code cannot share the same unique code as a Company. To avoid any issues, Vendor Codes are often entered as numbers: 001, 002, 003 etc.
See: Vendor Profile for more information.
General Ledger Chart of Accounts
The General Ledger Profile is your chart of accounts and contains required accounts which cannot be deleted. Remember, you are able to begin using the accounting system immediately, even before your beginning balances have been posted.
See: General Ledger Profile for more information.
Your general ledger beginning balances in Agency Systems are made up of several journal entry transactions representing the ending balances for these accounts in your previous systems general ledger. These balances are obtained from the last months closing reports of your previous system. If you are starting the Agency Systems accounting at the beginning for your fiscal year you will not be required to enter balances for the Income and Expense general ledger accounts.
Agency Systems supports provides assistance entering your beginning balances using a custom spreadsheet completed by the Agency.
See: Beginning Balances for more information.
Agency Systems is a real time accounting system and does not require a separate monthly process to update the general ledger. In fact the general ledger will change with each completed accounting transaction. It is recommended to close all months prior to using Agency Systems to prevent invalid entry in prior periods.
See: Open or Close Month (GL) for more information.