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Streamline Sales Commission Tracking with Zapier, QuickBooks, and Google Sheets

Published on Feb 28th, 2024

As businesses grow, so does the complexity of managing sales commissions. Fortunately, with the power of integration tools like Zapier, alongside accounting software QuickBooks and the versatility of Google Sheets, streamlining the sales commission tracking process is achievable and efficient.

Understanding the Trio: Zapier, QuickBooks, and Google Sheets

Zapier acts as a middleman that connects your favorite apps and automates workflows, QuickBooks is a robust accounting software that handles your financial transactions, and Google Sheets provides a flexible platform for spreadsheet management.

Setting Up the Integration

To begin, make sure you have active accounts for QuickBooks, Google Sheets, and Zapier.

  1. Connect QuickBooks to Zapier: Log into your Zapier account, find the QuickBooks integration, and connect your QuickBooks account by following the prompts.

  2. Create a Google Sheets Document: This sheet will be used to track sales commissions. Define the necessary columns such as Date, Sale Amount, Commission Rate, and Commission Amount.

  3. Set Up a Zapier Trigger: A 'Trigger' is the event in QuickBooks that starts your Zap. In this case, you might choose a new sale or invoice as the triggering event. Configure this by selecting the appropriate options within Zapier's QuickBooks integration.

  1. Set Up an Action in Google Sheets: After the trigger, you need to determine an 'Action' – which is what happens in Google Sheets when the trigger occurs. You'd likely add a new row to the sheet with details of the sale and the commission calculated.

  2. Test Your Zap: Before setting it live, test the Zap to ensure information flows correctly from QuickBooks to Google Sheets.

Automating Commission Calculations

You can use formulas in Google Sheets to automatically calculate commission amounts. For example, if the commission is 10% of the sale amount, you could use a simple formula like =B2*0.10, assuming B2 is the cell with the sale amount.

Going Live

Once you're happy with the setup, turn on the Zap. Now, every time a sale is recorded in QuickBooks, the details will be sent to Google Sheets, and the commission will be calculated automatically.

Monitoring and Adjusting

Use your Google Sheets document to monitor sales commissions in real-time. If commission structures change, you can update the formulas in Sheets or adjust the Zapier setup as needed.

Benefits of Using Zapier, QuickBooks, and Google Sheets

  • Automation: Saves time and minimizes manual entry errors.

  • Real-time Tracking: Provides up-to-date visibility on commissions.

  • Scalability: Easily adapts to the changing needs of the business.

  • Customization: Tailor the setup to match specific commission structures.


Integrating QuickBooks with Google Sheets via Zapier for tracking sales commissions not only simplifies the management process but also provides accuracy and timely insights into your sales force's performance. Embrace the synergy of these powerful tools to boost your business efficiency.

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