View Poll Results: Which do you recommend for small business accounting?

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  • Microsoft Money

    1 25.00%
  • Quickbooks

    3 75.00%
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    Out of the Stone Age (Finally!)
    After owning a small business for 25 years, my mother has finally decided she is ready to automate her office. Until now, she has done all her invoicing/payroll/accounting/bookkeeping etc by hand or with a typewriter. She has asked me to help bring her into the 21st century.

    I am spending the next few weeks learning her business. I am looking for advice in regards to system and software selection. I am very competent using computers for personal use and in a "worker bee" capacity, but I've never owned a business and need a little direction to help her.

    Any help is appreciated! Here are some specs on her business:

    # Employees: 8
    Est. Gross Sales: $500k
    Type of business: Furniture Repair & Refinishing

    If there is other information you need to give advice, please let me know!

    Thank you for your time!


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    Your post was dated 2005 and now it is 2014 and I wonder what happened to your business. Did you successfully updated your processes? what software did you finally use? Can you share your experiences with us?


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    Quote Originally Posted by owesem75 View Post
    Your post was dated 2005 and now it is 2014 and I wonder what happened to your business. Did you successfully updated your processes? what software did you finally use? Can you share your experiences with us?
    Unless you email him/her or send him/her a PM, I don't think she will ever know you replied to her old topic.

    Is Microsoft Books still used? I haven't heard of it before. I should really check this out if it is. Maybe I can automate more things that way.


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    Quote Originally Posted by delusional View Post
    Unless you email him/her or send him/her a PM, I don't think she will ever know you replied to her old topic.

    Is Microsoft Books still used? I haven't heard of it before. I should really check this out if it is. Maybe I can automate more things that way.
    I'd stay away from anything with Microsoft in it's name!
    Yes would be interested in knowing what happened to the company, guess we will never know.


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    Oh well, at least we tried to check. Also, my replied refreshed this thread and I can see other people are replying and hopefully someone will just throw in some much timely and relevant suggestion based on the question.


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    I would use a program that doesn't cost if it's just a small business.

    Try something like GNUCash: http://www.gnucash.org/features.phtml

    It will import from microsoft and quicken/quickbooks so you can set yourself free.

    Best of Luck to you


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    Wow! This is what I am talking about! I have seen the website and it is really nice to know that there are FREE ACCOUNTING software that small and starting businesses could use. I wonder what's the catch though...


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    These days there is really no need to buy an expensive accounting program for your small business as there are many good programs you can use for no charge.

    Some of them are open source, which means they will always be free and get upgraded and enhanced regularly. GnuCash is one of these, and is very highly regarded as it's easy to use yet very flexible. Another open source package is xTuple PostBooks, which comes with additional modules for CRM, Sales, Inventory, Purchasing, Products and more, making it useful for more complex businesses. TurboCASH 5 is another good, open source package that is popular.

    If you only need a very simple accounting program, you might prefer VT Cash Book, which takes next to no time to learn, and does all the basics well. Other examples of accounting software you can use for no charge include Adminsoft Accounts, which is rather complex and uses a double entry system. There are also free packages that focus on invoicing, such as Invoice Expert XE and NCH Express Invoice.


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    I know that Quickbooks takes a lot of hits by folks because it's a little unwieldy in some of the functions it performs and takes a little bit to learn, but this is the accounting software my husband and I use to run our home remodeling business. We love the interfaces and the way it imports data into Turbo Tax. It makes our lives so much more simple. I don't know if I would recommend it to someone who is not computer savvy, but overall, this is a solid software application.


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    I've been using Zoho Books, which is pretty cheap (no, not free!) and does accounting and time tracking, which I need since I bill by time. I've been doing my invoicing with FetchFlow, which is free for up to 5 clients and $3 a month for up to 100. That works for me: As a writing and design firm working B2B, my monthly invoices are only a couple dozen at most. Fetchflow has a lot of good features for all kinds of businesses: http://www.fetchflow.com/blog/authorize-net-invoicing.

    Good luck!


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