QuickBooks Pro is a free accounting package designed for business owners who hold things down with spreadsheets and sticky notes but want a no-risk way to try their hand at using dedicated accounting software.
To reassure intimidated neophytes, the Simple Start interface takes a commonsense “money in, money out” flowchart approach, and it offers straightforward tutorials on basic tasks such as recording deposits. Users who want more functionality can purchase modules that process payroll and credit cards, but the 14 standardized reports (such as income statements and balance sheets) that are included in the basic package should suffice for most users. New for 2008 are the ability to import Excel data and the absence of any restriction on the number of customer and vendor contacts allowed.
Simple Start provides a great introduction to accounting software, but many businesses will outgrow it quickly. If your accounting needs are basic, it’s worth a look. Otherwise, you may be better off investing in an accounting package that offers time-saving features such as electronic data downloads and payroll management.
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