The best small business financial software, QuickBooks, serves you by offering a variety of packages designed to meet your accounting needs.
This program is no longer made by Intuit. Formerly, it was Intuit's entry-level program, but has since been replaced by Simple Start. It could not email reports or forms and could not export to Excel. These two functions might not have seemed very necessary 5 years ago, but in today's world having them is essential.
If you are looking for Basic, consider Simple Start or Pro instead.
Are you a solopreneur, just starting, with no inventory? Intuit's entry-level program is very easy to use. Plus, it's the only opportunity download free QuickBooks! Yes, Intuit has made Simple Start free for the taking. There is no free QuickBooks Pro or Premier available.
Simple Start breaks financial tasks into simple steps:
There is also a flow chart, graphically showing these tasks. This helps keep you on track!
Simple Start Plus Pack
So what is the difference between the Plus Pack and the free version? The Plus Pack includes:
Why Get the Plus Pack?
If you are unsure which to get, I suggest you base your decision on how much you think you will actually use the extra training materials. If you will actually listen to the training CD and watch the tutorials, then get the Plus Pack. If you do not think you will use them, then get the free version. The voucher checks and online backup service are nice, but I don't suggest you let them sway you. The training materials are the real 'meat' of the extras offered.
This is Intuit's bread-and-butter program. If you have inventory and/or need up to five simultaneous users, consider Pro.
It looks different from SS, because the foundation of the program is the different Lists. Every financial transaction hangs off these Lists in one way or another. Here they are:
In most financial transactions, you probably won't access the lists directly. You will use forms, such as the Invoice form, the Write Checks form, the Enter Credit Card Charges form, and others. These look like the real paper forms you are already familiar with.
All these are accessed by menus. Other functions are accessed by menus too:
Why Use Pro over Simple Start? Pro offers the following benefits:
Think of Premier as a very-enhanced version of Pro. It has all of the features of Pro, plus:
Why use Premier instead of Pro?
If you need Sales Orders and/or Inventory Assemblies, you are ready for Premier. If you are a larger business and are in one of the specific industries above, then Premier for-your-industry is the best choice.
Enterprise is a complete step-up from any of the previous packages. The interface looks the same, but it can handle twice the data file size that the others can handle. It also has some great features:
Handles up to ten users. Double the data capacity. Many, many enhanced features.
QuickBooks offers many features and user-friendliness not found in other packages. Fully scalable - begin with Simple Start, and grow your way to Enterprise, preserving your historical data all the way. Easy to find help, online or offline - it's the best small business financial software available.
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