Bookkeeping software for small Business

QuickBooks Premier Edition 2011 may be the face of accounting software, but its overwhelming size and accompanying price may prove a challenge for some small businesses. Here are some free alternatives.

Buying Guide: The Best Small Business Accounting Software

Intuit's QuickBooks Premier Edition 2011 remains the best small business accounting product available today, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the right application for you or your small business. With QuickBooks' depth comes several layers of complexity, not to mention an accompanying hefty price. Fortunately, there are several alternatives available for those that need just the basics—and best of all, these QuickBooks Premier Edition 2011 alternatives won't cost you a cent.

FreshBooks (Free, 4.5 stars) is easily the best of the free small business applications we've tested. Zoho Invoice (Free, 4 stars), a member of the Zoho software family, is also a very solid selection with its well-designed interface, many import options, and custom fields. Outright (Free. 3.5 stars), like Zoho Invoice, has an intuitive interface, but builds upon that by giving users the ability to download credit card transactions. At the back of the pack are Billing Boss (Free, 2.5 stars), Intuit Billing Manager (Free, 3 stars), and Wave Accounting (Free, 2 stars). These applications may not have scored the highest marks in our in-depth reviews, but they can prove valuable to the small business owner who wants to handle the accounting basics on the cheap.

If you're looking for small business accounting software that's simpler and cheaper than QuickBooks Premier Edition 2011, check out the links below for in-depth reviews of six free alternatives that can save you cash and keep you from spending the majority of your day face-down in an instrument manual. And don't forget to check out our roundup of the best small business accounting software.

Quickbooks Premier Edition 2011
Starting at $79 first month, $39/month thereafter
QuickBooks Premier Edition 2011 and its more junior versions offers a superior blend of accounting tools, usability, and integration, but its size, and price, may prove overwhelming.

Billing Boss
Free
Everything the product does right (no cost, simple interface and navigation, collaboration, etc.) is tainted by the fact that users must do (and redo) a lot of unnecessary data entry as they create invoices. It's recommended only if you want to retire your clunky credit card terminal for the convenience of your smartphone.


Avanquest Bookkeeper 2009 Compatible With Windows 7 XP And Vista
Software (Avanquest)
  • General ledger, payables, and receivables
  • Checkwriting, invoicing, billing, and payroll
  • Process credit cards
  • Generate custom reports
  • Import product and contact data
2012-01-13 05:36:09 by robbie_do_little

Small business/bookkeeping software????

I have a small start-up business. I currently have the starter version of Simply Accounting and it kinda sucks. Until I grow my business to sustain itself I don't want to fork out major $$$ for software. What is a good, reasonably priced program for doing invoicing, estimates, inventory, keeping track of expenses, sales tax paid and collected etc? Any input appreciated.
rob in toronto

2005-12-22 09:30:21 by TinyLittleFeat

Small Business Bookkeeping Question

I own a very small business in auto repair. I was recently approached by a small bookkeeping company to "outsource" this work. Currently, I use Quickbooks and spend about eight-ten hours each month with the software. Frankly, I get confused sometimes with the credits and debits, and it isn't perfect but it basically works.
My hourly rate for repair is $65.00, so in theory, I could make $520 during the time I spend bookkeeping. Most decent bookkeepers want $20-25/hr. (yes, I know I can get them for $8/hr. but I've found you get what you pay for).
A decent bookkeeper is going to run me $100-150 per month

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Kaplan Publishing Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting for the Successful Small Business
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  • Well Written
  • A lots of examples.
  • Easy to follow.
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Microsoft Software Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006 [Old Version]
Software (Microsoft Software)
  • One year of free unlimited support.
  • Integrates fully with Microsoft Office 2003 Editions.
  • Designed to be installed in-house by the small business itself.
  • Create quotes, invoices, and purchase orders easily; manage inventory; track payroll and timesheets; forecast cash flow; and more.
  • With more than 60 lists and reports that can easily be customized, you can forecast and track cash flow, inventory, and sales.
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  • Create, edit and send unlimited invoices
  • Mark invoices as paid
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  • View, edit and create customer information
  • Create, edit, and email unlimited estimates
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  • Manage outstanding client balances
  • Record sales & email sales receipts

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