Financial software for small business

Small business accounting software automates tasks and can save you hours of bookkeeping time,and here are the best selections.

Looking for help with deciding which small business accounting features you need? Read How to Choose Small Business Accounting Software.

1. NolaPro (Online)

NolaPro Ledger
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2. QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online Simple Start (Windows,Mac,Online)

QuickBooks Online Company Snapshot Feature
Intuit

QuickBooks is popular accounting software that has been around for years and is updated annually. QuickBooks has versions for small business on up to big business environments,secure data sharing with an accountant,and integration with Microsoft Outlook.

QuickBooks desktop accounting software has industry-specific versions and plug-ins to extend features,and if you prefer web-based accounting software,there is QuickBooks Online. QuickBooks Simple Start Online is specifically for very small businesses. To learn more about specific versions,read QuickBooks Versions,Features and Prices.

Visit QuickBooks.com to try QuickBooks for free.

3. Sage Peachtree Accounting (Windows)

Sage Peachtree Pro
Sage

Peachtree accounting software has four versions to meet the needs of a variety of businesses,including Peachtree Pro for small businesses. Peachtree also has versions for nonprofit organizations,manufacturing,construction and other industries.

Peachtree integrates with ACT! contact management software and a variety of add-on services are available to extend features,like payroll and merchant accounts. At the time this was written,I could find no online accounting software from Sage.

Sage Peachtree Accounting Software Reviews

Visit Peachtree.com for more information.

4. LessAccounting (Online)

LessAccounting Budget
LessAccounting

6. Sage Simply Accounting First Step (Windows)

Sage Simply Accounting First Step

Simply Accounting First Step is from Sage,the same company that sells Peachtree Accounting. While it lacks quite a few features found in higher versions,Simply Accounting First Step includes support for bill payments,invoicing and tracking expenses,and more fully-featured versions are available.

Simply Accounting is included in About.com Small Business: Canada top accounting software picks.

Cost: Simply Accounting First Step retails for $69.99 and has a free 30-day trial,and you can download Simply Accounting First Step to give it a try for free. Another $120 buys job tracking,inventory functions and more features in Simply Accounting Pro.


2010-11-09 21:27:15 by edugirl

Resources for starting your business.

Check out the Small Business Administration website. That is a federal program, I think through the Department of Commerce.
Check out your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which gets funding from the SBA. They will have a lot of local resources and info pertinent to the laws of your state and locality.
For the books, you can probably get yourself up and running for AR and AP using software, but you should learn as much as you can about how bookkeeping is done.
My local SBDC holds seminars on starting a business, and they recommend very strongly relying on a CPA to manage the accounting (financial statements, reports, taxes, etc.).

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