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Accounting software for SB, such as QB, Peachtree, etc.

I finally decided to bite the bullet and am going on my own. Happy

My business is accounting. I plan to provide accounting (and all it entails like tax planning / filling, reporting, payroll, etc.) for small business, starting with sole proprietors and ending with businesses that have less than 10 employees.

I will need good software for this. I am considering QB Accounting and Peachtree Accounting. Cost is an issue, but ease of use and simplicity / reliability is more important.

Any suggestions which one to go with or other software to consider? Thank you.

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How about FREE software

In reply to: Accounting software for SB, such as QB, Peachtree, etc.

this is what I use, and it has a complete inventory area, too.

http://www.freeaccountingsoftware.net/

You might have to also download and install the SQL package (also free) to make it work...but the newest version might already include it now. Mine didn't so I'm getting the newest one, too.

The only requirement they have is that you register the product.

TONI

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Free is always good

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Thank you for the suggestion. I will check it out.

Have you had any compability (Excel, tax software, etc.), support issues, etc.? How many clients one can create in this software? What about reporting?

I know I will find answers to these questions when using the software, but maybe I can avoid some areas / common mistakes.

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I hope that I cought you in time -

In reply to: Accounting software for SB, such as QB, Peachtree, etc.

I went with Peachtree Accounting 2004, later upgraded to Peachtree Complete Accounting 2005, and finally upgraded all the way to Peachtree Complete Accounting 2007. I did all of that because I was impressed by the 'double entry' accounting aspects of the program.

Now I am wondering if I made a big mistake.

Long story short . . . Last week my laptop copy of Peachtree stopped working - I can't even open the program (even after removing and re-installing the program). This week, I got the same error message on my desk top computer. Peachtree will not open! Since it is on two totally separate computers, it makes me think that it is a problem with their program and not something that happened to my system.

Now the fun part: just try to talk to someone in customer support. They are so hyped up on selling their very expensive support plans, that there is no way to even initiate a question without paying first.

Do you or anyone else have any thoughts on 'dumbing down' and going with quickbooks?
Mike

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