QuickBooks Simple Start small business accounting software is an excellent choice for first time QuickBooks users, those just starting in small business and existing businesses with very simple structures. QuickBooks Simple Start has some low cost add-ons to specialize the software.
Updated 5/20/2008, pricing may change.
Who Should Use QuickBooks Simple Start?
The small business accounting features in QuickBooks Simple Start provide essential accounting tools while leaving out more advanced features that can be confusing or unnecessary for small businesses. QuickBooks Simple Start is easy to learn and easy to use, and is an ideal long-term solution for sole proprietors and many other very small business set-ups. QuickBooks Simple Start is a free download, service add-ons can be purchased and upgrading to a fully-featured QuickBooks version when the business grows is easy to do.
What Can QuickBooks Simple Start Do?
QuickBooks Simple Start takes less time to use than spreadsheets or pencil and paper accounting. Data is entered once, accounting reports require a few clicks of a mouse, and small business tax information is automatically organized.
QuickBooks Simple Start provides an easy way to:
- Prepare estimates for customers.
- Print Checks And Pay bills.
- Create invoices, then print for mailing or send via email.
- Sales, expense and tax reporting.
- Options at additional cost:
- Payroll subscription.
- Accept credit cards with QuickBooks Merchant Services.
- Plus Pack includes checks, 1 GB online backup and training CD ($99.95 retail, compare prices).
Uncomplicated from the Start
Each time you open QuickBooks Simple Start, the Home Page guides you through initiating small business accounting transactions. The Home Page provides a visual representation of a small business transaction cycle to make it easy to find the type of transaction you need to enter:
- Money In: invoices, sales, deposits, etc.
- Your Business: customers, vendors, bank accounts and profit and loss.
- Money Out: expenses, refunds, checks.
You will also see 'Get Started Now' on the Home Page. This tells you what to do first and has quick links to tutorials and support.
How is QuickBooks Simple Start Different from Quicken Home and Business?
Quicken Home & Business is fully-featured personal finance software with small business finance features, which sounds ideal, but combining features for two financial purposes is not the best solution for everyone. Compare the features
of both software packages to decide which is better for your small business.