It is only fitting that we begin this journey with some important highlights of this tremendous software package. Perhaps you might be wondering if QuickBooks is the right choice for your business. I believe QuickBooks is an excellent choice for almost any business.
Generally speaking, QuickBooks is a good choice for businesses with annual revenues of less than $2 million, and often an acceptable choice for much larger businesses. These packages are inexpensive in comparison to some of the other more specialized accounting packages out on the market today. A sampling of the packages QuickBooks offers (and can be found on their website at http://quickbooks.intuit.com) are:
QuickBooks Simple Start. This package is ideal for new or very small businesses with few employees that currently pay bills and bill customers by hand, and track expenses, sales and customers on paper or with a spreadsheet, but would like to do it much more easily and efficiently.
QuickBooks Pro. This package is for businesses that want the basic tools included in Simple Start, plus easy, efficient way to manage more complex business information, such as accounts payable, job costs, employee time, payroll cash flow, assets and loans. QuickBooks Pro also offers customizable invoices, flexible reporting, and a fast, easy way to exchange information with Microsoft WordÂ®, ExcelÂ® and Outlook, and more than 300 other business applications.
QuickBooks Premier. This package is for more complex businesses with specialized needs or businesses that want to optimize their finances and plan for the future. QuickBooks Premier is also available in editions customized for specific industries.
QuickBooks Online Edition. This package is designed for small businesses with a mobile workforce that want to give multiple employees access to company data from any Internet-connected PC, anywhere, anytime.
QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions. This package is the top-of-the-line QuickBooks product designed for mid-size or fast-growing businesses with multiple locations.
Additionally, there are products available that are made to work alone or together with the QuickBooks financial software products mentioned above. These include QuickBooks Point of Sale for retail stores, QuickBooks Payroll for businesses with employees, and third-party products.
Since QuickBooks’ inception in 1992, many industry-specific packages have been made available through the QuickBooks Premier software. There are packages for accounting professionals, contractors, manufacturing and wholesale, non-profit organizations, professional services (attorneys, architects, consulting firms, etc.), retailers (to include point of sale capabilities). As you can see, QuickBooks provides something for every business.
Since QuickBooks has so many registered users, there is a huge network of support available in the form of a QuickBooks library, forums, blogs, live online support, telephone support, local certified advisors, etc.
As I mentioned in my introduction, I strongly urge you to seek guidance in setting up your company records in QuickBooks. Many CPA firms hire in-house QuickBooks advisors to assist in set-up, training, and on-going support for clients. If you would like to find a certified advisor in your area, please visit http://intuitmarket.intuit.com/QBA/ReferralDB/ReferralDataBaseMemberSearch.asp
"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte