- January 10, 2008 at 8:40 pm #255100
Hopefully, I can help. I am a QuickBooks
Pro Advisor so am very familiar with the programs. The simple start has lost
much of its functionality since it became free, so it can only handle limited
customer transactions. Although the price is right, the limits in customer
databasing, reporting, and inventory ultimately prove to be more hassle than
they’re worth to most people.
I’m not sure where you got the $400
to $3,000 figures from but QuickBooks Pro is $199.99 and it is well worth the
investment. It will help you track your bills so you don’t pay them late,
will let you download bank transactions directly into the program (a great time
saver) and easily exports into tax programs or for use with your accountant. You
don’t have to upgrade every single year so your $200 investment can last
for quite some time.
With the number of customers you have, it’s a good
solution. Also, you can download it directly from the QuickBooks website and
start using it right away. There’s a live agent to chat with on the site
if you need help, which is really useful.
Whichever way you go, best of
luck to you!
Here are two recent articles I wrote on
QuickBooks Tips & Tricks. Enjoy!
Angie Mohr ca cma
From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Grandma Donna
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008
Subject: Budget101.com :
I’m trying to put myself on a strict budget and need
advice. I own a
party plan business (In-Home parties for women and couples) and have
to get Quickbooks for my taxes this year. I know there is a free
online version called Simple Start Desktop Edition and there’s Simple
Start Online Edition that are both free to download on our computers.
Other versions cost mucho money. I saw an accountant for the first
time today and it was recommended I get Quickbooks. It’s not necessary
because they’ll take the information in my ledgers anyway but it will
save me time and organize my business better which in the long run
will save me money because I can track what I’m doing.
I probably will get the Free desktop one but want to know if it can be
upgraded later with all my information switched to a different version
or would I have to painstakingly do it all by hand? The desktop one
only allows up to 50 vendors and customers. I have hundreds of
customers that I don’t have in a database. It’s all on paper and
files. So I need a system to organize everything. If I go over 50
vendors or customers then I think it’s $9.95 a month to get I believe
up to 14,000 customers/ vendors.
The other versions of Quickbooks are very expensive $400- $3,000 each
and since I’m on this group I can’t afford it. LOL. There are programs
depending on which Quickbooks I get where you can process credit cards
for only $14.95 a month and no contracts or monthly minimums. I think
it’s 1.72% charge per card. I can cancel my merchant account through
Pipeline credit card processing and save those fees since my 2 year
agreement is almost up.
I was thinking of the basic edition but that’s over $400 unless I need
better glasses. Can I buy Quickbooks software off of Ebay, craiglist
or is it not recommended? Or maybe a website that is cheap.
Thanks for all your suggestions
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