- January 10, 2008 at 8:40 pm #255092
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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