As Reviewed by About.com: Financial Software
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 & easy to use, & is an ideal long-term solution for sole proprietors & many other very small business set-ups. QuickBooks Simple Start is a free download, service add-ons can be purchased & 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 & paper accounting. Data is entered once, accounting reports require a few clicks of a mouse, & small business tax information is automatically organized.
QuickBooks Simple Start provides an easy way to:
* Prepare estimates for customers.
* Print Checks & Pay bills.
* Create invoices, then print for mailing or send via email.
* Sales, expense & tax reporting.
* Options at additional cost:
o Payroll subscription.
o Accept credit cards with QuickBooks Merchant Services.
o Plus Pack includes checks, 1 GB online backup & 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 & profit & loss.
* Money Out: expenses, refunds, checks.
You will also see 'Get Started Now' on the Home Page. This tells you what to do first & has quick links to tutorials & support.