Accounting for It

by Mike Hunter

Businesses look to accounting software to do the day-to-day bookkeeping, budgeting and billing. Here are some easy-to-learn programs that include features for businesses of all sizes and types:

Sage 50 2013
This software is easy to learn and provides good quality support for users. For 2013, there are no significant improvements, but reporting and analysis features have been refined and the 2013 version makes copying transactions easier than ever.
$369 (1 user), $669 (3 users), $899 (5 users)

Bookkeeper 2012
A lesser-known and more basic option, Bookkeeper is a reliable program offered by Avanquest, a service that provides merchant services, back-up option and other products. Some features are not as extensive as other programs offered in the areas of reporting analysis and Bookkeeper does not include many e-banking options, but for a small business and for the price, this can be a best option.
$39.95 per user

QuickBooks Pro 2012
A most-reliable software for the do-it-yourself accountant, QuickBooks has always performed. New collections features, e-mail interface and more powerful search tools make navigating a business’s information easier. Various retail products through Intuit make this choice a potential “all in one” option.
$189 to $800-plus (1–3 users)

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