Recommened Accouning Software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by thunderclap, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. thunderclap macrumors 6502a

    thunderclap

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    I was wondering if anyone could recommend some accounting software. I've researched both Quicken and Quickbooks Pro, Quickbooks Pro looking like the best option for what I want. The problem is that Quickbooks Pro is a bit out of my price range ($300). Quicken is much more affordable ($60). The problem with Quicken is that the Mac version lacks several features I want that is in the Windows Home & Business version (for $20 more). I have also heard the Mac version is buggy. But I'd prefer to stay away from a Windows version for two reasons: I don't boot up my PC very often and I'd prefer my finances stay on a more secure system like Mac as opposed to Windows.

    Is there other software out there that I'm missing?

    What I'm looking for is something that allows me to watch my personal finances and my small freelance business. What are some options? Thanks!
     
  2. varmit macrumors 68000

    varmit

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    The standard application that small businesses use are quickbooks, which is what the company I work for uses. If it has the features you want, then that is the software you should get. Its best to pay a little more up front, and save some time in the end, because it will cost more over the years to rangle with a piece of software that wasn't what you wanting in the first place. Hell, I think we are still using 2003 here.
     
  3. tjwett macrumors 68000

    tjwett

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    the choice between Quicken and Quickbooks should be easy, seeing as they are made for two totally different things. Quicken is made for personal finances and Quickbooks is for business. if you are running a business then Quicken is not for you. i use Quickbooks NUE that came bundled on my Power Mac to run my business finances. my needs are fairly simple and it serves me quite well. and i didn't have to buy anything, which is always nice. a popular alternative to Quickbooks is MYOB, which is a very Mac-friendly application but lacks some of the polish and ease of use of the Quickbooks interface. Quickbooks is also more typically used by accountants so it may be easier to hand off files to them than with MYOB. then there are a number of small accounting apps from various shareware developers, none of which i've seen that were too exciting. but check out VersionTracker anyway for those, maybe one will catch your eye.
     

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