There are many accounting programs available, with TurboCash and QuickBooks being two of the more popular. As with most software applications, what's best for you depends upon how you want to use it. Accounting software often provides options for family budgeting, business accounting, invoicing and money management. Comparing the main features of TurboCash and QuickBooks can help you decide what's best for you.
TurboCash is free. This is a GPL open-source software application that has no copy protection or license fees. QuickBooks comes in different editions, with its first-time user edition, QuickBooks Simple Start, also free. Intuit, the creator of QuickBooks, offers QuickBooks online, which is free for 30 days and then £8.40 per month for basic service (as of June 2011). QuickBooks Pro is the full-featured application, and it retails for £149.4.
If you are interested only in personal finance capabilities, neither one of these products is for you. TurboCash states that the intended user is a mid-market business, while QuickBooks is targeted specifically toward small businesses.
Both products have accounts payable and receivable and double-entry accounting capability. QuickBooks has a number of teachers in addition to these basic business accounting capabilities. QuickBooks claims that accounting knowledge is not required to use its product. The software offers analytics, calendar management, costing, credit card support and customer relations management.
TurboCash operates on the Windows platform. QuickBooks operates on both Windows and Mac OS. Neither application offers Linux support.