Though QuickBooks finds nearly universal application in home and business accounting, customers looking for accounting software at a lower cost or with a different set of features can find a number of alternative programs. From simple, free programs, to complex and fully featured business software, these options prove QuickBooks does not have a monopoly on business solutions.
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ADampiere gives users a free and open-source program capable of much more than basic accounting. The always expanding software contains options for managing business finances, as well as resource planning, supply chain management and customer relations. Backed by a large, interested community of developers and users, the project continues to grow and receive updates.
Also free and open source, PostBooks is a fully featured accounting suite based on work created by the xTuple software company. PostBooks works from seven separate applications; manufacturing, purchasing, inventory, products, sales, customer relations and accounting, allowing a business to use whichever tools it requires.
If you need accounting software for personal financial management, Mint offers web-based tracking software on a variety of platforms. Mint collects information from various financial institutions, allowing you to keep your entire budget in one place. Manual transaction entering keeps your accounts up to date, and Mint can be accessed anywhere you have Internet access.
Lawson financial software offers spending control and budget management systems, alongside full integration from each of Lawson's business programs. Lawson provides two separate programs---M3, specifically tailored to the manufacturing industry, and S3, designed for service industries.
An OSX platform financial program, FinanceToGo is offered for free download on the Apple website. It includes basic budget sheets and transaction, graphing and balancing features, as well as full Quicken compatibility. This allows you to import your work and files from Quicken.
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