Choosing accounting software for a small business is an important decision to make. The software makes the business' invoices and cash flow easy to access and helps the company run smoother. While the program needs to be powerful, you want to make sure the features you need are included. Since you do not want to spend money for a program with features you will not use, it is a good idea to test different software to find the one best for you.
BillQuick Lite 2010
BillQuick Lite 2010 is one of the most commonly downloaded accounting software programs on CNET, which also ranks it as one of the best accounting programs on the market. BillQuick Lite 2010 received five-stars, with CNET editors calling it "a powerful piece of office software that won't put you in the red."
BillQuick Lite 2010 includes over 400 customisable invoice and report templates. The software is compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP and is network compatible. It also allows unlimited projects and employees. The Lite version lacks some of the tools from the full version, including integration with QuickBooks and Microsoft Outlook. However, unlike the full version, BillQuick Lite 2010 is a free downloadable program at bqe.com.
Intuit QuickBooks 2011
Intuit QuickBooks 2011 is full-featured, polished accounting software that PC World ranks at four-and-a-half stars. The 2011 version of the program adds Web and mobile access to its already large number of features. At launch, users could access the software from the Blackberry and iPhone. The service charges users £6 a month after a 20-day free trial for the mobile access. As of October 2010, the software costs £149 while the Professional version is £260.
For small businesses, QuickBooks 2011 offers features allowing easy search for specific vendors and customers through "Customer Snapshots," "QuickBook Search," "Customer and Vendor History" and "Balance Sheet by Class" options. The tool allows businesses to find all unpaid charges to help avoid income slipping through the cracks. Also new to 2011 is the ability to invoice multiple customers at once and send invoices directly through the company's e-mail accounts.
Express Accounts Plus
Express Accounts Plus is accounting software that allows a business to track and report outgoing and incoming cash flow. The software allows users to track the company's credits and debits easily with Express Accounts Plus' built-in tools. CNET ranks the software a perfect five stars. Express Accounts Plus offers a 14-day free trial and costs £64 as of October 2010.
Express Accounts Plus offers users the ability to reconcile transactions with current bank statements as well as generate quotes, invoices and sale orders. It also includes the ability to track sales, payments, receipts and purchases, send invoices through company e-mail, run multiple businesses from the same program and is accessible through mobile devices including the iPhone and Android. The software works with Windows XP, Vista and 7 as well as Mac OS: version 10.2.8 or higher.