Accounting software needs to be user friendly and understandable or it just doesn’t make sense. One option, that you may not have considered, is Microsoft Office Accounting. While the program is no longer available as new software, Microsoft Office Accounting Professional 2008 is a very good small business accounting program that may be just what you are looking for.
One advantage is the familiarity of Microsoft Office. The whole program looks and feels like something you have likely been working with for years. It integrates quickly and easily with your other Office programs, without a steep learning curve. If your inventory tracking needs are minimal, this program could solve your accounting problems in a snap. The program also has an excellent resource center to help with questions. The dashboard interface displays the information you need cleanly, keeping everything at your fingertips.
Unfortunately, Microsoft Office Accounting Professional 2008 does not have as many payroll options as many other small business accounting programs do. Again, if your business is a one-person outfit or you only have a couple employees, this may not be a hindrance.
Another option from Microsoft is a free version of accounting software called Microsoft Accounting Express. It has the same easy interface and wonderful navigation tools. It also integrates seamlessly with other Office programs. The program runs more slowly and has some advertising you need to deal with. It is also strictly a one-person user interface. However, it has links to eBay and PayPal and has payroll options available.
While neither one of these small business accounting options will give you all the bells and whistles that other programs offer, they can both be viable options to get you started with your accounting needs for your small business. If you are currently using Microsoft Office for your business software, the easy integration and familiarity could make them a good option for you.