Small Business Financing Software

Ken asks…

Is there any free online accounting program for small businesses (not personal finance)?

I have a small home-based business and do not have money to spend on expensive software or monthly subscriptions. I would prefer to use something online that doesn’t require me to download anything so I can access it from any computer and my phone. Are there any truly free programs like this?

admin answers:

Probably not.

If it is a small home-based business, then just use microsoft excel or word. I’ve used excel and word for my accounting homework and it wasnt really hard to use. And if u cant afford excel, then go to open office and download their free version of excel.

John asks…

Best way to keep track of finances for a small business?

My husband started a small business and it’s going great, but he hasn’t been keeping great track of the finances. I would like to help him out, but I’m not familiar with Quickbooks or Quicken. The whole task seems a bit daunting – I’m just not sure where to start. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to establish an accounting routine for an existing business?

I’m comfortable with computers and would love to use a software program to help me, but I don’t have tons of time to learn a new in-depth program. It would have to be pretty intuitive.

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

admin answers:

Quickbooks is very easy. If you can balance a check book you can use Quickbooks. I strongly recommend you use to keep track of all income and expenses.

Donna asks…

What is the average hourly wage a CPA firm charges to keep a small businesses books?

I own a small computer shop in Columbia South Carolina. The trouble I am having is keeping track of my finances. My husband does all the manual labor and my job is to keep the books. I have worked in A/R and A/P for a few years and I have several years experience in inventory. The problem is all the systems were set up when I started. I am at a loss for how to set up an accounting system for my own business. I am currently taking a bookkeeping certificate program at tech. to help fill in the gaps. However I still feel overwhelmed. I have purchased peachtree complete software. I took the quickbooks class and even bought the 2006 pro edition, but I have inventory and it does not have provisions for that. I guess my question is what is the average to have someone keep my books for me. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

admin answers:

An average would be quite a bit of money for someone to basically come in and “take over”. My advise is to try to learn on your own and hire someone at a lesser pay to assist you. I was in the same situation and have taught myself everything and sometimes ask our CPA for legal questions or Quickbooks questions. You are more than welcome to send me an e-mail if you have questions that I can help you with. =)

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