How To Select Accounting Software For Your Small Business

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on September 16, 2008

Here’s a step-by-step approach to help you decide which program can best serve your business accounting needs:

1. Determine and create a list of the specific types of accounting functions you want to perform. At a minimum, the software should handle cash disbursement and cash receipts, post all charges to the profit-and-loss statement automatically, and offer a complete reporting package. Reports should include a detailed general ledger, balance sheet, income statement (profit and loss), and cash-flow statement, as well as specific function reports for payroll and job costing.

2. Don’t pay for features and functions you won’t use. The typical small business writes fewer than 100 checks per month, makes 10 to 20 bank deposits per month, and produces 20 to 100 invoices per month. It doesn’t take a major accounting program to handle these functions, and it’s not worth it to buy a program that has lots of features you won’t use and that end up making the program more difficult to operate.

3. The most important step is to talk with other people in businesses similar to yours about what accounting software they use and what they like or don’t like about it. There is no better source for finding out about a program than those who have been using it for a while.

Gene Fairbrother
Business Consultant
National Association for the Self-Employed
Dallas

Reader Comments

Jan

July 24, 2009 1:25 PM

I do both accounting & bookkeeping for a self-employed business and I highly recommend Peachtree Accounting Software. Different versions are available to handle everything from just the basics to a more detailed system.

Marcus

November 27, 2009 1:29 PM

HI

We are a taxi company Hummingbird Cars in London. We provide Airport Transfer service from all london airports.
We are new in the business and we require to buy a good accounting software. Can anyone please advice which software will be suitable for us as we are a small business and also which one will be relaiable and affordable.

http://www.hummingbirdcars.com

Thank you

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