QuickBooks Simple Start Free Edition 2010

Feature rich accounting application tailored for the needs of small businesses

  • Category:

    Finance

  • Version:

    Free Edition 2010

  • Works under:

    Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 8

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Trial version
  • Vote:
    5.6 (126)

To make accounting programs as accessible and ergonomic as possible, QuickBooks has released their Simple Start software for small to medium-sized business in need of a comprehensive financial package without the complexity.

Over the years, most programs have created a user interface that is both friendly and accessible to the average user, but accounting software is often the exception to this trend. Many of the leading programs have been designed for bookkeeping specialists looking to streamline their own projects, but not for the typical business owner that is on the search for a way to quickly track expenses or organize their taxes. This is why QuickBooks has released its Simple Start program to keep the more complex services for individuals who need it but streamlined all the basic features with a simplified interface.

From the moment that the primary files have been installed, users are going to quickly realize just how easy this program can be. The entirety of the setup can generally be carried out in less than five minutes by answering only a few basic questions such as the type of business or industry that one is in. The program then opens up to a streamlined menu with icons for all of the primary features as well as a menu on the left-hand side for with a number of other options for customization to change the layout.

Once within the program, all of the services and features that customers have come to expect of QuickBooks software have been included. This includes three categories for vendors, inventory, and employees, which can further be broken down into various accounts and payments. Other options include invoices, sales receipts, deposits, expenses and more. For additional fees, customers can add tools to directly charge customers as well as plan and file taxes from start to finish. There is also an online Simple Start feature that can be purchased for a monthly or yearly fee that includes additional links to useful features, the ability to customize reports and cloud storage protected by an advanced encryption system.

The primary focus of QuickBooks Simple Start is to provide relatively simple accounting software for a small existing business or businesses that are just getting off the ground. This program accomplishes this feat very well with an affordable and useful product. Those that are in need of accounting software but not quite ready to pay the larger price tag of a comprehensive program for a large business will find all of the basic features and tools that they need in QuickBooks Simple Start.

Pros:

  • Ergonomic and intuitive interface
  • Robust options for basic accounting software
  • Multiple options for upgrades and online features

Cons:

  • Online accounts continuously suggest additional software
  • Desktop version has much fewer features and fewer options for customization

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