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Software Review: Quickbooks Premiere 2007

By CO Staff

Existing Quickbooks users will see that on the surface little has changed with Quickbooks 2007. There are essentially three groups of accounting software users: existing users who may consider upgrading, new users looking to move their books to an accounting software platform and users who may be looking to switch from a competing program.

Quickbooks has always provided a clear, easy-to-use program for small business owners. New users will find that the simple interview wizard makes it pretty easy to set-up your business in Quickbooks. When you select Create a New Company you are taken to an EasyStep Interview that prompts you to enter the information needed to get started. If you are not at all comfortable with this process you would be well advised to hire a Quickbooks Advisor to help you get started. When you actually start using the program you will find a suite of tutorials that explain how to use the most common aspects of the program.

An important consideration when selecting an accounting software package is the preference of your bookkeeper and/or accountant. With services being provided at an hourly cost, it it wise to select a program that your support staff uses on a regular basis to ensure that you don't find yourself paying them to learn how to use your accounting software program. In fact, this is one of the best reasons to use a program like Quickbooks rather than creating your own spreadsheet system; as your company grows the cost of the software will be much less than the extra processing costs required to complete your year-end and file your taxes.

What's New for Existing Users
Existing users who are thinking of upgrading will find that some things are improved from the previous version, but overall this is the same program you are accustomed to. In addition to Simply Start, Pro, Premier and Enterprise, Inuit has also added an online version that is available by subscription only. The online version costs $19.95 a month for the standard edition and $39.95 for the Plus version.