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Iowanian
01-11-2008, 02:45 PM
Does anyone know of a freeware or recommend a user friendly accounting and money tracking software? I'm looking at quickbooks but I'd be happy to have something like the Openoffice equivilent of microsoft office.

I'll buy quickbooks or whatever if I need to, but I'm just searching my options.

Any good advice appreciated.

mikeyis4dcats.
01-11-2008, 03:10 PM
For as cheap as Quickbooks is, just buy it. It's pretty neat. I sue it to manage the books for our fundraising club.

jiveturkey
01-11-2008, 03:26 PM
Quickbooks is what I use for my company.

Avoid MS Money. I use it for personal finances and I hate it.

ChiefsFan4Life
01-11-2008, 04:14 PM
http://www.gnucash.org/ is free

Iowanian
01-14-2008, 08:55 AM
So the general consensus is to pony up and use quickbooks?

I have looked at some of the freeware options but haven't used them, and frankly, I don't want to risk finding out at a bad time, after I've been entering my company information from the past 6-8months.....that something about the software sucks.

Simplex3
01-14-2008, 09:23 AM
Quickbooks can suck my ass. First it spends half it's time advertising their services to you instead of getting out of your way. Then after three years it basically disables itself, forcing you to upgrade. We can't automatically connect to any of our online accounts or email invoices anymore. It seems that all the invoices I emailed actually went through one of their f**king servers on the way out, and now they've decided my version is too old to continue to allow that.

I hate those c**k suckers.

Here are three free open source options:

http://www.compiere.com/
http://www.turbocash.co.za/
http://www.sql-ledger.org/

mikeyis4dcats.
01-14-2008, 09:29 AM
Quickbooks can suck my ass. First it spends half it's time advertising their services to you instead of getting out of your way. Then after three years it basically disables itself, forcing you to upgrade. We can't automatically connect to any of our online accounts or email invoices anymore. It seems that all the invoices I emailed actually went through one of their f**king servers on the way out, and now they've decided my version is too old to continue to allow that.

I hate those c**k suckers.

Here are three free open source options:

http://www.compiere.com/
http://www.turbocash.co.za/
http://www.sql-ledger.org/

If you can't justify spending a couple hundred dollars to keep your software current over a 3 year period, then you must not value your business very much.

Shit, our accounting software at our company was $20k. And we're a small company.

Nightfyre
01-14-2008, 01:54 PM
I have worked with several accounting packages. Quickbooks is pretty easy to use and has a lot of features that if you can take advantage of, will provide very valuable information. Are you asking for personal or small business purposes?

Iowanian
01-15-2008, 07:51 AM
Small business.

If there is a freeware that is as compatable to quickbooks as say openoffice is to microsoft office, I'd give that a very big consideration.

I just want something that doesn't require a database genius or an accountant to operate. Ease of setup and use are as important as functionality. If I need to spend a couple of hundred to get that, it's worth it in the long run in expenses I won't miss anyway.

Simplex3
01-15-2008, 07:56 AM
If you can't justify spending a couple hundred dollars to keep your software current over a 3 year period, then you must not value your business very much.

Shit, our accounting software at our company was $20k. And we're a small company.
The function of accounting in my company hasn't changed in the last three years, why should my software?

mikeyis4dcats.
01-15-2008, 11:14 AM
The function of accounting in my company hasn't changed in the last three years, why should my software?

Are you still using Windows for Workgroups 3.11 too? Word v6.0? I mean, you still type letters the same way you did in 1993...

Iowanian
01-15-2008, 11:30 AM
Here are three free open source options:

http://www.compiere.com/
http://www.turbocash.co.za/
http://www.sql-ledger.org/

I've done the google searches, and looked around at some of the freeware.

My question would be if you've used any of those applications enough to trust your business finances within them?

If its buggy and dies at the end of the year....I'd be hosed.

Simplex3
01-15-2008, 01:07 PM
I've done the google searches, and looked around at some of the freeware.

My question would be if you've used any of those applications enough to trust your business finances within them?

If its buggy and dies at the end of the year....I'd be hosed.
All of those have been around for years and years, and they all have lists of businesses that use them. Your best bet would be to find someone in your industry in one of those lists and give them a call. People who use open source software tend to be amazingly willing to talk.

Also, find out what their help channels are like. Some of them use an email list, so get on that email list and ask some questions. See if the responses come from other users, from developers, or both.

As for the question of would I trust my business to open source software, I do it every day. One of the great things about open source software is that you can't be backed into a corner. Absolute worst case scenario you can hire someone to fix the problems. In over five years I've never once resorted to that, I've simply emailed the people running the project and any problems have been taken care of. In 98% of the cases they're using the software, too.

Sometime this year I'm going to be picking one of those three packages and moving my QuickBooks info off onto it.

Simplex3
01-15-2008, 01:12 PM
Are you still using Windows for Workgroups 3.11 too? Word v6.0? I mean, you still type letters the same way you did in 1993...
I would be if I had to buy my software. As it stands I get mine from open source groups, so I can upgrade for free, which makes new bells and whistles worth the price of the upgrade. The few pieces of software I paid for (My wife's copy of Windows XP, the copy of Vista that I was forced to buy on my new laptop, QuickBooks, and Quicken may be the last and the Intuit products are on their way out).

OS upgrades stand on their own because hardware vendors quit supporting them. You really don't have an option there.