Guide to choosing
QuickBooks Simple Start
or QuickBooks Pro
QuickBooks Simple Start
Simple Start Edition is now only
available online $12.95/month. Provides a
simple way for paper and spreadsheet users to get started with just
the essential business software tools. This enables a small and
simple business to enter the category and QuickBooks family earlier,
without paying for or being overwhelmed by “more than they need”.
Unlike paper and spreadsheets, Simple Start Edition automatically
tracks sales and expenses, generates one-click reports and provides
simple tools for effectively managing and tracking money coming in
(Accounts Receivable) and going out (Accounts Payable) of your
business ; it provides the end benefits of complete and accurate
records at tax time, the ability to see precisely where your
business stands and make sure nothing slips through the cracks. It’s
incredibly easy to get started using it, thereby helping overcome
inertia to switching.
The following products and services are compatible with Simple Start
• Checks and Supplies
• Credit Card (transaction download not available)
• Merchant Account Service (QBOE Merchant Account for Online
• Online Backup
• Support Network
• Billing Solutions
For the new business that:
Simple Start now supports
Payroll for an additional monthly fee.
Has no inventory
Not interested in downloading bank and credit card
Is not converting from Quicken
Does not need a
sophisticated chart of accounts
Does not have a budgeting and
budget reporting capabilities
Has no need for further segregating financial data
into revenue or cost centers
Is happy with the QuickBooks Invoice form - is not
customizable, can only add a logo
Provides Profit & Loss reports for taxes and a few
other essential reports but sophisticated data gathering is not
Has no bookkeeping experience and is new to
Does not have recurring
transactions for example
A customer that is invoiced the same amount every month
(landlord rental, school that
bills its students a monthly service
fee, a consultant that charges the same amount
A vendor that is paid the same amount every month that
would be cumbersome to
reenter every month such as a
limousine company that pays many auto loans monthly.
What you see is what
you get, with Simple Start- Intuitive and comes with built
in tutorials and
no choices to become confused over. Great first time accounting
software. May want to upgrade
to the full blown software after a year to take advantage of the time
saving features that exist in QuickBooks Pro or QuickBooks
Online simple start is upgradeable at any time to Online plus that
does included inventory, class
tracking, multiple locations, and budgeting.
Advantages of QuickBooks simple start:
Simple start is easier to set-up and learn
Available in online edition only
Features not available (however, you can upgrade to include these
Inventory, Accounts payable,
- Includes the features omitted in QuickBooks
- QuickBooks Pro helps you save
time on bookkeeping and paperwork and get back to business.
- Simplifies all your accounting tasks – like
paying bills, invoicing customers and tracking expenses
- Enables you to easily track who owes you
money and what bills you need to pay
- Organizes all your financial information
in one place so you can quickly and easily find the
information you need
Tracks cash and credit sales.
Track customer payments, expenses, and liabilities.
Create purchase orders and track inventory.
QuickBooks automatically fills in information from the last time
you purchased from a supplier saving data entry
Write and print checks.
Save hours of typing, and reduce errors. Just type the first few
letters of a vendor name in the onscreen check form-or select
their name from a list-and QuickBooks fills in all the rest of
the information, including their address and your account
number. Edit the amount or any other information, and print your
checks with one click. Or store checks and print them later in
Create invoices with one click.
Click a button to create an invoice, or select from QuickBooks'
specialized invoice templates. --You can customize any
QuickBooks form-including invoices, statement and e-mail
forms-with your logo or company information, and save the
template for repeated use.
Pay your bills and bank online.
Accept online payments.
Get paid faster! E-mail an invoice or statement and with
QuickBooks Online Billing, your customer can easily pay you with
a credit card or bank account transfer. No more waiting for the
check in the mail!
- Instantly generates reports with the
information you need, so you always know where your business
QuickBooks saves you time by letting you
select and save your preferred print settings on a form-by-form
basis. QuickBooks "remembers" the printer, paper size, page
orientation, and the number of copies. And you can manually
override those settings for any printing session.
Easier budgeting - A step-by-step wizard helps you get set up
easily. And you can enter and edit your figures
Enhanced class tracking- you can track all income and
expense items more precisely by class (company department,
product line, location, industry, maintenance by piece
equipment- you decide what tracking you need)
Generate instant financial reports
QuickBooks lets you instantly run accurate reports and graphs of
your financial status, organized and summarized any way you
like. Then you can click on any report item to "drill down" to
the details behind it. Generate a Profit & Loss report with one
mouse click. See who owes you what, and when. Create more
than 100 standard reports with one click, then customize
them to show any time period, any accounts, any customers or
vendors you like. -----QuickBooks instantly recalculates the
data, so it's always current.
Find transactions instantly
Track sales tax easily
- Now you have the convenience of scheduling
automated data backups onto more types of media, including CD-ROMs
(Windows XP only)
- QuickBooks is simple to learn and use.
||QuickBooks Pro Integrates
with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Act
||QuickBooks Pro has more
customization options for forms. Choose from a gallery of over 100
predefined form templates available for download.
||QuickBooks Pro includes job
costing, time tracking (Service items are associated with labor), and
multiple estimates per job. Basic does not have an estimating feature
||QuickBooks Pro- Syncs with
Outlook/Act; allows for multiple users
Allows multiple users to work in the file simultaneously
editions also include:
- Vehicle mileage tracker.
- Loan manager to track loan payments
and record interest expense.
- Undo premature bank reconciliation -
an improved reconcile discrepancy report shows you changes
and deletions made to previously reconciled transactions.
- Email POs, sales
receipts, credit memos, reports.
- Print packing slips and general
purpose shipping labels from invoices.
- Save forms and reports in pdf format.
- Time and material invoices- now
import both the item descriptions and the notes.
- Cash flow projector.
- Backup your file automatically
- Customize prices - up to 100
different prices levels by percent.
- Fixed asset tracker- asset name,
serial number, date purchased and disposal date.
Make sure your software is updated.
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