Face Your Accounting Fears with User-Friendly Software

When Franklin D. Roosevelt said "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," he probably never had to deal with the paperwork, receipts, and accounting woes of running a small business.

When you're the owner of a small business, many times you end up being the chief cook and bottlewasher - with little time to focus on tracking your finances.

So what can you do?

Try a Couple of Accounting Programs On For Size

First, begin by setting yourself up with a good accounting software program. Don't worry; you don't have to be a tech-geek to run them.

And, many of them offer free or trial programs so you won't have to fork over a lot of money to buy unnecessary and expensive software.

Unless you have employees, your accounting needs are going to be relatively simple. You'll need to track your income and expenses, customers and vendors, and write checks to pay invoices.

Many basic programs offer these capabilities, plus a tutorial to help you through the process.

Here are a couple of free or trial programs worth taking a look at...

  • Intuit's QuickBooks Simple Start 2008 - This one's free! Pay a visit to Quicken to learn more.
  • Simply Accounting Entrepreneur - They offer a 60-day free trial on this and other programs. If you like what you see, you can purchase the full program for $49.95. Visit Simply Accounting for more info.
  • Cashbook Complete by Acclaim Software - You can try their full-featured accounting software for 90-days by visiting Cashbook Complete.

Follow the tips above and you will be on your way to stress-free accounting