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A Free Service to Create Invoices & Track Money
Easy-to-use free accounting software online to manage your business better. Simple Start bookkeeping software helps you stay organized, prepare for tax time & create invoices. Track & organize the money coming into & going out of your business. Start looking professional with help from QuickBooks.
QuickBooks Simple Start Online is the easiest way to track sales, expenses, & invoices. It’s super-easy to learn & use…no accounting knowledge is necessary. All your finance information is organized in one place, so you can easily stay on top of your business & be ready for tax time.
*QuickBooks is the #1 Small Business Financial Software
*3 out of 4 QuickBooks users agree it's really helpful during tough economic conditions. (Based on survey dated January 2008)
*9 out of 10 QuickBooks accountants recommend QuickBooks to their clients. (2 Based on survey dated February 2007)
*Over 3.5 million small businesses use QuickBooks for their business finances
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*From the makers of Quicken & TurboTax
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Is QuickBooks Simple Start Online right for Me?
Revised by Neil Strassberg, Staff Editor, MyAccountSoftware.com, 8/31
QuickBooks Online Simple Start provides small-business accounting features & essential accounting tools while leaving out more advanced features that may confuse or be unnecessary for the small business owner/operator. QuickBooks Simple Start is easy to learn & use, & is ideal as a long-term solution for sole proprietors & other very small business set-ups. QuickBooks Simple Start is free online, many add-on service features can be purchased & upgrading to a full-featured Q.B. version when the business grows is simple to do.
What Does QuickBooks Simple Start Do?
Accounting with Simple Start takes less time to use than spreadsheets or pencil & paper accounting. Data is entered once, accounting reports require few mouse clicks, & small business tax information is automatically organized where you need it.
QuickBooks Simple Start provides the following in a simple manner:
* Prints Checks & Pays bills.
* Prepares estimates for customers or potential customers.
* Create invoices vial e-mail or prints for traditional mailing.
* Sales, expense & tax reporting.
* Options at additional cost:
o Accept credit cards with QuickBooks Merchant Services.
o Payroll subscription. (Discounted for 1st 6 months)
o Plus Pack includes checks, 1 GB online backup & training CD ($99.95 retail, compare prices & check for online sales).
Simple from the Start:
Every time QuickBooks Simple Start opens, the Start Page guides you through initiating small business accounting transactions. The Home Page provides a visual representation of a small business transaction cycle to make it simple to find the type of transaction you need to enter:
* Money In: sales, invoices, deposits, etc.
* Money Out: expenses, checks, refunds.
* Your Business: vendors, customers, bank accounts & profit & loss.
Quickbooks Simple Start Free Edition 2009 - Additional Features
Review by Herb Strassberg, Staff Review Editor, MyAccountSoftware.com, 8/27
QuickBooks Simple Start Free Edition 2009 (Simple Start for short) comes with access to a multitude of free business related services and products that will prove helpful to many businesses; some are totally free and others are discounted services with special onetime discounts. These are products and services most startup businesses need to compete in today’s highly competitive world – unless your business already has these things set-up.
The services offered include an online support community that offers advice from experts and other users for almost anything accounting related, free website domain and hosting with an easy to use website design editor, video tutorials on how to use Simple Start, free Incorporation & LLC establishment (service fees waived for a limited time only). Free guides are available on how to get your service or product to generate web traffic on the major search engines. There are even a set of free online training videos and free business cards available. If you are in the market for an accounting program for your business, it will likely be worth your time to explore the Free Online Trial of Quickbooks to gain access to the additional features that are available to you.
GETTING YOUR BUSINESS SET-UP AS A CORPORATION OR AN LLC FOR LITTLE COST: USING SIMPLE START ADDITIONAL FEATURES
If your business is new or your business is growing and you are ready to move up to the liability protection you will gain with a corporation or an LLC, Quick Books Simple Start (Simple Start for short) can help! There are a few basic routes to accomplishing this task. First there is the simplest but most costly option of hiring a business attorney to assist you with the task. Second, you can buy one of the many books out there on how to self-incorporate your business for $20 - $100, but you will need to generate the stock certificates and other forms, or third, you can order a corporate kit form a company specializing in the service for several hundred dollars.
Simple Start gives you access to the third option for less than the cost of buying a book and setting up your business as a corporation or LLC (the $149 service fee is waived by using the coupon code for a limited time only) called “MyCorporation.” Ok, there are some mandatory costs your business must pay to the state where you choose to establish your corporation or LLC, but to incorporate; the fees are generally around $100 to $300, depending on the state you choose. My Corporation will do a name search and prepare your articles of incorporation for free too. For an S Corp, there is an additional fee, but it is under $100.
If you choose to set-up an LLC, MyCorporation offers four levels of service (Basic, Standard, Deluxe, and Premium) ranging in cost from free to $299. The Basic version includes a name availability search and creating Your Articles of Organization. You probably ought to step up to at least the Standard version for $99, as it includes an LLC Customized Operating Agreement and a Member Transfer Ledger that is needed for official LLC meetings and to keep track of member (owner) interests or units that change hands for your LLC. As with incorporation, the MyCorporation service for an LLC requires additional state filing fees, but again, they are relatively small (generally under $200). To access these features, look at the right column of the main desktop screen that comes up when you start the Simple Start program each time. There is a column at the far right entitled “Managing Your Business and an icon toward the bottom of the column entitled “Establish Your Business.” If you click on that icon, an internal web browser will open in Simple Start and you can easily access these features.
If you are unsure of which type of entity to choose for your business, MyCorporation provides you with some assistance with that question. There is a “Help Me Choose” option as well as Incorporation vs. LLC Comparison Chart available for free. The help me choose option leads you through a quick set of questions that lead you to what is recommended for you. While it is quick and simple, it doesn’t give much detail, just a short paragraph explaining the choice you’re pointed towards. The comparison chart is probably better for most business owners, as it gives more details and you can compare various business formation entities all at once, side-by-side. The chart compares C-Corporations, S-Corporations, Professional Corporations, Non-Profit Corporations, and Limited Liability Companies, Sole Proprietorships, General Partnerships, and finally, Limited Partnerships (though the forms to set-up all these forms of ownership are not available from MyCorporation.
Business owners should be aware that once your business is incorporated or set-up an LLC, there is maintenance chores to be done periodically. MYCorporation can help you out there too, with forms for things such as Corporate Amendments, S-Corporation Elections, and even dissolutions. So whether you are just starting a business or your business is one of the lucky few that is experiencing a growth phase, we recommend you consider QuickBooks Simple Start Online Free Edition for your business, if for nothing more than to gain access to the discounted MyCorporation services available to you once you become a registered user (yes, it is free to register)