Choosing a new accounting software package is not a decision to take lightly. The smallest firms may be able to use QuickBooks or Peachtree or a similar program right off the shelf without much support. But for larger businesses, it's critical to bring your software-savvy accountant into the decision. There are some great programs available, but an enthusiastic salesman may convince even the sharpest businessperson that he or she can buy a program, push a few buttons, and pop out a set of balanced books, robust financial statements, and a loaf of home-baked bread.
The truth is, no accounting software is ready to use as-is. Decisions have to be made. And the bigger and more complex your business, the more decisions there are. At a minimum, the right system should:
- Mesh with your current business practices.
- Adapt to technological innovation.
- Integrate the various elements of your cash (register to read more) program, such as acc...
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