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new accounting software

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by studentlawn, Dec 10, 2003.

  1. studentlawn

    studentlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 117

    Ok, so ive given up on Nova Invoices and Estimates. I thought id gotten a great deal untill I reformated my computer and now it's totally bombed along with the backup, deleating all my financial records. So it's time for a new accounting software. Ive been searching around and I think quickbooks is the way to go. I was looking at Quickbooks 2004 premier contractors edition and it just looked struck me, I wanted to buy it so bad. But its close to $500 bucks, and I can't really justify buying a program not sure ill be satisfied with. So my question is this. What about older versions of quickbooks. I can get quickbooks pro 2001 for under $100. Is this a much better value then going with the new stuff? do anyone know if significant changes have been made? Im just trying to decide weather to buy an older or new version.
  2. wojo23323

    wojo23323 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 608

    Just buy QB 2004 Pro. It's alot cheaper than Premier. Then upgrade every few years.
  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I recently bought QB Pro 2003 off ebay for $148
  4. bruces

    bruces LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 648

    For general accounting use, you don't really need QB Pro, the basic version will work fine.

    And, it is a lot cheaper.

    And yes, they upgrade every year, but you don't necessarily have to upgrade every time a new version comes out.

    The older versions will work fine, however, after a while, they will quit providing support for the newer versions.

    Check the Quickbooks website www.quickbooks.com for details on various version features and which ones they still support.

    Remember, some of the advanced features are worthless unless it is something you are going to use.
  5. lawnGUYnMD

    lawnGUYnMD LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    If you looking to spend that much money on quick books why not consider Gopher?
  6. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Posts: 4,041

    Hi Studentlawn,

    We welcome you to download our software.

    LawnGUYnMD thanks for the referral!
  7. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,045

    Yes try gopher.

    One thing tough, he needs a financial software and gopher fall short in this field.
    You can get QB and gopher if you can afford it and have the programs interact with each other.
  8. tx_angler

    tx_angler LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 278

    I'm running QB 2001 Pro and it does everything that my accountant needs. In fact I asked him about upgrading and he said I didn't need to. He is a QB avdisor so it's real easy for me to just backup my books and take the disks to him and he restores the whole mess on his computer. After he maks any necessary journal entries I just restore the modified backup on my machine and I'm "good to go". He's pretty good and it only takes about 2 hours to go through my books and do both my corporate and personal tax returns.

    If I had to change accountants for any reason I'd try to find another that is a QB advisor just to keep the professional fees down.
  9. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,574

    I am about to buy QB 2004 Basic to do the same thing......

  10. Haley Lawn Care

    Haley Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 119

    Get the pro version and buy q-clip to go with it. You will be glad you did. You can do estimates in pro and then turn them into invoices. Also you can turn only part of an estimate into an invoice. Which ever you get regular or pro version you only need to upgrade every 3 or 4 years.

    David :)

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