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    Re: accounting software for a small hardware business

    GnuCash is just about perfect for this type of application. I've been using GnuCash to run my business for several years now. It handles inventory, invoicing, service and product sales; in terms of management, the reports are pretty much everything I need.

    I abandoned the bloated, useless QuickBooks years ago, and have never looked back.

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    Re: accounting software for a small hardware business

    Quote Originally Posted by SeijiSensei View Post
    Intuit now offers a cloud-based version if you're not averse to storing your business's financial and inventory data on its servers. That approach avoids the need for a Windows machine if that's a real issue, but if you have a licensed Windows CD or DVD lying around, I'd install Windows inside a VirtualBox virtual machine and run the actual application from there. One nice feature is being able to take portable snapshots of the virtual machine as a backup mechanism.
    Boy, the thing that completely scares me about that is thinking about what happens to all of your data when you stop paying the subscription fee.

    Quote Originally Posted by besial View Post
    Or you could try Qucikbooks On Wine. Sometimes wine doent play well with windows software, sometimes its okay, it all just depends. wine would be lighter weight then VirtualBox.
    Quickbooks is garbage on Wine. Even the old versions don't work well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Docaltmed View Post
    GnuCash is just about perfect for this type of application. I've been using GnuCash to run my business for several years now. It handles inventory, invoicing, service and product sales; in terms of management, the reports are pretty much everything I need.

    I abandoned the bloated, useless QuickBooks years ago, and have never looked back.
    I'll bet it was a pain to set up. I wouldn't want to use Gnucash because I like Quickbooks' payroll service too much. Other than that, Gnucash looked like it could do a lot, but it would be a major headache to try to set it up to do everything you need.

    I actually use Gnucash for my personal finances, but I'm pretty happy with Quickbooks for the business.
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    Re: accounting software for a small hardware business

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    I'll bet it was a pain to set up. I wouldn't want to use Gnucash because I like Quickbooks' payroll service too much. Other than that, Gnucash looked like it could do a lot, but it would be a major headache to try to set it up to do everything you need.

    I actually use Gnucash for my personal finances, but I'm pretty happy with Quickbooks for the business.

    The key with GnuCash seems to be getting the accounts right at the outset. GnuCash is true double-entry accounting, so you can get all tangled up otherwise.

    I agree with you on Quickbooks payroll. The nice thing about Quickbooks is that it keeps you from having to think about things. Also, you don't get your accountant whining in your ear every year about why you should switch to QB so you could just send him the files.

    Yeah, like I'm going to attach my business's entire financial history to an unsecure, unencrypted email. I've never found an accountant that uses PGP, and I can't for the life of me understood why not.

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    Re: accounting software for a small hardware business

    Quote Originally Posted by Docaltmed View Post
    Yeah, like I'm going to attach my business's entire financial history to an unsecure, unencrypted email. I've never found an accountant that uses PGP, and I can't for the life of me understood why not.
    Password-protected ZIP files work well for these types of people. Just give the accountant the password over the phone or in person.

    I suspect that the proportion of people who use PGP/GPG encrypted email is in the fractions of a percent. Even if the accountant knows how to go through the hoops required to set up GPG, you can be sure that 99% or more of her clients can't or won't. Medical providers do not use PGP for email either, even though the HIPAA regulations clearly prohibit the transfer of "patient health information" in plain-text emails. Some hospitals and large provider chains use SSL-based patient "portals" on their websites to handle communications between patients and providers, but I still see doctors handing out business cards with their email addresses on them.
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