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Jim Frame
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A few years ago (2016, I think) I had a business mini-crisis when my installation of Peachtree 2010 (full name:  Peachtree by Sage Complete Accounting 2010) stopped working when I installed it on a new workstation.  Leaving Peachtree for dead, I signed up for Wave, a web-based accounting solution that had gotten some good reviews.  But the Wave interface was unfamiliar, and the idea of moving all my accounting data over was kind of overwhelming, so I doubled back to Peachtree and found a way to revive it by making a couple of registry entries by hand. 

Peachtree had been working well until yesterday, when for no discernible reason it decided to stop allowing new client and job entries.  I tried a few simple tricks to get it going again, but they didn't work.  Rather than go to heroic efforts to keep a 9-year-old application limping along, I decided to look once again at alternatives.  The move to web-based accounting for small business appears to have accelerated, and Wave is still highly rated -- at least by PC Magazine -- so I reactivated my account and began the tedious and at times confusing task of setting up my business there.  Since we're only at the beginning of February I didn't have too awful many items to enter for the year to date, but I'm still not fully comfortable with the way Wave handles things like depreciation.  I suspect it's just the unfamiliar user interface that's troubling me at the moment, and I'm hopeful that I'll get used to it soon. 

My accounting needs are pretty simple, especially since I no longer have any employees, so I think I'll be fine, but making a major platform shift for a business-critical function is not something I ever look forward to.

Farewell, Peachtree, you served me well.

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Brad Ott
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I am very happy with Quick Books on-line.

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Posted by: Brad Ott

I am very happy with Quick Books on-line.

Me too...

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paden cash
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I used Peachtree for a number of years and liked it.  Like you described, it just sat down, sputtered and quit in about 2012 after a good long run.

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I keep a cash ledger and keep up with my invoices in files folders "Due" & "PAID" and everything else goes into a box until it is time to load TurboTax Home and Office and enter the totals.

I used DacEasyLite accounting and was very happy with it until the millennium bug ended its use.

They are still somewhere, just have not tracked it down exactly.

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Posted by: A Harris

I keep a cash ledger and keep up with my invoices in files folders "Due" & "PAID" and everything else goes into a box until it is time to load TurboTax Home and Office and enter the totals.

I used DacEasyLite accounting and was very happy with it until the millennium bug ended its use.

They are still somewhere, just have not tracked it down exactly.

I do something similar to that, with the aid of Excel for addition, subtraction, and sorting entries by date. 2003 is the best version of Excel; too many bells and whistles on the later ones. Office 2003 is about $20 on E-bay, and will run on Windows 7. Don't know about later OS's.

It's even possible to use Excel to run a complete set of double-entry books. The theory behind double-entry bookkeeping isn't very complex, although software vendors hope that it remains a mystery to most people.

Quickbooks runs a double-entry system in the background, to my knowledge. In all probability other brands of accounting software do that as well.

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Jim Frame
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I am very happy with Quick Books on-line.

QuickBooks is also highly-rated, but it comes with a monthly cost.  Given the choice of two highly-rate web-based accounting applications, I chose the one that's free.  (Wave does offer advanced versions that require a monthly payment, but I don't need the advanced functionality.)

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Posted by: Jim Frame

I am very happy with Quick Books on-line.

QuickBooks is also highly-rated, but it comes with a monthly cost.  Given the choice of two highly-rate web-based accounting applications, I chose the one that's free.  (Wave does offer advanced versions that require a monthly payment, but I don't need the advanced functionality.)

Cheapskate.  😉

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Cheapskate - I think not.  Everyone needs to know the history of 'Quicken' and QuickPay and QuickBooks.  Used to be you could put the annual tax constants in for Federal and State taxes but when the originator of Quicken sold to a group of investors, they unbundled payroll and now charge you close to $400 annually to change a few constants.  Not to mention 'forcing' you to provide them your credit card information so they can automatically bill you the next year for updates.

Intuit borders on unfair practices for what they have done with the software.  

I have been waiting for years for someone to come up with a program that competes with QuickBooks.

 

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