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Small Business Accounting Systems

Small Business Accounting Systems
Small Business Accounting Systems | 5 Affordable Solutions

Small Business Accounting Systems | 5 Affordable Solutions

As a small business, it's imperative to keep tight control on finances. Margins are thin and a small error can have big impacts. Many small businesses currently track their finances through a method of manual entry such as pen and paper. Others use excel to manage the accounting needs of the company. This is error prone and inefficient.  

For small businesses that are looking for a better way to do business, an accounting system is a great option to improve the accuracy and efficiency of running a business. In a recent guide, Software Advice reviewed five affordable accounting solutions for small businesses. The solutions profiled in the guide are: NetSuite, Sage PeachTree, QuickBooks, Sage Simply Accounting, and CMS Professional. 


To help users understand the functionality offered in each system, the guide offers a side-by-side comparison of the functionality of each system. As one would expect, most of the basics are in every program (e.g. accounts receivable and accounts payable). Other systems offer functionality for fund accounting, corporate compliance, and fixed asset accounting. See the table below for a complete comparison of the functionality of each system. 

 CMS Professional 2011NetSuite FinancialsQuickBooksSage PeachtreeSage Simply Accounting
Project Accounting    
Fund Accounting      
Inventory Management
Billing & Invoicing
Work Order Management      
Budgeting & Forecasting
Fixed Asset Accounting    
Corporate Compliance      
Financial Reporting
Performance Management        
Expense Reporting  
Payroll Management
Human Resources      

Sage Simply Accounting, available in five versions, is currently being used by over 500,000 organizations. 10,000 consultant partners help users get the most out of it. The five versions available, in order of lightest to most extensive functionality, are First Step, Pro, Premium, Enterprise, and Accountants’ Edition. Pricing starts at $69.99 per user for First Step, increasing with each heavier version. All versions support both English and Spanish languages.


Used by over 10,000 organizations, NetSuite Financials is a web-based ERP system. Its capabilities include accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, and built-in dashboards. The system is completely cloud-based; it can be accessed over the web with a browser or mobile device. NetSuite’s cloud architecture reduces IT costs and allows for automatic upgrades. The lower upfront cost of cloud-based solutions in general is an asset to small businesses, which usually have lower budgets.


Sage provides accounting solutions to over 3.2 million customers in the U.S. and Canada. Peachtree is their small business product, available in five versions (First, Pro, Complete, Premium, and Quantum), which vary by the number of users and extent of functionality. The Premium offering contains specialized functionality for construction, distribution, manufacturing, and nonprofit organizations. Peachtree First and Pro support one user, while Complete and Premium can support up to five. The Quantum offering supports between five and forty users.


CMS Professional 2011 is the latest accounting release from Cougar Mountain. It is comprised of integrated modules for business, fund, and point of sale accounting and emphasizes dashboards as a key component. Cougar Dtails, A Sales Dashboard, is a visual display that shows the status of overall sales within your business, pulling data from the Point of Sale and/or Order Entry, Inventory and Accounts Receivable modules. It is organized into tabs, including the Sales Summary tab, the Sales by Product tab, and the Sales by Customer tab.

Intuit has been providing financial and tax software since 1983. QuickBooks is perhaps the most well-known name in small business accounting software. QuickBooks is available in five versions – Online, Pro, Mac, Premier, and Enterprise Solutions. QuickBooks Online is available for $12.95 per month after a trial period. Mac and Pro start at $229.95, Premier starts at $399.95, and Enterprise Solutions runs at $600 per user. QuickBooks supports specialized functionality for several vertical industries, including contractors, manufacturing and wholesale companies, nonprofits, professional services, and retail companies.


For more information on each of the products, and to find out what makes each unique, visit the complete guide at Small Business Accounting Systems | 5 Affordable Solutions.  

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