Best add-ons for QuickBooks

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best add-ons for QuickBooks

It is impossible to get away from QuickBooks in the SMB world.  It is everywhere and is very good for what it does at a good price. Its faults are well known. Currently I have several clients who could benefit from better tools for analytics, budgeting and forcasting. If they aren't trying to do in QB they are doing it in Excel. There have to be better tools out there. What do you find to be the best programs out there to work with Quickbooks? I am most interested in analytics, budgeting & forecasting but will gladly open this discussion to all highly effective tools.

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Tom,

There are several cloud based solutions that offer a meaninful upgrade in functionality without a huge capital expenditure.

You can find a great converastion around this topic here:
http://www.proformative.com/questions/cloud-computing-saas-software/answer/which-accounting-software-most-useful-easiest-smbs

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This is a well regarded planning tool that I believe can work with Quickbooks.

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In addition to Fishbowl there is also Misys. QB assumes a flat BOM and both Fishbowl and Misys can handle multiple layers. There is actually an marketplace where you can search for Apps

http://marketplace.intuit.com/find-software.aspx

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Since QuickBooks will not export a full Trial Balance by CLASS code, or a Net Change Trial Balance, nor one with the G/L account number in it's own field - I had to write my own utility to do this. I put it on a shopping cart and am selling it for $100 It is also available on Intuit's marketplace. I hope to release a new version in the next week or so that will produce a 12 month net change T/B in 12 monthly columns.

http://marketplace.intuit.com/find-software.aspx

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I have worked as a financial consultant and used Quickbooks and other small packages. My general advice is to stay away from addons and invest the effort in becoming more proficient in Excel. I have done business planning by exporting data into Excel and building the planning model, fully customized, from there. Addons promise a lot, but usually are just as time consuming as other methods. The advantage is with an Excel model, you can usually overcome most shortcomings and end up with a better result for your business. If you should have access to a computer programmer, you can even poke more information you need from the database instead of using the export facilities in the package.

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One not listed yet that I find very useful is ActiveBooks, which is useful for automatically emailing out reports from quickbooks. So if someone wants to see a balance sheet every Monday morning, for example, ActiveBooks will do this.

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