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For small business, which accounting program would work best, Quickbooks vs. Sage 50

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
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(President & CFO, |

The answer is both and neither.

Every business is different with different needs. However, all businesses are generically similar (broad statement here).

You should be able to find an off-the-shelf package that will work without modifications. This is regardless of the size of your organization (see broad statement).

Remember, modifications (enhancements, customization) is the gift that keeps giving... in other words you will pay the vendor (programmer) to constantly re-make/re-link your modifications each time the program is updated by the software manufacturer.

See this resource: it may help.

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Paul Benedetto
Title: CFO, Director of Finance, Consultant
Company: Nextwave Software, Rethink Fabrics
(CFO, Director of Finance, Consultant, Nextwave Software, Rethink Fabrics) |

Yep, Wayne and I are on the same page here - for most businesses, an off-the-shelf is all that is needed. One new program that I have experienced a lot of positive results with recently is Built from the ground up to operate in the cloud, there are a lot of benefits to their streamlined, always available approach. They focus heavily on integrating 3rd party web-based tools into their system, allowing to do cheaply and easily (and without hand holding by your IT department), what a few years ago would be custom software modifications that would take time and money...

Xero is my new go to for clients, especially in the startup to several million in revenue realm. If you need something on a much larger scale, I would suggest looking at Intacct or NetSuite. I have worked with each of those companies for many years and their systems are cloud-based ERP leaders. I believe that I have provided separate reviews of at least Intacct on Proformative.

With the current state of technology and the rate at which it continues evolve in our profession, I can no longer recommend any desktop or server based accounting program.

Happy to talk things through offline, if anyone is interested in more details or wants a more personalized assessment, thanks. -Paul


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