When it comes to small business financial management, there are a number of options available and each has a wide array of features and distinctions that separate it from the competition. It would be impossible to review every single small business financial management tool available, but below are some of the basics about the most prominent tools available.
Tax Tools: Turbo Tax and H&R Block
These are two of the biggest developers of tax software that will guide you through the tax process, even as a small business. If you have worked with one before it may be best to stick with it in order to eliminate any learning curve. Turbo Tax is a bit more versatile and can be used more effectively in a variety of different platforms, while H&R Block’s software has the backing of a company that knows a thing or two about handling returns.
Accounting Tools: QuickBooks
It is now available in a wide variety of platforms, but QuickBooks remains one of, if not the best, pieces of accounting software available. It goes a lot more in depth than you may need to go, so it is important to have a good understanding of how it works before you get started in order to save some time. It may be worthwhile to get a quick lesson in QuickBooks before you get started in order to save some time. Once tax season rolls around, you may be able to export all of your information from QuickBooks and save time.
One nice feature now is that QuickBooks is available in an online-only platform that provides “anywhere” access that may be a bit more accessible for you than buying the “stand-alone version of the software package.
Invoicera for Invoicing and Tracking
This is a very cool website that enables you to set up invoices for your clients, accept payment through a variety of online gateways and track your work with each client. It can set up recurring invoices, alert you and your clients when payments are past due and it provides a variety of different reporting tools.
There are so many tools available now that you should be able to find something that is an ideal fit for compiling the information that is most important for you and your small business. These are some of the most popular options, but if they don’t fit as well as you’d like there are hundreds of options these days.
Remember, running a business successfully does not need to be complicated. Keep it simple!
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Manny Skevofilax is a consultant and speaker that assists his clients with successfully navigating the challenges of growing their businesses profitably. Since 2003, Manny helps businesses to enhance their financial results by using his experience in strategic planning, financial statement analysis, operations, and team-building. His consulting firm, PORTAL CFO Consulting, Inc., has attracted clients from diverse industries in the United States and abroad.
Manny can be reached at 410-808-3441 or via email at email@example.com.