It only takes being in business for a few months to realize how important it is to know exactly what's going on with your books. Fortunately, there are many accounting programs that help you keep track of monies coming in and going out, not to mention managing inventory, setting budgets, analyzing profitability, handling payroll and more.
A few years ago, Intuit's QuickBooks was the only game in town for small-business owners who didn't want to wade through a lot of accounting mumbo-jumbo to computerize their books. Now Intuit's competitors, Peachtree and DacEasy, are catching up with QuickBooks in terms of ease of use. Both companies are big players in the accounting software arena, but until recently, their programs were too complex for novices to grasp.
All the programs reviewed here are designed to run under Windows 95 and NT, but they can also work under Windows 3.1; Macintosh versions are available as well.