Start It Up

Quicken Small Business Expert

Parsons Technology's Quicken Small Business Expert ($29) is a fully integrated package with three main sections:

  • Preliminary Considerations notes the advantages and disadvantages of starting a business, gives you a self-evaluation quiz and describes the typical characteristics of a business owner.
  • Starting a Business asks you a series of questions to help you develop business and marketing plans. Its one-page worksheet turns into a cash-flow statement. This section also has a start-up interview to gather business information, forms to file with state authorities, and federal and state phone numbers you can call for assistance.
  • Operating a Business briefly discusses legal, accounting, tax, employment and other issues. It links to Quicken Business Law Partner (see last month's column) and offers 30 legal documents itself.

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This article was originally published in the May 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Start It Up.

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