Checks And Balances

Bottom Line

Both programs have a lot to offer. There's no doubt that either would be an effective tool for getting your personal finances in order.

Microsoft Money 98 will likely appeal to those with a stronger need to work with their investments. Quicken 98 is just as capable on that level, while also adding lots of household functionality.

Small-business owners who want to start using a program for business may want to consider using Quicken (or its more robust sibling, QuickBooks). This way, there's no learning curve when converting to a computer-based bookkeeping model.

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This article was originally published in the May 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Checks And Balances.

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