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Number Rustling

Feel like your accounting is getting out of control? Rein it in with the right software.

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This story appears in the March 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If your accountant surprised you this tax season with a few disturbing tidbits about your numbers, it probably wasn't the first time. But with the past year of corporate scandals bringing billion-dollar companies to their knees, most business owners are realizing that not having a handle on the company's financial inner workings can lead to disastrous consequences for companies both big and small.

For most entrepreneurs, accounting is hardly a favorite task. According to an August 2002 Greenfield Online survey, one-third of small-business owners find accounting to be the most intimidating part of managing their businesses-not surprising, given that more than half reported having no formal accounting training at all.

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