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Review of Peachtree's Accounting Software Input, output, expenses, taxes... what does it all mean? With Peachtree's latest editions, you can start making the numbers work for you.

By Mike Hogan

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When it comes to accounting, folks generally separate into two camps: those who transact, and those who analyze.

Any of the major small-business accounting programs--Peachtree, QuickBooks, Microsoft Small Business Accounting, DacEasy--will serve entrepreneurs in either camp. But if you're an analyzer, chances are you'll feel most at home with one of the just-released editions of Peachtree Accounting. That's especially true if you carry inventory. It's not that Peachtree's 2007 editions have features competitors don't. It's about depth in certain key areas and a degree of flexibility that appeals to those who--if truth be told--kind of dig accounting.

Most of us are transactors, of course, because that's the easiest thing to be. A good accounting program will take a lot of bookkeeping drudgery off your shoulders--but nothing saves time like dumping your shoebox on a paid professional. The only trouble with that particular strategy is, even if you strike gold early on, fortune never smiles on a business forever. You're bound to hit a rough patch sooner or later--sooner if competitors hear about your margins. That's when a good accounting program really comes in handy.

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