Small businesses want an accounting solution that's secure, scalable and easy to share with an accountant. One popular option -- that delivers on each of these counts -- is Mountain View, Calif.-based Intuit's online accounting software, QuickBooks Online, Simple Start ($12.95 per month). QuickBooks offers a rich archive of financial tools from simple account tracking and invoicing to options for managing vendors, contractors and employees.
But as useful as Intuit's services can be, some people can find it confusing or overwhelming to navigate right out of the gate. To get you on the right footing, here are the basic steps to get started with QuickBooks.