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REVIEW: Low-End Accounting Systems 2013

Small biz artThere are two very significant developments in the marketplace for small business accounting systems. The first is that virtually none of the major players were heard of prior to 2012. The second is that all of the major players are cloud-based.


REVIEW: Time and Billing Software 2013

A couple decades ago when most of us got started, time and billing software was rather primitive stuff. Most of the advantage of using, say, Timeslips or a similar program was that it tied into the network and allowed the cost accountants to generate reports fairly easily that showed everyone's hours with cost and account breakdowns. But the software tended to be standalone stuff that didn't integrate well with many other products.


REVIEW: Fixed Asset Software 2013

Fixed asset management software is a great tool that can help your clients manage their business and find other effective ways to save tax dollars. As a tax expert, you can appreciate (pun intended) the benefits to having your clients fixed assets updated monthly.


REVIEW: Client Write-Up Solutions 2013

In the crazy days of the past decade, it has often been hard to separate old-school manual procedures from the cutting edge accounting requirements of the clients we serve today.


NFP Software Review 2013

Software vendors rarely agree with each other. But these days, nonprofit solution providers can't help but share a common goal of moving their nonprofit clients to the cloud*. For many nonprofits as well as for many other organizations in our post-recession world, the cloud is seen as a way of simplifying IT support requirements, reducing costs, and enabling smaller (often remote) staffs to get more accomplished.


Payroll Software: Another Crop

check imageWith adversity comes opportunity. Who says the Federal government is not doing a good job at helping small businesses grow? Take a look at all the new tax and compliance regulations on small to medium sized-businesses. That is great for most accounting and CPA  firms.


Documents Still Need Managing

We all know that data is being generated every second of every day in every location around the planet. Outer space management will be discussed at some future time.


Sage 50 2014: Better Access to Existing Data

sage decision imageFor the small or mid-sized business owner, today's crop of accounting solutions is an embarrassment of riches. Your clients can dip their toes into cloud-based accounting by using an online solution for one or two functions. They can integrate an online add-on with their desktop accounting software. They can forge ahead and implement a 100-percent-in-the-cloud solution, like QuickBooks Online or Intacct, or sign up for a hosted environment.


Intuit Practice Management Debuts

Aaron Brady, IntuitTwo years after its intended launch, Intuit's Practice Management software is on the market. An Internet-based product, the application works with the company's QuickBooks and Lacerte products. The company is rolling the title out with a 90-day free trial. The official launch is planned at the California Accounting and Business Show and Conference next month.


REVIEW: Online Payroll Systems 2013

Payroll services for accountants, once considered a low-margin client service that accountants could take or leave, is once again gaining attention among accounting firms of all sizes. To a degree, this renaissance is based on the economy. With small businesses struggling under the burden of new taxes and uncertainties, accounting firms are working overtime to shore up their client relationships and their firms' revenue streams.


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