Using QuickBooks Simple Start
The main screen of QuickBooks Simple Start is a graphical map of all the typical small business functions. Following the path from left to right provides a complete way to capture and input all of your operations.
Nice features include generating invoices complete with company logo if you so choose. There are multiple templates which can be further customized via color choices. The program fills in all of the invoice details. After you have entered the name of the billing contact, the address, and so on of the customer once, you never have to enter it again.
In addition to invoices, QuickBooks Simple Start also will print checks, remind you about bills, and even manage a small payroll. It also comes with a business website builder and free site for one year.
The main limitation of QuickBooks Simple Start Free Edition is that is only allows for up to 20 customers. That makes it best suited for freelancers and service professionals that have no more than a dozen clients at a time. It makes the Simple Start edition pretty much useless for home office professionals who have many customers like those that run an eBay store from their home, or those who perform infrequent services to many customers like resume editing or tax preparation.
In all, QuickBooks Simple Start Free Edition is a great tool for home office based business owners that have less than 20 clients. Get it at Intuit’s QuickBooks site.