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4. Best Value For Money
Once you have selected right package for your business you may as well get best value. Shop around as price can vary greatly and product is exactly same. Online merchants such as Amazon may offer better pricing because of sheer volume of products they sell. However price is only one part of equation so if their is great merchant locally with support or installation assistance this may be far more valuable.
5. Major Brands
There are two major players in small business accounting software market. They are QuickBooks and Peachtree. Microsoft is expected to enter market soon. I recommend choosing a major brand so that you can get regular updates and you know company will be around as long as your business needs them.
6. Ease of Use
Ease of use is a personal thing but it is worth trying software before you buy it if you can. Remember to get person who will be main user to test software as well. Also consider how well package can interact with other software you use. This is an advantage Microsoft package may have when it's available.
7. Features Needed
I touched on this earlier when talking about thinking ahead as to where you business will be in 5 or 10 years time. Most accounting software packages come in several different versions. If you don't need certain features now and can't see a need for them in future then don't buy them. The major differences are usually - number of users allowed, inventory management capability and number of reports available.
To sum up think ahead when planning your purchase of small business accounting software. You will make a much smarter business decision that will save you plenty of trouble and money in future.
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