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Old 09-09-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
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Need a basic accounting / invoicing software to replace Windows/Quicken/Quickbooks.


I have been using quickbooks online starter edition. My contract is up and I am not renewing. Its major shortcomings are that it won't allow importing of data, only grudgingly allows for exporting of data and allows NO local storage at all. Many times I am looking at someone who owes me money and all I can do is tell him that I will email him an invoice. I am the polar opposite of Guido with a big stick... I can only email


I need a basic accounting software that is easy to use for non-accountants, even idiots. I need to be able to invoice my customers, save the invoices for the tax guy, and hopefully generate various sorted reports by client, month, etc... Hopefully, I can save the invoices on my laptop so that I can attach them to emails or hand them over on a thumb drive when useful.

This is the very last thing that chains me to microsoft on my work laptop; therefore, I am looking forward to your help.


Old 09-09-2008, 09:04 PM   #2
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It looks like people have had some success running Quicken under wine. It seems highly version dependent though...
Old 09-09-2008, 09:55 PM   #3
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Check out GnuCash -- I haven't tried it, but have heard lots of good things about it.
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While I haven't tried either, gnucash or Kmymoney2, seem to have a lot of fans.
Old 09-10-2008, 06:30 PM   #5
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Easy Accounting Software

There is an online accounting software called Clarity Accounting that's pretty easy to use

You can try a free demo to see if this would fit your needs.

I was a true accounting idiot when I first started working for myself 4 years ago. I don't have any problems entering my records into Clarity Accounting.

If you do try a demo, let me know what you think
Old 09-10-2008, 06:41 PM   #6
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I've used QuickBooks Pro for years and changed my personal Quicken to gnucash. The personal stuff works great on gnucash, but I've had a lot of trouble getting QBPro up. I put it in a vmware virtual box on my machine and that worked well but was concerned about my security. I took an old box and put Windows XP on it and it runs ONLY QuickBooks Pro now. I'll watch this thread to see how others advise you as my solution is clearly not efficient (but does give me a separate backup destination). I use the invoicing and accounts payable functions frequently and my small construction business depends on these functions being automated.

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Reading between the lines... does that mean that GNUcash wasn't cutting it for your busines needs: invoicing and all of that. If you went to the trouble of scrounging up an old box just to run A
QB product, I am a little underwhelmed by what you must have thought of GNUcash as a small business owner. That is what I am and exactly the need that I am looking to fill. I have opened up GNUcash a few times since installing it and have gotten a little intimidated, it just does not look that intuitive to me. Anyway, I want my data locally stored and I don't want ANY subscriptions so GNUcash or KMyMoney look like my options.
Old 09-15-2008, 05:36 PM   #8
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brjoon1021: You don't have to read between the lines... I do not think gnucash will work for my business.

I like the history I have and the forms I have set up and the items list and the accounts chart. I like the 1099 feature and almost everything except the constant "Upgrades" adding features I don't need, with file formats that change, all with QuickBooks Pro. I just don't have time to set all that stuff up in a new program besides the aggravation of history files not being available. So, I stay with QBPro. I am angry that it won't run under wine but lots in life doesn't heed my wishes.

Therefore the results: gnucash for my personal stuff, QBPro for my business stuff. Done with that. I upgrade QBP for a few hundred dollars and gnucash for free. That's life.

Old 10-15-2008, 04:53 PM   #9
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I am somewhat of a Linux "newbie" but I used the CodeWeavers "Crossover" software (which I believe is a form of Wine) to run Quicken 2005 in Linux. I don't know how well it might work with Quickbooks, but it might be worth a shot.


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