Let me start off with a minor but useful point: QuickBooks comes in several different flavors, including QuickBooks Basic, QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Premier, QuickBooks Premier Accountants Edition, and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions.
To write this book, I used the Premier flavor of QuickBooks, which is nearly identical in appearance and operation to QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions and QuickBooks Premier Accountants Edition.
Does this mean that I somehow leave you adrift if you have one of the other flavors? No way. I wouldn’t do that to you. QuickBooks Premier (as well as QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions and QuickBooks Premier Accountants Edition) is a superset of QuickBooks Simple Start and QuickBooks Pro. By describing how you use QuickBooks Premier, I also tell you how to use the other flavors of QuickBooks.
What’s more, for the readers of this book, there’s no discernible difference between QuickBooks Premier, QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions, and QuickBooks Pro. You aren’t reading this book to prepare for the CPA exam, right? Right. The extra whistles and bells that differentiate QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions or QuickBooks Premier from QuickBooks Simple Start and QuickBooks Pro are all things that only accountants care about: remote access to QuickBooks and your QuickBooks data, reversal of general entries, extra security for general ledger closings, and so on. So I don’t talk much about those things.