Chapter 1

QuickBooks: The Heart of Your Business


Bullet Benefiting from a tool like QuickBooks

Bullet Discovering what QuickBooks actually does

Bullet Understanding why QuickBooks is a popular choice

Bullet Getting started (in general) with QuickBooks

Bullet Succeeding in setup and use of QuickBooks

I want to start this conversation by quickly covering some basic questions concerning QuickBooks, such as these: Why even use QuickBooks? Where and how does a guy or gal start? And, most important, what should I not do?

This little orientation shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Really. And the orientation lets you understand the really big picture concerning QuickBooks.

Why QuickBooks?

Okay, I know you know that you need an accounting system. Somebody (maybe your accountant or spouse) has convinced you of this fact. And you, being the team player that you are, have accepted this conventional viewpoint as the truth.

But just between you and me, why do you really need QuickBooks? And what does QuickBooks ...

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