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What accounting system should I buy and what can I expect to pay?

Most small businesses will benefit greatly from the discipline of the Sage family of programs. These small business programs are perennial winners of accounting awards. Even if you don't know accounting, they give you the proper framework to track your paperwork and recordkeeping.

What will it cost?

Small businesses and startup companies can expect to spend between $1000 and $1500 for an entry level program excluding the basic computer costs. These costs can roughly be broken down to:

  • $150-$300 for the program,

  • $100-$150 for forms,

  • $300-$400 for training, and

  • $450-$750 for installation and setup.

If you are accounting software literate or fairly computer literate, you can reduce these expenses.

What else do I need to know?

Most accounting software is updated annually. Budget:

  • $200-400 for annual updates

  • $200 more if you need payroll tables.

  • Also plan to have an annual review of your system by one of JCS's specialists for roughly $400-$700.

What are the major mistakes made in working with accounting software?

The biggest problem Accounting Business Solutions by JCS sees time and again is the lack of proper backups and systems that are installed incorrectly. Most of the time when we discover corrupted or damaged files (which means you cannot read your accounting data), there are network or computer issues that were not addressed when the software was installed. Get the system put in correctly and make backups sets regularly, and use UPS battery backups to ensure integrity.

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