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Jamie Baughman April 19th, 2006 10:18 PM

Accounting Software
This may be the wrong spot for this, but I'd love some advice on what accounting software my fellow videomakers use. I was at Frye's today and was looking at Quicken, Quickbooks, Liquid Ledger and I'm not sure which way to go. I should say I'm on a Mac.
Thanks in advance.


Jim Michael April 20th, 2006 05:11 AM

You want software that your accountant uses. If you don't have an accountant, find one first and see what he/she recommends. Most likely it will be QuickBooks. You can then send your data file (in QB it's a qbw file) to the accountant for review and reconciliation.

(Hint: This thread should probably be under the business section.)

George Ellis April 20th, 2006 05:52 AM

Jim is right on. That is what we did. We have Quickbooks because our accountant uses it.

Mike Oveson April 20th, 2006 08:50 AM

Heading into the accounting field myself (and having a father that is a CPA) I'd recommend QuickBooks. It's a fairly comprehensive package and most accountants will be able to import it into their system (even if they don't use QuickBooks) because it is such a common format. I'd also recommend getting an accountant, and not just because I'm in the field. It will save you time and trouble and sometimes money.

Steven Davis April 20th, 2006 09:16 AM

I use Quickbooks as well. My accountant advised me to do so, it makes their tax preperation easier. I know you can get it at Sams Club for a good price.

Jamie Baughman April 20th, 2006 10:38 AM

Sounds like Quickbooks is the way to go. I'll check with my accountants...should have thought of that first. Thanks for the replies and if someone can point me in the right direction (i.e., how to move a post) I'll put it in the correct header.


Chris Barcellos April 20th, 2006 10:49 AM

I have been using Quickbooks for years in my law practice, and see no reason why it wouldn't work well in a video business too.

Philip Gioja April 21st, 2006 09:54 AM

I use a program called iBiz for Mac. It uses Mac's address book to track customers and has some nice features for tracking time, customers, and invoices. Doesn't deal with inventory at all, but I find it to be easier and less headache than trying to figure out Quickbooks. It's inexpensive too.

You can check it out here: http://www.iggsoftware.com/ibiz/index.html

I am not affiliated with them whatsoever, just like the program.

Jamie Baughman May 4th, 2006 12:51 PM

Just to update my own post...
I ended up finding a software for time and material billing called iBiz. It works in concert with Address Book and iCal. So far, I'm happy with the performance, not to mention that it runs about $20.

Thanks for everyone's help.

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