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Have Mac. Need acounting software.

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by ADodgen, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. ADodgen

    ADodgen Member

    So, one of my goals for 2010 is to do a better job keeping records about freelance shooting gigs I do.

    I've never really set out to do this systematically, so I'm looking for some recommendations for accounting software.

  2. JR

    JR Active Member

    Don't know much about this but wouldn't Excel do the trick? Do you actually need accounting software? Just curious.
  3. ADodgen

    ADodgen Member

    That's a totally fair question, and one I will put to our fine community here to answer.
  4. McCrank

    McCrank Member

    Try this: http://tinyurl.com/yegfspu

    The beauty of the internet is that most questions have probably been answered, if you look hard enough. Or, you know, at all.
  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    I use ... docs.google.com ... You can create a spreadsheet there, and then access it from any computer you've got.


    You can get iWork ... http://www.apple.com/iwork/numbers/
  6. ADodgen

    ADodgen Member

    Your snarkiness is dooley noted, sir, but the very first thing I did was Google the matter. It just do happens I have a good deal of faith in the knowledge base found at this site, and chose to make in inquiry here. Sorry if that offends your delicate sensibilities.
  7. ADodgen

    ADodgen Member

    I've used both Google docs and Open Office in the past, but was wasn't sure if maybe there was something out there that could streamline the process a bit more. Maybe it's not a lack of software on my part, but a lack of knowledge about how best to use what I have.
  8. JR

    JR Active Member

    If you want something more than a spreadsheet, HC uses Quicken--she has a newer version than me

    Since she's an actor, she's self-employed so uses it to track expenses, etc.

    I'll ask her to hop on to this thread tonight and she can put in her two cents worth.

    She's also the Queen of Spreadsheets so I'd listen to her advice. :)
  9. ADodgen

    ADodgen Member

    Fantastic, JR. Exactly the sort of thing I was hoping for. I know there are a number of people on here who need to be able to invoice, track expenses, etc. I'll bow to her Highness. :D
  10. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    You forgot to tell him to fetch you a beer (you're in your second incarnation, you had plenty of posts in the first one, you qualify).

    Speaking of which ... yo, McCrank! Fetch me and ADodgen each a beer! Quality craft beer, too! None of that mass-produced swill!
  11. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Quickbooks is the best accounting software for a small business, but it might be overkill for what you want it for. The version for the Mac has always lagged behind the PC version, too. We actually have a lonely PC in a Mac-based business just to do business stuff and run Quickbooks. I just looked, and there is a new 2010 edition of Quickbooks for the Mac. It's more expensive than the PC version (Quickbooks Pro) and I can't vouch for it. One solution, if you are on an Intel-based Mac, is to run Boot Camp and add a small Windows partition and use it just to run Quickbooks. There is also an online version of Quickbooks. I can't vouch for it either, but it might be worth looking into.
  12. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    I do use Quicken but I use it to keep my bank accounts, credit cards, RRSP, etc. For expense tracking, I really find that Excel (or Open Office Calculate, since I didn't want to pay for it!) does the best job. It's easy to customize and cross reference. I keep a page for my mileage too so every thing is in one place.

    I'm sure there are accounting packages that do wonderful things but I found the ones that I looked at too complicated and too expensive for my needs.

    Hope this helps.
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