Managing business’ finances does not have to be a daunting task. Thanks to a variety of software and online applications, balancing the books for your small business has never been easier. Depending on your needs, here are four popular programs that can help streamline your operations to keep things running smoothly:

 

QuickBooks
Site: http://quickbooks.intuit.com/
Price: web: from $12.95/month; software: from $249.95
Features: QuickBooks is the most popular financial software on the market notes PCworld.com, and it is available online or as traditional software. The online version offers three levels of service for start-ups, growing, or established businesses. The software is available in two levels, Pro and Premier. QuickBooks aims to help owners complete a wide variety of financial tasks, such as tracking expenses and inventory, creating balance sheets, and more.

Xero
Site: http://www.xero.com/
Price: From $19/month
Features: Xero’s goal is to make accounting a little more fun says forbes.com, and the design and usability are what make this cloud-based online program stand out. It has a range of functions—checking balances and sales, tracking inventory—and mobile and tablet apps are available to access information anywhere and anytime.

Sage 50 Complete (formerly Peachtree)
Site: https://www.kashoo.com/
Price: From $369
Features: Sage 50 Complete is traditional software that’s geared toward users with some familiarity with accounting. The website accountingtoday.com notes that the latest version of this sophisticated tool includes an “intelligence-reporting” feature to give owners deeper insight into their business information.

FreshBooks
Site: http://www.freshbooks.com/
Price: Free; subscriptions from $19.95/month
Features: FreshBooks is a cloud-based online program, and PCmag.com notes that its invoice management is among the best. The functions do go beyond that, though, to include features like invoice tracking and expense planning. However, the free online version does not allow access to all of the program’s useful components. A mobile version is available for accounting on the go too.

Here are a few other options that can help your small business:
Harvest: http://www.getharvest.com/
Zoho Invoice: http://www.zoho.com/
AccountEdge: http://accountedge.com/
Wave: https://www.waveapps.com/

Cash flow is king and paramount to business livelihood. Watch this video from business expert, Barbara Weltman, for advice on how to manage your business finances and avoid cash crunches.

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