Free Accounting Software

By: Eric Morris

Who says that electronic bookkeeping has to be expensive? You can easily try out free accounting software if you know what to look for and, more importantly, where to look. Below are some ideas.

Look for meta-projects. There are a growing number of companies developing absolutely free accounting software for all types of businesses, usually to support their other marketing campaigns. Take advantage of such opportunities – these freebies are not trial ware and will therefore never expire!

Some of the sites that offer free accounting software downloads will ask you to fill out a registration form, so be careful that it is not a scam (they might just be out to get your personal information or send you spam mail). Never give out your credit card number – a legitimate, free site won't need such data from you.

How can you tell if a site is legitimate? Registration is usually optional, and you can choose whether or not you want to receive marketing and notification emails from them. Legal sites, likewise, have a privacy clause that states their pledge never to give out your email address and other particulars to other websites or companies.

Take trial versions out for a drive. If you want to try a specific accounting software you are eyeing, don't be afraid to download a free demonstration first. Use it for a week or so and see if it meets your accounting needs. The best thing about trial freebies is that there's absolutely no commitment on your part. If you find that the software is lacking in essential functionalities or that it isn't user-friendly enough for you, simply download another demo version until you find the right kind.

Look for the best functionalities. Who says you can't have the best features of accounting software if you don't pay for it? Free software developers are competing for your attention, too, and they add in extra functionalities to make you download their programs instead of the others. Browse around for special features such as instant report generators, easy hookup with common accounting programs, and even multiple language platforms. You just might get these and more without paying a cent.

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