Quickbooks users

Does anybody in here use Quickbooks (any version)? If so, how do you like using it? Have you found a complimentary software package to allow you dispatching, estimating for our particular field, etc? I'd like to hear from you. If replying by email, remember to remove the spam block in the address.
Jeremy
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You might want to look at MYOB also. I used it for years and it has features and power that QB didn't have when I compared the two, especially if you have inventory to manage. I would think that dispatching would work best in some other program than your accounting package but I really don't know. www.myob.com/us
Gary Quality Water Associates
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The low ends are Quickbooks, Peachtree, Simply Accounting and MYOB plus a number of other also rans. Midlevels would include Cougar Mountain, ACCPAC source, Great Plains and a lot more. Specialty packages would include Socal, Timberline, American Contractor and more.
Quickbooks is very easy to use and accountants usually love it as it probably requires more accountant support then any other package. I.e. they make more money off it then anything else. The reason it is easy to use is that it allows more mistakes and less trained users then anything else.
To use any low end right means bookkeeping training. That can cost anywhere from several thousand dollars to a lot of hours and $20 book. I teach a Peachtree course that I charge $450 for. Note that is higher then the single user price for the complete versions of either Quickbooks or Peachtree.
As to intuits contractor program I've heard very mixed reviews. Personaly, not likeing Intuit products I probably wouldn't like it.
One final point. Both Peachtree and Quickbooks sell a stripped down version of their product. I find that in the vast majority of cases, this is just a come on to get you started with the product so that you will stay on when you upgrade.
Bill Couture http:\\www.sbtbill.com
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