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