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Hi :)
wrt paper and pencil!!  But to be fair i haven't tried any of the ones i
gave a link to nor any listed on the Wikipedia page.

Wrt Wikipedia's bias i think it's fair to say that every source of
information has it's own bias.  Wikipedia is one of the few that is not
entirely owned by corporate interests or specific individuals.  As with any
source of information it is only the starting point of further research =
so it's quite handy that their pages have links to external sources.

It sounds like Quicken might be worth looking into, if you are in the US,
but as you point out it is over-kill for what you need.

In the accountancy practice where i worked we always completely ignored any
spreadsheets done by the client.  I used to have a quick look just in case
it happened to be ok but generally it was far faster to start from scratch
and use my own system.  Spreadsheets have tooo many ways of getting things
just a little muddled and then build on those errors.  They can be a handy
way of quickly keeping a rough track though i guess.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 31 March 2015 at 06:19, Eric <> wrote:

On 3/30/2015 10:03 PM, Tom Davies wrote:

The only names i recognised were GnuCash and HomeBank;

I spent approximately 40 hours trying to get basic books to balance. I'm
talking only 100 entries and I could never make it work.I thought this list
looked interesting;
There is even one that says it only does invoicing and that looks fairly

It's also Windows only and it will probably do what I need but to have a
whole separate machine for Windows is just making me crazy.

Err, i used to work in an Accountancy Practice as a clerk so it was my
job to do really basic bookkeeping for quite a lot of clients.  That sort
of approach might well turn out to be well worth the cost and would
probably be a lot lower than than whatever your accountant charges per hour
for your end-of-year accounts etc.  It might be worth asking her/him to
give you an estimate of how much they think they would charge, just to get
an idea.

he's built a package for me with corporate, personal, bookkeeping and
phone support for something like $300 a month. It's been worth already
because he's an enrolled agent and because of crap from my divorce, he kept
the IRS off my back. I've done some shopping around and anyone who has any
sort of a reputation for quality work is in that same range.

As I've said elsewhere, a full-scale bookkeeping system is overcomplicated
solution. It's some simple sums, filling in a form from other cells in a
different tab on a spreadsheet but, this may be just one of those cases
where paper and pencil is a better solution because all computers do is
complicate things. it's sad when five minutes with paper and pencil and a
fax machine performs better than current software and the Internet.

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