The simplest way to manage your business
finances. See how money moves in and out of your business.
Quickly create sales receipts and invoices, pay bills,
print checks, organize customer information, and prepare
for tax time.
checks, pay bills & track sales & expenses
expenses and income just by writing checks and
Write your sales receipts, invoices, and checks
in Simple Start, and you'll never spend another
hour recording income and expenses in a ledger
or spreadsheet. Simple Start collects the information
automatically, as you create the forms. That
means your records are always up-to-date. Just
select the different reports to see where your
business stands or get the totals you need for
Re-use information instead of retyping
Type information about a customer, vendor or
product one time, and never type it again. Enter
the first few letters on any invoice, check
or other form — Simple Start fills in
the rest automatically. But it gets better.
Create new estimates by duplicating and editing
existing ones. When you finish a job, click
a button to turn the estimate into an invoice.
Billing has never been so easy!
estimates & invoices
Choose from new, more customizable forms templates.
Choose from new sales receipt, invoice, estimate
and credit memo forms templates that offer more
customization options to help you present a
professional image. You can show or hide fields,
change styles and colors, and include your logo.
Keep everything together in one place.
Stop digging through piles of paper, switching
applications or searching through files to find
the information you need. Simple Start organizes
your customers, vendors and products…your
sales, estimates and invoices…your receipts,
deposits, checks and expenses…all together
in one place. Nothing gets lost. Nothing falls
through the cracks.
Find information instantly.
Look up invoices, transactions, customers, and
vendors instantly from the Simple Start home
page. Related records are linked: in the blink
of an eye, you can move from an estimate to
its invoice, or an invoice to its payment. The
home page also gives you direct access to your
Simple Start bank and credit card registers,
reports, and a clear picture of money coming
in and out of your business.
Calculate totals accurately and automatically.
No more erasing and rewriting totals or double-checking
calculations. Simple Start helps keep your transactions
and records accurate by doing all the math for
you, including sales tax, discounts and markups.
If you change a transaction, any figures linked
to it update instantly — even on reports.
How QuickBooks Simple Start Can Help You
See how much money you're making.
Simple Start keeps track of your sales
and expenses automatically as you create receipts
or invoices, and make deposits. And it reports the
totals instantly, so you can see exactly how you're
what you need - no more, no less.
Includes everthing you need to organize
customer information, pay your bills, prepare
for tax time, and see where you're making money
and spending your money. It's all the essentials
you want for your business.
Simple to set up, learn, and use.
Answer 3 easy questions, and start working.
With Simple Start, you can be up and running in
less than 15 minutes. No need to page through
a thick users manual or learn complex accounting
Keeps you organized, efficient, accurate.
New customization option lets you create professional-looking
estimates and invoices with a few keystrokes.
Find any transaction fast. Get totals automatically
without writing formulas or doing math.
simply from anywhere, anytime with Simple Start
Online Edition.Work with your business
data any hour of the day or night from any internet-connected
and support to make sure you get started right.
Learn fast with built-in tutorials, on-screen
help, and FREE QuickBooks callback support for
30 days following registration.
Guaranteed easy — or your money back!
QuickBooks is the financial management solution
recommended by more accountants than any other,
and we guarantee your satisfaction or your money
Simple Start Edition 2009 is for first-time QuickBooks
users or upgraders from prior versions of Simple
Start. Simple Start cannot import data from prior
versions of QuickBooks: Basic, Pro or Premier
at least an IBM Compatible 350 MHz Intel®
Pentium (or equivalent)
96 MB of RAM
Minimum System Requirements1
IBM Compatible 200 MHz Intel® Pentium (or
64 MB of RAM
System: Microsoft® Windows 2000/XP
Disk: 450 MB of disk space for QuickBooks installation
Drive: 2X CD-ROM
At least 256 color SVGA video, 800 x 600 resolution
with small fonts
All online services/features require Internet
access with at least a 56Kbps modem
Browser: Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6.0
required for Online Edition (6.0 provided on
CD; requires an additional 70MB hard disk space)
Works with any printer supported by Windows
1 To find your computer’s
1. Click on Start button (located on bottom
left hand corner of your screen)
2. Select Settings -> Control Panel
3. Click on System. The Processor and RAM
are listed on the bottom right of this screen.
4. To find your computer’s disk space,
double-click on My Computer (located on your
Here's where you'll find answers to commonly asked
questions about choosing, upgrading and using QuickBooks
software. If you need more information before making
your purchase decision, please call us.
Understanding options and choosing QuickBooks
Simple Start? What can it do for me?
track of your finances is essential for
paying your taxes and making sure you're
turning a profit. But it takes time—and
that means you've got less time for work
that actually earns money. Simple Start
tracks your money automatically while you
do everyday tasks like paying bills and
you start using Simple Start to manage everyday
tasks, you'll suddenly know more about your
business than ever before: how much money
you've made in a given month; which invoices
have and haven't been paid; which are your
best customers; and more. When tax time
rolls around, click a button to run a "Tax
Detail" report, and hand it to your
accountant or transfer the figures to your
return. It's an incredible timesaver.
spreadsheet works fine. What else can Simple
Start do for me?
QuickBooks: Simple Start can help you avoid
errors, save time, keep you much more organized,
and, by tracking all your transactions and
invoices in one place, put more information
at your fingertips than you could possibly
get from a paper-based system or spreadsheet.
automatically run reports that tell you
where you stand on everything from profits
and losses to sales and expenses. And it
saves you hours at tax time by giving you
all the totals you need for your tax forms.
Simple Start keep my business from growing?
at all! Simple Start is designed to make it
very easy for a small business to start tracking
their finances more efficiently without having
to learn complicated software or complex accounting
concepts. As you add employees and your business
becomes more complex, you can easily make
the move to QuickBooks: Pro, Premier or Online
Edition. All the data you've entered in Simple
Start will transfer to the new edition, and
you'll be able to access it instantly.
point, you may want to delegate accounting
tasks to various employees. With QuickBooks:
Pro and Premier, you can purchase additional
licenses and allow up to 5 employees simultaneous
access to any information you choose. Eventually,
you can move to QuickBooks: Enterprise Solutions
and allow access by up to 10 employees simultaneously.
Or you can choose QuickBooks: Online Edition
which supports from 3 users up to 20 users
with simultaneous access.
can I tell which edition of QuickBooks I need?
a look at our comparison chart to see which
edition of QuickBooks offers the features
that best meet your needs.
currently using a spreadsheet or paper ledger
to keep track of your money, QuickBooks:
Simple Start may be perfect for you. Users
call it "amazingly easy." It lets
you track money coming into and going out
of your business just by writing checks,
issuing invoices and sales receipts, and
creating deposit slips. If want the flexibility
of working on your finances without being
tied to the office, you may prefer Simple
Start Online Edition. You can order Simple
Start, then choose between the desktop and
online editions after viewing a preview
of both versions included in the package.
that need additional tools, like payroll,
inventory, time tracking, and more advanced
reporting, QuickBooks: Pro. is a more advanced
full-featured financial management system.
It offers more flexible customization options
for your forms, more flexible pricing options,
and report customization. It can share information
with Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word.
And it can accommodate 5 simultaneous users
over a network.
Premier offers the most comprehensive set
of QuickBooks tools, including tools for
business planning and forecasting, and advanced
inventory management. QuickBooks: Premier
is also available in customized industry
specific editions designed to meet the needs
of contractors , accountants, nonprofit
organizations, retailers, manufacturers,
wholesalers and professional services providers.
QuickBooks: Online Edition is a complete
accounting package that gives you access
to your financial data anytime anywhere,
via the Web. You can also use it to allow
multiple users access to the same data simultaneously
from wherever they happen to be located.
business doesn't need "accounting software."
What's different about Simple Start?
Start is designed for people who don't want
or need full-fledged "accounting software,"
just an easy way to efficiently keep track
of sales, expenses, and customers. If you've
been using paper ledgers, spreadsheets to
track your numbers, and word processing documents
or paper forms for your invoices and sales
receipts, Simple Start is perfect for you.
is much faster to set up and use than typical
accounting software. It typically takes
20 minutes or less to get started. And it's
so easy to use, it doesn't even need a thick
manual. You'll work with forms that look
just like the paper forms you use everyday,
and everything works the way you'd expect.
Simple Start handle inventory?
Simple Start you can keep a list of all items
you sell but it does not have inventory functionalities.
If you need to keep track of your inventory
you may find QuickBooks: Pro, Premier, or
Online Edition to be a more appropriate solution
if I decide I like my old method better?
guarantee your satisfaction 100 percent or
your money back. If you're not happy with
Simple Start software, return it within 60
days with a dated receipt for a full refund
of your purchase price.
Getting started and growing with QuickBooks
long does Simple Start take to learn?
could have your business up and running in
15 minutes or less. The simple setup interview
asks 3 easy questions to customize your setup
for your business. Then you're ready to work.
Quicken do the same thing as QuickBooks?
is specifically designed to handle personal
finances while QuickBooks handles small
business finances. Each product is tailored
(features, reports, and workflows) to meet
the needs of those specific audiences. If
you require a single solution to handle
personal finances and small business finances
for a small, home-based, Schedule C filing
business with no employees, then Quicken
Premier Home & Business might be the
right solution for you.
Using other services that work with QuickBooks
I setup payroll on Simple Start?
Start is designed to make it easy for you
to keep track of sales, expenses, and your
customers but does not keep track of payroll
needs. If you need to setup and run payroll,
QuickBooks: Pro, Premier, or Online Edition
may be more appropriate solutions for you.
other business products and services work
offer a full range of products and services
that integrate with QuickBooks to streamline
your work. Are you looking for ways to manage
your business more efficiently?. Eliminate
data reentry and save time, so you can focus
on more important things. Developed by industry
experts, these software applications help
solve the business needs for those in construction,
retail, manufacturing, legal, non-profit and
QuickBooks handle credit card payments?
You can accept all major credit and debit
cards right in QuickBooks — with QuickBooks
Merchant Service, the only credit card processing
solution that's completely integrated into
QuickBooks. Process credit cards with the
click of a button as you enter your data into
QuickBooks. There is no need for additional
hardware or software, saving you money and
making your job easier. Furthermore, QuickBooks
helps you keep more accurate records, by telling
you which payments have been deposited to
your bank account, and by allowing you to
download your merchant fees directly into
QuickBooks. QuickBooks Merchant Service is
sold separately. Additional fees, conditions,
and terms apply.
Find specialized products that help you work
there any third-party solutions that integrate
and extend Simple Start functionalities?
Start has an open SDK available for integration
with third party solutions that may extend
QuickBooks Simple Start functionalities. If
you are interested in learning about third
party solutions available to you, please visit
the QuickBooks: Solutions MarketPlace.
Bringing your information into QuickBooks
I import downloaded bank account transactions
into Simple Start?
Start has a bank register that you can use
to keep track of all the checks you write
out and deposits you make to your bank and
credit card accounts. Currently it does not
automatically import bank account transactions,
so you must enter it yourself. If you want
to use Online Banking to download your bank
and credit card transactions and import them
into QuickBooks you may find QuickBooks: Pro,
Premier, or Online Edition to be a more appropriate
solution for you.
I import my Quicken or Microsoft Excel data
into Simple Start?
Simple Start is designed for first-time
QuickBooks users and users of prior year
versions of Simple Start only. The setup
is very easy to follow so you can start
inputting data in less than 15 minutes.
You do have to input any previous data manually
since Simple Start does not have Quicken
or Excel integration functionalities. You
can start with a blank company file and
input any data manually or if you want to
import your data from Quicken, Excel or
any other program, you may want to try QuickBooks:
Pro, Premier, or Online Edition.