accounting software?

Hi. What is the most popular accounting software? And how much do they run? I just finished taking few accounting courses at a community college and I want to get a job.
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Depends on who you ask. Quickbooks and Peachtree are the most common "out-of-the-box" versions for most small businesses.

It depends, as low as $100 if you buy form a kind and generous QB pro provider who is also your accountant, up to over $1000 depending on the modules.

Then learn QB and Peachtree, as that will open up most all options to you.
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Thank you Mr. Thomas. Do you know where I can purchase these softwares so that I can practice?
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They're not cheap. But if you want to - any office supply store should have them (Office Depot, Office Max, etc) or computer store (Best Buy, etc), or go on-line.
You could ask your friends if anyone has an older copy you can get to tinker with.
On the cheap, see if you can find a "dummies" book on Quickbooks and/or Peachtree. I know they have them, and it'll give you some insight before you even touch the program. Of course, having both would be best.
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On Feb 19, 4:30 pm, snipped-for-privacy@earthlink.net wrote:

Go to Staples.com, you can buy Peachtree and get a discount coupon for the same amount. It takes a few weeks to get the coupon, but at least it is free at the end.
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If you are looking to learn, you can also get QuickBooks Simple Start 2007 for free here:
http://quickbooks.intuit.com/commerce/catalog/product.jhtml?ssaPath=pos_2002_&page=simpleStart&prodId=prod0000000000008022902&priorityCode950700000
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snipped-for-privacy@earthlink.net wrote:

why don't you check out TurboCASH? it's open source, but don't let that throw you off.
TurboCASH is the first, and probably still the only, full-featured open-source accounting software, comparable to Quickbooks, Sage, Pastel, Peachtree, MYOB, and all of the other off-the-shelf, commercial accounting packages.
TurboCASH is much more than a simple 'home finances' or small business bookkeeping system. It aims at businesses with 1 to 5 accountants.
Commercial Small business accounting software providers typically release a low-end crippleware product for around 100 that excludes such basic features as cashbook and stock control. These products are usually no more than "brochures" inviting you to spend more on the the "pro" version. TurboCASH includes most functions a business will ever need: debtors, creditors, general ledger, full stock control, VAT accounting, invoicing, bank reconciliation, trial balance, balance sheet and income statements, full reporting and analysis, as well as multi-company and multi-user capabilities.
With commercial vendors there is always an excuse for you to spend a few more hundred dollars for this or that feature or extra addon.
TurboCASH is free to download, or you can purchase the CD for something like US$50 which includes the plug-ins, i think, by clicking on the link below:
http://turbocashtraining.co.za/os/product_info.php?ref=254&products_id=139&affiliate_banner_id=22
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