Hi, I would need to use QB Pro at a job I might be doing in a couple
weeks. Is it fairly easy to self-teach QuickBooks in a couple weeks? I
already know Excel fairly well, I suppose that helps. Is it pretty
much, common-sense use for anyone used to the Office Suite?
Adding to the difficulty, I want to get a handle on it by practicing at
online tryout/tutorial sites if any are available since I can't afford
to buy the SW right now. Thanks.
If you know something about bookkeeping, perhaps. If you don't, you're
basically SOL methinks.
In two weeks your only hope would be to get one of the many
texts/tutorials and try to cram but you've no hope of trying to appear
as an experienced user in that time frame.
Your better play would be to 'fess up you've no experience but you can
learn quickly and hope that suits well enough...
My suggestion would be to buy an old copy off e-bay or somewhere.
Make sure it's sold "un-registered" with full install code and user guide book
type thing then install it and go through setting up a company.
Add stock items or whatever depending on company use.
then add sales, make PO's receive stock (with or without bill)
create invoices, add customers, run off reports, print off tax reports, pay
bills, write cheques, reconcile accounts, blah blah blah...
It's more a lack of knowledge of business operation than use of program that
would hinder you.
Every company will do things differently, but if you have been involved with
company accounting and operations then QB is really a GUI spreadsheet.
Knowing what you should be entering where and the process of order, supply,
invoicing, etc etc is what you need the knowledge of.
Being able to fart around creating your own make believe company to mess-up
without risk will be the best way of learning, and QB comes with sample
companies with data including sales etc ready to play around with.
We migrated from QB 6.0 to 2004 with very little problem as the 2 packages were
very similar even though about 6+ years apart!
Should be able to pick up an un-supported version for but a few pence!
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yeah, I don't think I'd be setting up a company, just keeping track of
what they do and not even the deep accounting or judgment calls on
categories etc. Really, the question is about the ease of picking up the
QB is a well documented computer software program. It can be learned in a
day -- takes a while to master.
Much like MS Word or Excel -- you can learn to enter data and do simple
manipulation in a day or so.
But, also as in Word-- if you are not proficient in writing then you will
not get great results. A word processing program will not turn you into an
author and QuickBooks accounting software will not make you an accountant or
If the job only requires that you be able to manipulate/enter data then
sure, you can learn the software quickly.
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