How easy is QuickBooks to learn, in short time?

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.
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Neil B. wrote:

No. There's nothing about Excel that implies accounting.

Well, there are standard Windows-style menus, if that's what you mean.

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Neil B. wrote:

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...
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Neil B. wrote:

NO!
Obvious you don't know enough to know where to start.
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Neil B. wrote:

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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Unless you know the principals of bookkeeping, tax requirement and provisions, you will never grasp enough of QuickBooks to actually do the job.

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If QB is up and running already, and you are mostly entering data (at least to start) that is a much simpler proposition than setting up a company from scratch.
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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 SW.
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It's VERY easy. Just read the user guide to get familiar You will be on your way in a few days if your smarter than a mushroom.
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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 bookkeeper.
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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