Switching to Quickbooks

I have used various versions of Quicken over the years but now I would like more features I can use to balance the books and print reports for a non-profit organization.
It's a pretty simple account and I'm wondering if the QuickStart version of QuickBooks will do. Is there any restrictions on number of accounts, categories, reports or customers to pay etc?
Any advice, experience would be appreciated.
Professor (of nothing in particular)
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Professor
There is a Simple start version. I don't think they offer it any more.
I found a free download for the 2010 version here:
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it says:
This free bookkeeping software includes the ability to write checks, record cash and credit card expenses, issue refunds, and receive payments. Track the money flowing in and out of your business. Know who it comes from and where it goes. Note: Simple Start is for new QuickBooks users. Simple Start cannot import data from prior versions of Quickbooks Pro or Premier Editions, Quicken or Peachtree.
IIRC, the 2009 & 2010 versions of SS only allowed for 20 customers so most people outgrow SS very quickly.
You can not enter Bills to be paid at a future date (i.e. no A/P functions)--you can only write checks or record expenses after the fact. SS is probably the closest to quicken but with the added benefit of having a real balance sheet. Not sure if it will serve your purposes...Pro is probably a better choice.
Since the link above is for a free download, try it. Keep your eye open for sales on Pro while you get used to SS.
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Laura
Thanks for your help. It seems Intuit has different versions for each country. Here in Canada, they sell a version called "EasyStart 2011" which seems to be an upgrade from "SimpleStart". It makes no mention of the limitations of importing data or limiting customers. I believe I'll try that one.
Professor
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Professor
According to this page:
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is a Free version of EasyStart 2011 that limits you to 20 customers & vendors. If you don't want that restriction then you'll need the regular ES program for $79.99. You might try the free version to see how you like it. I will warn you that the interface in the ES version is different than that in Pro or Premier since it has a lot fewer options than those higher level programs. If you want to do serious bookkeeping then you probably want to start with Pro but that just my opinion. (I've used SS and hated it.)
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Laura

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