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The QuickBooks Solution

Six tips for getting the most out of this general ledger program.

The QuickBooks Solution
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Many churches struggle with how best to record their financial transactions. Even the smallest of churches should get past manually recording financial information. Technology can speed things up and improve accuracy.

There are dozens of software packages, but many have more features than your church may need, can be difficult to use without extensive training, and are often quite expensive. If you want a basic, easy-to-use package at a reasonable price, you may settle on QuickBooks.

Some accountants cringe at the name QuickBooks. However, I believe that if you are aware of the possible shortcomings and create a couple of good processes, you can use this software package successfully within your church.

Six tips for QuickBooks success

  1. Go "Pro." I recommend getting the Pro version of QuickBooks. There is little cost difference and the ability to export reports to a spreadsheet can be very useful for identifying trends and informing leaders.

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Vonna Laue has worked with ministries and churches for more than 20 years. Vonna was a partner with a national CPA firm serving not-for-profit entities through audit, review, tax, and advisory services. Most recently, she held the role of executive vice president for a Christian ministry that works to enhance trust in the church and ministry community.

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  • October 18, 2016

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