1. Intuit QuickBooks Pro Desktop 2015
A granddaddy among PC applications, Intuit QuickBooks Pro is still an essential for entrepreneurs even 25 years after its debut. This accounting package is tailored for small businesses and offers a wealth of features that you would expect, including the capability to track income sales and expenses; pay bills; print checks; manage payroll and payroll taxes; create professional-looking invoices and forms; and even accept credit and debit card payments.
Over the years, Intuit has added conveniences such as document management features that let you store and share your business documents, and e-signature support that lets you apply your John Hancock to the checks you create. Busy entrepreneurs will also appreciate the customizable dashboards that let you choose the at-a-glance views that are most important to your business.
New features in the 2015 version include the capability to see your top customers, current profit and loss statement and other crucial data at a glance on the program's home page. There are also even more reports, and the company has made reports easier to customize, read, interpret, and send. With the addition of QuickBooks Plus Hosting Service, the program supports shared folders, so your accountant can access your QuickBooks file without the need to email it back and forth.
But what makes QuickBooks truly one-of-a-kind is the integration it offers with thousands—yes, thousands— of other business applications and custom add-ins. QuickBooks Pro Desktop 2015 carries a one-time license cost of $199.95. Or you can opt for QuickBooks Pro Plus Desktop 2015, which costs $199.95 per year and adds tech support, data backups and upgrades.