QuickBooks is the number one small business accounting software package on the market. It’s a great tool to organize your church finances, and you can try it for free. It’s available on the PC and Mac. Many of the churches we work with use QuickBooks, but many more are missing out on the benefits. Here’s three QuickBooks secrets for your church.
1. The online version is cheap. You don’t need to install the software on a server, or even on an office computer to get the benefits of Quickbooks. The online version keeps your data safe and secure in the cloud, and you can access it from anywhere. At the time of this post, it starts at $12.95 a month, and you can try it free for 30 days.
2. Create a simple chart of accounts. Many churches have about 400 different budget codes and create a mountain of paperwork and headaches for staff members. Leonardo DaVinci said “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” so it’s time to simplify your account codes. A sample chart of accounts is available to our members in the Resource Vault, but if you fill out the form below, I’ll send you one right now.
3. Get a qualified person from day one. Too many churches mess up their books because a well-meaning (but untrained) volunteer offers to handle the books. Even worse, a family member or friend offers to help out until things get going. This is a big mistake. You need a qualified person from the first day your church exists. The good news is this doesn’t have to cost a lot of money…you can even outsource it. MAG Bookkeeping is a great company that can handle your accounts payable, run reports, manage cash flow, and handle tax issues – all for less than the cost of a staff bookkeeper. Fill out the info below and watch a demo.