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Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006 [Old Version]

by Microsoft
Windows XP
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • One year of free unlimited support.
  • Integrates fully with Microsoft Office 2003 Editions.
  • Designed to be installed in-house by the small business itself.
  • Create quotes, invoices, and purchase orders easily; manage inventory; track payroll and timesheets; forecast cash flow; and more.
  • With more than 60 lists and reports that can easily be customized, you can forecast and track cash flow, inventory, and sales.

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000A76ZR0
  • Item model number: ZQ2-00003
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 2, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,830 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Product Description

Product Description

Small Business Accounting 2006 is designed to meet the financial management needs of a small business. This package goes beyond the key features expected from a business accounting software program, such as a general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll management, sales order processing, purchase order processing, inventory management, employee management, banking, and reporting. In addition to all of these features, it includes numerous strategically informative ways to use and understand financial data; from forecasting tools to more than 60 customizable lists and reports to helping the small business owner or manager make better informed business decisions. Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006 is a comprehensive financial management program designed for companies with less than 25 employees. It allows small business owners and office managers to manage their business financials using software that is easy to set up and has the familiar look and feel of Microsoft Office 2003.


Microsoft Small Business Accounting 2006 is a comprehensive financial management program designed for companies with up to 25 employees. It allows small business owners and office managers to manage their business financials using software that is easy to set up and has the familiar look and feel of Microsoft Office 2003. With Small Business Accounting 2006, companies with employees already familiar with Microsoft Office products can save hours of training and set-up time. This easy-to-use, comprehensive accounting software can help small businesses reduce costs by helping them make more informed decisions and work more efficiently.

With ADP Payroll for Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006, timesheet data can be imported directly into the payroll application. View larger

Small Business Accounting 2006 provides an intuitive, familiar interface, so users can get up to speed quickly. View larger

The cash flow management tool helps owners understand, manage and predict the company's cash position. View larger

The Company Home page provides a centralized, customizable view of critical business information. View larger
Small Business Accounting 2006 has everything you need to manage your company's financials -- accounting, inventory management, sales order and purchase order processing, job tracking, banking, and even payroll. Designed to be quickly installed in-house (an easy startup wizard helps users get set up, connected, and working in less than an hour), Small Business Accounting 2006 is as quick and convenient as it gets while still offering the robust accounting features that today's businesses demand.

If you have existing financial information, an import wizard allows you to transfer your existing financial data from QuickBooks or Microsoft Office Excel 2003 and Excel 2002. With this software, you can manage your accounts efficiently by creating customized quotes, invoices, and purchase orders; manage inventory; track payroll and time sheets; forecast cash flow; and much more. Online banking tools can also help you manage multiple bank accounts and stay on top of customer billing and payments.

When it's time to pay your employees, you can process your payroll online seamlessly and efficiently with Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP). Microsoft has partnered with ADP, the leading provider of payroll solutions to small businesses for more than 50 years, to provide a wide range of integrated payroll services to meet your business needs. For an additional fee, ADP gives you the tools to manage employee data, calculate payroll, print checks, run payroll reports, and file your payroll taxes. ADP also offers payroll services that handle all the facets of the payroll process. When you're in business, you know how valuable your time is. ADP will take care of your payroll so you can spend your time building your business.

Every business owner knows how important it is to stay ahead of the curve in today's economy. With more than 60 easily customizable lists and reports, you can forecast and track cash flow, inventory, and sales. The cash flow management tool allows you to plan for multiple scenarios, view numbers for a designated time period, and change data to conduct your own "what if" scenarios.

No matter how much previous accounting experience you have, Small Business Accounting 2006 is easy to use. Whether you want to track transactions with vendors and customers, record banking activity, coordinate payroll, or create and track quotes, purchase orders, and statements, you don't need a technical consultant to help you. The Small Business Accounting 2006 startup wizard helps you to set up the program to suit your company's needs.

Best of all, Small Business Accounting 2006 shares information with other leading Microsoft Office programs, such as Microsoft Office Word 2003, Excel 2003, Access 2003, and Outlook 2003. This not only saves you in training costs, but it also greatly reduces the time your company takes transferring and updating data. In fact, employees with Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager Update can perform account maintenance functions -- such as creating quotes, orders and invoices -- without ever leaving Outlook. Outlook updates information in Small Business Accounting 2006 in real time, making data re-entry unnecessary while saving time and reducing errors. These documents can then be customized in Word to sharpen their professional appearance. Using Outlook with Business Contact Manager Update also provides employees with complete and up-to-date account information on any client, enabling better, more informed customer service. This same mechanism allows the company owner or manager to get a one-stop overview of customer account information.

In short, Small Business Accounting 2006 is a solution that fits the unique needs of every small business. Regardless of whether your business is growing rapidly, or whether is just needs a simpler and more efficient process, this integrated software package provides all of the tools you will need to finish your tasks quickly, keep on top of the big picture, and have more time to spend on what matters most to you.

Note: Microsoft Small Business Accounting 2006 can be purchased as a stand-alone product, or as an integrated component of Microsoft Office Small Business Management Edition 2006.

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Customer Reviews

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start at a product, much improvement needed May 15, 2006
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With Office Small Business Accounting, Microsoft is making another attempt to enter a market that has not responded well to its previous entries. Strong points are integration with a SQL Server database, the Office tool set, one banking group (Wachovia), and one payroll service (ADP). Weak points are limited support for inventory, assets, structured accounts, and employee benefits and records.

Ease of use, these days a Microsoft hallmark, is better than QuickBooks (Intuit) and Peachtree (Sage). However, importing from QuickBooks or Peachtree is likely to fail because of design quirks and rigidity in the Microsoft product. If you try to import using accounts that Microsoft is somehow unable to recognize, they will be silently dropped. Our subaccount structures were not imported.

Inventory methods are limited to FIFO, which happens to be what we use. There are 12 built-in accounts; most characteristics cannot be changed. In many businesses they would be useful only as subaccounts, but they cannot be made into subaccounts. Only one level of subaccounts is provided, and subaccounts are not supported at all for cash or bank deposits. Built-in accounts treat credit-card purchases as cash payments at time of purchase. You will not be able to use direct deposit for payroll unless you sign up with ADP for an expensive "full service" option.

The product runs only on Windows XP, not on any of the older systems. Integrated support features that generate forms, export data or use contacts require Microsoft Office to be installed on the same computer. Contacts are fully supported only for Office 2003. Only the appearance of forms can be changed; the content is fixed at whatever Microsoft thought it should be.
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105 of 116 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Run my business from Outlook September 5, 2005
My consulting business is based on time billing, and now I can bill time, invoice by email, and track conversations ALL from Outlook. If I schedule an appointment, or track my time in Outlook, I can mark the time as billable, create an entry, and the info flows directly into my accounting software.
My ability to invoice by email had expired with QuickBooks, so I had switched to using PDFRedirect to print pdf files instead and emailed them. I was not eager to spend hundreds of dollars on an upgrade, when what I had was working fine until one of their updates turned off a feature I needed. Now it's not a problem, and the new solution actually works better because I can run the whole time billing side of my consulting business from Outlook.
I had recently tried SugarCRM, but the open source version doesn't handle billing. Small Business Accounting 2006 has the best features of CRM, with Opportunity tracking, what's in the pipeline, etc. PLUS the best features of QuickBooks for considerably less.
Unknowns: What happens at tax time?
Untried: Payroll with ADP
Wishes: a tick mark of some kind in Outlook to show that a calendar entry HAS been sent to the accounting software for billing.
ELEVEN MONTHS LATER: 1)My clients need dates to show for each item in my service invoice for their accounting - there is no way. 2)After restoring from a backup after a computer crash, all sorts of wierdness happened - previously invoiced items show not invoiced, etc. 3)I'm starting to feel tired of fighting the software. Template changes don't stick. 4)I wish QuickBooks worked with Outlook. I'm ready to go back.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great features, nice price October 30, 2005
I've just started working with SBA and am impressed with some of the features. As a long time QuickBooks user, I have always wanted to have a contact management software program to integrate with QuickBooks. I just didn't want to spend the 60 to 100 dollars and have an add-in that will not work when QuickBooks introduces a new version.

Along comes SBA, and it fully integrates with Outlook with Business Contact Manager. Since I already use Outlook, no problem. In addition, this program has different price level capability, which is nice. It also allows a discount to be applied without having to create a Discount account in the chart of accounts. Sharing is easier than QuickBooks. You won't receive the message that SBA must be in single user mode to run some task (making it necessary for all other users to exit QuickBooks).

An SDK (Software Development Kit) is available for downloading at no charge, making it easy to program using VB.net. Invoices can be created in Word, almost all reports can be exported to Excel, and most built-in reports are fine for daily use.

You can import QuickBooks data, but you'll need version QuickBooks 2004 or 2005 to import transactions. ADP payroll can be integrated into SBA for $169 per year. Direct deposit or write you employee paychecks. Credit cards can be used with no telephone line necessary for approval (you can use a card swipe machine, if desired, or just enter the info with the keyboard).

All in all, a very refreshing accounting program for small business (about 5 user maximum).
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! October 3, 2005
I was lucky enough to be on the public BETA program and so have been running my company on the product for more than 6 months. I use some of the built in reports, but I especially like the fact that I can build my own. With Quickbooks, I couldn't get my data out very easily so I appreciate that SBA comes with Analysis tools that allows me to get my information out of SBA in a format I like.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
go with intuit
Published 1 month ago by RDL
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
difficult to understand for a novice user
Published 4 months ago by Charles Determan
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow.. one of my first purchases on amazon
I've been going through today and posting reviews on all of the products I've purchased on amazon over the years. Why? I don't know. Just got the urge and decided to do it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brinman
1.0 out of 5 stars no longer in service
This product is no longer covered by Microsoft . It is no longer in production they stop selling it and servicing it.
Published 22 months ago by Janet Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated for me
I am sure it was a fine product but it was too complicated for me.
Published on August 28, 2010 by Roger Pryor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
Microsoft Business Accounting 2006 is a viable software for small businesses. It is very simple to use and most of all it looks like Microsoft Office 2003. Read more
Published on May 4, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great accounting software
Really like this product I have since upgraded to 2007 because this will not work with windows vista! Microsoft did the upgrade with no extra charge.
Published on July 12, 2007 by Jerry Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Clunky Software
I had high hopes for Microsoft's SBA program, however, it does not stack up to QuickBooks.


- Unable to open file using a file server. Read more
Published on March 24, 2007 by Chris
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not what it seems
I was told it was the same as Quick books! but for a fration of the price!

Theres no such thing as a good deal! Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by Rick Hager
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use home office accounting package.
I used QuickBooks and Quicken in the past and decided to try Microsoft Small Business Accounting and found it much easier to use. Read more
Published on January 4, 2007 by Robert Hermanns
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