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According to the Small Business Association, since 1990, big business haseliminated jobswhile smallbusinessesaddedjobs- 8 million to be more accurate! Are YOU ready to grow?

If you're finding it hard to meet customer’s expectations, keep up with business demand, or just simply can’t close out each month without pushing your team to the brink, then it's time to make a change.

Growing Pain #10 and Summary: Bottom-line, your Entry-Level Accounting is Holding you Back

QuickBooks can hold you back in more ways than one. As we’ve discussed in this blog series for 10 weeks, limited

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Sure with QuickBooks, you’ve gone beyond a pen and paper to automate processes and better manage your business. Although the familiar clicking of keyboards may sound productive, disparate software programs reduces the productivity of your people and limits insight into overall business operations.

Growing Pain #9: Your Most Valuable Asset is Not Living Up to its Potential

Your business needs people and your people need powerful tools. If you're using your most valuable asset, your employees, to enter and reenter data into QuickBooks and other business software programs, then you could be losing money in more ways than you know.

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Your business is growing and with that growth, you're dealing with more orders, higher customer demands, and increased competition. If you’re feeling out of breath trying to catch up, then your systems are feeling stressed as well. The way your people work is changing too. There's no doubt about it, QuickBooks is very easy to use, and you may be worried about the complexity of a more robust solution, but a more powerful solution for your business is waiting, one that works the way you do, improving productivity while scaling to fit your growing requirements.

Growing Pain #8: System Limits

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Technology has, obviously, changed our world and continues to make a profound impact on how we do business every day. For example, what once held small businesses back has been made possible with software and services now available through cloud computing. Although QuickBooks is available online, there are a number of other affordable deployment options now available bringing down the cost of more comprehensive business management solutions.

Growing Pain #7: Not Enough Flexible Deployment Choices

The number one reason organizations move to the cloud is so they can experiment easier at a lower cost (Harvard Business Review Report:

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It wasn’t too long ago that general ledgers and other financial data were kept by hand in notebooks or in rudimentary spreadsheets on the computer. Basic accounting software soon followed, much to the pleasure of accounting departments everywhere. QuickBooks was amongst the leaders to capture the accounting software marketplace and is used by many small businesses today. While QuickBooks is great entry-level accounting software, it has its limitations and these limitations may now be hindering your overall business efficiency, profitability and growth.

Growing Pain #2: Managing the Books and Cash Flow Isn't What it Used to Be

The days of

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We are all called upon, on occasion, to wear different hats and be responsible for things that may be outside the realm of our traditional job tasks. There is nothing wrong with learning something new and taking on additional responsibility, unless you are juggling more than what you can handle. Just because you can balance your checkbook, doesn’t mean you can create detailed corporate financial reports or implement business application software. There are some things that are better left to the experts, and that includes managing business technology.

Growing Pain #6: You Need a Trusted Advisor to Take Your Business

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Part of nurturing a successful business is the ability to manage growth. You will eventually add employees, suppliers and vendors, and a growing list of customers as your business matures. Steady growth and expanding operations into a new state, or even a new country, creates a new set of challenges that basic accounting software, simply can’t handle. If you are spending more time on redundant data entry, creating spreadsheets, and manually calculating varying sales taxes, then you are on a short road to data mishandling and mistakes.

Growing Pain #5: You’re Putting Off New Business Opportunities

QuickBooks can be limited

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Before you make any important business decisions, it is wise to check the books. Can you afford to take on this project or will it strain the profit margin? Unfortunately, when using entry-level accounting software like QuickBooks, the answers don’t come as easily or quickly as the questions. While you can draw financial data from QuickBooks, you still need details from procurement, manufacturing, and other departments to provide all of the information you need to move forward. Constantly going back to the books and your managers means you are looking backward more often than forward.

Growing Pain #4: Looking Back

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When you notice that numbers in the books have mysteriously changed, it is likely not a glitch, but a manual entry that was rewritten. Many basic accounting software programs, QuickBooks included, allow any user to login and edit data as needed, without any restrictions or an audit trail. Unless you keep a close eye on your data, these seemingly little changes can create a larger problem inaccurate numbers and skewed data. Making decisions based on inaccurate data can lead you in the wrong direction and introduce a whole new level of risk.

Growing Pain #3: Lack of Financial Controls

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If you’ve built your business on QuickBooks, you know it’s a great entry-level accounting solution. As your business flourishes, however, QuickBooks may not be able to keep up. There are telltale signs you've hit your limits with your current systems and when those start to occur, its likely your future growth will be stifled until you step up to a more comprehensive business management solution.

We have compiled a list of growing pains businesses like yours are facing when outgrowing QuickBooks. In this blog series, we will address some of those common growing pains and how a business solution from

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