What is the easiest accounting software to learn when just starting out?
I know a lot of people use Quickbooks. Is this the best accounting software for new businesses? Is there something else easier, more cost effective or should I go with what seems to be widely used?
Quickbooks is the gold standard in the US. That being said, if you are unfamiliar with accounting, its easy to screw up your books from the get-go. I wrote a book, "how to do your own small business bookkeping" which utilizes quickbooks for small service businesses. It is available through Amazon, or if you purchase a copy of the "QB Simple Start 2010" version through my website, I can include a CD with the program on it (the program was free in 2010 but no longer available). This won't make you an expert in QB, but it will help you set up and maintain your books properly from the beginning.