Simple StartLast year when we wrote about QuickBooks “Simple Start” accounting software, it cost $100. Now it’s free if you don’t need an extensive customer list.

Simple Start is designed for small-business owners. It lets you keep a record of income and expenses, send out invoices, pay your bills, and then pull up reports that show you where your best sellers and customers are. It’s good for people who are usually disorganized, like us. We heard from a successful jewelry maker in Boston who says the free program is all she really needs. It took her from a bunch of crumbled papers to a file she updates once a month.

The free version is limited to tracking 20 customers, instead of the thousands you can keep track of with the full version. Find it by searching on “free accounting software” at

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