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Beyond QuickBooks: Is Integrated Accounting Software Right for You?
When used correctly, small business management software should make your life easier, not the other way around. And while many business owners will applaud this accounting software platform or that point of sale system, it’s difficult to know which one is right for you.
A lot of it comes down to experience. Many people have only ever tried one type of accounting software and, therefore, have nothing else to compare it with. Take QuickBooks, for example. It’s one of the better-known products on the market and it probably works well for some business owners.
However, if it’s all they know, they might not understand some of the benefits of other programs available to them. Windward Software, for instance, is a fully integrated program that does more than just accounting. It provides complete ERP for small business, including:
- Point of sale
- Inventory control
What does this mean for owners and store managers? Read on to find out…
To run a business effectively, it helps to have systems in place to manage each of the aforementioned components (accounting, POS and inventory). Sure, you could implement individual software programs to manage each of them, but you might find that you:
- Experience compatibility problems
- Struggle with inefficient data transfers
- Aren’t able to use individual systems to their full potential
While many of these standalone software systems claim to be compatible with one another, that’s not always the case. There are reports of business owners who endure constant struggles trying to interface the separate systems with their accounting software before they could figure out their bookkeeping.
This can tie up a colossal amount of time that you could otherwise be devoting to other important business issues such as:
- Learning customer buying trends
- Customizing business reports to analyze performance
- Maintaining tighter inventory control
A Big-picture Approach to Business Management
With a fully integrated system like Windward System Five, it’s designed to be seamless. For example, let’s say you own a bike store and you sell a mountain bike using Windward’s point of sale software module. The moment the invoice is created, it automatically updates the general ledger in real-time. Instead of running a batch process later on, you can perform any of the following tasks on a daily basis:
- Report your deposits
- Clear all of your cash accounts
- Stay on top of your finances
System Five also has options for credit card processing to further ease your accounting challenges.
Enhance other Areas of Your Business
Furthermore, when you engage your customers at the POS terminal, small business management software that’s integrated will let you improve more than just your accounting endeavors.
For that same mountain bike sale, you can create a customer account for the buyer, which will allow you to:
- Follow up with targeted email marketing campaigns
- Track warranty, servicing and repairs
- Provide better customer relations
To learn more about integrated ERP for small business, check out our post: 4 Things Business Management Software Does Incredibly Well.
Are you tired of time-consuming data transfers with your standalone accounting software? Perhaps it’s time to call Windward Software to learn about their fully integrated business management system.