Accounting software, Mac friendly - are any of the horse specific programs any good?
The long backstory:
After a long relationship with PCs constantly trying to commit hara-kiri, I bought a Mac about a month ago. I have been doing my accounting, including my billing, with Quicken Home & Business, but Quicken doesn't make a small business software for Mac.
I want a program that lets me make invoices, track payments, and track the things I buy for the farm by category - grain/bedding, hay, tack, supplies - as well as stuff for my own horses - lessons/clinics, vet, farrier, bla bla bla.
I've been googling around trying to find an alternative that is less expensive than QuickBooks for Mac (upwards of $200, boo), and I remembered a horse-specific program, Rendaivu. And of course, they don't make it for Mac.
The TL, DR punchline:
Are there any other programs I should be looking at, horse specific or otherwise?
The basic-basic service is $12/mnth. You have to enter everything by hand.
I have the slightly better $24/mnth service and it's worth every.single.penny. I can log in and tend to things from anywhere, my accountant can check it whenever needed, my business partner can log in without looking over my shoulder, no going "/headdesk, crashed computer again and QB files lost..."
money well spent. I'm the opinion some things are just worth paying for.
"The nice thing about memories is the good ones are stronger and linger longer than the bad and we sure have some incredibly good memories." - EverythingButWings
I'm sure the designed programs are excellent, but I always get frustrated using/learning them.
I keep going back to data basing all transactions, with as many identifying terms as I can think up, on Excel. Then I sort/group at EOY and use HR Block Small Business for putting everything in the right format and reporting.
The most recent issue of Stable Mgmt just had a review of about 10 different equine management programs. Some include financial management capability. If you are just looking for accounting software, either QuickBooks Online or the desktop version for Macs work well for most horse businesses. As a CPA, I'd be happier with my clients using QuickBooks because it integrates well with some tax return prep software and the info can easily be transferred from the client to the accountant.