A.Technology editor Joe Stoddard responds: Because getting off on the wrong foot with your accounting systems can lead to big hassles down the road, I’m hesitant to make any specific recommendations without knowing more about your business. One good resource to get you started is "Evaluating Construction Software," available online at www.cbczine.com/articles/selecting/eval_p2.asp.

Many smaller contractors are successfully using Intuit’s QuickBooks Pro (800/433-8810; www.quickbooks.com), along with Karen Mitchell’s system for setting it up specifically for construction. This may be all you need. Check out Karen’s forum at www.jlconline.com/forums/qbpro. One caution: Although QuickBooks Pro costs only a couple of hundred...

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