As a certified QuickBooks advisor, I am asked by a lot of contractors who are already using QuickBooks Pro ($300 retail) whether upgrading to the Premier Contractor Edition ($500) makes sense for them. The answer, not surprisingly, depends on who's asking the question.

QuickBooks Premier for Contractors attempts to provide a complete setup — including a Chart of Accounts, an Items List, and a Class List — that allows the user to avoid many of the decisions that would have to be made setting up QuickBooks Pro. It also contains a Contractor-specific menu of tasks such as estimating, invoicing, entering bills,...

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