Express Accounts Free Accounting Software

Express Accounts Free Accounting Software

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
2.6
out of 29 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.62
File Size:
796.58KB
Date Added:
December 12, 2012
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
127,758
Downloads Last Week:
444
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

The name Express Accounts Free Accounting Software pretty much sums up this freeware from NCH: it's a basic but flexible accounting package suitable for small businesses and organizations, and even some that are not so small. It integrates with other NCH business software, and it's also available, at a cost, in a Pro version that offers extra features. However, Express Accounts Free does what most users need most often, such as create and manage invoices, payments, and receipts; report income and earnings; create balance sheets; track orders and supplies; and manage customer contacts.

During installation, a wizard walked us through the process of setting up Express Accounts Free for our hypothetical business and contacts. Express Accounts Free has a familiar look, with toolbar, main view, and left-hand navigation sidebar. This software uses a series of dialogs and wizards to create invoices, bills, receipts, and other documents as well as manage accounts and settings. The navigation pane's expandable categories lead to menus labeled Todo, Transactions, Customer Invoices, Supplier Orders, and Reports, each with subentries for functions like creating documents, managing accounts, recording transactions, and issuing reports. The main view also features the program's various functions grouped by categories, and an icon-based toolbar offers access to the program's primary tools as well as Web access, Options, and a button labeled Suite that accessed other NCH software that works with Express Accounts. We clicked Create New Invoice, and a pop-up dialog opened with various entry fields, drop-down menus, and tables ready to fill in with our data; brief explanations of many of the fields appeared when we hovered the cursor over them. We tried several other standard forms as well as the reporting tools, and all opened with easy-to-use wizards that made the job a snap.

Express Accounting Free seems accurate, which we expected, and intuitive, which we didn't. This may be the friendliest accounting package we've yet come across. Small business owners, bookkeepers, and entrepreneurs owe it to their bottom lines to try Express Accounting Free before plunking down cash on big-ticket software, deductible or not.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    2.6

    out of 29 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 11
  • Current Version:

    1.2

    out of 5 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 2 stars

    "Would be great, Would buy... but"

    September 23, 2013   |   By Lomaxra

    Version: Express Accounts Free 4.66

    Pros

    Intuitive, flexible, customizable, affordable, great interface and great reports.

    Cons

    Is not displaying all the accounts with balances in the Balance Sheet Report or the Trial Balance Report although I can view them in the ledger. Completely wasted my time setting everything up.

    Summary

    Shame, I think this has to be one of the best accounting programs around...free or otherwise but...it is not displaying all of my entries...I don't know if this a limitation of the free version or not, but there is no technical support for the free version (understandable) and I am not going to purchase it to see if it then works better... or not.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not very accurate information"

    May 14, 2013   |   By jakebe2

    Version: Express Accounts Free 4.66

    Pros

    Easy to set up and use.

    Cons

    Has shown several inaccuracies. I discovered the program had assigned the same order number and invoice number to at least two different customer orders. Then, when looking at one customers unpaid invoice report it shows a balance of $45 yet the customer actually has two open invoices for $25 each. How does $25 plus $25 equal $45?

    Summary

    I'm not satisfied with what I'm finding with this program. I was wanting just a very simple way to record accounts receivable for a little sideline business and thought this would be perfect but if it adds $25 and $25 and comes up with $45 I'm not sure it's what I want after all.

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  • 4 stars

    "good and easy and affordable"

    May 08, 2013   |   By ldreyna

    Version: Express Accounts Free 4.66

    Pros

    easy to navigate
    great for small home office

    Cons

    none so far (1 week)

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