A free alternative to MYOB and Kashflow

The other day I published a post about award winning small business accounting and finance software.

My sister who just started her very own music school told me that she found the list of accounting software quite interesting as she was trying to manage her accounts for the music school. The two software which she considers to be able to fulfill her requirement are MYOB and Kashflow.

However, she mentioned that allthough both the accounting software are award winners, there is still a price tag to it which she cannot afford for now. At the moment she is using just the windows notepad to keep track of all her sales and expenses. Then I asked her, don’t you have Excel? And she said nope!

She then asked if there is a better and easier way for her to manage her accounts in a more organized way and most importantly be able to auto calculate various figures which notepad can’t do. Initially i thought of telling her to download OpenOffice which has Calc similar to Excel. But then I thought, maybe there is an accounting package out there which is free and easy for her to use.

Searching through the Internet, I found a feature packed and free alternative to MYOB and Kashflow called Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2009.

With Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2009, she can fullfill the following accounting needs:

  • Create quotations
  • Create invoices
  • Create receipts
  • Track expenses
  • Reconcile online bank accounts
  • Track time spent by her employees
  • Store information related to customers, contact, vendor and employees
  • Generate reports
  • and many more features..

Once I downloaded the application and installed it, I went over to her music school and showed her what Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2009 could do.

Immediately she could see how this accounting software is able to help her manage many aspects of her business accounting. To simply illustrate, see a comparison of what she can do with notepad against Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2009.



So many features you shouldn’t run your business without it.

If you’re still managing your business without an accounting software, Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2009 would be a great start. Download this free alternative to MYOB and Kashflow today!

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Bob Lee

Hi! My name is Bob Lee and I’m a web developer / technical writer who specializes in developing and reviewing web applications. As an entrepreneur, blogger, developer, and tech enthusiast, I have been in this field for more than 10 years, and have been loving every minute of it.


  • Your Sister’s luck to have you to do the installation, set-up and training. This highlights that it’s not really about the software but support.

    At Crunchers we have our own software and because we have local offices we play the role you did with your Sister. Our charge covers the bookkeeping and technical support.

    Different from Kasflow and MYOB who charge for software and Microsoft that don’t but have no hands-on help.

  • yo tengo una empresa y adquiri el programa myob en español y parece que lo descontinuaron estoy muy interesado en este programa

  • te comento que existe una mejor alternativa de un programa contable gratis y adaptado a la realidad de america latina y sus leyes tributarias se llama unionpyme easy y tiene una version gratuita, es mas facil que quickbook, mas integrado que myob y mas amigable que el peachtree, te diria que si aun manjeas la gestión de tu empresa sin un software de contabilidad visita http://www.solucioncontable.com y te sentiras complacido del software contable que ofrecen gratis …mejor que el de microsft

  • If MS Accounting stopped distribution, you can try what I use – Billing Boss (http://www.billingboss.com). It’s an invoicing tool that would allow your sister to create invoices in a jiffy, web-based so no install needed, emails are emailed to her customers, has a payment options so your sister can collect payment at the time invoice is emailed. Pretty easy to use.

    I run my own jewelry design business and also am a contractor for Sage Software.

    Please note: This author has been compensated by Sage.

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