2nd this. I know a lot of small businesses that use quick books and say it is easy to use and I believe fairly in expensive. I've used Peachtree for 21 years, but it is more complex and much more expensive.Get Quickbooks....
True, but my vote is for QB to start. It's relatively cheap and you'll never outgrow it....You'll have all the history in one spot rather than starting with a spreadsheet then later going to QB....Alot depends on the number of members whether you use a spread sheet or quickbooks, or even quicken.
I could strip out the numbers on the two spreadsheets that I use, one for business and one for checking if you want them as a boiler plate. The business one is more involved, keeping track of expenses and income calculating sales tax for filing and net gain or loss for the year. Expenses are on one page and income is on another. I almost think it is more than you need for an association though. I wouldn't think you would have that many expenses to keep track of. PM me if you want them.and make a spreadsheet if needed.
Most of these programs today are pretty self explanatory, malleable and easy to set up these days. I set up the company in Peachtree with no problem and any mistakes I made were easily fixable when spotted by my accountant. Peachtree is a step or two more powerful then QB so I would suspect more complex. I have no accounting background at all other then "Trial by Fire" by owning a business. Of course I set it up 20+ years ago when I set up my business.Quickbooks is not a spreadsheet. It is a powerful accounting software that will just be confusing to the layperson without an accounting background. If you don't have the background you should not set up the "company" in quickbooks. You should get an accountant to do it for you.
Every once in a while I have a question for my accountant which he can't answer so he sends me to his lacky who has more experience with QB but in the end the question doesn't get answered or get solved.Most of these programs today are pretty self explanatory, malleable and easy to set up these days.