Lots of businesses are using entry-level accounting software bought at retail, and find that these packages do the job nicely. At some point, however, it's likely that your clients' businesses will grow to the point where these store-bought solutions no longer do the trick.There are lots of reasons why this can happen. One of the more frequent reasons is that there are more staff in the business who need simultaneous access to the accounting application. Most of the entry-level systems available today are limited to only a few simultaneous users, which presents a problem if you have a client who needs to provide access to 10, 20 or even more users.

There are other ways that clients outgrow an accounting package. As a business grows, it's also likely that the transaction volume will increase. With today's fast PCs, a modest increase in transaction volume probably won't nuke your clients' accounting systems, but at some point performance will start to suffer, often to the point where it becomes bothersome or even impacts productivity.

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