Most accountants have stopped worrying about their clients bringing bookkeeping in-house. Even with a client performing their own bookkeeping, there's plenty of work that only an accountant can perform, including making adjusting and closing entries, and producing compilation and review reports.In many firms that prepare tax returns for their clients, write-up software is used in lieu of a trial balance application to prepare the client's data for tax processing. Between these engagements, and the clients who would still prefer that you perform the bookkeeping, there's still plenty of need for a good write-up application in many practices.

At its core, write-up is simply a general ledger application with some additional functionality built in to make it more suitable for use in an accounting practice. One such feature is the ability to easily set up a new client, either by using a boilerplate chart of accounts or, if another client is similar in makeup and operation, by copying that other client's set-up to create a new client.

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