3 Free and Open Source Alternatives to Quicken

You don't have to spend money to manage your business.

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As any small business owner knows, there comes a time in your week when you should really sit down and take a look at the corporate finances. Are this month's expenses on track? Are any of your clients behind in payments? How are next month's projections looking? How's inventory holding up? While you might dread this part of your job, things could be so much easier with the right software.  And, that's exactly where this list comes into play.

The following three alternatives to Quicken are all free of cost (and restrictions), so there's nothing to lose!

ERPNext

ERPNext is one of the most full-featured projects in this genre, and it's well worth a look. This software lets you keep track of sales invoices, purchase invoices, sales orders, purchase orders, and your accounts. If you need more, it can also help you manage customers and suppliers, production information, projects, employees, support requests, notes, messages, stock information, to-do list items, purchase data, and your calendar. I wasn't kidding when I said it was full-featured, and, as an added bonus, the interface is very modern looking and easy to use.

Released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, ERPNext has a few different options for download. You can pay for hosting if you'd rather not handle that part yourself, you can download a free Virtual Image for Oracle Virtual Box, you can install it for free on your own Linux, Unix, or MacOS system, or you can host it on your own server.

FrontAccounting

FrontAccouting is another feature-rich financial option for small businesses, and like ERPNext, it includes a pretty wide selection of tools. For example, you can keep track of sales and purchase orders, customer and supplier invoices, deposits, payments, allocations, accounts receivable and payable, inventory, budgets, and companies.

There are also a few themes and graphic skins to choose from, so if you're preparing a report, you have some built-in customization options.

FrontAccounting was released under a GNU General Public License, and the source code can be downloaded for free from the project's official Sourceforge page.

GnuCash

GnuCash is more in line with a typical piece of financial software, bit it does throw in some extras that make it useful to a small business. Along with double entry checks, a checkbook-style register, the ability to schedule transactions, a tool to reconcile statements, and different account types, GnuCash also lets you track customers and vendors, manage jobs, handle invoicing and bill payment, include multiple currencies, and manage your stocks and mutual funds.

Released under a GNU General Public License, GnuCash is available for Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X and the Android operating system. And, if you want to download the source code, you can get that from the software's official website, too.

More Choices

If the three Quicken alternatives above aren't quite right for you, don't worry. Each company and user is different, and if these didn't "click," we have three more for you to check out.

Maybe one of these will be a better fit!