I spent a few hours yesterday knocking together a double-entry bookkeeping system in a spreadsheet. Why bother, you ask, when I could buy QuickBooks for only $200? Answer: because my spreadsheet does everything QuickBooks does and less
(Bells and whistles are cool at the carnival, guys. Around here, we're just trying to get some work done.)
And what's so hard about double-entry bookkeeping anyway?
The technology is 500 years old
. It ain't exactly rocket science, especially with a business as simple as ours. Six columns for the journal, twelve for the ledger, and another seven for reports. Two more columns to cross check the sums, and we're done.