The company says that business owners can configure a complete accounting system, Web store and point-of-sale modules in as little as 45 minutes. This may be overly optimistic, and it probably assumes that you have all of the relevant data in a single place. But you can get up and running fairly quickly.
The process begins with a straightforward wizard that walks you through the setup with a series of screens that ask for business information. And it helps you to set up a Paypal account and to define sales forms with the information that you wish to display.
Klix comes with a wide variety of pre-defined and customizable charts of accounts, 131 different industries in all, which helps to streamline the setup process. After selecting an industry, the program creates a detailed and relevant chart of accounts.
On-screen forms allow you to easily input data into the system.
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With its rather stark logo and screens, Klix lacks the visual polish of a QuickBooks. And the promotional and instructional videos feature a robotic, computer-generated voice that is not what you would expect in a high-end system.
The main screen is intuitive and displays the requisite flow-style diagrams that outline accounting processes and serve menu options. The main screen is logically divided into two main sections: 1) Money In, and 2) Money Out, and it comes with options for handling payroll, performing banking and changing settings. Pull-down options across the top of the screen are organized under company, customer, vendor, banking, employee and reports.
Online videos (with that annoying robotic voice) offer assistance and instruction to newbies. Also, there are on-screen forms that represent their paper counterparts, for example, invoices, which allow you to easily input data - par for the course these days.
Online Versus Desktop
Its probably not fair to compare Klix against the likes of the QuickBooks and Peachtree desktop programs. And when you look at it, Intuits QuickBooks Online, the software powerhouses own Web-based accounting system, pales against the capabilities of its namesake desktop versions by offering a drastically reduced feature set.
At $34.95 per month, QuickBooks Online is more expensive than Klix Online, but it supports up to three users at this price (Klix would cost about $90 per month for three users). On the other hand, QuickBooks Online lacks inventory-tracking features, cant create purchase orders, and payroll costs extra.
Klix Online is priced at $29 per user per month. That includes support, and the company does not bind you to contracts. The Web store application costs $49 per month, and the point-of-sale costs $19 per concurrent terminal per month. You can try the full version of Klix for free during a 60-day trial period.
Wayne Kawamoto has written more than 800 articles, columns and reviews about computers, new technologies, the Internet and small businesses. Wayne has also published three books about upgrading PCs, building office networks and troubleshooting notebook computers.
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