Welcome to Gnucash. I've not been on a similar journey - I "do the books" for a not-for-profit organisation, and our Gnucash file is audited annually for compliance. I'm an IT nerd not an accountant, but I found Gnucash easy enough to use once I got comfortable with the basic accounting concepts.
I believe Gnucash is a great alternative to the MYOB/Quicken products - it's as simple or a complex as you want to make it. The GN user community certainly is enthusiastic as you say - I've always been able to get issue resolved quickly. For what it's worth - I don't think you'll be disappointed with GN at all. Thanks & Regards, Nelson Handcock On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 2:18 AM, Stan Brown <the_stan_br...@fastmail.fm> wrote: > Being brand new to the list, I don't know whether it's customary to > introduce oneself. But how I got here is perhaps a little unusual, and > might be of interest to some of you. > > I started double-entry bookkeeping for my personal accounts on paper in > the 1970s, using the accrual method not cash basis. Accrual just seemed > to make more sense to me, given my increasing use of credit cards. And > it rankled to record property taxes as a huge expense in one month not > no others, or to record my entire mortgage payment as an expense when > much of it was a debt repayment. And of course we've all got receivables > as we wait for reimbursement for employer business expenses or for > medical expenses covered by insurance. > > Since 1984, I've been using a dBase III/IV program that I wrote myself. > It isn't very flexible, of course, and in particular getting a decent > cash flow statement continues to elude me. But I've got it set up to > warn of incomplete transactions when I try to commit them, and it does a > nice job of closing the books and reconciling cash at the end of every > month. > > The big motivation for a change was getting my affairs in order as I > near retirement. My executor, or my attorney-in-fact if I have the > misfortune to become incapacitated, is not going to be able to get dBase > IV easily, or to run it on a Mac in any case. (It won't even run in > 64-bit Windows command line; I had to install DosBox to run it.) > > I started writing a VBA system in Excel. Excel still can import dBase > data files, which helps quite a lot. And it's faster for data entry, > given auto-complete. But keeping all transactions balanced proved harder > than I expected, and writing all custom reports just looked like too > much effort. And I'm not sure how long VBA will continue to be supported > -- Web-based Excel already excludes it. The annual subscription fee for > Quickbooks and Quicken makes them non-starters, in my opinion. > > GnuCache is not well known, but it's easy to find, well reviewed, and > followed by an enthusiastic user base. And the promised flexibility was > very attractive, though I'm not yet to the point of taking advantage of > it. I'm also hoping to take advantage of the automatic update of > mutual-fund values, though it will be a while till I can look into that. > > -- > Regards, > Stan Brown > Tompkins County, New York, USA > http://BrownMath.com > http://OakRoadSystems.com > > _______________________________________________ > gnucash-user mailing list > email@example.com > To update your subscription preferences or to unsubscribe: > https://lists.gnucash.org/mailman/listinfo/gnucash-user > If you are using Nabble or Gmane, please see > https://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/Mailing_Lists for more information. > ----- > Please remember to CC this list on all your replies. > You can do this by using Reply-To-List or Reply-All. > _______________________________________________ gnucash-user mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org To update your subscription preferences or to unsubscribe: https://lists.gnucash.org/mailman/listinfo/gnucash-user If you are using Nabble or Gmane, please see https://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/Mailing_Lists for more information. ----- Please remember to CC this list on all your replies. You can do this by using Reply-To-List or Reply-All.