Finding accounting software for churches sucks. It costs a lot of money, and you won’t know until further down the road that you made the right choice, once you’ve learned (or couldn’t learn) how to use the software. There are plenty of platforms out there, but you need to find which one is best for you, especially when time and money are on the line. How do you go about finding the best one?
As a preliminary step, you’ll need to research, then research some more. User reviews and third-party review sites like Capterra are great sources to find out which software platforms are tailored to which types of organizations. Every platform is different, depending on the size and needs of the organization, and it’s important you do your homework, since the payoff will be worth it. You’ll be spending time and money learning the new platform, so it’s best to make sure you’ve picked the right one before you sink all of that time into a program.
Check out this awesome article written by our friend Vicky on the three mistakes people make when trying to find the right church accounting software.
Getting the opinions of your friends in other churches is an effective way of getting an informed opinion that doesn’t have a hidden agenda. However, keep in mind that the needs of your church and their church will vary, so don’t take their word as gospel. What works for them may not work for you. Here are things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for accounting software.
- What is your church’s budget for accounting software?
- How much does technical support and program updates cost?
- Do you need accounting software specifically designed for churches or will an off-the-shelf accounting package do?
- How user-friendly is the software?
- Do you need payroll capabilities? Will it integrate with your current or future payroll software?
- Will the software package require additional hardware?
Approaching the problem of finding the right accounting software for churches should be a measured approach and treaded on lightly. You could probably glean by now that none of this information is new, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Don’t rush into a commitment. Try our software for free for fifteen days, if you’re looking for a way to try accounting software without the risk.
Note: Aplos recently released their Donor Management software, so if you do decide to go with us for your accounting needs, consider getting a software that will allow you to thoroughly and successfully manage your donors.