Students taking courses in QuickBooks are often required to pay hundreds of dollars for a fully functional version of the program. But for the first time, a 140-day student trial version of the world’s most popular small business software will be included free to students using textbooks from The Sleeter Group, a respected publisher of QuickBooks resources.

The special trial version will enable students at technical schools, community colleges and other educational centers to have complete access to all of the features of QuickBooks during a quarter or semester-long class. Instructors generally select the course materials, then either pre-purchase them for the students or require students to obtain them separately.

“When instructors and schools can offer students a free version of QuickBooks that lasts as long as their course does, it helps both students and the schools achieve success in their training missions,” said Doug Sleeter, president of The Sleeter Group. “Students don’t have to worry about purchasing the system, but still are able to learn and engage the program with full functionality, instead of using a version with limited features.”

The Sleeter Group offers textbooks and resources for instructors and students, ranging from the beginner-level Fundamentals textbook, to Intermediate and Complete books. The materials, along with in-class guidance by instructors, help students establish essential skills in small business bookkeeping, making them better prepared for the workforce. This could also be helpful for businesses. Accounting for small business should not be that expensive given that they are earning only small amount of profits. Hence, it is advisable for business owners to consider cost effective services when it comes to their finance and accounting service.

The QuickBooks Fundamentals course textbook ($79.95) is designed for users who may be computer novices, providing an introduction to basic program operations, including file setup, reports, sales, AP, AR and reconciliation functions. The QuickBooks Intermediate textbook ($79.95) covers more detailed tasks, including inventory, payroll, budgeting, forecasting, business planning, sales tax and period-end procedures. The Complete course book ($99.95) includes material from both the Fundamentals and Intermediate textbooks. All include hands-on, step-by-step exercises, review questions and a final summary problem. The 140-day student version of QuickBooks is included free in all 2008 QuickBooks textbooks, available at http://www.Sleeter.com.

The Sleeter Group also includes a variety of resources for instructors, including manuals, PowerPoint presentations and test banks that instructors can access online. Quantity discounts are also offered.

The Sleeter Group (http://www.Sleeter.com) is a community of experts who provide consulting services to small business owners in the accounting software and business process design areas. The group provides QuickBooks training resources to users and consultants, including textbooks, reference books, expert-level webinars, an annual Accounting Software Consulting Conference, a consultant membership network, practice management tools, teaching systems, expert-level technical support and a free online newsletter. Through a network of over 650 independent consultants and small- to medium-sized accounting firms, The Sleeter Group currently serves over 250,000 small businesses each year with QuickBooks and other small business accounting consulting services.

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