For small companies, cash flow is king--especially in tougher economic times. So Intuit's timing couldn't have been better for the innovative new online bill-payment service that's part QuickBooks Pro 2001. It might actually get money into your pocket faster. From within the $249 accounting program, you can e-mail or fax invoices to customers and let them pay through a QuickBooks Web site, either by using their credit cards or through electronic transfers. Better yet, your e-mail invoices offer hot links that customers can simply click to be taken directly to the bill-payment site on the Web (www.quickbooks.com). The fee varies with the transaction's size.
Besides these new features, QuickBooks 2001 offers some interesting enhancements. You can assign 20 different price levels to products and services, for volume purchases, say; and, if you create a simple Web site through QuickBooks, you can add interactive forms.