nowadays it has been so advance that without quick books and other business softwares it is hard to deal with the accounting stuff.
I am a Quickbooks Consultant.
A business plan and a budget are a must.
I continue to build my consulting companies.
Have a successful year
I not only use QuickBooks software, I wrote a series of books "How To Do Your Own Small Business Bookkeeping utilizing QB software" (available through Amazon.com) to help others use it better. I have learned and operated several other accounting programs - Microsoft Money, Peachtree, Quicken, Tussman, etc. but found that, for me, QuickBooks is the most user-friendly (once you learn it, of course) program on the market.