Spent the bulk of today learning the basics of how to do the accounting for a small corporation in Canada. I'm planning to use GNUCash for the primary accounting system. We're going to be fairly small and simply structured, so it seems like a good fit. (I realise it seems weird I wouldn't just write my own accounting package, given that I write accounting-related software for work, but we shouldn't have any requirements for custom functionality at all... so why reinvent the wheel... I've got enough "new" things on my plate this month).
Unfortunately, the gnucash website has been down most of the day, so the main source of documentation was offline. I read through the whole GNUCash user's guide (including the sections on stocks, loans and the like, just to get an idea of how that all works with it), then the Aerospace Software guide for business users (conveniently written by Canadians for Canadians) I wound up rather heavily customising the set of accounts offered in that howto...
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