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Subject: Opensource management software.
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ChrisL18
(Vermont)

Posts:1


07/02/2020 5:22 PM  
Hello,

I am a new director for a new 8 member HOA. We have very few assets (stormwater system and sewer pump). I am looking for software to manage HOA dues and bills. I have everything drafted up in Excel and can work with that, but I wanted to reach out and see if anyone knows of any opensource accounting software that works well.

Thanks!
BenS8
(Tennessee)

Posts:2


02/18/2021 8:06 AM  
Did you find a software product? I am currently doing research to either buy or build one myself.
TimB4
(Virginia)

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02/18/2021 4:44 PM  
When I was on the board, we were using pen and paper.

I moved to excel spreadsheets (with assistance from a CPA).

The problem with any software is the abilities of those who follow.


For example: At one time, a members serving on the architectural committee built a great Microsoft access database and user interface. When they left, a thumb drive with all the info was left for the committee. When I was on the committee (serving as the committee secretary) I organized the files. This is when I discovered the thumb drive and checked it out. I thought it was great but everything was 10 years out of date.

It appears that those who served after this individual, didn't have the knowledge to use the information.

Learning from this, the committee chose to stay with pen and paper.




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SteveM9
(Massachusetts)

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02/23/2021 7:49 AM  
Excel
Word
PDF

We only use these 3 things.

To accomplish this...... Openoffice (free) can be used if you want to use an app, but we prefer to use Google docs and save each file to google drive than can be backed up to a thumb drive. Its also easier to share the files with people because they dont need word, excel, adobe pdf to open. Its viewable in google docs without an account.

Sure, go ahead and use things like quickbooks if you like, but save reports in PDF, or excel for archiving information.

Files in these 3 formats will be fine for decades to come. If you complicate things with access databases, quickbooks, etc.... those files will be useless in the years to follow because you wont be able to open them.
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