I so thought I had already posted this, but apparently only in my head! (Joerogo we are on the same wavelength a lot lately, eh?!)
I am currently in a career change but I worked in accounting for almost 20 years. I concur abotu QB.
I’d recommend you go with the latest version of Quickbooks Pro. You won’t need Premier, just the basic version. It sets up easily and does what you need at an affordable price (I say affordable because in the professions I mostly cover it is by far the cheapest solution). I set up an ice cream store on it and they do great with it.
One word of caution, because it’s fresh in my mind: Make sure you have someone set it up who knows what they are doing or have the person running it get trained, or use a knowledgeable bookkeeper to do your monthly reconciliations. I say this because I had to go in and "fix" a very small company who uses QB yesterday. They had gone about 5-6 years without any true accounting help. They didn’t know exactly what they were doing and some was fixable but some was not… they had created quite a mess.
So, I’m saying it’s a great program and is very "user-friendly" but be careful to use it correctly!