The start date is a date you choose as the starting point for your
financial records in QuickBooks—similar to starting a new register
for a checking account.
Important: Once you choose a start date you'll need to enter the balances
for your accounts as of your start date. Once you start using QuickBooks, you'll
enter details for any transactions—such as bill payments, invoices, and
payments from customers—that have occurred between your start date and
What start date should I choose?