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No simple start is basically a check book

Maybe I can just use the daily payouts as Sales Receipts.  Then just add a daily COGS transaction to match up to it?

Yes you can do that if, the daily cogs number is available and you have entered a purchase in simple start to an asset account, then you use a journal entry to move that value out of the purchase asset account and into cogs.  debit cogs and credit purchase asset

Resolution for Issue 'Can QBO Simple Start keep track of individual product costs? I use Shopify to keep track of my inventory, so I don’t need Quickbooks to do it.' available: Yes (Solved).
Source: Intuit Community forum.

Can QBO Simple Start keep track of individual product costs? I use Shopify to keep track of my inventory, so I don’t need Quickbooks to do it.: this issue or error code is a known issue in Quickbooks Online (QBO) and/or Quickbooks. Support for this issue is available either by self-service or paid support options. Experts are available to resolve your Quickbooks issue to ensure minimal downtime and continue running your business. First try to resolve the issue yourself by looking for a resolution described below. If it is a complex issue or you are unable to solve the issue, you may contact us by clicking here or by using other support options.

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