Ever since the QuickBooks Pro Desktop Vs Online Online version is introduced the small business owners have one common question – Which is the right version for their business?
Understanding the difference between the desktop and online version of QuickBooks software will help to choose the right software for your business.
QuickBooks Online Version
QuickBooks Online version was introduced in the year 2000, does not have any upfront costs. The Online software also comes with a 30 day free trial, so there is no initial fee to the service before making final purchase. Getting started is very easy: all you have to do is fill out a short form with your contact information. You do not need to install or download to start using QuickBooks Online version. You can access all of your data from any computer with proper internet connection, as well as from your cell phone through their mobile optimized website. QuickBooks Online versions include the basic bookkeeping tasks, such as invoice creation and check printing from within the interface. The QuickBooks online version has several automation features for things such as customer billing, email reports, downloading bank transactions and more. Another important productive feature is that it automatically upgrades the new updates.
Support for QuickBooks Pro Online Version
One drawback of the online version of software is that not all of the features will transfer over when or if you upgrade to a Desktop version. This is because the QuickBooks Online version was developed separately from the Desktop version of QuickBooks. Also the Online version does not have as many features as the least expensive Desktop version. Because the features offered with the Online versions are more basic and easier to set up. Since QuickBooks Online is cloud-based, users can access QuickBooks reports wherever they have Internet access and from multiple devices. QuickBooks Online allows for up to 25 simultaneous users. QuickBooks Online version comes with free support.
Note: QuickBooks Online requires a monthly subscription.
QuickBooks Online is a good choice for:
• Businesses where people need to remote access the books
• Businesses where multiple people may need to access the books at the same time
• Businesses that are comfortable with a monthly fee and may benefit from the free support that the monthly fee offers
• Businesses that are comfortable with cloud computing where data is stored online and only accessible with an internet connection
• Businesses that want to explore automation
QuickBooks Desktop Version
QuickBooks updates their Desktop version with new features every year, which was introduced in 1990’s. It is usually suggested to use the software for three years before buying a new version in order to take complete advantage of the new features that is updated every year on the software release. To upgrade your desktop software through online banking, the software is only free for three years. The QuickBooks Desktop version allows the users to access their information faster and can streamline their everyday tasks by organizing and managing all their finances in one place, as well as their customer, vendor, and employee data. There is also a New User Setup to help users get started and learn how the software works. The Desktop version comes with one hour of customer support to help users set up their accounts and customer information.
Support for QuickBooks Pro Desktop Version
The QuickBooks Desktop version requires the purchase of the software upfront. QuickBooks Pro Desktop 2015 is a one-time payment or you can get QuickBooks Pro Plus for an annual payment. The advantage of QuickBooks Desktop version is that it can be accessed from the computer it is installed on regardless of Internet connection. With QuickBooks Desktop, transactions (invoice, receipt, reports, etc.) must be processed manually. The QuickBooks Desktop version is linked to the computer it is installed on and therefore can only be accessed on-site. There are many customized features in the Desktop version The drawback of the Desktop version is that it does not permit simultaneous access. Also the basic QuickBooks Desktop version does not come with support although you can pay for support by getting the Pro Plus edition.
QuickBooks Desktop is a good choice for:
• Businesses with a fixed office location
• Businesses that have a small number of people who need access
• Businesses that don’t want a recurring monthly charge
• Businesses that don’t want their books to be accessible online
• Businesses that want to explore customized features such as the ability to track budget and spending
Support for QuickBooks Pro Desktop
Each version of QuickBooks software has its strengths and weaknesses. All the small and medium business owners should understand the difference before you choose the best solution for your business. Call Quickbooks 24/7 Support for any help & Support .