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QuickBooks Review: Is It Right for Your Business?

You’ve heard a lot of hype about the benefits (or shortcomings) of QuickBooks software, but how do you know if the accounting solution is right for you? Check out the QuickBooks review, below, to help determine if QuickBooks accounting is a good fit for your business.

QuickBooks Accounting: The Go-To Small Business Solution

There’s a reason why QuickBooks has cornered the small to midsize business accounting market: it’s affordable, easy to integrate and developed by a company capable of continually evolving its features.

Being a well-recognized brand doesn’t hurt either – QuickBooks is easily the most-associated brand name with SMB accounting software. And, despite a growing love/hate dichotomy of past and current users, the flagship Intuit product has maintained a relatively positive image because of its solid functionality and ability to address all of your basic accounting needs. Case in point: Capterra CEO Michael Ortner recently said his company still uses QuickBooks software, and has done so since its founding in 1999.

Though QuickBooks may not be able to lay claim to the title of most affordable accounting program, it continues to excel where Xero and other competitors cannot. This is in part due to the fact that Intuit offers nearly a dozen different editions, in both on-premise and hosted deployment models. It’s not surprising then, that we regularly receive questions in the community about QuickBooks capabilities and whether the software is a good fit for x industry or y accounting needs.

Is QuickBooks Right for My Company?

If you’re trying to decide whether quickbooks-reviewQuickBooks is the right solution for your business, you should begin by reviewing its attributes in relation to the needs of your company. First consider what types of companies QuickBooks products are designed for – smaller businesses with somewhat extensive financial management needs, mid-level companies with experienced accounting departments looking primarily to streamline financial processes, and certain industries with defined financial operations.

Then, if you believe you fit into the target audience, evaluate the product’s features in relation to the specific accounting tasks you perform on a daily basis. Don’t forget that Intuit offers a number of QuickBooks editions tailored for different accounting activities. If QuickBooks Online doesn’t address all of your financial duties, for example, check out the company’s on-premise editions before assuming that the platform can’t accommodate your business needs.

How QuickBooks Matches Up With Company Size

Although QuickBooks is great for many reasons, that doesn’t mean every company will find the solution a match for their accounting software requirements. In fact, you can relatively easily determine whether your business should spend time assessing QuickBooks for your software needs by matching your company with one of the following size categories:

Small Businesses

Small businesses that need a software package with minimally adaptable invoices, payroll activity and sales tax records capabilities, will find QuickBooks a viable option. However, SMBs who are inexperienced in the space of accounting software and want a solution with out-of-the-box simplicity will soon find out why some small businesses aren’t fond of QuickBooks.

Midsize Businesses

A medium-sized business with reasonably experienced accounting software users who are looking for minimal customizability and maximum value can benefit from the use of QuickBooks, especially if they are not looking for a great deal of interactivity with other software, aside from simple Microsoft Office output files (like Excel or Access). But mid-level companies on the smaller end of the spectrum may very well run into the same issues as SMBs (see above).

Large Businesses

In many cases, larger businesses will demand a platform that is more adaptable and customizable, and offers a number of additional options and special attributes. In fact, QuickBooks is limited in that there are typically only a certain number of licenses available, and your large business may need greater scalability to be effective. Yet in the case of a larger company performing mostly uncomplicated accounting tasks, QuickBooks can easily be a more cost-effective alternative to enterprise level accounting solutions.

The bottom line: While QuickBooks is certainly a great product for some businesses, it is not necessarily the best option for all types of companies. If you consider yourself (or your business) an amateur accounting software user, perhaps QuickBooks is not the right tool for you. Yet if you’re either already familiar with the platform or somewhat knowledgeable about accounting products, then a trip to our software comparison chart might be worth your time.

Interested in comparing QuickBooks to other top business accounting solutions?

Browse our compilation of quality on-premise and hosted accounting programs in our free downloadable Top 15 Accounting Software comparison report. You can also browse all of our content on QuickBooks reviews, alternatives and best-practice tips by visiting the Accounting Software resource center.

  • MViera

    OK 2015 is due out soon and I am getting soooo nervous! I wonder if QB has read and taken any of the thoughts, recommendations and advise from the ACTUAL users for this release???
    2013 & 2014 Were the most disappointing releases (except Online (The Cloud) hahaha worst ever)
    Here’s the major issues as I see it:
    1. Visuals: makes me actually feel angry. That stupid Blue/Black line on the left is obnoxious, never mind USELESS! Yes I know I can change it BUT the average user doesn’t!
    a. The entire world does NOT have wide screen! It may have been easier to just write a Screen Adjust code, just saying.
    b. The Home screen is the best tool a NEW user can have. The Icons with little lines and arrows… does it get simpler than that OR did QB forget that is the TARGET AUDIENCE???
    c. Most importantly….. this is a Small BUSINESS software/application not a video game. It needs to be efficient and easy to use and teach. That’s it not rocket science!
    2. Bank Feeds: Really what does that mean? Online Banking OK – Bank Download even better.
    a. This screen is a DISASTER! Here is a the quick version on how to process (hahahaha)
    1. Click on – Top Right (no name) wiggly icon, not drop arrow to download ALL Accts
    – OR if only one acct you can:
    – Click on Top Right (no name) wiggly icon, select from drop down or on FAR left highlight the account to download then look to FAR right and click “Download transactions” (doesn’t say FEED, just saying)
    2. Now look at all the pretty colors on the Top of the Screen so you can Decode what was just downloaded……………
    – Orange means you have to research it: (this is the best part)
    – FAR right “Select” drop down arrow to see options; which will open yet another window that looks a lot like 2012’s Apply Transaction screen – make the entry and ok
    – Your not DONE YET – now you have to
    1. Go back to the “Select” drop down on the FAR right of each (yes each) line and repeat for all orange
    ***** DO you realize how much time I just wasted and I haven’t even gotten to the Blue and Green codes yet………………*****
    3. My biggest complaints:
    1. Reports that have not work for several releases; Budgets by client name is one. Was making Pretty Colors more important than a truly functional software?
    2. The great new features that were added to 2013 & 2014 like: customer screen has tabs for notes, emails, etc… and the “Create Copy” button….. they are hidden because of the cartoonish colors and illogical placement. The most used and necessary buttons are now 3 to 5 clicks away from where they need to be; History for one!
    3. My question is: is 2013 and 2014 really what QB thought the market was looking for or did they take Microsoft’s Windows Vista & 8 wrong turn too. At least Microsoft admits they goofed and are back peddling. All I can do now is pray and wait to see what QB has done with 2015.
    Lets hope they realize the mess and actually clean it up! I am actively working on a Plan B just in case!

  • Beth Jackson

    I’ve been a quickbooks user for years now and currently I’m using
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