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Old 01-31-2016, 09:50 AM
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Anyone use it for small business? Easy to use? Any other programs we should look at?
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:57 AM
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Quick books is great- I started using it in 07 with 4 employees and I still use it with 70 guys. Best part is I can still pull up info on any purchase by vendor since day 1. I use different software now for time sheets but it is very easy to use for balancing the books and generating invoices and my accountant likes how everything is teed up for easy tax prep. Highly recommended.
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I use it and have found it to be fairly easy to use, but I am not using applications such as payroll and credit cards which I suspect would up the complexity considerably.. It does have some quirks though that can be perplexing.and are not always well documented. There are some good forums of Quickbooks Users that are worthwhile looking at if you are having a problem as other users may have encountered the same problem you are dealing with and have found a solution.
I "inherited" this from a prior user so don't know what else might be available that would be any better.
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Old 01-31-2016, 10:16 AM
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I do the books in excel right now but scored a pretty good account so hoping to expand a bit. I am currently using invoiceASAP which i love and they are compatible with quickbooks hence the reason for the question. Tracking revenue is easy but expenses can be a little more difficult. No employees so that part is easy.
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I use QB for 3 different businesses I own. Once it's set up it's easy to use. I would reccomend having an accountant that is familiar with QB and your business set it up.

We don't use their payroll service. We have a local payroll & benefits company handle that for us.

We also don't use their credit card processing service because of the exorbitant charges. The CC service is easy to use and works well, but they really stick it to you with the charges. You should be able to find a CC service that is much more reasonably priced for this. We use our local credit union and that has worked well.

We are using QB Pro 2012 and have 5 licenses. They will try and get you to upgrade annually but there is very little or no benefit to you to do that. I update about once every 5-6 years.

When we first went into business we tried some other programs, but they weren't as user friendly and things were more complicated. After a few years we tried QB and found that it's a good fit for our business. As the previous poster said, there are some quirks, but once you learn your way around QB works pretty good.
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Somebody I trust recommended Peachtree a number of years ago so I took his advice. A few years ago I went through the hassle of changing over to Quickbooks. I love Quickbooks, it is very widely used and there is a lot of help available for it.
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Been using quick books for over a decade. I run two businesses with it. There is no better business management tool out there IMO
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:56 AM
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As a CPA Quickbooks is about as good as it gets for the $$. Keep it simple to start so you dont get overwhemed then gradually add the additional features. Most Accountants work with it-I use it for my business as well.
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i used QB for 15 years works fine. I tried to go to thier on line QB and it was a disaster. I have over 5000 customers and we handle it easy. When we tried on line version finding a customer was slow and difficult. we went back to old pc version
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I use it QB and its great .... My assistant does most of the work - but I can go in and correct issues, review, etc ... Very user friendly IMHO
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Pros - Great product, good support, easy to use, can grow with your business

Cons - Once you get to a certain point and reach the Enterprise level you no longer own the software, you are put on a subscription basis. Depending on the number of users it is $1k+ annually which is a lot when you remember buying the software for $129.

If you are not using the online version (which is probably fine for small single user situations) and have more than 1 user it requires a dedicated server. Not a big deal, but during the last upgrade this became a requirement and it was not disclosed in the upgrade preparations. We had our QB file on a network file server for years, but this is no longer possible.
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I've been using it for 12 years now. We use Pro with 3 users. Payroll is simple. CC is a little high but we do minimul charges not not enough to worry about changing. Get it and don't look back.
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We have iPads and a huge Mack and i have a laptop. Can it be used on all?
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Originally Posted by Smitty777 View Post
We have iPads and a huge Mack and i have a laptop. Can it be used on all?
Perhaps others here have experience with Apple products.

We use it in PC's. You must either use the online version or the company file must be accessibile by all items and you have to buy a license for each device.
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QuickBooks, non online version. Period. Buy it and don't look back.
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Old 02-01-2016, 05:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Spooled View Post
As a CPA Quickbooks is about as good as it gets for the $$. Keep it simple to start so you dont get overwhemed then gradually add the additional features. Most Accountants work with it-I use it for my business as well.
This has been my experience as well. If I can add one thing - Please use account numbers!! It makes AJEs so much easier and a lot of trial balance programs that your CPA uses require account numbers. It takes a long time to add them every year.

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I've been using Quickbooks Manufacturing and Wholesale for about 15 years and it works fine.

If you need to run credit cards, I can't say I'm crazy about 3rd party merchant services software that 'pops up' in Quickbooks. I went that route for a few years and have used QB's merchant services ever since due to 3rd party software and server issues. It's not uncommon to take multiple $10-$25K orders over the course of the day, so needless to say I get my panties in a twist if there's $50K in credit cards that can't be processed because the system is down.

As you grow, you can call QB MS every 6 months and say what have you done for me lately and they'll usually drop the rates a little which adds up.

We ship ~100 packages via UPS each day and there's a 3rd party add-on called Ship Gear that makes it simple. Simply put your invoice number in the Ship Gear window, click a button and UPS Worldship auto-populates for you.
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Old 02-01-2016, 06:25 AM
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We use QB Enterprise for 14 companies and use combiner software to consolidate them into one as well. I am sure other software is good, but zero complaints from me. We don't use their processing, or run any employees through QB.
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