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Score 7.3 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

If you're a freelancer or running a very small business where you do your own bookkeeping I think this is a great option, especially if you're familiar with accounting and bookkeeping in general. If you're not so familiar with bookkeeping, I would say that the learning curve is too steep and you might want to look elsewhere for a more intuitive solution
Daniel Shatzkes CEO Entrepreneur, Manufacturer, Musician | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

The program is appropriate for use in all business types - especially if the business has many different branches located in different parts of the country/world. The fact that invoicing can be done from a mobile device by use of the friendly Sage One app also makes it easy to quickly conclude a sales transaction by issuing an invoice at the client office - shortens time, leaving more time for business.
Francis Pratt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.9
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.1
Pay calculation
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.8
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.2
Benefit plan administration
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.4
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.2
Direct deposit files
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.3
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.2
Salary revision and increment management
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.8
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.2
Reimbursement management
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.1
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.9

Customization

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.1
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.0
API for custom integration
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.7
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
5.0
Plug-ins
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.5
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
9.0

Security

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.0
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
9.2
Single sign-on capability
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.7
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
10.0
Role-based user permissions
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.4
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.4

Reporting & Analytics

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.5
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.7
Dashboards
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.3
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
6.3
Standard reports
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.7
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.4
Custom reports
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.5
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.4

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.0
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.0
Accounts payable
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.1
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.9
Accounts receivable
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.1
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.9
Cash management
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.7
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
6.1
Bank reconciliation
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.9
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.9
Expense management
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.6
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.0
Time tracking
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.9
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
4.8
Fixed asset management
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.7
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
4.2
Multi-currency support
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.8
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
10.0
Multi-division support
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
4.4
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Regulations compliance
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.2
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.4
Electronic tax filing
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.8
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
6.1
Self-service portal
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.3
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.0
Global Financial Support
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.8
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.2
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.0
Intercompany Accounting
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.4
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.0
Localizations
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.8
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
5.0
Journals and Reconciliations
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.6
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
6.3
Enterprise Accounting
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.4
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Configurable Accounting
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.2
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
5.8
Centralized Rules Framework
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.2
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0
Standardized Processes
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.2
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.0

Inventory Management

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.3
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
3.8
Inventory tracking
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.8
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
6.0
Automatic reordering
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.5
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
2.0
Location management
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.0
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
2.0
Manufacturing module
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.0
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
5.0

Order Management

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.3
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
5.4
Pricing
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.2
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
5.0
Order entry
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.5
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
5.0
Credit card processing
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.3
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
5.0
Cost of goods sold
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.9
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
5.0
Order Orchestration
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.8
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
6.0
End-to-end order visibility
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.4
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
6.0
Order exception Resolution
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.7
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
6.0

Pros

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

  • The program is very easy to learn, the interface is incredibly user-friendly and there are tons of free resources and tutorials available
  • It makes managing payroll really easy for the employee and accountant on staff. No more lost time sheets or late paychecks!
  • Managing bills and paying them has become streamlined and it's great having everything in one place so we don't lose track of things.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

  • The ability to log in to your accounting data anywhere you have internet. No sending backups to your accountant, no more trying to recover lost data, or having to log in to a server. This cloud hosted solution gives you a lot more freedom and flexibility as I can log in to it from any computer, or mobile device.
  • The ability to send professional invoices or quotes to my customers while still at their location. Also the ability to easily track my receivables and stay on top of them as they are always right at my fingertips.
  • Project tracking is a great feature. With this module you can send tasks associated with a project to your team without giving them access to your financial information. They can report to you where they are at on the project to help you stay on track. You can track the revenue and expenses associated with this project to make sure you are making a profit.
  • Bank integration brings in all the transactions and easily lets you allocate to the appropriate revenue and expense account or match to sales invoices or purchase invoices saving you time in data entry.
  • Sage One integrates with Sage Payment solutions or Paypal. By giving your customers more options to pay helping you stay on top of your receivables.
  • I love how it imports into the Sage 50 Accounting software for those customers who still need the features and functionality of the desktop software.
  • Just released the integration between Sage 50 and Sage One just got easier. The previous versions of Sage One and Sage 50 had the ability to download customer transactions from Sage One including invoicing, other income, bills, expenses, bank transfers and general journal entries to your Sage 50 accounting software.
  • With the latest update for Sage 50 you can now automatically upload and map your Sage 50 customer records, vendors, accounts, inventory items, and tax codes to Sage One for a quick, easy setup and perfect record match every time. This makes things so much easier when setting up new customers in Sage One
  • Now that important client information flows both ways, you can set up a new client in Sage One in minutes by accessing your Sage One connection wizard (under “file tab” in Sage 50 Accountants Edition) For the customers, vendors and accounts and products and services.
  • The other information such as Sales invoices and other income, Bills and other expenses, Bank Transfers, general journal entries flow from Sage One to Sage 50.
Debrah Burleigh CPB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

  • The #1 complaint is that setting it up right is a challenge. People waste time trying to figure it out only to realize that they don't know accounting so of course they don't know how an accounting program should be set up. Like any time you are in over your head, reach out to your network and find someone who can log onto your computer and walk you through it.
  • If you need to track the cost of wages to jobs you can't do it with the online payroll, but check for yourself because it's a function that landscaping companies and construction businesses usually need, so maybe they have added it by now. That would really help!
  • It's premise-based software and that means you take on the role of hardware admin, and it's a lot of work for what is increasingly becoming a smaller gap in the functionality between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks Online.
  • QuickBooks for Mac 2015 has been updated consistently over the last 3 years and continues to provide for the bookkeeping needs of small companies using Macs in their offices. However, it has limited job costing functionality. It is similar in functionality to the 2010 version of QuickBooksPro which runs on Windows.
Shelly Robbins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

  • Because they don't use accounting terminology like debit/credit, journals can get very complicated, especially with balance sheet accounts like suspense accounts that can be either an asset or a liability.
  • The API documentation and process to gain access to the API is not very user friendly.
  • They don't have an integrated asset register that calculates amortization/depreciation. The logic is simple, it just needs to be done.
  • VAT is still calculated incorrectly; a different rounding is used than SARS (South African Revue Service) uses.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 8.0
Based on 9 answers
I haven't spent that much time with the newer versions of QuickBooks for Mac, but I think I'm seeing it make the much-needed improvements. For example, something as simple as undoing the previous reconciliation was a terrible chore, and I'm glad that feature has been included in the newer versions of QuickBooks for Mac
Spencer Judd | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 8.0
Based on 3 answers
The Mac version is OK overall. I find the Windows versions to be much more robust but Mac is quite good for Mac users. Though I think die hard Mac users should consider QuickBooks Online instead as there is a new QB for Mac app that makes using QBO much better!
Robyn Smithson, CB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Sage Business Cloud Accounting 9.1
Based on 1 answer
I love the convenience of Sage One as I can access it anywhere I have internet. I also love how user friendly it is, my customers who do not have any kind of accounting or bookkeeping background are able to quickly learn systems and procedures that I help set up for them to stay on top of their finances to work towards having a successful business. It has so many features to help make things easy for you to keep track of your finances allowing you more time to work on your business.
Debrah Burleigh CPB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I've been using the QuickBooks online version for a little over 6 months now (upgraded from Mac desktop) and I haven't had any access issues. There have been times when it was down for service/upgrade however there is always plenty of notification time given by the Quick Books Online Support team. These upgrade maintenance time frames are always over night hours and on the weekends so everything can be worked around very easily.
Ann Shallcross | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

No score
No answers yet
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Performance

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Sage Business Cloud Accounting 9.1
Based on 1 answer
The product continues to improve and very excited about the new release coming soon.
Debrah Burleigh CPB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Because the support level I get is probably not what the average user gets
Robyn Smithson, CB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Sage Business Cloud Accounting 9.1
Based on 1 answer
They are always there no matter how big or small my issue may be to support me and my customers to come up with a solution. The staff is always there by chat or phone and even remote support to solve any issues. I have noticed that Sage is always training there staff keeping the up to date on all the new releases so they are better able to support us.
Debrah Burleigh CPB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

No score
No answers yet
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Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Sage Business Cloud Accounting 8.2
Based on 1 answer
I find the online training was very informative and they answered all my questions. I am also certified in Sage One and provided online training in the program which I have set up several people on and they love how it keeps them organized.
Debrah Burleigh CPB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

I love using Quickbooks compared to other software we've tried. QuickBooks Online and TSheets interface. Customer service and problem resolution are generally excellent, with well-trained and proficient agents taking calls or on chat. Ease of use and accessibility via the mobile app. Great courses were available to help with learning the basics and some advanced accounting background. I love learning! Online accessibility - it can work anywhere with an internet connection. Linking to bank and credit card accounts is handy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

I have used Wave Accounting, and while it is an excellent cloud accounting software, it doesn't allow us to work collaboratively with our customers. They both allow me to sign in and work with our clients books within the program, but Wave doesn't integrate into Sage 50 which is a must for clients that I know want to continue to grow.
Jaime Rein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

  • The ROI was good for when we were a smaller company because it is a lot cheaper than other more sophisticated programs.
  • The negative impact is that it caused a lot of extra manual entering and data entry that too often resulted in mistakes.
Luke O'Neill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

  • Ability to add-on: Positive ROI can be achieved by building you own customized solution by adding on partner apps. Such apps extend the functionality of the product to accommodate certain business requirements.
  • Product is slower than competitors: Negative ROI as product seems to be comparatively slower than competitors when holding other variables constant (ie. browser version, Internet connection speed, etc.) In a busy accounting cycle, this can have a substantial impact. Also, back buttons don't allow for retaining same screen input data.
  • Reports functionality strong: Positive ROI due to ability to view data in many dimensions/formats.
  • Ability to connect financial accounts: Positive ROI as data from financial accounts automatically brought into the accounts where it can approved for posting, thus eliminating manual entry.
Laurence Sarner | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Sage Business Cloud Accounting Editions & Modules

Edition
Sage One Accounting Free$01
Sage One Accounting Premium$52
  1. Per User per Month
  2. Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Additional Pricing Details
Versions and pricing listed are for US products. Versions available and pricing may vary by country.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.3
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.0
Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Usability

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.0
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
9.1

Reliability and Availability

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
9.0
Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Performance

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
9.1

Support Rating

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.0
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
9.1

Online Training

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
Sage Business Cloud Accounting
8.2

Implementation Rating

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.0
Sage Business Cloud Accounting

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