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Likelihood to Recommend

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

One of my clients is a manufacturing company utilizing QuickBooks with 15 employees to manage all aspects of their business. Frequent tasks being performed are generating purchase orders for raw materials, invoicing customers for finished products, and payroll. As the primary person supporting this installation I've found it easy to manage, control permissions for users, and upgrade each workstation. I also provide basic training on the operation of QuickBooks and even the employees with no previous experience find it easy to use and learn.
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QuickBooks Self-Employed

QuickBooks Self-Employed is a very detailed software to keep track of your finances and tax obligations. I'm reviewing the online version here and honestly, if you are into QuickBooks, it might be worth looking into the stand-alone software version. Ideally, if you work remotely, in various places and on more than one computer (desktop or laptop) then QuickBooks online is a good idea. But the slow interface is troubling to me and I spend a lot of time going through and correcting entries QuickBooks imports from my bank account. In fact, I've gone back to my stand-alone version of Quicken.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.7
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Pay calculation
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.7
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Benefit plan administration
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.4
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Direct deposit files
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Salary revision and increment management
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Reimbursement management
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.2
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0

Customization

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.9
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
API for custom integration
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.3
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Plug-ins
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.6
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0

Security

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.2
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Single sign-on capability
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.2
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Role-based user permissions
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0

Reporting & Analytics

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.3
Dashboards
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.3
Standard reports
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.9
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.0
Custom reports
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed
5.7

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.8
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.7
Accounts payable
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.8
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Accounts receivable
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.5
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Cash management
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.8
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.0
Bank reconciliation
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
9.2
QuickBooks Self-Employed
9.1
Expense management
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.7
Time tracking
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.4
QuickBooks Self-Employed
6.7
Fixed asset management
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Multi-currency support
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.3
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Multi-division support
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.5
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Regulations compliance
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.3
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Electronic tax filing
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.7
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.8
Self-service portal
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.9
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Global Financial Support
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.6
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Intercompany Accounting
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.6
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Localizations
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.3
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Journals and Reconciliations
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.5
QuickBooks Self-Employed
1.3
Enterprise Accounting
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.2
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Configurable Accounting
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Centralized Rules Framework
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.8
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Standardized Processes
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.4
QuickBooks Self-Employed
3.2

Inventory Management

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.9
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Inventory tracking
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Automatic reordering
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Location management
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.3
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Manufacturing module
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.3
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0

Order Management

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.8
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Pricing
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Order entry
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.5
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Credit card processing
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.2
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Cost of goods sold
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.5
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Order Orchestration
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.7
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
End-to-end order visibility
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
7.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
Order exception Resolution
QuickBooks Desktop Pro
6.7
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0

Pros

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

  • QuickBooks does a great job of easily creating invoices and bills and sending them out internally either by email or fax. It does provide the option to print as well for customers who cant be reached otherwise.
  • QuickBooks creates detailed charts that let you see your business from a distance. You are able to see a week, month or even a year at a time. charts include income, payments not received, and most frequent customers.
  • QuickBooks makes complex task easy by having built in formats for invoices, estimates, bills, payment receipts.
  • QuickBooks also has easy bank intergration.
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QuickBooks Self-Employed

  • Cross-platform compatibility (Browser, Android) makes it easy to see how my business is doing almost anywhere.
  • Smart enough to recognize and automatically categorize most of my transactions, so I don't have to fuss with spreadsheets at the end of the year.
  • Updates automatically and notifies me when it needs help, so I don't have to spend too much time babysitting it.
  • Integrated with TurboTax and automatically exports year-end tax info for easy filing.
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Cons

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

  • Preparing 1099s - It would be great if it were possible to exclude a particular expense from 1099 reporting. Sometimes a non-reportable expense (such as a reimbursement) is posted to a expense account that would normally be reportable. I would like not to have to create a sub-account, or manually exclude it at the end of the year. It would also be nice if there was a way to indicate the type of entity for a vendor. Sometimes, the name does not make it clear and I would like to be able to tell at a glance why it has been excluded.
  • Payroll - allow more than one salary item on a single payroll check. Occasionally, a pay rate will change mid-period and it is necessary to have two salary rates in one check. Right now, we have to fake it out using a calculated hourly rate.
  • Improve the downloaded transactions function. This is one of the only things that QuickBooks Online does better than the desktop version. Currently, the bank feeds function is awkward and unnecessarily complicated to use.
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QuickBooks Self-Employed

  • Automatic mileage tracking used to work a lot better than it currently does. I got a new phone, and now I have to manually input call tracking, because it just doesn't work anymore.
  • When creating invoices, there should be a way to import data into an invoices from Excel, which would make the invoicing a lot faster. Additionally, being able to press ENTER to save a line item on an invoice would be nice. Currently it doesn't work that way.
  • Editing invoices shouldn't require sending a reminder.
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Likelihood to Renew

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 10.0
Based on 18 answers
Overall the features of PRO are just not enough to run a great company with good reporting and smooth accounting. If you're serious about getting your finances organized, step up to PREMIER or ACCOUNTANT. The small additional investment will be well worth while. And for truly world-class security and performance, please consider having your QuickBooks hosted on a virtual network. By doing this you will relieve yourself of the hassle, expense, and danger of making your own backups, protecting your QuickBooks files from viruses, and of course, getting hacked. A hosted platform will protect you from all of these things and make your QuickBooks files available to your team from anywhere in the world.
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QuickBooks Self-Employed

QuickBooks Self-Employed 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Usability

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 8.5
Based on 10 answers
It does require some training to get used to, it's not really something you can figure out on your own. Every company is also going to have their own custom features. But, I feel really confident using it now after months of training and scenarios
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QuickBooks Self-Employed

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 8.0
Based on 7 answers
I haven't had any major issues or complaints. I think there is always room for improvement; the software isn't flawless, but it has been super helpful in creating manageable financials for our start-up business. When I have needed support help, which hasn't been real often, usually the problem is resolvable. I have occasionally had to pay extra fees for help, but nothing unreasonable.
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QuickBooks Self-Employed

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

In-Person Training

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Best thing I ever did was to attend a two day training seminar on QuickBooks, I learned an immense amount in a short time with hands on training by experts. I strongly recommend such training for anyone using any part of the software. It will pay for itself in the first month.
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QuickBooks Self-Employed

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

QuickBooks Desktop Pro 9.0
Based on 6 answers
We implemented the software ourselves. The training we received on the software was done by taking a community course teaching us how to use QuickBooks. It allowed me to get started with some basics of how to use the program and have not needed much assistance since completing the course work.
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QuickBooks Self-Employed

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

Quicken I found similar to Quickbooks, but in a more home-based form. GnuCash does a lot that Quickbooks can do, with the exception of payroll management. GnuCash is what I use for my home-based accounting for my freelance work and it is rock solid; I use Quickbooks at the shop because it's pretty much the only product available that does the gamut of what the shop needs.
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QuickBooks Self-Employed

We just trust QuickBooks more than CloudBooks because it's been on the market longer and it's not a net-based service.
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Return on Investment

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

  • By entering our bills as they arrive we get reminders when payment dates are coming due as well as making it easy to track where the money is going
  • Invoicing has made tracking money owed to us easy and cut down on having to call people looking for money owee to us.
  • Quickbooks built-in templates for invoicing & quotes we have been able to have a more professional look to present to customers
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QuickBooks Self-Employed

  • Taxes were easier to do online rather than directly importing from the phone app.
  • Somewhat tedious going through each transaction.
  • Learning curve for all of the features.
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Pricing Details

QuickBooks Desktop Pro

General

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

QuickBooks Self-Employed

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.7
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
10.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0

Usability

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.5
QuickBooks Self-Employed

Reliability and Availability

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.3
QuickBooks Self-Employed

Support

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed

In-Person Training

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
10.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed

Implementation

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
9.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed

Scalability

QuickBooks Desktop Pro
8.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed

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