QuickBooks Online Advanced vs. QuickBooks Self-Employed

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
QuickBooks Online Advanced
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
QuickBooks Online Advanced is a SaaS-based accounting software designed to scale with growing businesses. It includes the functionalities of QuickBooks Online, as well as more robust business analytics, customization, and resource management.N/A
QuickBooks Self-Employed
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
N/AN/A
Pricing
QuickBooks Online AdvancedQuickBooks Self-Employed
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
QuickBooks Online AdvancedQuickBooks Self-Employed
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
QuickBooks Online AdvancedQuickBooks Self-Employed
Considered Both Products
QuickBooks Online Advanced
Chose QuickBooks Online Advanced
Quickbooks has made their other products frustrating to use by eliminating features. Their feature bundling is annoying, confusing, and frustrating. QuickBooks Online Advanced or Pro or whatever their next marketing/sales idea fills me with dread.
Chose QuickBooks Online Advanced
It's at the top of the list with all of the other products. I wouldn't go back to any of the other products after using Advance. The others are very well maintained and user-friendly however QuickBooks Online advance is the top-notch software for any business to sign up for.
QuickBooks Self-Employed

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
QuickBooks Online AdvancedQuickBooks Self-Employed
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Online Advanced
8.6
90 Ratings
20% above category average
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
5 Ratings
34% above category average
API for custom integration8.773 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Plug-ins8.478 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Online Advanced
8.2
160 Ratings
4% above category average
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
8 Ratings
24% above category average
Single sign-on capability8.2143 Ratings10.08 Ratings
Role-based user permissions8.2156 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Online Advanced
8.6
173 Ratings
13% above category average
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
14 Ratings
27% above category average
Dashboards8.8163 Ratings10.012 Ratings
Standard reports8.8172 Ratings10.014 Ratings
Custom reports8.2164 Ratings10.08 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Online Advanced
8.1
175 Ratings
9% above category average
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
15 Ratings
30% above category average
Accounts payable8.7169 Ratings10.09 Ratings
Accounts receivable8.9164 Ratings10.010 Ratings
Cash management8.0145 Ratings10.09 Ratings
Bank reconciliation8.3167 Ratings10.010 Ratings
Expense management8.5154 Ratings10.014 Ratings
Time tracking8.188 Ratings10.07 Ratings
Multi-currency support7.544 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Multi-division support8.374 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Regulations compliance7.977 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Electronic tax filing9.097 Ratings10.013 Ratings
Self-service portal8.692 Ratings10.08 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers8.673 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting6.874 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations8.5151 Ratings10.06 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting6.863 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Configurable Accounting8.581 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework6.961 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Standardized Processes7.7115 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Fixed asset management00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Localizations00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Online Advanced
8.1
70 Ratings
14% above category average
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
3 Ratings
35% above category average
Inventory tracking8.170 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Automatic reordering00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Manufacturing module00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Online Advanced
8.8
118 Ratings
17% above category average
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
5 Ratings
30% above category average
Pricing8.786 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Order entry8.879 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Credit card processing9.0103 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Order exception Resolution00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Online Advanced
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.8
3 Ratings
4% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
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User Ratings
QuickBooks Online AdvancedQuickBooks Self-Employed
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(175 ratings)
10.0
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.5
(6 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.5
(4 ratings)
9.4
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
6.5
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
QuickBooks Online AdvancedQuickBooks Self-Employed
Likelihood to Recommend
Intuit
I gave this rating more from the standpoint that I enjoy using other bookkeeping platforms more than I enjoy QuickBooks Online Advanced. While QuickBooks Online Advanced is a solid platform that I have no issue working in, there are some areas that could be improved. The biggest of these areas is the overall design of the platform. I feel that when you first log in and are brought to the home screen, everything just looks cluttered.
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Intuit
QuickBooks is a great tool for new SoleTraders that need basic accounting software and require digital invoicing for their clients to send via email and access key features via a mobile app on the go. QuickBooks is a straightforward tool to use with a simple design and learning curve for business owners that are not very tech-savvy. For businesses that operate on a larger scale and need to provide access to other users on their team, QuickBooks is limited. This type of business may also require more insights into the business outside of accounting, and QuickBooks won't be able to supply insights outside of that.
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Pros
Intuit
  • It allows us to link to bank accounts in order to get up-to-date, real-time information, which is so important in today's lightning speed work world.
  • The "canned" reports are excellent and allow for extreme customization also. This makes them very helpful to both me and my clients.
  • The user interface for QuickBooks Online Advanced is easy to navigate and is intuitive for novices. The screens are well laid out and have cohesiveness on each screen to match tasks with others that match up well.
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Intuit
  • QuickBooks Self-Employed does keep a running total of your income and estimated taxes. Of course, this requires that your entries are accurate.
  • The mileage feature is particularly helpful. One just needs to either use the phone app in conjunction with QuickBooks Self-Employed, or keep a log of all mileage.
  • When tax time comes around, it's easy to use TurboTax software and import your data from QuickBooks.
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Cons
Intuit
  • Proper advice in QuickBooks Online Pro for the usage if QuickBooks Online Advanced will be more efficient.
  • More features and space in the app for organization of the self-created workflows.
  • The stability of QuickBooks Online Advanced can still be better.
  • There are still file-size issues and limitations on transactions and attributes of transactions.
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Intuit
  • Doesn't integrate with Mint, which I use for my home expenses. I think this would be a nice addition to the program, so I could keep track of my whole financial situation.
  • A Windows 10 app would be a nice addition to the program, so I could access it securely from my desktop.
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Likelihood to Renew
Intuit
QuickBooks Online Advanced is not like any other accounting software. With how great the software is now, I would definitely renew QuickBooks Online Advanced
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Intuit
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Usability
Intuit
QuickBooks Online Advanced is great and effective. I use it for almost three months and it definitely does their job
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Intuit
I have been using this software for several years now and it has always put out my data in beautiful generated reports that I can use for verification purposes with my financial institute and the IRS. It has all the tools I need to run my business without loosing track of anything
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Support Rating
Intuit
No answers on this topic
Intuit
I have never faced any difficulties that required me to contact QuickBooks customer service. QuickBooks has plenty of online tutorials, blog posts, and helpful tips and advice for almost any issues you may face using the desktop or app version of the software. Even if you can not find the right answer on the QuickBooks webpages, there are loads of YouTube videos from experts.
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Online Training
Intuit
The online training was easy to follow and understand. The online training gave us the specific instructions to follow
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Intuit
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Implementation Rating
Intuit
Need to make an option for non-profit organizations
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Intuit
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Alternatives Considered
Intuit
I have not evaluated any yet. I have used QuickBooks since 2008 and I used Sage in the corporate environment before using QuickBooks. Honestly, I can't remember it because it was early 2000's. I thought about evaluating and looking because of the issues I've had with QuickBooks, but I haven't really investigated.
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Intuit
FreshBooks limited my ability to categorize transactions, specifically removing duplicates or excluding them. I selected QuickBooks Self-Employed because it allowed me to be in control of items. Sometimes accounting is just making sure things are organized the way YOU think, and FreshBooks wasn't doing that for me.
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Return on Investment
Intuit
  • Positive - time and accuracy: Improved bank feeds with rules for automating categorization (expense account) of transactions.
  • Negative - time and efficiency: Very slow response in data entry such as estimates, purchase orders, invoices, sales receipts, bills & bill payment, and even check writing.
  • Negative - time and error correction: Payroll taxes and sales taxes remain in their own silos and are very difficult to correct OR wrong to correct with regular ledger and transaction entries.
  • Negative - time and reporting: Customer activity cannot be tracked using deposits or JE'd transactions. Reporting and research require the use of transaction forms such as invoices, sales receipts, payments, and credit memos. As an example, the transaction register for a customer can be sorted by various parameters. A default is "All" transactions but does not include all transactions -- you have to select "All plus deposits" and you will also not see checks. This is about the same for Vendor activity, where deposits (e.g. refunds) will not show in the vendor's activity register. A vendor credit memo is required, then the refund can be pushed against that credit balance. The credit memo will appear in the vendor register, but a deposit will not.
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Intuit
  • Overall, tagging expenses and mileage has saved me thousands in taxes, for a relatively low cost of around $8/mo.
  • QuickBooks allows me to get invoices to clients quickly and accept online payments, which helps with cashflow.
  • The app has stopped tracking mileage automatically on my device, so I worry that sometimes I am not tracking business miles effectively, which could end up costing me at the EOY.
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