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Review: "QuickBooks Self-Employed Lets Me Focus on Creation, Not Bookkeeping"
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June 20, 2018

Review: "QuickBooks Self-Employed Lets Me Focus on Creation, Not Bookkeeping"

Score 10 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with QuickBooks Self-Employed

As a freelance writer, solo entrepreneur, and one-man-army, my time is divided between several activities, from scoping out clients and researching content to bookkeeping and tax preparation. QuickBooks Self-Employed makes bookkeeping and tax preparation easier than ever. Only a few clicks and my income and expenses are categorized for easy review and year-end taxes, not to mention automatic quarterly-tax reminders.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My covering my bookkeeping needs, QuickBooks Self-Employed allows me to focus on more profitable activities.
  • Automatically categorizing my income and expenses makes year-end tax preparation a breeze.
  • Automatic tax payment reminders help me keep up with legal requirements for my freelance business.
To be honest, I haven't shopped around for a bookkeeping package. I've been using TurboTax for well over a decade, and adding on QuickBooks Self-Employed (once I made the switch to freelancing) was a no-brainer. I probably could have used the program to help me keep track of employee expenses as I was working for others in the past.
Microsoft Office 2016, Upwork, Toggl, Google Drive, Todoist, Skype, Slack, UberConference, Wix, Skyword, Freelancer.com, Apache OpenOffice, Nitro Cloud, Microsoft Access
As the name of the program suggests, QuickBooks Self-Employed is best-suited for self-employed people, freelancers and solo entrepreneurs would find the tools within to be exceptionally useful to keep track of expenses so they can focus on more profitable activities. Other QuickBooks tiers might be more fitting for small businesses and larger companies.

QuickBooks Self-Employed Feature Ratings

Accounts payable
Not Rated
Accounts receivable
Not Rated
Cash management
Not Rated
Multi-currency support
Not Rated
Electronic tax filing
10
Dashboards
10
Standard reports
9
Custom reports
Not Rated
Single sign-on capability
10