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Manage finances with QuickBooks desktop or QuickBooks online?

The desktop versions of QuickBooks (Pro, Premier, and Enterprise) have been preferred by millions of small business owners all over the United States and Canada. Since the unveiling of the QuickBooks online (OQO) version, QB users have various options to manage their finances: sitting before their computer as well as managing things using their smartphones. Online version has some features that desktop users will miss. In the same manner, some features will also be missed by online version users. Moreover, the availability of QuickBooks helpline ensures users of both versions will bring the best out of their accounting programs under all circumstances.


Now, the main question is QuickBooks Desktop vs. QuickBooks Online – Which is better for small businesses? The answer to the same question lies in the utility of both QB versions with reference to their pros and cons. QB desktop version users have added benefits of job cost calculations and re-billing, and calculation of discounts by customers. But these features are not available for OQO users. On the other hand, features, such as automatic schedule and tax reports; work from PC, Mac, smartphones or tablet; instant file access to accountants; and connect to 300+ cloud-based apps, will be missed by the users of desktop versions. All other features are same with both types of versions and will be equally shared by end users to manage their finances.

Maximum businesses that use QuickBooks Enterprise are too big to use QBO. When it comes to have the question of which version is matters the most, users need to rely upon some feedback from the people who are already using the both versions. There are basically two categories of such people:

  • Those who previously have had used the QB desktop version and have planned to move to the QBO version.
  • Businesses that have had no experience with the desktop versions and have gone into the QBO version.

Small businesses that are related to the first category enjoyed the 24/7 availability of QBO as there was no upgrading/updating needed. They were happy with the availability of the AppCenter and mobile capabilities of QBO. They discovered the functionality of QBO matching their needs. Some said that the QBO was not strong enough for their needs and they moved back to QuickBooks desktop.

The second category people complained of several issues after moving to the QBO version. Some of them looked for answers how can they convert back to QuickBooks desktop? When compared to the functionality, QBO version was outshined by the desktop versions.

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