CEO and Founder of Kruze Consulting
Quickbooks comes in many flavors, and once upon a time, this was a piece of Desktop software. Quickbooks has now migrated to the Cloud (ie in your Internet Browser) and the only remaining Quickbooks desktop applications are heavyweight solutions meant for manufacturing, inventory, or enterprise level companies. The vast majority of companies can and should use QuickBooks Online (vs the desktop version).
Here are the Quickbooks Online options, of which there are 5:
We strongly believe that QuickBooks Online is the best accounting software for startups (especially if you are based in the US). Lots of API integrations into banks and credit cards and other fintech software, pretty good UX, and it’s an accepted industry standard - so pretty much any CPA or VP of Finance should be able to use it.
PS. Don’t do the Quickbooks Payroll “add-on” - its awful and we see a ton of missed payroll filings. Read about the best payroll providers for startups - we cover Gusto, Rippling and some PEOs.
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