Last week I switched to a Mac. This meant I had to figure out what I was going to do about Quickbooks. I’ve used Quickbooks on a PC for my business for the past 10+ years, so this was a bit of a switch. Most recently I’ve been using Quickbooks Pro 2009, plus payroll. In switching to a Mac this meant I had two options; Quickbooks Online, or Quickbooks for Mac. I decided to try them both out and see what I liked. I had high hopes or Quickbooks Online since that would free me from any platform constraints. Here’s how it all shook down.
Quickbooks Online. I like it, although I didn’t do a thorough test run. But I liked what I saw. The process of uploading my file went well, and there were only a few things I had to reconfigure. Payroll is well integrated, and everything else seemed to be a snap. There’s just one huge downside–cost. It’s about $50/month for what I need, and $600/year vs. $200/year just wasn’t worth it for me.
Quickbooks for Mac. It was ok, although if I were already used to the Mac interface I might like it better than I did. The main drawback for me was that payroll is not integrated the way it is on a PC. Instead, it’s online and you download PDFs, print payroll checks that way, and then have to import transactions into the desktop software. This is a bit of a pain, and in the end I didn’t like this part at all.
Final decision. I decided to stick with Quickbooks Pro 2009 on my PC, or what is now my wife’s laptop. There is no reason I need Quickbooks on my Mac, other than that I wouldn’t have to walk across the room to work in Quickbooks. If you find yourself in the same situation I’m in, I’d recommend saving yourself the time of testing out these other versions and just having your old PC run Quickbooks and don’t worry about accessing it via your Mac.
And if I ever do need to access Quickbooks from my Mac, I can just remote into my PC.