Which Version of QuickBooks is Right for My Business?

QuickBooks is a handy software that helps business owners keep their finances organized. Even if you don’t have an accounting background, QuickBooks is streamlined to help you stay on top of your payments, bills, and more.

We highly recommend using QuickBooks software to the small businesses we work with.

There are a few different options: QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Self-Employed, and QuickBooks Desktop, which offers Pro, Premier, Enterprise and Mac versions. Each is suited to different needs; which is right for you?


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QuickBooks Desktop Options

QuickBooks Desktop is the traditional version of QuickBooks. It’s a software application you purchase and load onto your computer which houses all of your content in one place. There are a few different options you’ll be looking at:

QuickBooks Pro

This is the most basic version of the QuickBooks desktop software which lets you track your business expenses, invoicing, and more.

QuickBooks Premier

Premier offers the same features of Pro but is suited specifically to your industry. For example, if you’re a contractor you can use the Contractor version of QuickBooks Premier to have common needs contractors face pre-built for you.

QuickBooks Enterprise

Enterprise is built for companies that have a large number of products (over 10,000 inventory items) or employees and need to track a large amount of data.

QuickBooks Mac

This version of QuickBooks Pro is formatted specifically for Mac computers. If you have a Mac, you’ll want this one!


QuickBooks Online

Choosing an online version of QuickBooks comes with lots of perks: You can access your content from any device (like your smartphone or tablet), input info from anywhere, and even “invite an accountant” to give them a special login to access your records.

Many people are geared toward QuickBooks Online because of this flexibility.

QuickBooks Online has almost all of the same features as desktop versions of the software and has continued to improve in recent years. You can choose from QuickBooks Online Simple Start, Essentials, or Plus to find the  best fit for your small business, or QuickBooks Online Self-Employed for a freelancer or contractor.


While any version of QuickBooks can help small businesses manage their books, there will be a best version for you.

We’re certified as QuickBooks Pro Advisors to help you determine what’s going to be best for your needs. We’re happy to help!


If you're ready to talk about getting help with your small business accounting and taxes, we're here for you. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us today and together we can figure out what's best for your business.