Today we took our Quickbooks Online Pro Advisor Certification course and are pleased to say we passed with flying colours. In honesty the course was a final hoop to just no through to get Pro Advisor status and feature on Intuits Accountant Profile page.
We have been using Quickbooks desktop for year and have been moving over to the cloud for various parts of client bookkeeping for a few months, we are now fully confident in the cloud, data security and protection and functionality of the products.
It has taken some time for many of the software providers out there tiger it right, in our view Sage have dropped the ball in moving to the cloud their offering is not useful to anyone other than accountants, in some ways they are attempting to protect accounting incomes rather than give their clients the true functionality of the cloud. The other main provider of cloud software is Xero, to be honest from what we have seen there is no real drive from Xero to make it the best, they rely on their app partners to deliver functionality. Whilst Intuit to an extent does the same for Quickbooks Online, they are passionate about their product, organising demos and bringing app partners to meet their Pro Advisors at regular events and meetings, and always releasing new features to the core product.
Many what we call traditional accountants have never been big fans of Quickbooks Desktop, for them it is too much of a departure from what they are used to, we have always loved the Desktop app, in our view there is no better user friendly accounting application, and when we think about users we think about you the businessman before we think about is the accountants. The Desktop application is quite simply brilliant at keeping track of expenses and incomes allowing reclassification of expenses easily and tracking incomes by jobs if necessary. For accountants it delivered everything we needed without having to teach the client how to operate a software built for accountants and bookkeepers.
So how does Quickbooks Online compare, well we would be being dishonest to say that it is as feature rich as their desktop app yet, there are several areas where the cloud version of the software lags behind its desktop counterpart, however fees can range from £20-£25 cheaper per month than the Desktop edition and what is lost in terms of functionality can be replaced with other add ons.
One of the best parts of being in the Cloud is Intuit can make adjustments to the software on the fly with minimal interference to you (you haven’t got to wait an hour or two for updates to download and install). If you compare say Quickbooks Desktop 2010 to 2013 the leap forward is marked, I don’t expect Intuit to be any less committed to Quickbooks Online and we will see the product go from strength to strength over the next few years.