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QuickBooks Online mention · January 25, 2019

The Best Accounting Software in 2019

Accounting is a taboo word in some offices. And it makes sense why: We think of financial management as a complex beast. But as the days of paper ledgers and clunky spreadsheets fade away, things are changing. Accounting software simplifies the whole process. It often links directly to your business...read more
QuickBooks Online mention · January 3, 2019

The Best Accounting Software for Freelancers in 2019

When you envisioned what it would be like to work as a freelancer, you probably imagined days spent writing, coding, designing, or doing something else that you love. You certainly didn't daydream about scanning receipts, logging expenses, sending invoices, and filing your taxes. But those tasks are an inevitable...read more
QuickBooks Online mention · January 1, 2019

The Best Invoicing Software: 19 Apps to Get Paid for Your Work

You've already found clients, put in the hours, and completed the work. Now it's time to get paid. Invoicing should be the easiest part of your process, but creating and sending an invoice can be a time suck—and one you're not getting paid for. Invoicing software...read more
QuickBooks Online mention · October 31, 2018

Our Favorite Zaps: Save Time Managing Your Shopify Store

Successful retail businesses run on follow through. When you make a sale, you have to deliver the product or service, send an invoice or receipt, and follow up with the customer about their satisfaction. When online shoppers abandon their carts, you need to chase after them and cheerfully remind them...read more
QuickBooks Online mention · September 27, 2018

Our Favorite Zaps: Turn Your Accounting App Into a Personal Assistant

Most business owners don't launch into their vocational pursuits thinking how much fun it will be to balance the books. Nor do they imagine long, grueling hours of data entry that keep the business running. Try not to picture Ebenezer Scrooge hunched over his ledger by candlelight as you...read more
QuickBooks Online mention · August 22, 2018

A Small Team Closes More Deals and Saves 2 Hours Per Day with Zapier

"I was overwhelmed with daily tasks, but almost all of them can now be automated thanks to Zapier."Trenton Berry, CTO, Total CSR Starting small and staying small are not equal in business. Every company starts small, with a person and an idea and grows from there. That growth includes...read more
QuickBooks Online mention · August 7, 2018

Accounting Software Showdown: FreshBooks vs. QuickBooks vs. Xero

Almost half of small business owners despise bookkeeping. It's time-consuming, doesn't bring in money, and requires headache-inducing calculations. But it's necessary. Online accounting software helps—but choosing the right software can be difficult. How do you know which features and benefits you need? Which price structure best...read more
QuickBooks Online mention · December 12, 2017

The Zapier Guide to Line Items

e pluribus unum. The timeworn phrase that graces most US banknotes—Latin for "Out of many, one"—was intended to represent the United States being one nation of many states, could easily have a double meaning. After all, so often when you open your wallet to pay a receipt or...read more
Mark Myerson
Written by Mark MyersonLast updated May 18, 2018

Every business has to endure the never-ending task of bookkeeping. Because it's more of a chore than a pleasure, the best accounting apps help you get through your financial tasks swiftly. Ideally, you have a record of all your transactions, assets, payments, payroll, and anything else related to the business's finances in one place. QuickBooks Online by Intuit provides this kind of comprehensive and consolidated view of a small business's financial records, with a tool that adapts to your business type and location.

QuickBooks is powerful enough to handle enterprise accounting, yet simple enough for anyone to navigate. Input a few key details about your business to see a dashboard that summarizes income, expenses, profits or loss. The interface is refreshingly clean, with financial stats about your business front and center.

QuickBooks puts many features under one roof, and leads you to a streamlined workflow for bookkeeping as well. Under the Customers menu, you can create custom invoices and keep track of your clients. Connect your financial accounts to QuickBooks, such as a business checking account and your PayPal account, and the software can collect payments on your behalf and police the terms of your invoices. By logging comprehensive details about each customer, you can get an overview of their open balances. You can also create and send quotes, produce receipts, and process credit notes.

Debts are recorded through the Vendors section. Here you view your suppliers and see what you owe. Expenses can be entered manually, but with your financial accounts connected, QuickBooks can categorize expenditures automatically, which saves you time. If you run a retail business, you can also use inventory tracking tools. QuickBooks lets you pay bills straight from your account, and even print checks to pay creditors.

Businesses with payroll will end up using the Employees section frequently. Here, you can enter the details of your employees, upload and store any necessary paperwork about them, set their hourly rates, and select a method of payment. If you use a third-party time-tracking tool, QuickBooks will work out what you owe your staff, in addition to calculating payroll taxes for state and federal authorities. Once you've entered the rates that apply in your area, you can see the tax you've accrued and log the payments you make.

Because business owners want to see how their businesses improve over time, QuickBooks offers a wide variety of reporting tools. They include basic reports showing profits and losses, accounts, expenses, sales, as well as a Company Snapshot showing year-over-year performance, and a Scorecard comparing your profitability with other firms in your sector.

For both income and outgoing finances, QuickBooks can handle multiple bank or cash accounts, and it supports double-entry accounting. Your data are protected with 128-bit SSL encryption. You can integrate your QuickBooks account with other tools, too. Whether you work solo or with a team, QuickBooks has plan options that let you manage your own books at a low cost or work collaboratively with other account administrators for a higher fee.

QuickBooks's flexibility and time savings make it one of the best pieces of accounting software for small businesses. Not only does QuickBooks bring all your financial data together, it makes accounting simpler.

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