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The Best Quickbooks Online Alternatives

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Chelsea Krause

Chelsea Krause

Managing Editor - Accounting
Chelsea Krause is a writer who has specialized in accounting for over three years and is a QuickBooks Certified User. She has a BA in English & Creative Writing from George Fox University and studied at the University of Oxford as well. She has been quoted in Forbes and her work appears in Startup Nation, Small Business Bonfire, and Women on Business.
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    Ekta Chawla

    very nice and informative article

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      Chelsea Krause

      Hi Ekta,

      I’m so glad you found the article helpful! If you need any further help choosing accounting software, check out our Complete Guide to Choosing Online Accounting Software and feel free to reach out with any questions you might have!

      Best wishes,

      -Chelsea Krause

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        john garcia

        My biggest problem with QBO is that yo cannot export your data to create reasonable backups or make it available to be used in other programs. How do the other reviewed program manage this?

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          Chelsea Krause

          Hi John,

          I’m happy to help! QuickBooks Online has really limited exporting; luckily, there are plenty of other options that have more exporting options.

          I recommend taking a look at Xero. You can’t create a company backup file that has all of your information using Xero (so far as I know, the only product that allows that is QuickBooks Desktop), but you can export just about anything from the software. Here’s a full list of the data you can export in Xero. If Xero doesn’t work out, you could also take a look at Zoho Books or Sage 50Cloud.

          I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, please let us know!

          Best wishes,

          -Chelsea Krause

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            Karin Edgett

            I am a small business person, I use QB Online and I don’t really like it but it does classes and gives me over-view reports of all kinds by classes. Most importantly, a P&L report that my accountants love. It shows the categories as usual down the side, and the classes in columns across the top. No other program does that. Zoho gives you the classes (as tags) but no over-view reports by those tags. Xero also skips the report feature on their classes. As a small business person, I use classes since I co-mingle my bank accounts, my house (where I paint and also teach cooking, and rent rooms), my car, etc. Classes are the only way I have found to keep the expenses straight. I can’t imagine that I’m the only one out there doing more than one thing out of their space. I wish zoho did the class reporting, that is the program I would choose. Stuck with QB for now! 🙁

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              Michael Block CPa

              QuickBooks Online recently made all prior reviews obsolete. The QuickBooks Online Accountant App makes it run far faster, while giving you much more screen area and many new commands. (shortcuts). You now CAN look at many windows and many reports at the same time. Best of all, you can have the best version of QuickBooks Online free forever (no cost or obligation).

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                Karin Edgett

                what do you mean for free? I have to pay $50/month to get the class feature even though I don’t use paypal or any other sophisticated feature. And Just this year, QB was double downloading transactions from my credit cards AGAIN!

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                  John Ermias

                  I have been using SlickPie accounting software. It’s a best and free online accounting software and its features are easier to use than Quickbooks features. It takes a couple of minutes to set up a company and send an invoice. It is a worldwide software. It is big about automation, that’s why it launched an exclusive automated data entry tool called MagicBot, which allows me to simply take and upload a picture of receipt or bill and automatically input all the information from it in SlickPie.

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                    Dr. Evan Sundgren, DC

                    Nice review article. Thank you.

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                      ARLENE K. MOSE, CP

                      Quickbooks online- actually really sucks. The problem is that if you are looking at a profit and loss statement, you can NOT simultaneously look at the balance sheet. If you run a detail report on any profit and loss item – you lose you profit and loss and have to re-run the report each and every time. This is just a horrible feature. Be wary of the bank download activity – I have had clients actually download the same data several times, apparently Quickbooks won’t notice that you have done that. The lastest thing they have added is a security feature. RIGHT. -it send a text to the company owner. WHICH REALLY DOESNT HELP THE CPA/ACCOUNTANT LOG IN – SO END RESULTS – BAD REPORTING AND THE PERSON WHO NEEDS IT THE MOST CAN’T ACCESS.

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