QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online

Small business accounting software

4.2/5 (3347 reviews)

QuickBooks Online Overview

The QuickBooks Online solution puts small businesses in complete control of their accounting and provides free online support, from setup to support. No additional software is required as all accounts are viewed via the online login portal, with custom feeds and charts, custom invoice creation, customer 'Pay Now' button, mobile website allows photographic references and all with auto-synchronization.

QuickBooks Online automatically syncs a complete business finance profile to one single dashboard where multiple users can view in-depth reports and accounts of company finances. The platform creates trade, profit and loss sheets as well as billing and invoice solutions that are all mobile compatible and print friendly. Users can create their own custom reports and feeds from within the dashboard so businesses only see what matters the most to them.

By navigating through the QuickBooks Online dashboard users can track payments, sales history, invoice details, add users and edit permissions. QuickBooks Online is completely integrated with QuickBooks Online Payroll and Intuit GoPayment.

Pricing

Starting from
US$10,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

S
M
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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

Chinese (Traditional), English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

QuickBooks Online Reviews

Overall rating
4.2/5
81% positive reviews
1633
Excellent
1089
Very good
399
Average
106
Poor
120
Terrible
Scott B.

The proverbial 800 pound gorilla still works!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/09/10
Review Source: Capterra

QBO is the only one with the complete package that includes the ability to write and track checks. Since my business is simple, I need a lighter, "for dummies" mode that could remove a lot of clutter when it is not necessary. As a consignment business, I use software that is specific to the industry. It keeps all of the data I need to meet regulations. For QBO, a payment is a simple transaction. I wish the system could be lighter and less cluttered.​

Pros

Aside from keeping things in order, it allows someone with no accounting experience to do the basic bookkeeping activities, produce reports, and keep up with the finances. I like that it will connect with the bank and download activities! Best of all, it will print checks!

Cons

Connection with the bank can be flakey, depending on the bank. You have to watch the activity because QB does not tell you if there are problems. It should provide an option to warn you when it could not contact the bank overnight. Also, it is very difficult to use the check lineup processes. For some reason, I cannot get the check printing to line up properly and the tools they give do not work well.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Kaitlen C.

Our Cloud Accounting Software of Choice

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/08/01
Review Source: Capterra

The freedom that QBO provides you is amazing. I recently moved to BC from Ontario and was able to keep my job because our firm uses QBO. If we had been on desktop for our clients, I would't have been able to keep my job and would have had to find work elsewhere. My boss is about to work remotely from her cottage for the month of August because she CAN! How many people do you know can say that?

Pros

I find QBO to be super user friendly. I love that they have a training program so you can become basic and advanced certified. We make everyone in the office do the certification program, but nothing beats user experience. QBO is the first cloud-based accounting software I was introduced to, and I find it fabulous. I even recommended it to my parents for their business instead of their custom desktop-based software and they are going to move to it at the end of August.

Cons

Sometimes the banking feeds have a hard time staying connected which can be very frustrating. It's not Quickbook's fault for this - it's the banks. But it is still frustrating at times when you lose a connection and have to call up your client to re-enter their details. Thank goodness for screen-sharing!

Their customer support has lovely people, but they are not always knowledge in the ways they should be. A lot of the times, we already know the issue that we are experiencing and need to speak to someone high-level to be able to resolve the issue. There should be an advanced call center to be able to speak to extememly well-versed people that know QBO in and out.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Joshua M.

Should Be Great...But There Are Some Issues

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2019/07/24
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, the software should be and is quite capable, however, it seems the staff need more resources/training to troubleshoot issues and the pay period settings need to be more customizable.

Pros

Quickbooks is the most well-known accounting software on the planet. It's slick, the software is implemented and developed well with no bugs in my experience, and the capability fits any size business via their subscription plans. This was very much needed for me as a small business owner and it's been a great step up from what I was previously doing.

Cons

Here's the cons: When setting up an employee the software gave me a notification and wouldn't allow me to go further once I selected that I had paid the employee previously and would be paying back taxes on them myself rather than charging those to the employee payroll. The notification wanted me to contact Quickbooks for "special handling". The problem is that the QB staff didn't seem to know what or why it was doing that and in the end basically I just had to bypass that whole question altogether to get the employee in the system and I'll have to figure out the previous taxes come tax time. This was like a 2 week process of asking QB repeatedly about this issue.

The last con is the software's insistence to have me running payroll on the same day as the end of the pay period. I've never worked anywhere that did this and it doesn't make a whole lot of sense considering you don't have the hours for that last day yet. But nonetheless, I cannot find any option to change this and I end up waiting a week later, then running payroll, but the software ends up changing the pay date to the previous pay date after a couple of days, so my records are off. This has been the single most frustrating part of the software and nobody seems to know how to modify this particular aspect of it.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

6.0/10
Dane J.

Quickbooks Online is Robust Software

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/07/02
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Overall, QBO is wonderful software for bookkeepers, accountants, and small business owners. It is arguably the most powerful and robust software on the market, and is priced fairly well. Its integrations with other pieces of software and/or websites that small business owners use is second-to-none, and I am glad Intuit continues to work on that area. I would only say that support's knowledge of their own product is incredibly limited in my experience, and they need to stick by their pricing instead of releasing a few new features every year that have marginal actual use and claiming they need to raise prices because of them.

Pros

I love QBO - their software just works! I own a bookkeeping firm and nearly all of our clients use QBO. Nearly all bookkeeping activities can be completed, including accounts payable/receivable, financial statements, journal entries, bank reconciliations, sales tax, and even payroll. I find our clients want us to use QBO and they are eager to learn it. Along those lines, it is an easy piece of software to teach someone how to use, but still packs many robust features.

Cons

Two items:

1) The Intuit QBO customer service needs work, and lots of it. I have only web-chatted with them on three occasions, and on all three occasions, I solved the problem myself before the support agent could find a solution. A company as big as Intuit should know that their support agents need to be MORE knowledgeable than the end-user. In my experience, this is rarely the case. Possibly more training is necessary?

2) Intuit keeps raising monthly subscription prices on their QBO products. In using them for just about five years now, I have gone through five price increases/changes for their QBO Essentials and QBO Plus products, and an additional two on Intuit/Quickbooks Payroll (their payroll increases actually caused me to switch to another provider). Watch your e-mail for notifications diligently.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Cornelius H.

Buyer Beware

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/05/02
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

The online version is a decent product but I am sure there are other online accounting software packages that provide the same or much more. Dealing with the online accountant customer service department is a total waste of time. Their management team seems to be concerned with their numbers more than customer appreciation. Terrrrrible! My advice: "Buyer beware!"

Pros

The ability to assign classes in creating rules for the electronic bank transaction imports. The desktop version does not offer that function. It's sad because I know that if the QuickBooks Online software code writers can create that functionality in the online version, then they certainly should be able to create that functionality for the desktop versions which most subscribers have been using for decades now.

Cons

The unexpected price hikes on your account without formal notification or fair warning. Quickbooks has probably been the worst software vendor in that they always find a way to raise your rates by using creative and deceptive means such as switching online account holders and their client accounts to the Advanced Online version as a trial run without the account holders authorization. They leave the burden on the account holder to cancel the Advanced version trail for each of their online client accounts, which most account holders are not even aware that their clients have been switched. Terrrrrible! I'm sure there are laws that prohibit this type of deceptive behavior. Currently I am switching most of my clients back to the desktop versions until I can find an alternative Accounting software that my clients and I can appreciate.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

3.0/10

QuickBooks Online Pricing

Starting from
US$10,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

30-day free trial, no credit card required.

Independent contractors:
Self-Employed: $10/month

Small businesses:
Simple Start: $20/month
Essentials: $40/month
Plus: $60/month

QuickBooks Online Features

  • API
  • Accounting Management
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Data Import/Export
  • Electronic Payments
  • Expense Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Multi-Currency
  • Real Time Data
  • Receiving
  • Third Party Integration

  • Accounting Integration
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Compliance Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Workflow Management

Additional information for QuickBooks Online

Key features of QuickBooks Online

  • ACH payment processing
  • Account reconciliation
  • Accounting management
  • Actionable insights
  • Activity dashboard
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Automated online banking
  • Automatic backup
  • Automatic tax calculations
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Banking data synchronization
  • Billable hours tracking
  • Billing & invoicing
  • Budgeting
  • Cash flow management
  • Cash flow statement
  • Categorization
  • Charting
  • Check printing
  • Create & manage invoices
  • Create custom invoices
  • Create estimates
  • Credit card integration
  • Credit card processing
  • Custom fields
  • Custom forms
  • Custom invoices
  • Customizable billing
  • Customizable branding
  • Customizable categories
  • Customizable reporting
  • Customizable templates
  • Dashboards and feeds
  • Data import/export
  • Deadline tracking
  • Deduction management
  • Direct deposit
  • Discount management
  • Document templates
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Electronic payments
  • Email integration
  • Enhanced payroll
  • Enter & manage bills
  • Estimating
  • Expense claims
  • Expense tracking
  • Export data to Excel
  • GPS
  • GPS integration
  • Geolocation
  • Income & expenses management
  • Income statements
  • Inventory tracking
  • Invoice management
  • Invoice processing
  • Location tracking
  • Mileage tracking
  • Mobile integration
  • Mobile receipt capture
  • Multi-currency
  • Multi-device document sharing
  • One-click reporting
  • Organize expenses
  • Outstanding invoices
  • PCI DSS compliance
  • Paperless receipt tracking
  • Pay online link in invoices
  • Payroll integration
  • Payroll management
  • Print checks
  • Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet reports
  • Profit / loss statement
  • Purchase order management
  • Purchasing management
  • Real time data
  • Real time reporting
  • Real time updates
  • Receipt management
  • Receiving
  • Recurring billing
  • Reoccurring payments
  • SSL security
  • Sales tax management
  • Sales tracking
  • Synchronization management
  • Taxes management
  • Third party integration
  • Time & expense tracking
  • Track payments
  • Track sales & expenses
  • Trend analysis
  • User management
  • Vendor management
  • eCommerce integration

Benefits

  • Accounts management: QuickBooks Online allows users to access their complete accounting data as well as editing, creating, duplicating and sharing information with employees, consultants, associates and partners.

  • Interface and dashboard: users can login to their QuickBooks Online backend from anywhere with internet access, no downloadable software is required and users can create customizable feeds and charts.

  • Security and backups: All data inputted is securely backed-up to the cloud and data can be exported to Excel spreadsheets. QuickBooks Online will track customer payments and send notifications of any errors in processing.

  • Subscriptions and pricing details: All QuickBooks Online packages include support, from initial startup to ongoing support enquiries. Continuing updates and upgrades are all included in the pricing plan. Users can also avail of a 30 day trial before financial commitment is required.

  • Multi-platform transparency: QuickBooks Online will auto-sync with all connected devices and the multiple users connected to each package. Users can create restrictions for each user to enforce in-house hierarchy.

  • GetApp Analysis

    QuickBooks online is a cloud-based financial software for small businesses that takes care of accounting, billing and invoicing – all in a single platform. It allows you to create and manage invoices, print checks, reconcile banking and credit card transactions, track payments, enter and manage bills, create estimates, among others.

    Created for freelancers and small businesses, QuickBooks Online offers an intuitive and user-friendly interface, with mobile tools for iPhone, iPad and Android devices for more flexible and time-efficient invoice creation, expense tracking and accounting experiences. Some of QuickBooks Online’s main features include easy invoice creation, online banking integration, app integrations, mobility and built-in reports that can be run in just a few clicks.

    QuickBooks Online's dashboard shows a snapshot of the financial health of your business.

    What is QuickBooks Online?

    Launched in 2001, redesigned in 2013 and now serving more than 683,000 users, QuickBooks Online is a web-based small business accounting software that saves users time while keeping their finances organized. Depending on the plan you’re subscribed to, it combines a number of features in one platform: estimates, invoicing, time tracking, accounts payable, bank/credit card reconciliation, reporting, inventory, contacts, sales tax, tax forms, location and class tracking.

    It also has a user-friendly dashboard that emphasizes overdue and open invoices, account balances, cash flow, and other tasks, affording you the ability to see important activities at a glance.

    To create a refund receipt, estimate or credit memo, from the dashboard, simply click on the Create button.

    QuickBooks Online Main Features

    Invoice Creation

    On the top middle section of the QuickBooks Online dashboard, there are three buttons that allow users to search for transactions, create invoices and other financial forms, and view recent transactions. To create a customer invoice, click on the plus (+) button and select Invoice from the drop-down menu. You will be taken to the Invoice page where you then will be required to input the invoice’s particulars such as customer name, email address, billing address, payment terms, invoice date, due date, and others.

    Product/service line items can be manually entered or selected from pre-defined fields. Tax calculations and discounts are automatically deducted from the invoice amount shown in the top right corner of the screen. Invoices can be personalized by adding your company logo, a background image, choosing your own font and designating custom fields. Invoices can also be sent in batches or individually.

    An invoice can be created either through the Create button on top or by clicking on the Create Invoice button from the Customers/Vendors pane.

    Online Banking Integration

    With QuickBooks Online’s banking integration feature, you can securely connect your online bank to automatically download financial transactions, so you won’t have to manually input the necessary data. Once synced, using the information your bank stores with the money going in and out of your account, like amounts, transaction dates, the places where the transactions occurred, and such, you can either accept or delete transactions, and categorize and assign them to suppliers or customers.

    To connect your bank with QuickBooks Online, you will need your online banking username and password ready. This allows QuickBooks Online to establish a secure connection with your bank or credit card company. From the QuickBooks Online dashboard, choose Transactions, then Banking. On the upper right hand side of the screen, you will see a blue button marked Add Account. You will be prompted to enter your bank or credit card company’s name or URL, or choose from a list of popular financial institutions. Once your login credentials are verified to be working, simply follow the prompts to continue.

    Once synced with QuickBooks Online, online banking transactions can be downloaded and automatically matched to entries in your register.

    App Integrations

    Integration with other software systems is one way to enable a seamless information flow between applications, thereby reducing data entry requirements and simplifying the way companies run their businesses.

    QuickBooks Online doesn’t only integrate with QuickBooks Online apps and other add-ons. Through the Intuit Partner Platform, it also allows third-party app developers to create custom application systems that can benefit its base of small business users.

    Aside from ready-made integrations with other QuickBooks apps, QuickBooks Online offers add-ons. Plus, the Apps.com marketplace contains a number of applications small businesses may find useful.

    Mobility

    It happens even to the best of us. You purchase a spare part for your customer, and make a mental note that you need the receipt for later but end up losing it one way or another. With QuickBooks Online’s mobile apps, expense reporting is made easier through mobile receipt capture. You can even add photos and notes so you don’t forget the relevant details.

    While the mobile versions are still lacking in terms of the full software’s functionality, QuickBooks Online’s mobile apps let you review your transactions even when on the go, see customer balances, and mark invoices as paid. Electronic signatures also enable you to immediately approve estimates.

    QuickBooks Online has native mobile apps that allow users to view and update their financial records anywhere, anytime.

    Built-In Reports

    QuickBooks Online has a long list of pre-built reports that show the overall financial health of your business. These reports fall into several different buckets: Business Overview, Manage Accounts Receivable, Manage Accounts Payable, Accountant Reports, Reconciliation Reports, Manage Products and Inventory, Review Sales, Review Expenses and Purchases, Manage Sales Tax and Manage Employees.

    To run a report, go to Reports from the QuickBooks dashboard and select the type of report you want to run. Next, customize your reporting fields, if needed. Select a transaction date from a drop-down menu or specify your target date range. After clicking on Run Report, you are ready to print, email, export the report as an Excel file, or save customizations.

    QuickBooks Online's built-in reports allow users to generate reports within minutes. Reports can also be customized, and frequently run reports are grouped together in one tab for quicker access.

    QuickBooks Online Integrations

    Aside from easy integration with other QuickBooks applications such as QuickBooks Payments and QuickBooks Payroll, QuickBooks Online offers add-ons such as [Method CRM] (http://www.getapp.com/method-crm-application-1), [Time Tracking by TSheets] (http://www.getapp.com/tsheets-online-time-tracking-application), [Bill.com] (http://www.getapp.com/bill-com-application), [Jobber] (http://www.getapp.com/jobber-application), [Shoeboxed] (http://www.getapp.com/shoeboxed-application) and [Mavenlink] (http://www.getapp.com/mavenlink-professional-services-automation-application).

    And then, there’s the QuickBooks API that provides app developers the ability to integrate their products with QuickBooks Online and expose their products to a large pool of small business owners. The QuickBooks API client allows them access to their customers’ data via a REST-based API that works with QuickBooks Online. Also, Intuit’s Apps.com is a place where third-party apps can be published and found by businesses looking for systems to further simplify their processes.

    QuickBooks Online Pricing

    QuickBooks Online offers three pricing packages: Simple Start, Essentials and Plus. Simple Start is priced at $9.99 a month and allows one user to reconcile bank transactions and create estimates and invoices. The data can be shared with two accountants.

    Essentials is pegged at a monthly $19.99 and includes all the functionalities of Simple Start, with an accounts payable feature that allows up to three users to track and pay bills. With inventory and 1099 preparation included to the regular Essentials plan, Plus is at $29.99 per month and supports up to five users.

    QuickBooks Online Bottom Line

    • Accounting, invoicing, billing, estimates, and more – all in a single platform
    • Has native mobile apps for Android devices, iPhones and iPads that allow users to keep track of the financial health of their businesses anytime and anywhere
    • Allows easy collaboration with your accountant or bookkeeper
    • Easy to set up and highly customizable
    • Automatic syncing with your bank and credit card accounts

    QuickBooks Online FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for QuickBooks Online.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does QuickBooks Online offer?

    QuickBooks Online offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$10,00/month

    Pricing model: Free, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    30-day free trial, no credit card required.

    Independent contractors:
    Self-Employed: $10/month

    Small businesses:
    Simple Start: $20/month
    Essentials: $40/month
    Plus: $60/month

    Q. What are the main features of QuickBooks Online?

    QuickBooks Online offers the following features:

    • ACH payment processing
    • Account reconciliation
    • Accounting management
    • Actionable insights
    • Activity dashboard
    • Ad hoc reporting
    • Automated online banking
    • Automatic backup
    • Automatic tax calculations
    • Bank reconciliation
    • Banking data synchronization
    • Billable hours tracking
    • Billing & invoicing
    • Budgeting
    • Cash flow management
    • Cash flow statement
    • Categorization
    • Charting
    • Check printing
    • Create & manage invoices
    • Create custom invoices
    • Create estimates
    • Credit card integration
    • Credit card processing
    • Custom fields
    • Custom forms
    • Custom invoices
    • Customizable billing
    • Customizable branding
    • Customizable categories
    • Customizable reporting
    • Customizable templates
    • Dashboards and feeds
    • Data import/export
    • Deadline tracking
    • Deduction management
    • Direct deposit
    • Discount management
    • Document templates
    • Drag & drop interface
    • Electronic payments
    • Email integration
    • Enhanced payroll
    • Enter & manage bills
    • Estimating
    • Expense claims
    • Expense tracking
    • Export data to Excel
    • GPS
    • GPS integration
    • Geolocation
    • Income & expenses management
    • Income statements
    • Inventory tracking
    • Invoice management
    • Invoice processing
    • Location tracking
    • Mileage tracking
    • Mobile integration
    • Mobile receipt capture
    • Multi-currency
    • Multi-device document sharing
    • One-click reporting
    • Organize expenses
    • Outstanding invoices
    • PCI DSS compliance
    • Paperless receipt tracking
    • Pay online link in invoices
    • Payroll integration
    • Payroll management
    • Print checks
    • Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet reports
    • Profit / loss statement
    • Purchase order management
    • Purchasing management
    • Real time data
    • Real time reporting
    • Real time updates
    • Receipt management
    • Receiving
    • Recurring billing
    • Reoccurring payments
    • SSL security
    • Sales tax management
    • Sales tracking
    • Synchronization management
    • Taxes management
    • Third party integration
    • Time & expense tracking
    • Track payments
    • Track sales & expenses
    • Trend analysis
    • User management
    • Vendor management
    • eCommerce integration

    Q. Who are the typical users of QuickBooks Online?

    QuickBooks Online has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Non Profit, Small Business

    Q. What languages does QuickBooks Online support?

    QuickBooks Online supports the following languages:

    Chinese (Traditional), English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

    Q. What type of pricing plans does QuickBooks Online offer?

    QuickBooks Online has the following pricing plans:

    Free, Subscription

    Q. Does QuickBooks Online support mobile devices?

    QuickBooks Online supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does QuickBooks Online integrate with?

    QuickBooks Online integrates with the following applications:

    3dcart, Bill.com, Bill4Time, Payment Evolution, ProWorkflow, QuickBooks Payroll, SalesNexus, Shopify, VerticalResponse, Zoho CRM

    Q. What level of support does QuickBooks Online offer?

    QuickBooks Online offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials