Best Small Business Accounting Software: A High-Flying Photographer Recommends QuickBooks Online

The best small business accounting software is out there, but where do you find it?  Every business is different, so you have to find the software that’s best for you and your business.

So you don’t have to waste time polling all your friends and acquaintances, we’ve assembled several great reviews by small business owners, just like you.  Today’s review comes from a father and son team who produce spectacular aerial photographs.

Steven Holtzman gives us a good picture of the advantages and disadvantages of QuickBooks Online vs. “Offline,” and picks the best small business accounting software:

We made the shift from QuickBooks for Mac (which we had been using for about 5 years) to QuickBooks Online this year.

So far, we’re very happy with QuickBooks Online and here’s why:

  1. Direct Access: We’re able to give our accountant direct access, so we no longer need to copy our QuickBooks file to a flash drive and deliver it to him.

  2. Direct Downloads: We can directly download transactions from our financial institutions.

  3. Unlimited Technical Support: This is really handy and we’ve needed to use a few times when we were first setting it up.  They’re very helpful and fixed our issues very quickly.

  4. Email Features: We can email invoices/estimates/statements/etc. simply by using the website–and even schedule these or send them in bulk!

  5. Only Need One Copy: Don’t have to back-up multiple copies of our data.  Cloud storage provides one copy and we can keep a copy locally if we’re worried about it.

  6. Mobile Access: Importantly for us, we can access all our financial data on our mobile devices, allowing us to manage them from the field.

There are only two issues we have with QuickBooks Online:

  1. Less Reports: Without all the same reports as QuickBooks for Mac, it’s a bit of a bummer, but we’re told that they are adding new reports soon.

  2. Internet Dependent: We get locked out of our books if the Internet goes out.  Not a problem because our mobile devices still work, but this might be an issue for some.

Overall, we’re very happy with QuickBooks Online so far, and we can only see it getting better from here!

Thanks for your recommendation, Steven!  If you’d like to contact Steven directly, please see below:

Steven Holtzman West Coast Aerial Photography, Inc. www.photopilot.com

These are some great tips for picking out the best small business accounting software for you!  Stay tuned for even more reviews from the pros.  And for an overview of the best small business accounting software out there, check this post out!

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