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Looking for Online Accounting Software Usage Rates

Posted on 2014-02-04
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I'm shifting over to online accounting software from QuickBooks installed on my bookkeeper's laptop. (I'm making the shift because I often want to access my books without going through my bookkeeper.) I'm looking for a list of online accounting brands (QuickBooks Online, Wave, FreshBooks with Zen Payroll...) with a count of users utilizing each brand. Why do I care how many users utilize each brand? I care because it's hard to find accountant who will support me if I'm using a brand with which they're not familiar.
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A good accountant should not need your QuickBooks file to do their work. I send my clients information to their various accountants by creating a General Ledger and a Trial Balance and saving these to Excel. I give the accountants the Excel file. This ports directly into their tax accounting software. The only thing to recognize in this is that I do the accounting and I also do the adjusting entries.

So then the only thing you really need in an online system is the ability to (a) create a General Ledger and Trial Balance and (b) export these reports into Excel. If you can do this, you can talk to any good accountant.

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I give my existing accountant a QuickBooks backup file, she restores my company using this file, and I don't touch the books while she's working with the file. I like this relationship. I'd rather run my business rather than mess with my books. Thinkpads_user, I don't wish to impune your method of modifying your books personally; I just do it differently.
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Thank you for the update.  In your case then, check out the facilities of QuickBooks Online. Lots of people use it. Ask Intuit Sales if the data files are cross-functional. I am not sure about that.

The other packages above (non-QuickBooks) are not likely to be interchangeable.

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Thanks for the insightful feedback. (Apologies for the slow response.)

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@jdana - Thank you and I was happy to assist you with this.
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