QuickBooks has simplified our accounting needs.
Co-founder & VP Operations - Woot Math
As the business grew, I don’t have the time to input every receipt. Our bookkeeper uses QuickBooks and it’s great to be able to see in real-time the status of our finances.
Founder - Student Maid
We didn’t look at anything other than QuickBooks. We’ve been using QuickBooks indefinitely and we have accountants.
Founder & CEO - Fruit Street
Our accounting team prefers QuickBooks--we hand everything over to them directly from our system.
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer - Clark
For all sales and board reporting, we combine QuickBooks with spreadsheets.
President & CEO - Full Circle Insights
QuickBooks seems to be working fine.
Founder & President - RippleMatch
QuickBooks has all the features we need. It’s a complete suite and works well for us.
Co-founder & CEO - MuseFind
We’ve been using QuickBooks for 3 years. Our accountant uses it as well and we are able to look at our numbers at any time, so it’s a nice way to keep in sync.
Founder & CEO - iFundWomen
QuickBooks has been around for a while, so it has lots of great features. I enjoy that they made the switch over to a subscription-based model. It gives new tech entrepreneurs great options and flexibility.
Founder & CEO - FoodTrace
We are modeling our business after QuickBooks.
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Co-founder & CEO - Lately
When we started the company I thought that Quickbooks would be one of the tools that was going to scale better. In the end, it was not so. Our accounting is getting very complicated, so we will upgrade to a new tool soon, probably NetSuite.
Founder & CEO - Common
We use QuickBooks Online. It’s great.
Founder & CEO - Zera
QuickBooks is OK. I mean, who really loves accounting? *crickets*
Founder & CEO - Unbound
We have QuickBooks but our accountant handles most of it. It gets the job done and it ties into everything. It’s invisible while it works, which is probably its best feature.
Co-founder & CEO - GMB Fitness
I was using the online version of QuickBooks at my previous venture. Because we just launched, we have not started using an accounting software yet.
Co-founder & CEO - Edquity
I do the day-to-day bookkeeping with QuickBooks Online and a bookkeeper reconciles everything at the end of the month. It’s been really easy: any revenue or expense is tracked and anyone, even without an accounting background, can understand it.
Co-founder & President - JustFix
QuickBooks is fine. It’s funny that we use QuickBooks because we are big fans of Xero. At the time that we started, Xero was not around. If we were to chose right now, we would probably use Xero.
VP of Technology - Gust
We use QuickBooks Online. I use the same bookkeeping system that I used at our last startup.
Co-founder & CEO - StrongDM
We have Quickbooks Online. We connect it with Wagepoint to process payroll and eventually it will connect with Odoo. There are too many options for QuickBooks subscriptions, but overall it is perfectly okay. It takes some time to shop for the right features for your stage.
Founder & CEO - Bonbouton
The annoying thing about QuickBooks is that the online version is not compatible with the desktop version. Also, there is no backwards compatibility. Our accountants were using a different version and we had a lot of problems when we tried to synchronize with them.
Co-founder & CEO - Smiletime
QuickBooks is a great tool to start out with. It holds up pretty well: I used to work at Kayak and we only had to switch away from it when our revenues passed $200M. QuickBooks Online is very simple--it integrates with taxes, and you do not have to be an accountant to manage it. It helps with paying bills and keeping track of your bank account; it also integrates with the Intuit Payroll system. You can get started with it very quickly.
SVP of Engineering - Lola Travel
QuickBooks is a really nice tool. We feel that it will scale well.
Founder & CEO - Tagove
We use QuickBooks for our general ledger. We switched over from Xero as it was clunky and the reporting was not as straightforward. QuickBooks is easier to use.
COO - Wearable X
Quickbooks Online is so much better than having it installed. I always used to do backups to outside storage devices with the desktop version, and that was annoying to deal with for 15 years. The online version has better load time, and it’s great to access everywhere. Online support has been really good. I get in touch with people quickly to help do things like reconciliations and reporting for past years. It’s been very easy to use for me.
Co-founder - NiftyImages
Quickbooks: It is the right solution for bookkeeping and accounting for Seed to Series A start-ups, mainly because of the price point (about $40 a month and they have 1st year discounts from time to time). For companies beyond Series B, it is best to look for alternative solutions built for GAAP Accounting.
Controller - Polymaze
We outgrew QuickBooks and now we are using Intacct. It integrates nicely with Expensify.
CEO & Founder - Pendo
QuickBooks Enterprise works well for us.
Co-founder & CEO - Mavatar
We use QuickBooks but we had to do some integrations. For example we wrote some software to build our General Ledger. Trying to manage inventory with QuickBooks would be crazy so we only import a summary of the data.
CTO - Optoro
QuickBooks is fine. It is the industry standard and it integrates with our accountant’s system for taxes and auditing.
Co-founder & CEO - Periscope
In the UAE, the issue is that the banking sector is a little more closed, so there is no automatic downloading of the charges and a lot of accounting ends up being manual work. QB is good because it integrates with Salesforce.
Co-founder - Bayzat
QuickBooks is not bad, once you get used to the interface. It is nice that it integrates with your bank account and automatically categorizes all the expenses. My accountant is glad that I am using it.
Founder & CEO - Yobi
We use QuickBooks Online and I like it a lot. The online version is designed nicely--it is a big improvement over the desktop version. It is a very helpful tool and I highly recommend it.
Co-founder & CEO - One Month
QuickBook is a real dream system because it manages inventory and invoicing. With it, you can train other members, have multiple users, run sales forecasts and manage reports very easily. It is a small investment at the beginning, but I love it. A good accounting tool is the one tool that you should really invest into.
Founder - Lord Jameson Dog Patisserie
We use QuickBooks as it is the platform that I was familiar with. It’s a great platform and they are constantly looking for ways to improve it.
Founder & CEO - Cheekd
We are using QuickBooks by Intuit, but we are outsourcing it to ProfitFactor. We do like SaaS products, but we got a package deal from an accounting firm that also does our taxes.
CEO & Co-founder - Pyze
I use QuickBooks for the Profit/Loss statement. There is no monthly fee--you just pay once. It is fine, but I do not love it. It is the most affordable easy solution out there.
Founder - Nicely Noted
We are using Quickbooks at the moment but we will migrate to Dynamics. QuickBooks is a good tool but it is not compatible with the accounting needs of countries other than the US.
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Founder & Executive Chairman - BeMyEye
We started with inDinero three and a half years ago but it was not good and we moved into QuickBooks Online. QuickBooks Online was great. Eventually we moved into regular QuickBooks because we are a hardware company so we needed a good inventory system.
Founder & CEO - Sproutling
QuickBooks Online is our accounting system. QuickBooks makes it easy to collaborate with our accountants.
Co-founder & CTO - Valify
We use QuickBooks only for our General Ledger, as it is not strong enough to handle our transaction volume and reconciliations. It would not handle that well. We built our own accounting platform that allows us to save money on ongoing licensing. The advantage is that we can use engineers that are more readily available.
CEO - TaskEasy
I wouldn’t say we are in love with QuickBooks, but it gets the job done for the size we are.
Co-founder & CEO - Strainz
We use Excel and QuickBooks. All of our accounting is automated with APIs and plugins.
Founder - Magical Butter
We have 3 CPAs on staff and we use QuickBooks. Aside from that, everything is internal. QuickBooks is exceptionally easy to use and flexible in its app. For any company I've ever run, it’s been the staple.
Founder - Magical Butter
QuickBooks is OK. While not the best, it helps us manage our accounting process and is especially useful when dealing with multi-currency.
Co-founder & COO - Loopio
We have two accountants that use QuickBooks.
Co-founder - Simple Fractal
QuickBooks works great. It’s the standard.
Co-founder - Matchnode
QuickBooks is a great tool.
Co-founder - Matchnode
QuickBooks is extremely good at what they do and are the gold standard for accounting. The app is solid and well designed and lets us know what we need to know about the finances of our company. Our accountants love and are familiar with it.
Co-founder & CEO - Payable
We use the desktop version of QuickBooks. I feel that it’s the only tool that you should be using for this purpose. We tried PeachTree but it did not fit our needs.
COO - Higher Ed Growth
We use QuickBooks for the basics and then have a professional accounting firm deal with more complex issues.
Founder - Blackbird
QuickBooks is good enough. It’s an industry standard.
Founder & CEO - TelecomQuotes
QuickBooks Online is a very seamless software because it plugs in with our bank statements, and it’s easy to use. But I don’t think we can scale with QuickBooks so we will need to find an alternative down the road.
Co-founder & CEO - Occasion
There are so many other accounting tools out there. We settled on QuickBooks because it does what we need to do. In regards to bookkeeping, it’s a great tool.
Founder & Chief Doer - March Media
QuickBooks does what we need in terms of HR administration.
Founder & Chief Doer - March Media
We started with using QuickBooks, but we abandoned it for the same reasons why we abandoned other tools: it was too complicated, there are thousand of functions, and you can get lost in it. LessAccounting took all the bullshit out of the accounting software. It is easy and essential. I think that QuickBooks realized that they were too complex and they scaled back on their cloud version.
Founder & CEO - MySiteAuditor
With QuickBooks, you can get things going fairly quickly. A single user is able to manage multiple tasks with this tool.
Co-founder & CMO - Terminus
QuickBooks is the only viable solution for any organization with a certain financial complexity. We use the desktop version of QuickBooks, which is more complex than the online version and will scale better when we grow.
Founder - Engine
QuickBooks is good for now; as we grow we might have to look at something more sophisticated.
Founder & CEO - AppGyver
QuickBooks gets the job done. I feel that they constantly need updating. We have a Pro account. The desktop version is different than the web version. The desktop version overall is more complex and has better features.
Co-founder - Sorc'd
Quickbooks is fine. Not a huge fan.
Co-founder - Sorc'd
QuickBooks allows us to have an accounting department of one person.
Co-founder & CEO - Opternative
We use QuickBooks for payroll, accounting, and benefits management. We choose our apps because they add value for us and QuickBooks has been mission critical for running our business. We love that it helps us to manage key aspects of day-to-day bookkeeping, quarterly reports, payroll, data, banking, and audits.
Founder & CEO - Funding Portal
I’ve been working with QuickBooks since the beginning. The first year I had some problems like syncing QuickBooks with my bank account, but it’s gotten better and better.
Co-founder & CEO - ProxToMe
We choose QuickBooks because it is easy to do payroll and taxes. Most accountants are pretty familiar with it.
Co-founder & CEO - AMPY
We originally were on QuickBooks but we moved over to Xero. When first choosing an accounting tool, I did initially want to try Xero but went with QuickBooks because it was the industry standard. Xero is much more modern with a better user interface. It’s a reminder that industry standard doesn’t always mean the best product for you.
Founder - HandUp
We used to use Wave, then I tried Xero, but I found it limiting. We moved into QuickBooks because it's more comprehensive than the others. The bookkeeping services I use are more comfortable with QuickBooks; it's easy to use and robust. In terms of invoicing, credit notes and applying credit notes, it's not really the tool, it's more about the business process. We start invoicing when we deliver a site or product and have to spend time on collecting receivables. That's what I find difficult and we will have to automate payment collection soon. The report generation could be better. The desktop version has more features than the online version. They don't allow integration with Stripe, but they force you to use their own payment gateway; for now at our stage it’s okay, but I find that's not what my customers want. I think QuickBooks desktop would be too much for a small startup, Wave would be better for a company of 1 or 2 people.
Co-founder & CEO - Careerleaf
QuickBooks is pretty straightforward.
Founder & CEO - VIVE
We evaluated NetSuite and Salesforce, but we choose QuickBooks because it is more affordable.
Founder - PeachDish
We use the enterprise version. We are happy with it. It scales nicely.
Founder & CEO - LifeLine Response
I have been using QuickBooks for a while now and I noticed that it has gotten a lot better over the years. The UX is still a little clunky. Overall, it is a reliable tool.
COO - Reverb.com
There’s extra complexity with our accounting since we have a Singapore subsidiary. There are issues with foreign currency support on QuickBooks online, so we use a hosted local version. Most of us are on Macs, so we VPC into a windows computer to work with QuickBooks. Our CFO manages most of this, but we’d prefer to have the system in the cloud.
Co-founder & CEO - Nitrous
This is mostly mandated by our accountant who has been in the business for several decades now and isn’t too interested in straying too far into new tools to ensure our compliance with tax and reporting regulations.
Founder - Neumarkets
QuickBooks ends up managing everything.
Co-founder & CEO - Doughbies
Our in-house finance team uses QuickBooks Online.
Co-founder - Rocksbox
QuickBooks is great.
Co-founder & CEO - Concord
We use Quickbooks Online, which is easy to navigate, even for those without an accounting background. We are researching other accounting platforms that have more advanced reporting functionality, and late fee calculation; we currently do both manually through QuickBooks.
Co-founder & CEO - PowerToFly
QuickBooks Online seems to be a necessary evil. We have an outsourced CPA firm that uses it, and manages our books for us.
Founder & CEO - Gigwell
We’re using QuickBooks Online.
Co-founder & COO - Branch Metrics
We use QuickBooks Online. I think it’s easy to use, but I have a skewed opinion because I have an accounting background.
Founder & CEO - SprinkleBit
Our accounting team uses QuickBooks Online. It’s pretty easy to use, as I’ve used it, and I’m by no means an accountant. I get reporting out of it, and it’s a pretty simple process.
Co-founder & CEO - Bold
We use QuickBooks Online. I have a bit of experience in accounting from school, but I am by no means an accountant, and it was pretty easy for me to start using it. QuickBooks made it really easy to connect our bank accounts, and use it for tracking categories.
COO - Chat Sports
Our outsourced bookkeeper uses QuickBooks. We’re constantly hearing about other accounting software, but QuickBooks is simple, and good for us.
Co-founder & CEO - Townsquared
We use QuickBooks Online for bookkeeping and reporting. It was easy to get up to speed, and their reporting center is great. I see those reports at the end of every month/quarter/year, and they’re always easy to read. They’re very helpful for making business decisions.
CEO - OnSIP
Our bookkeeper uses QuickBooks Desktop to manage all of our accounting. She says that the desktop version is better than the online version because it takes less time to set up, and costs less money. But the downside of that for me is that I can’t log in and see everything. But our bookkeeper sends me everything I need for our monthly financial reviews, so I try not to worry too much about that.
Founder - VentureOut
QuickBooks Online is okay for standard accounting, like accounts receivable and accounts payable. But it’s limiting in other situations, and lacks flexibility with specific, unique cases and circumstances. We’re looking into potentially using a new tool in the future.
Co-founder & CEO - Blue Bite
We use QuickBooks for payroll, and it works well.
Co-founder & CEO - Blue Bite
We like QuickBooks Online. It’s integrated with our online backend platform, so we can consolidate payments easily. We also like that it’s not expensive for smaller companies.
Founder & CEO - Insurify
We use QuickBooks and their time entry software. We’ve looked at other software, but have not changed because QuickBooks does everything we need.
Founder & CEO - Arment Dietrich
QuickBooks Online is working well.
Founder & CEO - Skout Deals
We’ve been pretty happy with QuickBooks Online. We want some of the reporting to do more, as it’s very stringent in format and layout, but we’ve used some version of it since we started, and we’re pretty happy with it.
COO - Venture for America
QuickBooks Online is hard to get going on your own, but accountants prefer it, and it’s easy to use once it’s setup correctly. It streamlines everything for us, and we have no complaints for what we use it for. We’re only using it for about 10 payments per month, so we don’t have to pay more, to do more, just yet. We don’t have payroll to do, so it’s a good place to keep track of invoices, and keep our year-round accounting and budgets in check.
Co-founder - Monarq
I use QuickBooks Online. My accountant uses QuickBooks Desktop, but it all hooks together. I would give it a B-. It’s not that intuitive, but it’s fine. When I’m in invoices, if someone makes a partial payment, QuickBooks makes me go down a weird path to note that they only paid part of the invoice. I have to click a thousand times to make one note, which is annoying! But it does what it’s supposed to do overall. I know there’s a way to integrate it into Salesforce, but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet. The 2 systems should definitely talk to each other.
Founder & CEO - VProud
We use QuickBooks Desktop. It’s not catered towards startups, but it’s a well-rounded accounting application.
Founder & CEO - Brick & Portal
I’ve used QuickBooks Desktop for many years, including at previous companies. It’s a good tool, and it’s definitely gotten better over the years. But I see the benefit of looking at startup-catered companies for comparison.
Founder & CEO - Brick & Portal
I use QuickBooks Online. I’ve never used QuickBooks Desktop, but I’ve heard it is better than the online version. But the online version is better for me because no one on my team, or any of my accountants, has to download anything to view or share information.
Co-founder & CEO - Queen of Raw
Our Citrin Cooperman accountant uses QuickBooks.
Founder & CEO - Social Data Collective
We use QuickBooks Desktop, but we have it hosted in the cloud via HarborCloud, so there’s no need to have it on our computers. If you don’t have any bookkeeping experience, the desktop version is the best way to introduce yourself to it. We don’t recommend QuickBooks Online, especially for startups, because it does not have enough reporting functionality. We always end up pulling our clients off of QuickBooks Online and migrating them to QuickBooks Desktop. Quickbooks Online is fine if you’re in consulting or anything service-based. Even then, you have to be very careful about downloading financial data, since it’s not a perfect technology; you can’t just set it and forget it. Best practice is to make sure and review the accounts QuickBooks is choosing for you; very often it misposts and double posts. Also if you’re transferring between accounts or paying your credit card, QuickBooks Online cannot handle that in the download.
Founder & CEO - Creative Business Inc.
Our accountant uses QuickBooks Desktop.
VP of Product Development - RescueTime
We use QuickBooks Online, and I like it.
Co-founder & CEO - Comeet
We do it all internally with an outsourced CPA. Our CPA runs accounting, payroll, and the financial end of the equation. I know they are using QuickBooks, so by extension, that’s what we’re using.
CEO & Founder - x.ai
Our bookkeeper uses QuickBooks.
Co-founder - BuzzStream
We use QuickBooks Online for keeping track of accounting. It seems to be the standard accounting solution, and it works well enough for us. QuickBooks is trying to extend into areas beyond accounting, like payroll and invoicing, but we have not used those features yet. What I really like about QuickBooks is the ability to automate rules for categorization. For example, I can create a rule that says, “Any time I order from this vendor, assign this as the cost of goods sold at this particular coffeeshop”. You can’t set up automated rules like this in FreshBooks, so if you don’t like manual rote categorization tasks, you’ll end up leaning towards QuickBooks. Also, as you’re growing your business and considering different funding vehicles, such as traditional term loans from banks or priced or debt rounds from angel investors, it’s likely they will want to some financial statements like a balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flow, or profit and loss statement. Assuming you are keeping up with reconciling your accounts on a monthly basis, you can very easily create these reports in QuickBooks.
Co-founder & CEO - Commonwealth Joe
I love Freshbooks, but my accountant made me switch over to QuickBooks Online because it’s what she prefers to use. It’s nice that it’s online, so I can access it too and can create my own invoices.
Co-founder & CEO - Sociality Squared
We use QuickBooks Online, and it’s fine. For a product that you associate with a last-generation company, it’s actually pretty nice. It feels like a modern web app, something you’d like to use. I’ve had a couple of issues with how it syncs to our bank account, where it has trouble recognizing a transfer from checking to savings. It should recognize that, but it doesn’t. And the last time we did our taxes, it was moderately annoying to get the reports we needed. But for most part, we’re happy with it, and it’s not expensive, which is a huge plus. I’ve also heard from accountants that they prefer it, so we’re sticking with them.
Co-founder & CEO - Fieldbook
We use QuickBooks Online for bookkeeping. We have a professional looking after our books, so I will reserve judgement on this tool.
Founder - Qbox
We use QuickBooks Online. One of my partners is a CPA, so he handles all of our accounting. We typically run high-dollar, low-volume transactions, so it makes it a bit easier.
Co-founder - TheSquareFoot
We’re using the desktop version. I used it to start before we got an outsourced accountant to do it for us. It was pretty easy and synced with payroll as well.
Founder & CEO - CoinTent
We use the desktop version. It’s fairly easy to use.
Founder & CEO - CoinTent
We have an accountant who does our books for us.
Co-founder - Underdog.io
We use QuickBooks Online. Our part-time CFO takes care of that for us.
Co-founder & CEO - PivotDesk
QuickBooks Desktop is fine. Our outsourced accounting company handles all of the manual entry. I just give them directions on how I want the entries to be structured, and they manually enter and create reports, etc., for us.
Head of Finance - Dots
QuickBooks Desktop is fine so far. It’s easy and straightforward. We use the desktop version because it’s easier for our accountants to use the desktop version when they want to do anything with taxes.
Founder & CEO - Blinkbuggy
Using QuickBooks Online is really painful. It’s not ideal, but we’re sticking with it for now. We’ve heard of an accounting as a service company, inDinero, that we’re considering switching to at some point. But at this point, because we’re on the cusp of large sales, there’s not a lot of value there. When we get to about 10 people, with tons of transactions and revenue coming in, we’ll probably go with inDinero. We’re expecting to switch over to them in the middle of next year.
Co-founder - Datavore Labs
We have a part-time bookkeeper and she manages everything in QuickBooks Desktop. Our accountant is also happy with it. The desktop version is more flexible than the online version, and you can take files and open them on different computers, which they like.
Co-founder - Simple Texting
QuickBooks Online is good, with no pros or cons to speak of. A lot of these tools have matured a lot over the last 10 years, and are really solid and cheap now. When I launched my first business in 2002, you couldn’t find these tools like you can now!
Founder & CEO - messageLOUD
We use QuickBooks Desktop.
CEO - DoSomething
For small business owners, which we are currently, QuickBooks Desktop is very suitable for our needs.
Chief Operations Officer - CTRL Collective
We’re using QuickBooks Desktop right now. We’re probably going to switch to something else over the next few months, but we only have three full-time employees right now, so it works for now.
Chief Operations Officer - CTRL Collective
We have an outsourced CFO, who primarily deals with QuickBooks Desktop. It’s the standard, and I really have no feelings either way about it. Our CFO uses it for accounting and we use it to generate invoices too, and it works decently for that. We will probably move to Xero at some point, but for now, QuickBooks works for us.
Founder & Head of Operations - Wheelhouse
We use an outsourced accounting firm that uses QuickBooks Online. The big pro is that it’s the industry standard. Our accounting firm uses it because it’s a clean way to do it. Some of the cons are that it doesn’t have the Web 2.0 integrations that newer services have. And it has a pretty complex user interface that can be quite unwieldy for an uninitiated person who tries to go in and extract data.
Co-founder & CIO - Enplug
Our bookkeepers use the QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise version, and have it hosted on a shared server. It allows us easy access to our financials from the server.
CEO & Co-founder - Plum Print
I just pull reports from QuickBooks Online. I don’t deal with it too much, but for how I use it, to look at the reports I need, it’s easy to use and good for me.
CMO & EVP of Sales - ExecRank
Our accountant uses QuickBooks Desktop.
CEO & Founder - DK New Media
We used QuickBooks at the beginning, and to be frank, we never enjoyed using it. For years, we hoped someone would make something better. We were thrilled when Xero came along, and we were one of their first customers in Utah. Xero rolled out state by state, and we were just waiting for them to get to Utah! We are absolutely happy with them. Their UX is the number one reason; it’s far more attractive and much more intuitive than QuickBooks. Xero has also proven to be much more innovative than QuickBooks; they frequently add helpful features and improve their product. And not being tied to a desktop accounting program is huge, especially when collaborating with remote bookkeepers and accountants.
Founder - Built for Teams
Xero and QuickBooks Online are the two primary platforms we recommend to our clients. They’re both based in the cloud and allow plugins to different APIs for things like checking accounts and expense software. We recommend them more than anything else because they function similarly, and allow businesses to scale without breaking anything as you grow. When a company has outgrown the capabilities of QuickBooks/Xero, and need a full ERP, we're big fans of migrating clients to NetSuite.
Founder & CEO - Nomad Financial
QuickBooks Online is the worst. If I’m running a two-person business, maybe it would be a somewhat reasonable product to use. But for us, it’s just awful. It doesn’t allow me to spread my accounting costs. Basically, it’s an accounting software that doesn’t allow me to do accounting. It’s mind-blowing how little it can do. I know other products exist, like FreshBooks and Xero, but sadly, nothing seems like a better option than QuickBooks Online.
CFO - Makeable
We use QuickBooks Desktop for Mac. It’s the most user-friendly accounting software. It’s so simple, and has the best user experience. Comparing QuickBooks to any other software for accounting is like comparing OS X to Windows. Mac users will know what I mean.
Founder & CEO - Halo Life Science
We use QuickBooks Online.
Co-founder - Quill
We used QuickBooks Desktop. The version we used was for people with strong financial backgrounds. If you’re a small startup, and don’t have dedicated financial people, you will probably need outside help to start using QuickBooks. The unfortunate part of that is that startups really should get in the habit of tracking their own finances early on, but there is no good user-friendly accounting software that is great for startups. It’s an unrealized need, in my opinion.
Co-founder - Aviary
We use QuickBooks Desktop. My partner picked it up quickly with little accounting experience, so it seems to be quite straightforward to learn and start using. I would like to see us to switch to QuickBooks Online, but it hasn’t happened yet. But we've been happy with QuickBooks Desktop so far.
Co-founder - LiveBinders
We use the online version.
Co-founder - Bundle Organics
I don't interact with Quickbooks often, but when I've used it, it's been fine. It's gotten the job done.
Founding Partner - Blueprint Health
QuickBooks Online is great, and super cheap. That said, it’s not intuitive, and it would have been really confusing without the help of our outsourced accountant. There’s really no clear documentation on how it should work. You really need accounting experience to use it effectively.
Founder & CEO - Hardbound
We’re using QuickBooks Online. We just wanted something easy.
Founder & CEO - Hardbound
QuickBooks is pretty much a standard and is used by many companies, but it is a moderately pricey option and a little cumbersome. If using the remote access option, it can take considerable time to access and complete tasks, as it seems a little slower overall.
Director of Operations - Inxent, Inc.
I've only ever used QuickBooks, and I’m very unsatisfied with it. It's clunky and old, and I wish there were a better service.
COO, Developer - Lightmatter
We chose QuickBooks Payroll because we bank with Bank of America, and they have a relationship with Intuit so it was easy to integrate.
Co-founder - Claim It!
We use QuickBooks Online because our accountant chose it.
Vice President of Technology - Golf Genius Software
We’re using QuickBooks Desktop, along with an outsourced bookkeeper and accountant who clean up QuickBooks every quarter.
CEO - Katch
We’re using QuickBooks Enterprise, and are planning to switch over to a more sophisticated system. It’s the desktop version (enterprise doesn't have a good online configuration), so we installed it on a server that we can all access.
Co-founder & COO - Casper
We're running Quickbooks Desktop through a hosted solution, Swizznet. We have an outsourced accountant to manage our accounting, which is necessary because of our specific finance control needs.
Co-founder & COO - Betterment
QuickBooks Payments is a straightforward payroll solution.
Co-founder & COO - Betterment
We use QuickBooks Payments for payroll, and for instances when a client wants to pay us for advertising.
Editorial Director & Editor-in-Chief - ReadWrite
QuickBooks is fine. It’s not that complex because the numbers are so small, and we don't have a complex benefits structure in place. I've used TriNet in the past and was happy with them, but in the past couple years new players have come on the market, like Zenefits and a couple others that I would consider as we grow.
Founder & CEO - Nine Naturals
Our in-house accountant uses QuickBooks Desktop and is happy with it. It does what it needs to do.
Partner - DXagency
We used to use QuickBooks Online when we were doing it ourselves. But when we got a bookkeeper, he wanted to use the desktop version. We use SaaSOptics and Funding Gates in conjunction with QuickBooks, which I would recommend to everyone.
Co-founder & CEO - Greenhouse
QuickBooks was an absolute disaster for us. For an early-stage company, there's such a thing as information overload--there are so many things that are priorities that you want to spend as little time thinking about the administrative tasks. With QuickBooks, I probably could have figured it out, but I had to spend too much time figuring out how to make it work. ZenPayroll, in contrast, takes all of the administrative burden away, and make it so I don’t have to do any thinking at all about payroll.
Co-founder - Point
They redid their product a couple years ago, and I think it's really smooth and nice--I'm very impressed with it.
CEO & Chief People Person - Founders Bloc
QuickBooks an overwhelming tool for most people who don't have experience with accounting (myself included).
CTO - Bowery
We’ve tried the others, but QuickBooks is superior.
Co-founder & CEO - SponsorHub
I’ve used QuickBooks, and it's a fundamentally old software with a sloppy UI. It's great for accountants, but it's terrible for non-accounting people.
Founder & CEO - Socure
It's the accounting standard. It's what accountants expect.
Co-founder and CEO - Chimani
It's a little pricy, but it's easy to get an actual accountant to look at it and make sense of everything quickly. That's nice.
Founder - CheckedTwice
I used QuickBooks for accounting. The integration with the online payroll service made things very easy.
Founder - CheckedTwice
It’s a great tool--all you need is there.
Founder & CEO - Kontor
Quickbooks does its job, and the price is right. We've looked at Freshbooks and other options, and we just haven’t switched because we've already figured out all the quirks of QuickBooks, so we're going to stick with it. The thing that startups always lack is financial leadership. The finance group is always the last to mature--as founders, you think you'll just manage the money yourself. In our next phase, I think we'll probably be more apt to bring in more finance folks.
Co-founder - Jump Ramp Games
It's nice because we're a pretty large company, and QuickBooks makes it so that we only need one accountant. I don't interact with it directly, but it's obviously very powerful.
Head of Content - CreativeLive
The desktop version has capabilities that the online one doesn't, but it comes with some setbacks like lack of shareability.
Co-founder & CEO - CourseHorse
This isn’t something that I’ve touched personally. We've always outsourced it and now we have our own CFO.
Co-founder & CEO - Segment
We've really liked QuickBooks, but we're starting to outgrow it. It worked great for us while we were small, but now that we're getting bigger we're looking for something new.
CEO & Co-founder - Movable Ink
QuickBooks is QuickBooks. It’s good if you’re working with an accountant.
Co-founder - Everplans
Every quarter, if one of our investors asks for a balance sheet, QuickBooks makes it simple and easy to pull. It integrates with our bank very smoothly, and it's all online, so you don’t have to worry about running software on your local machine. It's just good at taking care of something we don’t want to deal with.
CEO - Dasher
QuickBooks is a good tool, but expensive.
Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer - Wellinks
QuickBooks leaves a something to be desired in terms of ease of use, analytics, comprehensiveness and flexibility.
Co-founder & CEO - Ampush
We use the online version. If we were a little more advanced, we might try to use Xero, but if we were to move to Justworks or TriNet, QuickBooks is going to make that process easier. There's no reason not to use QuickBooks because it covers all of the details you need. Note that, even if you use a software that has as many integrations as QuickBooks, you'll still need to track all of your different receipts and report on all of them.
CEO - Truffle
QuickBooks isn’t great, but it's all there is.
CEO - Splash
I'd give it a 2.5 out of 5. It's OK--the interface has not been updated in a very long time. I'm sure there are probably better accounting packages out there, but we have a bookkeeper who's used to using it, so it's legacy software that we just keep using.
COO - Citia
We’ve been using this for a long time. It covers what we need to do.
Team Lead - Muse Games
QuickBooks Desktop was easier since there were just two of us, but we should have probably used the online version. We both travel all the time, which makes the desktop version a pain. Quickbooks is a very robust system, but it's not user-friendly when you want to do analytics and analysis.
Co-founder - Journey Bar, LLC
We use QuickBooks Desktop for inventory tracking, which isn't available in the online version. Our bookkeeper interacts with it the most.
VP Finance & Operations - willa
We now use the desktop version of QuickBooks, but when I was doing our accounting, we used QuickBooks Online. Now we have bookkeepers and accountants who help us manage our monthly ledgers. Schwartz & Co is our bookkeeping company and I would highly recommend them to any early-stage startup. They are very thorough and good, and can work with you on a pricing structure to meet your needs. Our tax accountants, Wilkin & Guttenplan, are great and completely available whenever we need them, but they can be expensive (for a startup). I did all of our accounting myself the first 1.5 years, but our accounting became more complicated as we added more business lines and cities. It was taking up too much time and I wanted to hand over the task to true experts. On our near-term horizon, we'll be hiring a finance director and that person will take over CFO responsibilities and bookkeeping, so we'll bring all of that in-house.
Co-founder & CEO - Manicube
QuickBooks Online is good. We have a part-time accountant who interacts with it. Using any accounting software at all has been a big step forward for us. Before this, we had just been tracking expenses ourselves in a spreadsheet.
CEO & Founder - Greatist
QuickBooks Online is universally known.
Founder & CEO - Zeel
We only use QuickBooks minimally.
QuickBooks is a great accounting software option for a small to mid-size company. It is an inexpensive option that supports our current business reporting needs.
Founder & CEO - Kargo
QuickBooks is OK, but we can't use the online version, unfortunately. We have to use the native application because the online version doesn't handle alternate types of currency. A few of our customers and vendors use Euros.
Founder & President - Lionheart Software
We chose QuickBooks Online so that we can have internal collaboration, as well as collaboration with our accountants.
CEO & Founder - 15Five
We chose QuickBooks Online because it was cost-effective for a small team. Worker's compensation was set as “pay as you go,” and most all of the state and federal taxes are computed automatically and e-filed.
CEO & Founder - 15Five
We’ve been using QuickBooks Online, and we’re now also hiring a consulting company. A system is nothing if you don't have the know-how. Accounting is much more difficult than anything else. You can do your own marketing and analytics, but when it comes to the law, you have to be very, very careful. Finding someone to help you is just as indispensable as the system itself.
Co-founder Stage: Seed - Sailo
Everyone knows how to use QuickBooks.
CEO & Co-Founder - Thunder
QuickBooks is comprehensive but easy to use, though you still need to have a basic grasp of accounting principles to use it meaningfully. It's flexible enough in that it allows you to create journal entries and make edits to financial statements as needed. It's gotten an overhaul recently, so the UI is better and easier, but every time you roll out a UI change, it requires user adoption. If they come up with something that's more straightforward and less error-prone, I'd be happy to see that. But QuickBooks is flexible enough to adapt to our changing needs.
CEO - TreSensa
The desktop version doesn't require a cloud account or a monthly payment, plus we do hard backups. We don't really need the cloud, and there's no reason I can't download something once and be done with it. We also chose the desktop version partly because of security--I don't want all our accounting information out there.
Founder & CEO - Pair
I think QuickBooks Online is great--I used to resist it, and tried a bunch of other things, but it just works. And if you have someone who knows how to work with it, as we do, I don’t know that there's a better tool out there. They've also updated it so it looks nice, and it works across all platforms really nicely.
Founding Partner, Chief Product Officer - Reboot
It’s pretty easy to use, and it’s the accepted industry standard.
Co-founder & CEO - Vengo
I went with it because we got it for free. It's been OK - I don't think we've set it up properly, so it's been confusing, but I think that's on us. We have a third-party accounting firm who helps us with all of our accounting work – Kruze Consulting. They’ve been great and would highly recommend them.
Co-founder & CEO - Care+Wear
47%Stacklist Startups Are Using QuickBooks
While the tool’s features can be complex, it’s extremely effective when used by someone who has a basic working knowledge of accounting principles and is familiar with its interface. QuickBooks can also get pricey, which is why it’s often a more popular choice among Series A and B startups (about 3/4ths of Series A and B companies have used the platform) than their Seed-stage counterparts (just under 50%).
The desktop application can be purchased for a flat fee of $299.95, while online subscriptions go for $12.95, $26.95 or $39.95 per month, depending on the complexity of the package.
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