QuickBooks 2013 for Mac

quickbooksI recently started using QuickBooks 2013 for Mac to handle MacMaven Consulting’s accounting needs. I had previously been using a Windows accounting package. While the Windows package handled the job adequately, the lack of Mac integration slowed me down. Tasks like emailing invoices and entering customer information required extra steps. So last month I pulled the trigger and switched to QuickBooks for Mac.

So far, so good. The application is intuitive and user friendly, assuming you’ve used accounting software before. If not, expect a learning curve. A basic understanding of double-entry accounting is important, especially if you’ll be making general journal entries. (I.e. It’s more complicated to use than Quicken.) QuickBooks can handle inventory, vendor payments, credit card processing, estimates, time sheets, and more, should your business require these features.

Speaking of Quicken, it’s unfortunate that Quicken Essentials for Mac is such a bare bones product. For my personal finances, I still need to start up my Windows virtual machine to run Quicken Deluxe. It’s surprising that Intuit hasn’t listened to their customers and produced a Mac version of Quicken that’s on par with the Windows version. Intuit offers Quicken Mac 2007 for $15. This version of Quicken is not stripped down like Essentials. Regardless, I’m not taking a chance on six-year-old software.

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