Updated 09/10/2013, price may change.
Uncomplicated from the Start
- Invoices: Create and customize invoices.
- Sales and Expenses: See money coming in and being paid out, track expenses and sales.
- Reports: Twenty small business reports can be customizes, such as balance sheet, sales and profit and loss.
- Customers: Store contacts and customer information in the searchable Customer Center, where you can also find each customer's outstanding balance and transactions.
- Reduce Data Entry: Automatically download transactions from business bank or credit card accounts.
Flexible Accounting Features
- Prepare estimates.
- Create invoices, then send via email or print for mailing.
- Pay bills electronically or print checks.
- Sales, expense and tax reporting.
- Options at additional cost:
- Payroll subscription.
- Accept credit cards with QuickBooks Merchant Services.
- Hundreds of apps and add-ons are available for inventory, CRM, project management, time tracking and more.
QuickBooks Online Simple Start vs. Quicken Home and Business
- Compare the features of both software packages to decide which is better for your small business
Bottom Line Review
I'm giving QuickBooks Online Simple Start 4.5 stars only for very small businesses. It is not adequate for most other businesses. You will find a good set of features for most new and many existing small businesses in this online accounting software without being overwhelmed by unneeded modules. QuickBooks Apps provide additional features if needed at a reasonable cost.
The ability to expand to more powerful accounting software if your business grows is helpful since there will be no problem with importing all customer, invoicing and other account data and the 30 day free trial is long enough to help with deciding if this is the best accounting solution for your business.
If you currently use another QuickBooks version and think Simple Start would be a better choice, you'll have to think again. Data from higher versions of QuickBooks is not backwards compatible and will not transfer to QuickBooks Simple Start.