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#1 Bryan Fowler

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 02:30 PM

My accountant suggests us using Quickbooks for mac.

I was fine with that until I saw all of the horrible reviews on Amazon, and other sites.

Can anyone recommend software for the mac that would be a good investment?

(I know I can run parallels and Quickbooks PC, but I'd rather not do that)
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#2 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:20 PM

My accountant suggests us using Quickbooks for mac.


Hey Bryan, we've been using QB for Mac for Starling Productions, Las Vegas Editing, my Sea Kayaking DVDs and my freelance Steadicam business for many years (since the first QB Mac version) and it works fine on our Mac's even an old eMac we have. If you've got an accountant that is Mac friendly that's even better. Hopefully they are a Quickbooks Certified Consultant as well but as long as you like the accountant and they like Mac there is no reason not to go QB.

UNLESS... you are doing payroll for a large number of employees. At that point you need the add-on product for payroll and it's not as smooth with payroll as QB for PC is. By large number I'd say 10-15+ people. We handled 8-10 employees through the add-on program . If you're just paying yourself as an employee or maybe another person or two, your accountant can set it up as a memorized transaction within QB that they set up once and then all you have to do is push the button. Very simple.

A lot depends on how sophisticated your accounting is but we've operated four ongoing businesses, including job cost accounting for jobs within those businesses and it works. Again, a Mac friendly accountant is huge plus. Most accountants / CPA's are very PC biased but if they are QB Consultants they have free tech support to help them use your Mac based files.

The program has been stable and solid as a rock for us, plus we access the files across the network on our Mac Server and/or VPN into the network when I'm traveling. No problems at all and I would not consider changing.

Another point is the small business world now revolves around QuickBooks, accountants / CPA's resisted but found they either needed to adapt or lose business. I'd be hesitant to venture outside of QB Mac or PC unless your accounting and business supports a full-time specialist on a specific software platform.

Hope this helps!

Robert
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#3 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 10:39 PM

My accountant suggests us using Quickbooks for mac.

I was fine with that until I saw all of the horrible reviews on Amazon, and other sites.

Can anyone recommend software for the mac that would be a good investment?

(I know I can run parallels and Quickbooks PC, but I'd rather not do that)



I prefer the PC version of QB, but it works just fine on the Mac, just a little slower and the interface is not as comprehensive. I do think running it in the PC environment with
Parallels would be a good way to go. It really is THE accounting program.
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Posted 02 April 2009 - 04:13 PM

I have to agree with Robert, I've been on QBP for Mac and also a beta tester for the last three versions. The app has made tremendous leaps unless you are a Wachovia banker for business accounts, still not direct download. That is the biggest hurdle, check and make sure that which ever bank(s) you will be using the app for, that they will direct connect, not web connect (download from web and import).
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#5 Bryan Fowler

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 04:25 PM

Thanks guys for the advice. I trust you dudes more than the Amazon review people.

I think I'll get the Quickbooks Flavor-aid.

=)
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#6 Richard W. Davis

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 01:54 AM

Thanks guys for the advice. I trust you dudes more than the Amazon review people.

I think I'll get the Quickbooks Flavor-aid.

=)



Also been using QB for MAc for years now for my corporation. I think it is great. Even with a PC based accountant QB lets you send backups of your files in a windows format for your PC based accountant. So I just e mail the books to the acountant who can open them and go to work.

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Rich Davis
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#7 WillArnot

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 11:25 AM

Yup, just went through this whole dilemma w/ a new PC based book keeper.

We ended up getting parallels and running Quickbooks online. This way both my book keeper and accountant all access the same files and we can all work in real time. So as we are loading up info, the book keeper is looking at it and changing anything needed and then the accountant logs in and gets everything he needs. Very slick.

Pay the book keeper about $1,000 / year and therefore my accountant fees are half of what they used to be because he just plugs #'s in and he is done. And w/ the book keeper I get a finished folder (paper) that is organized meticulously. Extremely worthwhile.

We were going to get QB for Mac and email the worksheets like Rich was saying, but the book keeper talked us into the online approach using Parallels to run the PC desktop. It runs really well on the new Intel chips on the mac, and the fact that we can be on the phone w/ her and both adjusting & moving information around in real time is a time saver.

Best,
Will
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