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From Patrick Bonnaure, founder of ProLedge Bookkeeping Services

The debate between Mac and Windows is getting almost as polarized as our beloved Congress. Until recently, the bookkeeping world had managed to remain relatively immune to this debate, but with the increased market share of the Mac in the small business space, the question of QuickBooks for Windows vs QuickBooks for Mac has started taking more prominence.

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At first glance, it should not be an issue: “If you are a Windows person, get QuickBooks for Windows. If you are a Mac person, get QuickBooks for Mac”. Unfortunately, it is more complicated than this. For the foreseeable future, selecting QuickBooks for Mac will handcuff you in several ways:

  • QuickBooks for Mac has fewer features than the Windows versions
  • The vast majority of CPAs and bookkeepers do not support QuickBooks for Mac
  • Converting QuickBooks file back and forth between Mac and Windows doesn’t work well and can corrupt the data.
  • QuickBooks for Mac doesn’t interface with as many 3rd party applications

I’ll expand a little bit on these items below, but if you own a Mac, your logical next question would be: “I am stuck then?”. Of course not. You have a number of options that will keep you in the QuickBooks world without having to switch to a PC:

  • Accept the limitations of QuickBooks for Mac and stick with it. This is a very viable solution if you are a very small business, you don’t need 3rd party help and you have limited need for integration with 3rd party applications.
  • Switch to QuickBooks Online, the web based version of QuickBooks
  • Work with a QuickBooks hosting provider. From your Mac, you will get access to the full featured QuickBooks for Windows.

  • QuickBooks for Mac doesn’t have Premier and Enterprise versions. It has fewer features than even the Pro version of Windows.
  • Fewer reports
  • Fewer payroll options
  • Limited inventory capabilities
  • Online banking not as well integrated

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In summary, QuickBooks for Mac can be a very good option for you if your needs are relatively simple and you don’t need as much integration with the outside world (professionals and applications). The good news is that QuickBooks for Mac is not a dead-end. If QuickBooks for Mac becomes too restrictive for you down the road, there are multiple options for migrating to alternative solutions.

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