It really depends upon what features are more important to you.
|Feature||QuickBooks Desktop||QuickBooks Online|
Pro Version Costs $209.97 for three years*
Online Essentials Costs $13.47 per month.* Never needs updating. ($161.64 per year, $484.92 for 3 years)
|Speed||On your computer, not online so it is Quick and Responsive . Can only be used online with extra cost and software.||Online Only – but can be slow to use without a fast internet connection. Must always be online to use.|
|Forms||Invoices and Forms extremely customizable. Use multiple templates. (for example, I run two different product lines from my company and have a different invoice templates for each product – I cannot do this in the online version).||Invoices and Forms limited customization. Use only one template.|
|Banking Downloads must be clicked on to start
|Banking Downloads are automatic|
|Backups||Backups can be automatic, but must be set up and checked on occasionally||Automatically backed up|
|Multiple Companies||Run multiple companies with no additional cost.||Addition subscription required for each new company.|
|Phone Support||Online Community and Support Site always available. Phone support free for 30 days after activation. **||Online Community and Support Site always available. Phone Support included. **|
*Must be purchased through an Intuit ProAdvisor for this 20% discount on Desktop versions and 50% discount on Online Versions.
**I find QuickBooks phone support pretty useless. If you can’t find the answer on their support site, call me.