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zackgroberg
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Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

 
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GarlynGay
Moderator

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

Hello zackgroberg,

 

Welcome to the Community. 

 

QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Self-Employed are two different versions. The main difference between both programs is that QuickBooks Self-Employed is designed for Independent Contractors, while Simple Start is for Small Businesses.

 

If you're an Independent Contractor and need to separate your business and personal expenses, you can use the QBSE. Otherwise, you can use the QuickBooks Online Plus/Essentials/Simple Start.

 

I've got you a link that shows the comparison of these versions: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/aag/accountants/compchart/.


Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks! 

jaysiah
Level 1

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

Can quickbook selfemployed connect to Cash Flow Frog like quickbooks online does? 

 

Angelyn_T
QuickBooks Team

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

 Hi there, @jaysiah.

 

Cash Flow Frog integrates seamlessly with QuickBooks Online. Connecting the application into QuickBooks Self-Employed (QBSE) is currently unavailable.

 

I can see the need of linking the application to QBSE. Rest assured that our engineers are working nonstop to enhance the product for our customer's convenience. While they do so, I encourage visiting our blog site to stay current with the latest QuickBooks news and feature enhancements.

 

For additional tips, while working with QuickBooks, you can as well read the topics from our help articles.

 

Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any other QuickBooks questions. I'm more than happy to help. Have a good day!

CJ98
Level 1

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

What would you recommend for a family child care provider?

Fiat Lux - ASIA
Level 15

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

@CJ98 

For your reference

https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/en-us/product-preferences/choose-the-right-version-of-qu...

 

If you are having an employee or more, you should open QBO, not QBSE

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timala
Level 1

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

Can I switch to the Self Employed version if I currently have Online?

timala
Level 1

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

Can I switch to Self Employed if I have the Online version?

Fiat Lux - ASIA
Level 15

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

QBSE is a stand alone product. You are unable to migrate data from QBO to QBSE.

ZackE
QuickBooks Team

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

Welcome to the Community, timala.

 

You can cancel your existing QuickBooks Online (QBO) subscription and sign up for a new QuickBooks Self-Employed (QBSE) account. Currently, switching from QBO to QBSE isn't possible. This is because both platforms are different and designed for specific types of businesses.

 

Here's how to cancel:

  1. Open a web browser on the computer.
  2. Sign in to your account as an admin.
  3. Use the Gear (⚙️) icon, then choose Account and settings.
  4. Access your Billing & Subscription tab.
  5. In the QuickBooks section, pick Cancel subscription or Cancel online. If you're canceling a trail, click Cancel trial.
  6. Follow the onscreen steps.


In the event you purchased QuickBooks from a mobile app store, you'll need to cancel your subscription there.
 

For paid and trial subscriptions, Intuit will hang on to the data for one year. This allows you to pick up where you'd left off if you decide to reactivate your account.
 

Once you're prepared, you can start a new QBSE subscription.
 

I've additionally included a few detailed resources that may come in handy moving forward:


If there's any questions, I'm just a post away. Have a great day!

Monika90
Level 1

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

I was wondering if I can connect my Self-employed Quickbooks account with my BigCommerce shop?

Fiat Lux - ASIA
Level 15

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

@Monika90 

QBSE is a stand alone product as I mentioned earlier. Most 3rd party apps only support QBD and QBO. If you are using BigCommerce, you have to switch to QBO.

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Monika90
Level 1

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

I see. Thank you for your answer. Have a lovely day :)

hkg13
Level 1

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

Is there a way to switch between the two? I'm using Self Employed right now, but think it might be better to open an Online account for my LLC.

Fiat Lux - ASIA
Level 15

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

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realtor barbie
Level 1

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

I am a Realtor-self employed, independent contractor. Should I use QB SE or Simple Start? I have no employees and sometimes 1099 other professionals who help in my business.

 

AlexV
QuickBooks Team

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

Hello realtor barbie!

 

Let me explain the difference between QuickBooks Self-Employed and QuickBooks Online.

 

QuickBooks Self-Employed is designed for freelancers, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors. With this, you can track your income, expenses, mileage, tax info, and prepare your Schedule C.

 

On the other hand, QuickBooks Online is for small business owners. This has accounting and bookkeeping features to help you in managing your business.

 

Also, please note that you won't be able to track contractor payments and file 1099 in QuickBooks Self-Employed as QuickBooks Online does.

 

I suggest you check our Plans & Pricing page so you can decide which version fits your needs.

 

I've also included some articles so you can decide better what to choose:

 

Don't hesitate to post again if you have more questions. I'll be here!​​​​​​​

Fiat Lux - ASIA
Level 15

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

@realtor barbie 

QBSE is a stand alone product. Pick QBO instead and you may integrate with another app later.

https:// quickbooks.grsm.io/US

https:// quickbooks.grsm.io/us-promo

 

 

Chelz
Level 1

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

I have QBSE but my business is an LLC. I’m the only member. Should I switch to QBO?

JasroV
QuickBooks Team

Is quickbooks online the same as quickbooks self-employed? Do I have to subscribe to both?

I'll shed some light on your confusion, @Chelz.

 

QuickBooks Self-Employed (QBSE) is designed for a sole proprietorship. This helps track your self-employed income, expenses, and taxes. 

 

While QuickBooks Online (QBO) helps you manage your business, accounting, and bookkeeping. 

 

To have a better view of them, you can visit our Plans & Pricing page and see which version suits your business needs. Furthermore, you can also consult your accountant to guide you on the best action to take.

 

I'm also sharing these resources that you can utilize in learning your ways around the two versions of QuickBooks:

 

 

If you have any additional questions about QuickBooks, please let me know in your reply. I'll be here more than happy to help you. Keep safe!

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