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Choose the right version of QuickBooks

Learn the difference between QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Self-Employed, and QuickBooks Desktop.

Each version of QuickBooks is designed to address different business needs.

QuickBooks Self-Employed is primarily for freelancers, independent contractors, and service-based entrepreneurs. We make it easy to track your income and expenses and file your Schedule C.

This product is new-ish and a bit different. There are a few things that you can't do with it, such as:

  • Import data directly from other QuickBooks products
  • Export data to other QuickBooks products
  • Sign in with an existing QuickBooks company ID

But there are a lot of things you can do! Here are some tips on how to choose the best QuickBooks version for you:



Our product is for freelancers, independent contractors, home-based entrepreneurs, and consultants. It's the right QuickBooks version for you if:

  • You're a sole proprietor (self-employed) and have no employees.
  • You use your bank accounts and credit cards for both business and personal spending. We make it easy for you to separate out your business finances.
  • You have business expenses and want to turn them into tax deductions to save money.
  • You need quick and easy invoices.
  • You need help calculating quarterly tax estimates and want help getting them paid.
  • You want filing annual taxes to be easier. We can send your Schedule C data directly to TurboTax to make filing simpler.  Or, you can take your Schedule C info to your accountant.
  • QuickBooks Self-Employed makes it really, really easy to mark your daily transactions as personal spending or business deductions. (This will make filing your Schedule C a breeze)
  • You can also easily print out your Schedule C and take it to your accountant.
  • We’ll calculate your estimated quarterly taxes for you and help get them paid.
  • We connect to TurboTax to make year-end filing fast and easy.


QuickBooks Online might be best for you if:

  • You're a business owner (C-corp, S-corp, partnership, or multiperson LLC), not a sole proprietor.
  • You have one or more employees.
  • You need to create estimates.
  • You need to track inventory.
  • You need bill pay.
  • You need to integrate with other applications like Square or Vend.
  • You send more than 10 or so invoices a month.


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