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Hi there, @swhkor.
QuickBooks Self-Employed (QBSE) is specifically designed for self-employed and freelancers that need to pay estimated taxes and file Schedule C.
QuickBooks Online (QBO) and QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT) on the other hand are best suited for businesses that need to do payroll and a fully functioning General Ledger or Chart of Accounts.
For more details on how QBSE works, you can check out this article: QBSE Overview.
All programs are actually impressive, but only one will serve you best. A summary of differences helps to clarify version you need the most:
To more know info about their differences, you can check out this link: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/accountants/compchart/
I'm always here to help if you have any other concerns or questions. Just tag my name in the comment section and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Additional reference for you
If you have to open a new QBO account, make sure to click the Buy button to get the discounted price for up to 6 months. If you purchase from the trial account, you have to pay the regular rate.