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Switch to QuickBooks Online from Desktop

Migrate your QuickBooks Desktop data to QuickBooks Online

Switch to QuickBooks Online and bring your company’s info with you. Migrating your desktop data takes as little as 15 minutes! Make the move to the cloud today.

  • Making Tax Digital ready

  • HMRC recognised

Get ready for the HMRC Self-Assessment deadline

Compare QuickBooks Online to QuickBooks Desktop

QuickBooks Online is an affordable cloud-based accounting software for small businesses. While QuickBooks Desktop is installed locally on your computer, QuickBooks Online allows you to manage your business’ finances on the go from anywhere that has internet access.

Get real-time cash flow insights and send out invoices on the go while your VAT is automatically worked out in line with the latest VAT percentages. When compared to QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Online offers easier access, more automation and better real-time insights.

QuickBooks OnlineQuickBooks Desktop
Feature
MTD-ready
Simple Start plan
Yes
Xero
Yes
Feature
Cloud-based
Simple Start plan
Yes
Xero
No
Feature
Pricing
Simple Start plan
From £6/month
Xero
From £26/month
Feature
Ease of use
Simple Start plan
Intuitive
Xero
Supports more complex accounting
Feature
Integrations
Simple Start plan
Excellent
Xero
Good
Feature
Mobile app
Simple Start plan
Yes
Xero
No
Feature
Integrated payroll solution
Simple Start plan
Yes
Xero
No
Feature
Best for
Simple Start plan
Small business owners who need a flexible, mobile and scalable accounting solution; B2B and service-based businesses; payroll
Xero
Business owners who need more advanced features for job costing, inventory and reporting; larger, product-based businesses

Work from anywhere

See how your business is doing from your laptop or mobile device with the handy QuickBooks app included with your QuickBooks Online subscription. Send invoices, track your expenses and manage cash flow on the go.

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Work from anywhere

Automate your bookkeeping

Connect all your bank accounts and credit cards to get a real-time picture of your business’ finances in one place. Automate your expenses with receipt capture and mileage tracker and save hours of admin time.

Automate your bookkeeping

Stay ahead of Making Tax Digital for VAT

By using QuickBooks, your business stays ahead of the curve during the roll-out of Making Tax Digital. Next April, connect your cloud-based accounting software directly to HMRC to submit your VAT returns in minutes.

Stay ahead of Making Tax Digital for VAT

What small businesses say about QuickBooks

"started out learning QuickBooks on the desktop version for a previous job, and the software has come a long, long way since then. The online version is well organised, easy to use and in the three years I've been using it I've never run into a single glitch."

Jane R., Owner

"What I loved the most was featured on the online version. I loved that I could share a live bookkeeping with someone else who would help me fix things if I messed up without having to come to my office. I love the whole reporting system. It's so organised and customisable. I love scheduling invoices and splitting transactions. I love that I can report everything in one click."

Jean F., Accountant

"We've used QuickBooks from the very beginning and have no plans to change anytime soon!"

Ricky T., Manager, Operations and Finance

Frequently asked questions

QuickBooks Making Tax Digital for VAT software is available to all QuickBooks Simple Start, Essential and Plus subscribers. Use of QuickBooks MTD for VAT software and bridging software must be aligned with HMRC's eligibility requirements and includes additional set up between the small business and HMRC.

QuickBooks MTD software currently supports Standard, Cash and Flat Rate schemes. QuickBooks Bridging Software supports Standard and Cash schemes. Businesses whose home currency is not GBP are currently not supported.

Receive a 50% discount off the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Simple Start or 50% discount off the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Essentials or 50% discount off the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Plus for the first 6 months of service, starting from date of enrolment, followed by the then current monthly price. Your account will automatically be charged on a monthly basis until you cancel. You must select the Buy Now option and will not receive a one month trial. Offer valid for new QuickBooks Online customers only. No limit on the number of subscriptions ordered. You can cancel at any time by calling 0808 168 9533. Discount cannot be combined with any other QuickBooks Online offers. Terms, conditions, features, pricing, service and support are subject to change without notice. All prices shown exclude VAT.

Receive a 50% discount off the current monthly subscription price for the first 6 months of service starting from the date you subscribe for the service. In order to obtain the discount you need to select the Buy Now option and will not receive the free one month trial offer. After the first 6 months, your account will be charged on a monthly basis at the then current price until you cancel. The above discount offer is available only to new QuickBooks Self-Employed customers and cannot be combined with any other QuickBooks Online offers.

Receive 50% off the current monthly subscription price for QuickBooks Standard or QuickBooks Advanced Payroll for the first 6 months of service, starting from the date of enrollment, followed by the then monthly price. Your account will automatically be charged on a monthly basis for the subscription fee and for all pay runs processed in the previous month, until you cancel. You must select the Buy Now option and will not receive a one month trial. Offer valid for new QuickBooks Online customers only. No limit on the number of subscriptions ordered. You can cancel at any time by calling 0808 168 9533. Discount cannot be combined with any other QuickBooks Online offers. Terms, conditions, features, pricing, service and support are subject to change without notice. All prices shown exclude VAT.

Greater savings over a 6 month period can be found by reviewing our promotion price on the website – please visit here for our latest promotion: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/uk/pricing/

QuickBooks Advanced Payroll allows you to automatically submit information to the following pension providers: NEST, The Peoples Pension, Smart Pensions, Aviva and NOW:Pensions

Free onboarding sessions are offered to all newly subscribed customers and trialists, excluding customers on our QuickBooks Self-Employed product. We offer 1 session per customer and reserve the right to remove this offering at anytime. Invitations are sent via email and in product messaging once sign up has been completed. A link will be included in the messaging for you to book in a session using our calendar tool.

Mileage tracking is available on QuickBooks Self-Employed and QuickBooks Online on iOS and Android only.

These terms apply to QuickBooks UK customers only. Bulk-pricing discount offer is valid only if you are signing up for more than one QuickBooks Online subscription with each order. View terms and conditions for multiple accounts pricing. To inquire further about the bulk-pricing discount offer, please call 0808 168 9533.

*QuickBooks UK have temporarily changed our support hours due to the mandated travel and office restrictions. Please see temporary customer support opening times:

  • QuickBooks Online Phone – Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm.
  • QuickBooks Online Live Messaging – Monday to Friday 8am to 12am, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 8pm.
  • QuickBooks Self Employed Live Messaging – Monday to Friday 7am to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 8pm.

'Save around 8 hours a month' based on respondents new to QuickBooks; Intuit survey June 2016.

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