Intuit recently announced that they will no longer be supporting QuickBooks 2010 as of May 31, 2013, a process known as “sunsetting” the product. What does this mean? Basically, Intuit will no longer provide live technical support for the product or enable add-on services such as online banking, payroll or credit card processing.
What should you do if you are still using QuickBooks 2010? Well, it’s time to start shopping! QuickBooks 2013 is the current version on the store shelves and you can always find a great deal at Amazon, as well. QuickBooks 2013 actually has some new bells and whistles that you may appreciate, such as:
- Time and Expense Preference – It is now possible to set a company preference that makes all time entries or expenses billable.
- Bill Credits Appear on Check Stubs – If a credit has been applied to a bill that is being paid, the credit will now appear on the bill payment stub. This fixes a problem which has annoyed a lot of people for a long time!
- A new interface – Some people love the new QuickBooks interface, though I’m still getting used to it!
- Customer & Vendor History – These at-a-glance views of important customer and vendor details actually became available in QuickBooks 2011, but they are a major improvement that you’ve missed out on if you’re still using QuickBooks 2010.
This may also be the time for you to check out QuickBooks Online, the web-based alternative to QuickBooks. I’ve become a huge fan of QuickBooks Online simply because it can be accessed from any internet-connected computer, including Macs and tablets. I can view the same QuickBooks Online file as my client across the country. The data lives “in the cloud” and can also be accessed from the new QuickBooks Online iPad app. Another one of my favorite features of QuickBooks Online is the ability to automatically email recurring monthly invoices … very cool!
As always, if you need help in upgrading your QuickBooks data to QuickBooks 2013 or if you’re ready to take the leap into the cloud with QuickBooks Online, contact us for any of your QuickBooks needs!
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Deb Howard Greenleaf, EA, CEO and Principal, of Greenleaf Accounting Services provides virtual accounting and bookkeeping services and specializes in financial management to consultants, coaches, solo professionals, and other small business owners across the US. Deb is an Enrolled Agent (EA)—an IRS-licensed tax professional—and specializes in small businesses and entrepreneurs filing Schedule C or as an LLC. As an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Deb spends her day in QuickBooks Online and specializes in providing QBO support.