Quickbooks vs. Quicken

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Quickbooks vs. Quicken
Quickbooks vs. Quicken

Both Quickbooks and Quicken come from Intuit Inc.’s kitty. Quicken caters to individuals whereas Quickbooks caters to smaller businesses. Both are headquartered in the USA and mostly serves the North American and Canadian markets.

While Quickbooks has a market share of 85-90% of the accounting market, Quicken is acquired by about 1.5 million customers. Currently, Quicken users are being asked to use Mint.com, following the latter’s acquisition by Intuit.

Ease of Use – Quickbooks vs. Quicken

Quickbooks is more complex for the new users. There is no help in-built to guide the new users to walk-through the entire system. There is no in-built navigation system as well. It tweaks all vendor, customer and employee information and brings to one single place. It presents a map of all the important business activities like invoicing, payments etc.

Quicken, as the name suggests, will make your life much simpler with amazing navigational skills. It enables online bill payment and connects with number of online accounts, making transactions much easier and simpler. In the mobile version, users can simply click photos of the receipts and send across as an attachment. It’s that easy.

Reliability – Quickbooks vs. Quicken

Support teams are not available 24*7 at Quickbooks. So if you are passing an entry on weekends, then there will be no one to hear on the other side. This is a fatal flaw as cloud companies need to be online throughout the clock. Since there is no navigation, there are no knowledge base or video tutorials to help newbies on Quickbooks.

Quicken has the ability to de-duplicate transactions. Phone support is not available on the weekends, but chat support is available 24/7. Although they are available always, customer service is not that satisfactory. So there is some room for improvement here.

Speed – Quickbooks vs. Quicken

Remove automatic updates and give minimum 256 MB free space on your memory, the Quickbooks application will run blazing fast. The number of transactions displayed at once is only 13, so there will be lots of clicking on the “Next” button for the users.

Quicken, with its imminent ease of use, is the fastest accounting management system on cloud. It doesn’t offer on premise services, hence, no lagging server issues.

Features – Quickbooks vs. Quicken

Quickbooks comes with a full kit of accounting, inventory, payroll, invoicing, banking and even tax filing. It is like a Swiss Army Knife in accounting. It can integrate with lots of additional software tools.

You can create multiple reports, customized to the business needs and also track all financial information with dashboards and reports. Quickbooks cannot be digested right from the word go, it would need a huge learning curve to understand the full essence of it. With Quickbooks, you can also create forecasts, although the same is not that accurate.

There are loads of tracking available like, sales orders, invoices, sales and other taxes, inventories, time tracking, income and expenses etc. You can also create purchase orders and manage payroll and taxes of all sorts. Users can provide discounts and other freebies to end customers.

Quicken features some of the most easy to use and interactive tools to make life easy for accountants and daily book-keepers. It is much more responsive than its previous versions.

Users can simply take a snap of their receipts and attach to journal transactions through their mobile phones, which is then linked to the desktop version over cloud. There are registers for transactions being saved for future references as well as other events or transactions which have been saved for later.

Budgeting functionalities have been given a hike. There are two options to include or exclude certain budgets with specific transactions. Portfolio management has been added to the never ending list of functions in Quicken.

The software will display your current portfolio value and also compares your performance with that of the market on the basis of costs and capital gains. Goals for particular transactions can be set and their relative measurements can be analysed and tracked for reference purposes.

Your personal tax preparation can also be done here at Quicken. It will give you a tax estimator and also suggest some investment suggestions, so that users can plan tax accordingly. Users can also design reports and graphs on spending, that too, current as well as average spendings, budgets vs. actuals etc.

Security – Quickbooks vs. Quicken

Quickbooks offers high level SSL encryption and firewalls to mark incoming traffic. There can be a multi-factor authentication process to have access to prevalent data. The OTP is present, but it might take ages to reach your mobile.

Your session may time out by the time it drops in on your mobile phone. Recently, they launched a critical update, expanding the security features. Once installed, data encryption and safety is guaranteed.

Quicken ensures there is utmost security to your financial as well as personal data. Of course, there is SSL technology to secure transmission. There are scores of integrity checks that ensure whether the message has been modified or not once it has left the server.

The servers are covered with firewalls. A single sign on facility is also available, so that users across the organisation have to put a password every time they will logon to the system. You can also add password to your data files.

Summary – Quickbooks vs. Quicken

Undoubtedly, business solution are been done through Quickbooks, as it provides a realm of solutions. Users gain confidence with this secured data and can process data faster than ever. Both Quicken and Quickbooks can migrate data within themselves. Quickbooks is robust and a clear winner in terms of features.

Whereas for Quicken, it’s like the end of the road. Intuit has sold it off in the open market and the future of the product is in doubts. When it is new hands and it will be riddled with changes and add-ons, only then some light could be shed upon.

Data storage is available offline, enabling users access to encrypted data always. Quickbooks is a  stable, fast, and secured solution and triumphs over Quicken.

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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information system engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 10 years of IT and IS management experience in consulting, selecting and implementing information systems for small and global companies.