Are you trying to make QuickBooks work for you even though you’re outgrowing it? Here’s how to know when to let go.
You use QuickBooks because it’s the best there is for small businesses. You could customize reports and receive partial payment on invoices in your sleep, and you mastered the art of keeping inventory in balance a long time ago.
But your company is growing, or at least becoming more complex, and you’re starting to wonder how long QuickBooks is going to keep cheerfully chugging away for you.
It’s kind of a good news/bad news situation. You’re happy to be flourishing, but you dread the thought of moving to a new system.
4 of Many Warning Signs
Is this the end of the road for your relationship with QuickBooks? Here are four scenarios that indicate it might be so.
1. You’ve become an Excel power user – not by choice, but because QuickBooks’ built-in reports just aren’t providing the insight you need.
You keep telling yourself that that’s why QuickBooks exports report data to Excel. You were overwhelmed by all of the customization and filtering options when you first started using QuickBooks, but more often than not, you’re having to set up intricate spreadsheets to get the information you need.
2. You come back from business trips or even meetings across town with clients and spend way too much time getting up to speed on what’s happened in your absence.
“What’s the alternative?”, you say to yourself. You’ve tried staying current with phone calls and emails, but you still have so much catching up to do when you return to the office.
Worse, you notice competitors actually conducting business while they’re at a conference or trade show, setting up new accounts and drilling down into their records to access minutia about products or projects or the status of a job.
3. You’ve maxed out the usefulness of integrated solutions in Intuit’s App Center.
You were quite satisfied in the past with Intuit’s integration capabilities, the options they gave you to stretch out in areas where QuickBooks fell a bit short. But your needs for extensibility have grown. You need better insight and more complex capabilities.
4. QuickBooks is just plain worn out.
You keep your company files in pristine condition, archive old data and conscientiously maintain internal controls. Your hardware is state-of-the-art. But QuickBooks keeps huffing and puffing – even tossing out strange error message sometimes.
These are only four possible scenarios; there are many. If you feel that you’re reaching the limit of what QuickBooks can do to meet your burgeoning business needs, talk to us. We’ve helped countless small businesses move up to Sage Intacct to solve these problems and more, and we can help you, too.
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