Do I Need to Own QuickBooks?
QuickBooks Online is a subscription service. If you start with the most inexpensive one, QuickBooks Simple Start, it costs about $25 a month. You own your information for as long as you continue paying the subscription fee. If you ever stop paying the subscription fee, you have a year to download your information and get it off of QuickBooks Online; after that, your data disappears. You don’t want to let it disappear!
If you purchased QuickBooks Desktop, you bought a computer program that goes on your computer and you own it. However, these programs become antiquated and don’t work after a few years, so QuickBooks Online is the way to go. Buy a subscription, and with QuickBooks Online, once you pay, your bookkeeper can have free access, too. They won’t have to send you a copy of the file that you have to import again, like QuickBooks Desktop. It’s just that simple.
Maya Weinreb | Founder & CEO