How Much Does QuickBooks Cost?

QuickBooks is one of the best-known names in accounting software. Here's how much each product costs.
Katherine FanJul 27, 2021

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When it comes to running a business, tracking your revenue and expenses is crucial for your bottom line. is designed to help you do just that — but at what cost? This guide explores the products and costs of one of the biggest and best names in small-business accounting: QuickBooks.

If you’re shopping for QuickBooks as an accounting solution, you can choose between desktop and online software systems. Cloud-based options store all of your data online for quick, easy access from anywhere, while desktop software keeps your books and accounts on one machine.

As you can see, pricing varies across the QuickBooks family. While cost is an important consideration, it shouldn't be the only deciding factor when evaluating your accounting software options. Each software version has its pros and cons, so factor in your current needs and workflow before making a final decision.


Intuit’s online accounting tools are offered on a monthly subscription basis, starting at a base rate for a single user and scaling up depending on the number of users. First-time users can typically receive a discount for the first few months of service.

QuickBooks Online is one of Intuit’s most popular versions of accounting software and comes in four different tiers depending on your business needs.

QuickBooks Online users can switch plans or cancel at any time without having to pay any installation, set-up or termination fees. Intuit also offers mobile apps for accessing QuickBooks Online on the go.

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If you’d like to outsource your account management, you can reach out directly to Intuit for a free consultation and customized price quote for its Live Bookkeeping service, starting from $200 per month after the first month’s cleanup fee.

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QuickBooks Self-Employed is a “lite” version of the Online product, designed specifically for self-employed freelancers, contractors and sole proprietors. This tool is ideal for people who earn income from a variety of sources, but does not scale well for business owners who hope to expand their operations down the line.

QuickBooks Self-Employed can be accessed on the web or via a mobile app, and simplifies the process of separating personal and business finances with a single swipe left or right.

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The QuickBooks Desktop software family is ideal for business owners who prefer programs that can be directly installed on company computers.

If you’re unhappy with your QuickBooks Desktop purchase, you can request a refund within 60 days of purchase by calling 888-729-1996 and presenting a dated receipt or purchase confirmation.

Several QuickBooks Desktop products are available either as one-time purchases or on annual subscription. The one-time purchase versions do not include support or data management, while the annual subscription bundles customer support, data backups and recovery, and automatic software updates into the yearly rate.

This tried-and-true version of QuickBooks has been around for some time. Small-business owners who prefer to work on software that’s installed on their computers will appreciate the simplicity of the program, which most accountants and bookkeepers should be familiar with. Up to three users can access the system at the same time.

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This version of QuickBooks is more robust than Desktop Pro, and will suit businesses that want the ability to forecast revenue and expenses for the future. Premier users also have access to industry-specific features.

Again, the Plus version will include around-the-clock access to customer support as well as automatic data backups and recovery, while owners of the regular Premier version will be responsible for managing their own resources.

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QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise is one of Intuit’s most robust business accounting products. While the software system is desktop-based, the cost is based on the plan and number of licensed users needed and includes a host of additional services such as advanced reporting and 24/7 priority access to customer support.

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise comes in four tiers:

QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise will likely be too robust for the average small business, but can be a great fit for companies anticipating significant growth in the future.

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As the name suggests, this version of QuickBooks is specifically designed for Apple users. However, QuickBooks for Mac has several limitations that make the program less robust than its Windows counterpart.

Users can’t integrate QuickBooks Payroll or QuickBooks Payments, for example, and you'll have to convert the data file into another format when sharing your books with an accountant.

As well, there are no mobile apps available for this program, so you will be able to update your books from your office computer only. Finally, QuickBooks for Mac can only support up to three users.

Given all of the caveats, business owners shopping for may do well to evaluate an online version of QuickBooks for the same functionality at lower cost and greater flexibility.

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