QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks Desktop?

QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks DesktopSimple questions and answers for those wondering which to choose.

Ecommerce sellers often ask me which edition of QuickBooks they should choose for their business, but the answer isn’t so cut and dry. Over the last several years it seems that Intuit has been focused on QuickBooks Online and moving everything to the cloud. But QuickBooks Online may not have the capabilities you need and QuickBooks Desktop might be more powerful than necessary for an SMB. Here’s an overview of the big differences between the two based on the varying needs of ecommerce businesses.

From what device or from what location do you run operations?
QuickBooks Online is cloud based, so you can access it from any web browser, your phone, tablet, or computer. QuickBooks Desktop runs from a stationary computer, but you can also have it on a hosted solution and still get the remote capabilities.Learn which version of @QuickBooks is best for your #ecommerce business. #Unify #Accounting Click To Tweet

What are your inventory needs?
Yes, QuickBooks is accounting software, but it’s also plays a key part in inventory management, especially as it relates to the cost you pay for your stock. A big factor to consider when choosing which version to use is the complexity of the inventory. For example, if you’ve got finished goods that you’re selling out of a single location, QuickBooks Online is a great choice. But if you have more advanced needs like multiple warehouses, choose QuickBooks Desktop, specifically the Enterprise edition. And if you sell assemblies or bundled products or need barcode scanning and serial tracking, you’ll also need the advanced features of QuickBooks Desktop.

What are your accounting needs?
When it comes to accounting, the capabilities are the same with a few variations. For example, the workflow looks a little a different and the interface is a little different but from an accounting standpoint, they accomplish all the same tasks. The one exception to that is sales orders, which is a capability needed by many B2B businesses. Since the purpose of sales orders is to take units out of the available quantities so they’re not being sold, QuickBooks Desktop is the best choice. You can’t do that with QuickBooks Online.

It’s worth noting, purchase orders have previously been a limitation for QuickBooks Online but that capabilities has recently improved. So for businesses that might’ve hesitated because of purchase orders and partial bills, that feature is no longer a deal breaker.

The only thing that’s constant with these two products is change, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the differences. Even though it may seem that Intuit is putting more resources toward QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop is still evolving and expanding features all the time.
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Unify Your Financials with QuickBooks

Now more than ever it is vital for a business to centralize their financials.

As you know, “commerce” now involves both brick-and-mortar stores and selling on multiple channels online. And that’s just the first layer of complexity—this year at QuickBooks Connect, I learned that the average SMB uses approximately 15 applications to manage their business.

Unfortunately, many businesses are still manually entering in much of their sales, inventory, and shipping data into their QuickBooks. But why? This method creates many problems, some of them include:

  • Human error
  • Time wasted
  • Money spent

The good news is, there are several apps out there to move data for you. The bad news is that many of these apps do not communicate with one another. Sure, there is ERP software out there that will take care of it all, but it’s generally designed for the enterprise level business and it’s expensive.Why are so many #ecommerce businesses still manually entering data? There's a better way. #unify Click To Tweet” 

While an ERP may feel like a logical step for a maturing SMB, I would recommend waiting. If you are considering an ERP, it’s likely that you already have many of the necessary tools, but still struggle because those tools are not in sync. When your tools are not in sync, they cause a mess and confusion, which is more manual work. Continue reading

See You at QuickBooks Connect 2017!

See You at QuickBooks Connect 2017!Stop by Booth B1 for a chance to win big!

It’s that time of year again. It’s no surprise, we’re so excited to attend QuickBooks Connect 2017 at the San Jose Convention Center on November 15-17. And we’re crossing our fingers that we’ll run into a few familiar faces. As you know, this important show presents an ideal opportunity for accountants, bookkeepers, QuickBooks ProAdvisors, and SMBs to connect with our experts, whose mission is to make business easier for all online sellers. At Booth B1, our newly expanded Webgility team will reveal the latest features of our Unify software and demonstrate how Unify eliminates the need for manual data entry and back-office busywork, ultimately giving SMBs the focus and insight they need to grow strategically.Best booth at #QBConnect? See what's going on with @webgility at B1. Serious prizes and much more Click To Tweet

We invite all QuickBooks Connect attendees to stop by Booth B1 to

  • Guess how many LEGOs are in the box for a chance to win an Amazon Echo;
  • watch a demo of Webgility’s Unify and instantly earn $50;
  • earn even more for every client referred for a demo;
  • take our Trusted Advisor survey—to give input on program direction and be part of its new program—for a chance to win an Oculus Rift;
  • get your Avalara passport stamped—Webgility’s B1 is an official stop!

Every year we look forward to QuickBooks Connect, because it brings together two of our favorite groups—QuickBooks ProAdvisors and SMBs. We’ve recently added some amazing capabilities to help online sellers make it easier to run their back-office and we’re looking forward to sharing it with the QuickBooks community.

See you at the show!

Welcome Frederick Ball and Jeff Langston!

Experts from Marketo and Intuit  join the Board of Advisors of our rapidly growing company

Today we strengthened our advisory board with the addition of two industry gurus: Frederick Ball, a recognized business leader with more than 25 years of financial management experience, and Jeff Langston, a senior executive engineering leader with a passion for delivering innovative products through durable technology. As you know, we’re growing rapidly, in terms of both our customer base and our technology. This is why Fred’s business acumen and Jeff’s product leadership will be invaluable to Webgility as we continue our mission to calm the chaos for online sellers and make e-commerce operations as simple and powerful as possible.

Frederick BallFrederick Ball recently served as the chief financial officer of Marketo, a leading provider of a cloud-based enterprise marketing platform which he helped take public. Prior to Marketo, Fred was the chief financial officer for a number of public and private technology companies, including Webroot Software, BigBand Networks, and Borland Software. Fred is also on the board of directors at ESI(ESIO), Advanced Energy (AEIS), SendGrid, and Engagio. Fred recently shared: “Webgility’s new Virtual ERP is leading the way in bringing order, efficiency, and scale to today’s chaotic workflows. I know from my years working with small businesses at Marketo just how real the problem is that Webgility has finally solved. I look forward to helping the company continue to innovate e-commerce operations.” We couldn’t agree more, Fred.

Jeff Langsto Jeff Langstonn is an executive engineering leader with a passion for delivering innovative products through durable technology. From tech startups to leading a 1000+ person global engineering organization, he has a proven track record leading winning software teams. As Senior Vice President of Product Development for Intuit’s Small Business Group, Jeff was responsible for the development and technical operation of the QuickBooks product line and third-party developer platform. Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering at Tempo Payments Inc. Jeff attended Stanford University, where he earned a MS in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Smart Product Design, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, Jeff is advising startups and coding independently. Jeff also shared his enthusiasm for the Webgility mission: “Webgility is poised to change e-commerce as we know it. The company’s growth trajectory is remarkable; I’m very excited to work with this talented team as they focus on solving important e-commerce related problems to help small businesses succeed.”

Welcome aboard Jeff and Fred, we’re so happy to have you as part of our team.

Announcing Webgility’s Unify Desktop Extension

Announcing Webgility’s Unify Desktop ExtensionAs you know, we’ve been busy around here relaunching eCC Cloud as Unify and eCC Desktop as Unify Enterprise. As these are the first products to allow multi-channels retailers to run and optimize all operations from a single view, response from the e-commerce industry has been overwhelmingly positive. But wait, there’s more. Continue reading