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Any business currently using the desktop version of the QuickBooks accounting software should know by now that on June 30th 2023, it will be discontinued for all customers in Ireland. This includes all versions of QuickBooks Desktop Pro, Premier and Enterprise.

Many businesses that depend on QuickBooks are now facing a significant setback, and time is running out for business owners to discover alternative accounting software.

In many ways, this is good news. It’s confirmation that cloud-based accounting software will always be safer to use and considerably more reliable than anything that’s limited to desktop use only.

What happens next?

Intuit, the company behind QuickBooks, announced the discontinuation of all QuickBooks Desktop services in Ireland. They stated that any business using the desktop version of QuickBooks would need to find a QuickBooks alternative by midnight of June 30th 2023. After that time, there will be no support for desktop, and it will no longer be accessible.

The cancellation is down to users missing out on vital updates thanks to outdated and even non-compliant software for their accounting. In their announcement about the discontinuation of QuickBooks Desktop, Intuit said, “With the recent changes to accounting and tax regulations, and with more on the horizon, we have taken the decision to discontinue all QuickBooks Desktop services for our Ireland customers.”

Cloud-based accounting software is now an essential requirement for any business with one eye on the future. As companies strive to keep up with the fast-paced digital transformation, digital services are becoming the new standard. Streamlining those services is critical, and when users of QuickBooks Desktop had to utilise multiple add-ons to connect with their accounting service, it’s easy to see why it rapidly became obsolete.

Moving to QuickBooks alternatives

If you’ve been using QuickBooks Desktop, you will have to migrate your accounting data to an alternative before the deadline of June 30th 2023. All of that data will need to be exported to your chosen QuickBooks alternative.

Customers aren’t happy about this decision by QuickBooks. An online user commented on the news – “I was told that I would not be able to bulk send invoices to clients via email if I didn’t upgrade” or others getting prompts that they will lose pay enabled invoices for the Desktop version if they don’t upgrade.

People who didn’t intend to migrate their desktop data are now forced to find an alternative and those who moved to QuickBooks Online are encountering disparities between the two platforms and need to re-learn entirely.

Another major issue is that QuickBooks Desktop is noticeably more robust than the QuickBooks Online service. For users hoping to export their data from desktop to Online, the fact is that there are entire sections available on the desktop that aren’t on QuickBooks Online.

Choose a reliable QuickBooks alternative

It can take work to take the pain out of accounting. If you’ve been using QuickBooks Desktop, the time has come to start looking for alternatives. There are several options, so take the time to do some research. Always have a clear idea about what your business needs from that software, and — as we can see with this announcement by Intuit — using cloud-based accounting software is clearly the best option.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the best QuickBooks alternative, contact the Big Red Cloud team today. We can help you manage your migration to avoid interruptions to your accounting workflows. You can even get hands-on with your new accounting software by signing up for a FREE trial. Find out for yourself how we can work together to make greater use of your finances to help your business grow.

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After completing a Graduate program in Marketing, Marc’s impressive sales career began at Allied Irish Banks, Pitney Bowes and Panasonic where he received numerous Irish and European sales performance awards and consistently exceeded targets and expectations. In 1992, Marc’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to set up his own business, Irish International Sales (IIS). Initially, this company was a reseller for Take 5 Accounts and Payroll software. Within four years, IIS became the largest reseller of Take 5 in Ireland, acquiring four other Take 5 resellers. He also found time to set up two mobile phone shops under the Cellular World brand and a web design company offering website design services for small businesses. In 2001, he bought the majority share in a small Irish software business, Big Red Book. At that time, the company was losing money. The company became profitable within two months, and Marc then acquired a payroll company to compliment Big Red Books Accounting products. In 2003, IIS were appointed as Channel Partners with SAP for their new SME product, SAP Business One. Marc sold his Take 5 business and concentrated on developing this new market for SAP As a result, by 2007, IIS was recognised as the largest Channel Partner for SAP in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa). In 2008, the IIS Sales Manager bought the Company from Marc in an MBO. He launched Big red cloud in June 2012, the online version of big red book, to date the company successfully converts 59% of trials into sales and the number of customers is growing rapidly. Marc continues to run both Big Red Book and Big Red Cloud which now support 75,000 businesses. He is a very keen sportsman, having played rugby for 20 years, represented Leinster at under 16 and under 20 levels, and league squash with Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club for 10 years. Marc has competed in 11 Marathons, including the London and Boston Marathons, and has completed several Triathlons and Half Ironman races. He has also completed six Ironman Races in Austria(x2), Frankfurt (Germany), Nice (France) , Mallorca (Spain) and Copenhagen (Denmark)

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