Best accounting software for MAC

by Debbie Gilster

in Financial Management

accounting software

“What is the best accounting software to use for the MAC?”  

I was asked this question this week. The person has a small business, uses a MAC and wants to use the best accounting software on the market. They want to make a smart buying decision, since face it, you live in your accounting software. They don’t want to run any Windows-based software in a parallel mode. Their small business, while simple now, is poised for grow this year. Intuit products (QuickBooks for small businesses and Quicken for personal finances) are the leader in the PC world. My criteria for “best accounting software” is well supported by a stable company, been in the market for a while and appears near the top of the list in purchases.

While I am familiar with Quicken Essential for the MAC to handle personal finances, I am not quite so familiar with small business accounting software for the MAC. So…I did some quick research. I put the question out to my colleagues at AADMM (American Association of Daily Money Managers) and the Financial Organizing Special Interest Group for NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers). I also did some quick searches on Google and looked to see what was selling best in MAC accounting software at Amazon.

The answer came back…QuickBooks for MAC! (As of this writing the current version is QuickBooks 2011).

Boy was I both surprised and happy. Surprised that someone else isn’t giving Intuit a run for their money in the Apple world and happy because I can work QuickBooks in my sleep. I like when I can refer something I know. It’s a great product for the price and can do (or be made to do) just about everything a small business needs. So, my recommendation for the best accounting software on the MAC is QuickBooks.

Amazon has the best price, beating out the QuickBooks website. Here is the link to save you time.

If you have other thoughts or feedback, I’d love to hear them! Post your comment.
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Mara April 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Really? There are about 12 accounting programs for Macs out there and most of the reviews have them beating Quickbooks by a mile or ten. Apparently, the accountants you checked in with are not very current.


Gale August 30, 2011 at 8:55 am

I am confused. I was ready to purchase 2011 Quickbooks for my new small mobile dental business when I saw negative comments everywhere. It looks as though doing payroll requires you to pay more. ?????!!!!! I just need to account expenses and do payroll and quaterly reports. Am I going to be able on this program? How did you determine this product was the best?


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