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NetSuite vs QuickBooks: The Ultimate Comparison Guide

Hands down, QuickBooks has been the de facto accounting software for startups for several years.

With an intuitive user interface that is easy to navigate, banking & HR integrations and a highly attractive price point, QuickBooks can be a no-brainer for most small businesses leaders.

However, as your business grows and scales you may realize that adding additional headcount to maintain QuickBooks and other line of business applications operational may not be ideal.

Is this you?

For many companies that have outgrown QuickBooks, NetSuite is the natural next step for businesses looking to scale their organizations without the need to invest in additional headcount.

Keep reading to learn more about how NetSuite compares to QuickBooks.

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A Brief Overview:

Both QuickBooks and NetSuite offer cloud-based financial management software designed to help companies run their businesses.

But...

QuickBooks focuses primarily on financial management and functions solely as a small business accounting solution.

Whereas, NetSuite offers an entire suite of enterprise grade applications that reaches well beyond the needs of accounting & finance. 

For example, NetSuite offers

  • Marketing Automation & Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software
  • Order Management software
  • E-Commerce software
  • Point of Sale software
  • Inventory and Warehouse Management software
  • and much more

all sitting on top of a cloud-based platform designed for extensibility and personalization unique to your business.    

Additionally, not only is NetSuite known for its broad set of functionality its also acknowledged as a best in class cloud-based ERP offering according to industry experts like Gartner.
 

 

Company Profiles:

Overview:
QuickBooks

Founded in 1998, Intuit's QuickBooks provides a set of software solutions designed to manage payroll, inventory, sales and other needs of a small business. With 1.8 million customers QuickBooks is the largest provider of accounting software for small business. 

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NetSuite is the leading cloud-based ERP solution, which allows companies to automate front and back-office processes like financial management, revenue management, fixed assets, order management, billing, and inventory management and more.


Years In Business:

20

20


Customers:

~1.8 million

~20,000


Target Industries:
  • Accounting Firms
  • Financial Services
  • Franchise
  • Church / Religious
  • Insurance
  • Lawn Care & Landscaping
  • Legal Services
  • Nonprofit
  • Property Management
  • Restaurant, Caterer and Bar
  • Retail
  • Transportation
  • Wholesale Distribution
  • Services
  • Software and SaaS
  • Retail
  • E-commerce
  • Financials Services
  • Advertising
  • Media & Publishing
  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences
  • Energy
  • Education
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Nonprofits
  • Social Venture
  • Services
  • Software and SaaS
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Distribution


Feature Comparison:

Financial Management Functionality:
QuickBooks

 


  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • General Ledger
  • Multi-Currency
  • Budgeting
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  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • General Ledger
  • Multi-currency/multi-tax,multi-language
  • Fixed Assets
  • Multi-Company & Consolidation
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Subscription Billing
  • Forecasting & Budgeting
  • Financial Planning & Analysis

Supply Chain Management Functionality:
QuickBooks
  • Order Management
  • Procurement
  • Inventory Management
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  • Order Management
  • Production Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Procurement
  • Warehouse & Fulfillment
  • Demand Planning
  • WIP & Routing
  • Work Orders & Assemblies
  • Shop Floor Control & BOM Maintenance

Human Capital Management Functionality:
QuickBooks
  • Payroll
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  • Human Resources Management
  • Payroll
  • Employee Center

E-commerce & Retail Functionality:
QuickBooks
  • Point of Sale
  • E-commerce
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  • Point of Sale
  • E-commerce
  • Order & Inventory Mgt
  • Product Content Mgt
  • E-commerce Marketing Automation

Professional Service Automation (PSA) Functionality:
QuickBooks
  • No capabilities
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  • Project Management
  • Resource Management
  • Time sheet Management
  • Expense Management

 
Software Demonstrations:
QuickBooks
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Pricing Comparison:

Pricing Info:
QuickBooks
  • Between $20 and $60 per month (pending plan type)
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  • User licenses are $99 per month.
NetSuite License Estimator


Contract Term:


Month to Month

NetSuite requires a year-long contract; renewed annually.


Upfront Cost:

Limited setup fees. May incur additional fees for integrations, training and support.

Additional fees apply for professional services such as implementation, integration, customizations, data migration and support.


Recurring Cost:

Annual recurring fees for the software subscription and ongoing consulting or book keeping services.  

Annual recurring fees for the software subscription and support.  May require ongoing consulting/optimization depending upon the clients needs.


How to License:


Direct or through an Authorized Partner

Direct or through and NetSuite Solution Provider Partner


 

 

Analyst & Customer Reviews:

Software Advice:
QuickBooks
  • 4 Stars 1,736 Reviews
  • Recommend by 81% of users
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  • 4 Stars 91 Reviews
  • Recommended by 78% of users



 

 

 

Customer Support:

Tech Support:
QuickBooks

6AM - 6PM (PST) Mon.-Fri.

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24/7 toll-free worldwide phone support available


End User Training:

Live and/or online training available by QuickBooks trainers and by partners.

Live and/or online training available by NetSuite training department and by partners.


Online Support:

QuickBooks has extensive knowledge base available to users.

NetSuite has an extensive knowledge base (SuiteAnswers) available to all users as well as online user group.


User Groups:

Dozens of trainers and local user groups across the United States.

Dozens of local user groups across the United States.


 

Primary Differentiators:

Expand Visibility:
QuickBooks

Disconnected systems make it nearly impossible to gain holistic business insights.

Keeping one set of data in QuickBooks and storing critical information elsewhere makes reporting difficult. 

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NetSuite ties business processes, departments and divisions together since every user within the application is using the same data repository, updated in real-time.

Everyone is on the same page, errors are minimized, and you gain broad insights across all business units and all facets of the business.


Reduce IT Infrastructure Complexity:


QuickBooks is a siloed product with a myriad
of apps that need to be updated and supported.

This produces a disparate and individual process-driven systems "hairball".


NetSuite offers an industry tailored financial management system that provides customers the ability to fully manage their business within the suite.

NetSuite can start, grow and scale with your business from inception to the future.


Boost Efficiency & Sales:

With QuickBooks, it's hard to be agile and responsive. You can’t, for example, allow customers to see stock levels & confirm delivery schedules while working with a customer in real-time or take calls from customers minutes after an order is placed.  

NetSuite provides E Commerce, CRM, ERP, Inventory Management, Billing, Revenue Management and HR in one centralized cloud platform, making your business freer and faster, increasing efficiency and sales at the pace you need.

 

 

Parting Thoughts...

QuickBooks can be a viable solution for many small businesses just getting off the ground however it's not designed to be your forever accounting software solution. 

For example, checkout this short video by Shiftgig discuss their challenges and growth opportunities enabled by NetSuite.   

With NetSuite, we have better financial data right at our fingertips to measure KPIs across balances, sales rep performance and transaction monitoring, all posted right within the application.- Shiftgig

 

For business leaders expecting rapid growth we'd suggest considering an accounting / ERP solution that can meet both your immediate short term needs and scale as your requirements mature and evolve.

It's common to see companies settle for a QuickBooks solution and only to require another accounting system in just a year or two to support growth and expansion.

You can avoid the disruption and expense by choosing a solution like NetSuite to be the last accounting / ERP solution you implement no matter how large or how fast you grow.

 NetSuite vs QuickBooks 

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