QuickBooks Pro Versus QuickBooks Premier

Guilherand-Granges, France - October 21, 2020. Notebook with Intuit Quickbooks logo.

“Marketed and originally developed by Intuit, QuickBooks is an accounting software package. The products involved are geared, generally, toward both medium-sized and small businesses. Cloud-based versions have payroll functions, pay/manage bills, and accept business payments. They also offer on-premises accounting applications.”

But as with so many programs and applications in a day and age where everything is computer/Internet-based, they have a basic version and a premier version. Below, you will see an explanation of each and that should serve as your opportunity to do some comparison shopping.

Which one is better for you? QuickBooks Pro or QuickBooks Premier? Let’s find out.

A Bit About QuickBooks in General

Used to manage expenses and income, today’s most popular software for business accounting is QuickBooks. With it, business owners can keep track of their company’s financial health.

It can be used, among other things, for preparing taxes, generating reports, paying bills, invoicing customers, and more.

In California’s Mountain View area, Tom Prouix and Scott Cook created/founded Intuit in 1983. For individual financial management, their Quicken software was a success. Therefore, for small business owners, they decided to develop similar services. After some experimentation with early versions, Intuit had developed both “pro” and basic versions by 2000. Industry-specific versions were offered as of 2003.

Currently, there are six versions of QuickBooks:

  • QuickBooks for Mac
  • QuickBooks Enterprise
  • QuickBooks Premier
  • QuickBooks Pro
  • QuickBooks Self-Employed
  • QuickBooks Online

But all assist business owners in managing their finances and accounting.

Comparing Cost

Small business owners in particular may be more concerned with cost than would a medium or large business. Here’s how the two versions compare:

The big consideration here is what kind of QuickBooks version you’re purchasing. As an example, QuickBooks Desktop has a one-time cost whereas QuickBooks Online Is charged monthly. Though prices may vary since the writing of this piece, the QuickBooks Desktop Premier could run around $650 to buy while the QuickBooks Desktop Pro would have an approximate $400 one-time purchase.

Now let’s take a look at the individual offerings for each package.

QuickBooks Pro

The following capabilities are offered through a QuickBooks Pro account:

  • Print/e-file 1099s
  • Reports such as financial reporting, operational reporting, and budgets
  • Price levels as fixed percentages
  • Multiple currencies
  • Sales tax can be collected and paid Banking activities: bank reconciliation, online banking, Paychex, interest, bank charges, credits, credit card charges, checks, deposits
  • Tracking for time and mileage
  • Tracking for inventory parts
  • Job costing
  • Payables and expenditures: pay bills, item receipts, purchase orders
  • Receivables and revenue: estimate to invoice, receive payments, sales receipts, statements, credit memos, invoices
  • Three simulation users in a data file

QuickBooks Premium

Keep in mind that a handful of versions are offered where QuickBooks Premier is concerned (Nonprofit, Manufacturer and Wholesale, Contractor, and QuickBooks Accountant). Different features are offered by each.

QuickBooks Premier as a whole, however, offers the following features not offered by QuickBooks Pro:

  • Closing date exception report
  • Based on current availability, filter sales order and purchase order reports
  • Reversing journal entries
  • Billing rate levels
  • Per item price levels
  • Reporting: industry-specific reporting, business planner, forecasting, previous reconciliation reports, balance sheet by class
  • Job costing: batch invoice time and expense; from one window, view unbilled time and expense form; change order tracking, and estimate to PO
  • Build assembly, unit of measure, inventory center
  • Sales order to PO invoice, current availability tracking, sales orders/back order tracking
  • Five simulation users in a data file

Your QuickBooks Consulting Service

To solve your everyday small business accounting needs, a powerful, robust, but simple solution is QuickBooks Pro. To receive guidance, suggestions, and tips, contact the QuickBooks experts at Fourlane.

Has your business outgrown QuickBooks? We can help there too. Contact us today to see how we can be of assistance.


About Marjorie Adams

Our head QuickBooks trainer and guru, Marjorie Adams, is Founder and CEO of Fourlane, Inc., an award-winning consulting firm and Intuit’s #1 QuickBooks Reseller Partner. Fourlane’s team of experts offers several QuickBooks oriented services including consulting, training, programming, integration, and more. Over the years, Fourlane has helped over 10,000 customers across many different industries with their QuickBooks accounting software. Marjorie Adams is considered one of the top QuickBooks trainers in the country. She was listed on CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 Under 40 in 2014 & 2015, and has been recognized as Intuitive Accountant’s 2015 QuickBooks Desktop ProAdvisor of the Year. Marjorie sits on Intuit’s VIP Program, is a frequent contributor to Inuit Accountants News Central, and has developed Intuit’s QuickBooks Enterprise Certification training. She has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, American Express Open, the Huffington Post, and Inc. Magazine.

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