Should My Business Use QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions?

QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions is a software program from Intuit designed to handle the large-volume need of medium and large businesses. This includes those with multiple locations, or those that have otherwise outgrown QuickBooks Pro and Premier. Most small businesses will not need the QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions, but there are some situations in which it may be useful. Medium-sized businesses should base their decision on how well their current setup is working for them and at the same time, review their individual needs.

What QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Does

Like QuickBooks Pro and Premier, QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions is a business management program designed to simplify the financial side of things. It shares basic essential features with the other QuickBooks programs, such as:

  • Sales and expense tracking
  • Invoice creation
  • Bill and check printing
  • Credit and debit card acceptance
  • Payroll management

QuickBooks Premier offers the ability to add up to three users and create customized invoices as well as additional features. QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions offers all of these features but also has the ability to add up to 30 users plus more data overall. These are some of the features of QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions that are not available on the other editions:

  • Batched invoices
  • Batched timesheets
  • Serial number tracking
  • Inventory center
  • Advanced inventory receiving
  • Automatic price adjustment

What Type of Business Might Benefit from QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions

For businesses that have outgrown QuickBooks Pro and Premier, QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions is a good option. It is obvious that when a business outgrows one of the editions and if they need a feature that is not available in the current one, they’ll look for the latest and the advanced version. However, it can be more difficult to determine when to upgrade in other circumstances. Some signs that it might be time to upgrade include:

  • Current QuickBooks edition running slowly, crashing or freezing
  • Needing or wanting more than 3 users
  • Needing to track data for more than one business location

Many businesses assume that since they don’t need 30 users, the additional expense is not worth the upgrade. For this reason, Intuit has made a tiered licensing system available with options for five to 30 users. Businesses can choose from the 5-user, 10-user or the 30-user versions.

What If My Business Doesn’t Already Use QuickBooks?

Businesses that are switching from another financial management system to QuickBooks may find that there is a bit of a learning curve to it. However, to handle this problem, Intuit has made several guides for QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions available on CDs. Beginners as well as the advanced users can learn how to use the program or access more complicated features through these training guides.

A business that already uses QuickBooks is in good shape to start using Enterprise Solutions. QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions is a lot like QuickBooks Pro and Premier, with some of the additional features. The training guides from Intuit can help more advanced users understand these additional features, as well.

Additional Information about QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions

QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions is available to try through the Intuit website. This way, businesses can test the software and see if it is appropriate for their needs. Businesses that are already using a QuickBooks program should be aware that if they decide to purchase Enterprise Solutions, the “upgrade” option would be a little cheaper than the full price.

Intuit offers full support for the program for the first year. Support is customizable after the first year, which allows businesses to determine their own need for outside help. There is also a 60-day money-back policy for new users who decide otherwise if they are not satisfied with the program.

Bernard Roesch About Bernard Roesch

Bernard Roesch is co-founder and Managing Partner of Mission Consulting. Bernard’s background in the early years of his career was spent in the manufacturing sector, making his QuickBooks perspective a unique one – he understands the intricacies of a complex environment and then applies his strategic skills accordingly.