Despite its popularity as a small business tool, QuickBooks has a lot of limitations for growing businesses that need advanced functionality.
Many small and mid-sized businesses start off with QuickBooks in their company’s early days as it is a popular entry-level accounting solution. In addition, it offers the basic functionality that companies with a simple business model can use to get themselves off the ground.
However, the majority of businesses soon realize that the initial value of this tool comes with a lot of restrictions and limitations that make it unfeasible in the long term as they start growing or begin to incorporate more complex business processes. Here are the top limitations of QuickBooks for growing companies.
Top Limitations of QuickBooks for Growing Companies
Limited Users and File Size
Since QuickBooks is designed for small businesses, it has limitations on how many users or files it can handle simultaneously. Performance is impacted when handling large transaction volumes or when several users at working in the solution at the same time. After reaching a certain limit, users report slow performance and random crashes, making this a troublesome issue for growing businesses.
Difficulty Adapting to New Business Requirements
From new business requirements to meeting compliance regulations, your financial management solution should be able to adapt to new changes quickly. Businesses should be able to trace and show the transactions history and make changes if needed. However, QuickBooks users find that they are only allowed to change history by selecting a single transaction. Therefore, auditors who monitor extreme regulatory demands are challenged by this limitation.
Lot of Manual Data Entry
QuickBooks was developed to automate a limited set of major accounting functions. Most companies don’t integrate QuickBooks with other business software and manage integrations manually instead. While this works for small businesses with small data volumes, this is not feasible when the business grows. Employees typically are stuck manually re-entering data from one system to another - leading to human errors and wasted time and effort.
Weak Audit Trail
Among the major concerns about this tool is its audit trail. Business owners and accountants prefer to have a comprehensive and well-documented flow of financial information. With this type of financial visibility, they can better make data-driven, well-thought-out decisions. However, many basic accounting software programs, including QuickBooks, allow any user to log in and edit data without restrictions or an audit trail. If changes are not properly accounted for, this might lead to problems down the road, resulting in inaccurate numbers or skewed data.
Limited Financial Visibility
You need real-time visibility into your financial data if you want to make accurate and timely business decisions. QuickBooks doesn’t have any dashboards (only templated reports), so visibility is limited. Companies end up having to make decisions on outdated data.
QuickBooks is a cost-effective solution if you are a small business just starting out or have very simple business processes. However, growing businesses or mid-sized companies will require more advanced financial functionality and visibility into performance for long-term success.
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