I launched this blog ten years ago this month. I think that most of what I wrote in January 2010 still holds true….do you? I wrote:

  • Make a good backup plan, and implement it. Yep, still true, and still needed for Desktop users. The best backup strategies these days for most small businesses involve automatic backups to the cloud, which are not only a lot less expensive, they much less problem-prone.
  • Keep your versions of QuickBooks (Desktop), Windows, and computer hardware contemporaneous. I think this is still solid advice. If one or two of these elements are old and the remaining elements are new, you’re asking for trouble. Use a current version of QuickBooks under a current version of Windows, running on current hardware.
  • Get expert help with your accounting reports. Yes. Unless you have an in-house CFO or accountant, an outside professional accounting resource can deliver a lot of cost-effective benefits to your organization: Perceive audit, tax, or security risks before they bite you, see what parts of your business are paying for themselves and which are not, uncover potential tax savings, learn best practices for receivables, payables, payroll, inventory….

But I’ll take back one of the notions I wrote in January 2010. I opined then that if QuickBooks ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I told a story of a lady using an Apple II computer (ha), and a commenter on that post told of using QuickBooks for DOS, and how great it was. Ha.

Those days are so gone. One needs to be more proactive these days and stay current on versions and updates for QuickBooks (Desktop), Windows, security software, and hardware. It costs more and requires more effort too. The alternative, however, is to passively accept great risk.

That’s part of why the QuickBooks Online world has been exploding the last few years, while the QuickBooks Desktop world has been fairly static.

I remember talking with a CPA friend in the mid-2000s about QuickBooks Online. She said a lot of her clients didn’t want their data on somebody else’s server, “out of their control”. I’m sure there are still plenty of people that feel that way, but that mentality has greatly receded since 2010. Cloud accounting is where the growth is now.

What will QuickBooks users be doing, thinking, wanting….in 2030?