The Tool You Aren’t Using: Intuit App Center
QuickBooks is an amazing resource for CPAs and Bookkeepers. One shudders to think about the Dark Ages before QuickBooks; a past filled with file cabinets, six inch thick ledger books …white out…remember white out?
When thinking about the innovation we have in the bookkeeping world today, it’s amazing that small businesses were able to keep track of their own numbers without these amazing tools.
Well, with the recent launch of the Intuit App Center, we’re about to pass another Rubicon where we think, “how on earth did we ever survive without this?”
This new innovation is Intuit App Center and it’s the equivalent of the Android Market for Android phones or the iTunes App Store for iPhones. Intuit App Center contains a bunch of applications made by third-party developers that enhance the functionality of QuickBooks by providing you tools that specifically meet your needs.
However, unlike the Android Market and the iTunes App Store, nothing is downloaded—all of these applications are considered to be SaaS (Software As A Solution), providing the distinct advantage of being available from any computer.
Applications Tailored Just For Your Need
It’d be nearly impossible for Intuit to make an application for every business need for every segment in every industry; so instead, they’ve left the development of these applications to third-party companies. Because of this, the applications found in Intuit App Center tend to address very specific needs of business, such as analytics, expense tracking and payroll.
And because the App Center isn’t very crowded at this point in time, nearly all of the developers can be reached for personal support.
How It Works
CPAs and Bookkeepers just have to browse to AppCenter.Intuit.com to browse all of the available applications that can plug-in to QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online. Once a user decides to try out the application, it is “installed” in their user account. QuickBooks users can than activate the applications using the Intuit Blue Button which appears in the upper right hand corner of all of the applications.
Here at ProOnGo, we utilize QuickBooks for our bookkeeping and have installed a few apps that help us get some day-to-day tasks completed. Here are some recommended applications to get you started:
- ProOnGo Expense – shameless self promotion, we do your expense tracking.
- Audit My Books – double-checks your books and business policies to make sure no fraudulent practices occur inside your company.
- Transaction Pro Importer – Helping you merge outside information into your QuickBooks account.