QuickBooks Online Add-ons vs. QuickBooks Enterprise Add-Ons

As we continue our comparison of QuickBooks Online (QBO) and QuickBooks Enterprise (QBE), we’ve looked at:

  • Cost of QBO vs. QBE
  • 24/7 and Remote access of QBO vs. QBE
  • Feature comparisons of QBO and QBE

Now let’s turn our attention to the add-on ecosystems for QBO and QBE…

WHAT’S AN ADD-ON FOR QUICKBOOKS?

Think about an ice cream sundae for a just a second.

There’s ice cream.

Then you add-on things like hot fudge topping, sprinkles, etc.

These add-ons enhance the taste of the ice cream (and “add-on” calories too!)

Add-ons for QuickBooks allow you to enhance its’ functionality or even add new functionality it doesn’t have (while these add-ons don’t add calories, they do subtract from your bank balance, as they usually have a cost to them).

Just so you know, add-ons are also referred to as:

  • Bolt-ons
  • Plug-ins
  • Apps for QuickBooks, etc.

They are all referring to the same concept, just with different words.

DOES INTUIT MAKE THESE ADD-ONS?

In most cases, the answer is no.

These add-ons are software that has been created by third-party developers and businesses that are not owned by Intuit.

These software applications connect to either QBO or QBE via an “electronic bridge” that moves selected information over the bridge from the add-on into QuickBooks. And in some cases, information returns over the bridge from QuickBooks into the add-on.

WHY USE ADD-ONS FOR QUICKBOOKS?

As we know, when it comes to our accounting and related tasks, QuickBooks:

  • Handles some things quite well (invoicing for example)
  • Covers some things kinda well (CRM or inventory, depending on your needs)
  • Doesn’t handle some things at all (connecting to shopping carts or online stores)

An entire ecosystem of add-ons have been created a