QuickBooks Desktop has a massive following among many CPA firms, small and midsized businesses as it is considered to be the best accounting software out there. It allows you to automate financial tracking, minimizes errors, offers timely reminders and consistency of information exchange between different departments within an organization
The best way to access this software is through QuickBooks Hosting. Hosted QuickBooks adds many additional features to the desktop version of the software. It offers benefits such as anytime, anywhere access, cross device compatibility and multi-user collaboration. Also, you will get to benefit from daily backup systems and quick data recovery, provided you access QuickBooks Cloud from the right hosting company.
Is QuickBooks Hosting for you? How do you know which hosting company is the right fit for your needs? Here are the questions to ask a Hosted QuickBooks provider.
1: What’s the Server Uptime Guarantee?
The most important question to ask a hosting provider relates to the server downtime. You want this to be as low as possible. The most reliable providers of QuickBooks Hosting provide a server uptime guarantee of 99.995% - this is something you will get with us. So, this means, if you hire our services, you will get a server downtime of only 20 minutes in a year.
2: Do they support all QuickBooks Versions? What about add-ons?
There are several different QuickBooks versions available. You should ask your cloud hosting provider if they provide the one that matches your requirements. Also, you should ask about the add-ons. Add-ons add extra features to QuickBooks and enable faster and easier integration. Ask if the servers support easy integration of the add-ons with QuickBooks. This is very important. Some hosting companies also help with the integration of the add-ons for you.
3: What about the tech support?
You will often need to interact with the tech support for issues related to your account. Cloud technology is something new, and which you are probably not used to as yet. So you will benefit from a friendly and responsive customer support that answers your queries with speed. Ideally, you will want access by phone, email or live chat and you will also want the tech support to be free.
4: What about the pricing plans and policies?
Obviously, your biggest concern related to the price of the Hosted QuickBooks plans. Ideally, you want the pricing to be flexible. You should be allowed to make your payments on a pay as you go basis, and change your plans if needed, depending on your business requirements. You should be told clearly about the charges that apply and the payment methods to be allowed. There shouldn’t be any confusion on this.
5: What about the User Reviews?
You should do your research and find out what other clients have to say about the hosting provider. Read as many online reviews and testimonials as you can. If there are too many negative reviews, be wary about dealing with the company.