QuickBooks Desktop end of life – what are your options?

In Business Management Software by Tamara

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You’re all probably aware by now but QuickBooks is discontinuing QuickBooks Desktop. From the 1st of June 2022, you will also no longer be able to access any services such as Live Support, QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Services, Online Banking, Online Backup and other QuickBooks Desktop services. Not only do you lose certain features and the live technical support but you will no longer receive the latest updates and security patches.

What should you do next?

It may feel quite daunting, however, now is a really good time for you to evaluate your options. QuickBooks is recommending the migration to their newer software, QuickBooks Online. This may be appealing as it’s technically a quick and easy option, but have you considered what other products are out there and whether QuickBooks Online is actually the best solution for your business?

Before we get into your alternative options there are some things you should consider whilst you go through the evaluation process:

  • What does the business need from finance over the next 5 years?
  • Do you want Cloud or server-based software?
  • Are the systems the right ones to help you grow?
  • How many concurrent users will you need?
  • What is your maximum monthly budget for the software?
  • What do your decision-makers need to understand/see?
  • When is your ideal go-live date?

What are my other options?

We’re a multi-award winning Sage partner and we pride ourselves on having finance solutions for all business sizes and types. Without knowing anything about your business, we can only recommend what we sell, but should you wish to have a conversation with one of our specialists about which solution would best fit your business, you can get in touch with us here.

Sage 50

If you’re a small business looking to transform and automate your business processes, Sage 50 may be a good fit for you.

  • Cloud-connected
  • Office 365 integration
  • Sage invoice payments & Bank Feeds
  • CIS modules
  • NFP & Charity options

You can learn more about Sage 50 here.

Sage 200 Standard

Also known as Sage 200 Professional’s younger sibling, not many people realise that Sage 200 Standard is available. It sits comfortably between Sage 50 and Sage 200 Professional, ideal for businesses looking to make the switch to a cloud accounting solution.

  • Cloud accounting solution
  • 3 Tier nominal structure
  • Multi-company consolidation
  • Closed period accounting
  • Powerful reporting tools
  • Purchase approval options

You can learn more about Sage 200 Standard here.

Sage 200 Professional

Sage 200 is a powerful business management solution. An integrated, scalable system, Sage 200 is a solution that will grow with your business, offering a wide range of modules and add-ons to cater to all of your businesses needs.

You can learn more about Sage 200 Professional here.

Sage Intacct

Sage Intacct is a powerful and multi-award-winning Cloud accounting solution that delivers best in class financial accounting capabilities. Built with industries in mind, Sage Intacct ensures a good fit and high satisfaction scores for industries such as (but not limited to!) Professional Services, SaaS, Financial Services, Not for profit & Charities and Healthcare.

You can learn more about Sage Intacct here.


A fresh start with a new and powerful finance software may seem scary, but it could actually set you up for success. Rather than going for the easier option, you should really take some time to evaluate the pro’s and con’s of QuickBooks Online and other products like Sage 200 and Sage Intacct and work out which one will support your business growth.

We love helping businesses find the right tool for the job! If you would like to speak to one of our specialists about which product is right for you, you can get in touch with us here. We take the time to get to know your business and how it works and we will always recommend the right product fit.

Further Reading & Resources

We’ve got a whole range of content and resources that will be able to assist you in exploring your options and various products. If you have any requests for content please reach out to us!

Sage 50 Content

Sage 200 Standard Content

Sage 200 Professional Content

Sage Intacct Content