Don't worry - I'm not going to get all geeky and IT-like on you with this post...
Maybe you've heard the phrase "you could use a hosted QuickBooks solution" and weren't quite sure what it meant or if it even applied to your business.
Or, maybe you have multiple locations and need everyone working in centralized QuickBooks data and doing it as simply as possible?
Close your eyes for just a sec...
Imagine sitting down at your desktop or laptop computer and signing into QuickBooks. It doesn't matter where you are located, nor does it matter where your staff is located. As long as you can get to the internet, you can get to your QuickBooks.
If you can visualize this, you've got the idea of "hosted QuickBooks" nailed down. That's it.
NO NEED FOR SERVERS OR AN IT DEPARTMENT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Now, visualize your current configuration to get to QuickBooks. You've probably heard things like "servers, remote desktop connection, terminal services, WAN, VPN connections" and all sorts of other cyberbabble when it comes to getting your team connected to your QuickBooks.
With a "hosted QuickBooks solution", you don't need any of that. Period. Did I mention that you just need a connection to the internet?
THE QUICKBOOKS HOSTING SERVICE IS YOUR IT DEPARTMENT
That's right. You are outsourcing all the geeky IT stuff that is needed to make all of this work to a company known as a "QuickBooks hosting service". Their team of trained experts does all the heavy lifting on their end so you don't have to.
Did I mention that all you need is a connection to the internet to make this concept work in your business?
A REAL LIFE QUICKBOOKS HOSTING COMPANY
Cloud9 is one of the companies currently approved by Intuit that provides this type of service to businesses like yours that are looking for a simple way to connect their team to QuickBooks.
Whether you need to host the Pro, Premier or Enterprise version of QuickBooks for your business, Cloud9 can provide a solution for you.
In addition, they offer the ability (should you need it), to host other software that works with QuickBooks such as Fishbowl Inventory, SmartVault, and Bill.com.
ISN'T IT EXPENSIVE TO USE A QUICKBOOKS HOSTING SERVICE?
Let's ask the question another way - how much cost (both hard and soft costs!) is there to keep your current QuickBooks configuration up and running? You probably don't see it directly, but those costs are embedded in your profit and loss report right now.
Naturally, there is a cost involved to use a QuickBooks hosting service. Just be sure to make an apples-to-apples comparison when you are evaluating your options. Don't forget to include the convenience factor into your calculation - did I mention that all you need is an internet connection to use a QuickBooks hosting service?
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