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7 Cool Cloud Accounting Apps for Mac Users

by Lauren Maffeo
Published on 13 October 2016

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Ditching your PC to do business on a Mac can be a beautiful thing. But then the reality hits you - "How am I supposed to file my taxes on this thing? Why can't I use the same accounting software I had on my Windows machine? How am I ever going to file my expenses now?" Don't panic. Sure, the range of bookkeeping software options isn't as bountiful as it is on a Windows machine. But there are plenty of great small business accounting apps for Mac users to help you get stuff done while enjoying all the benefits of owning an Apple computer.

Accounting software for Mac can come in two flavors:

  1. A native Mac accounting client which you download and install (usually for a one-off payment). The Mac App Store has a Finance section where you can find these.
  2. A cloud-based accounting software. These applications can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or any other device. Cloud accounting software is often subscription-based and billed either annually or monthly.

The most popular small business accounting options in the App Store include Quicken 2016, CheckBook Pro, and QuickBooks. It's worth checking these and others out if you're on the market.

But what if client-based software's not for you? In that case, cloud-based solutions are a strong alternative for Mac users. These apps empower users to access their work from anywhere. You can pay invoices, check your cash flow, and manage expenses from your cell phone or tablet wherever there's an internet connection.

What are the top-rated cloud-based accounting solutions?

Here are seven accounting apps for Mac users to consider, all of which score highly among GetApp reviewers. This list was compiled based on top average user ratings for software in GetApp's Accounting Category Leaders ranking; each option has more than 10 reviews. Read on to learn what folks love about each app and choose the best fit for your own small business:

Clear Books

Clear Books boasts a range of time-saving features for accounting tasks such as invoicing, taxes, banking, and CIS. If you crave security, Clear Books might be your dream software. It uses 256-bit SSL encryption to keep your invoices secure and backed up on a daily basis.

GetApp reviewers praise Clear Books for its clean UI, multi-user access, and strong customer service. They also note that it's a strong option for British-based small businesses; Clear Books updates its product roadmap according to "changes within the local tax regime."

Pricing? From £9.00/month

Free Trial? Yes

GetApp User Rating? 4.75/5 stars (18 reviews)

FreshBooks

FreshBooks was created to help service-based small businesses save time on billing, create invoices on the fly, check their balances, and track time. FreshBooks comes with standalone mobile apps for both iPad and iPhone, which makes it a good fit for Apple fans.

Reviewers on GetApp say that FreshBooks "is my personal assistant"; "saved my sanity"; and is "the best in small business accounting." High praise, indeed.

Pricing? From $15.00/month

Free Trial? Yes

GetApp User Rating? 4.71/5 stars (119 reviews) macbooks_freshbooks

Xero

Xero's success speaks for itself; the Kiwi-born small business accounting software had more than 600,000 users at the end of last year. It's designed for small businesses that need to see their finances at a glance.

GetApp reviewers say that Xero's ideal if you don't have an in-house accountant. Its mobile app for real-time receipt capture is cited as a pro, as are its built-in reports, real-time client collaboration, and auto bank feed. Want to switch to Xero from QuickBooks or Sage? They'll convert your data for free.

Pricing? From $9.00/month

Free Trial? Yes

GetApp User Rating? 4.5/5 stars (270 reviews)

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Zoho Books

This small business accounting piece of the Zoho puzzle is a tried-and-true favorite. Its home in the cloud means that users can access it from anywhere. Zoho Books allows you to create invoices, send estimates, track expenses, and more from your Mac device of choice.

Reviewers love Zoho Books' custom reports, payment reminders, and quick customer service. It's also a great choice if your work is international; Zoho offers several currency exchange options.

Pricing? From $9.00/month

Free Trial? Yes

GetApp User Rating? 4.46/5 stars (13 reviews)

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FreeAgent

FreeAgent is designed to help you manage all aspects of your accounting, such as invoicing, expense management, payroll, and tax self assessment. It offers unlimited users for each account, which means you can collaborate with your accountants remotely.

One GetApp reviewer says that FreeAgent rescued them from a web of spreadsheets. Another cites its cloud-based access from anywhere as a huge plus since their accountant lives in a different area. And a third even calls it "a fun to use accounting app." Unicorns do exist!

Pricing? From £19.00/month

Free Trial? Yes

GetApp User Rating? 4.44/5 stars (17 reviews)

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Intacct

Are you a finance professional for a growing middle-market company? Intacct is aimed squarely at you. This app is designed to manage back-end accounting functions such as accounts payable and receivable, order management, and multi-entity consolidations.

GetApp reviewers rave about Intacct's flexibility and ease of use, fast exporting capabilities, and customizable reports.

Pricing? From $425/month

Free Trial? Yes

GetApp User Rating? 4.08/5 stars (60 reviews)

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QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks is a heavyweight in the accounting software world. And its cloud-based version, QuickBooks Online, is one of the most popular accounting apps for Mac users. It's a fully featured platform that caters for small business banking, billing, and invoicing from one place.

GetApp reviewers call QuickBooks "a lifesaver" since it can be accessed anywhere. Others praise its simple user interface and email invoicing option. Several say that they moved to the cloud-based, Intuit-owned QuickBooks from desktop-based software and haven't looked back.

Pricing? From $26.95/month

Free Trial? Yes

GetApp User Rating? 4.06/5 stars (279 reviews)

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Have you already tried any of these accounting apps on your Mac? Leave a review to share your thoughts with other GetApp readers.


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