Accounting software for Mac users isn’t as plentiful as its PC cousins, but there are still plenty of options. Here’s a list of Mac options from Digital Gyan to keep your Apple-loving finances in line, presented in alphabetical order.
Apart from the fact that it sounds like the name of a weapon in the video game Lord of the Spreadsheets, AccountEdge is a long-standing Mac standard. The original firm, MYOB, was located in Australia and was in charge of running the business. It was in 2005 that a portion of MYOB’s American management team purchased the company’s operations in the United States, which now develops AccountEdge for the American market.
The programme has all of the typical functions of an accounting system, as well as an inventory system, commission tracking, cloud synchronisation (for a charge), and tax preparation. It also works well with Shopify, which is beneficial for clients that own online businesses. Credit card processing, payroll processing, and check printing are all possible with add-ons, assuming your company is the type that still needs to print checks. Sorry.
Pricing: AccountEdge Basic, which doesn’t include payroll features, inventory, or purchase management, will set you back $99. AccountEdge Pro runs $399 for a single-user license. Additional workstation licenses can be added for $249 each, or you can get a five-pack for $999.
AcctVantage describes itself as “Macintosh native, PC friendly.” That’s a pretty rare thing, in the business world. The brand has endeavoured to make its accounting software simple and clean—just the way Mac users like it.
AcctVantage is an ERP (enterprise resource planning) software system that provides more than simply accounting functionality. Even though the software is primarily concerned with money, it is also capable of managing sales, customers, and warehouses if necessary. The reporting features in ERPs are much more extensive than those in standalone accounting products, allowing you to obtain a detailed picture of your organisation from the ground up to an altitude of 50,000 feet.
If your business makes or sells an actual product—which is to say, not just a service— AcctVantage can bring a lot of functionality to your day-to-day.
Pricing: AcctVantage doesn’t publish pricing, so get in touch with the company directly if you’re interested in a quote. If you need more information, the company offers a free trial, so you can get a sense of what you’re buying before you dive in.
Because it is free, open-source, and excellent, we’ve previously discussed GnuCash on this blog. The project has been operating for over two decades, with updates being released around every three months or so during that time. Versions of the open-source accounting programme are available for Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms. While everyone may use GnuCash, I like to think of it as a tool for advanced users rather than the average person. The learning curve is a little steeper than with other applications, but the payoff is well worth the time and effort. GnuCash is proud of its accounting qualifications, which it wears proudly on its sleeves. In contrast to many other Mac-friendly accounting software alternatives, GnuCash is focused on functionality rather than appearances.
That means some of the working bits—double-entry ledgers, charts of accounts, and the like—are exposed to the user. If you’re not familiar with those pieces, it can seem confusing at first. The tradeoff is more control over every aspect of your accounting life.
Luckily, most of the stuff that you need to do daily is presented in GnuCash’s ever-improving interface. If you’re okay putting in a little time to learn the interface to eventually get right down in the thick of your books, GnuCash is a great choice.
MoneyWorks is an excellent choice for businesses that are in fact numerous entities or operate in different currencies. MoneyWorks also distributes complimentary copies to qualified accountants, ensuring that you receive the assistance you require from your accountant. The establishment of limitless companies enables a firm with a growing reach to quickly expand its reach without incurring additional expenses or difficulties. If you operate a bakery and are considering opening a separate café, MoneyWorks has you covered. If you’re importing or exporting and frequently need to operate in different currencies, MoneyWorks can help.
Finally, MoneyWorks has a nice growth pattern. It offers four distinct versions—plus a cloud version of its Gold offering—for different-sized businesses. However, the interface across them doesn’t meaningfully change. That means no learning curve as you grow. You can also download a PC version at no additional cost if you switch platforms down the road.
Pricing: MoneyWorks Express or Gold should cover most small businesses. They cost $249 and $499, respectively.
The old cliche. QuickBooks continues to dominate the American market, and this does not appear to be changing anytime soon. The firm now offers a Mac version of QuickBooks that interacts with iCal to help you stay current on your contact information and exports to Numbers if you’re not a fan of Excel.
Apart from these tweaks, QuickBooks is QuickBooks. Your accountant will love you for not forcing them having to learn another program., you’ll find the interface familiar even if you’ve never used it, and though you might get a little frustrated with its attempts to be all things to all people.
Pricing: QuickBooks for Mac runs $300, but it’s perennially on sale, so expect to pay closer to $200.
PostBooks integrates accounting, inventory management, customer relationship management, and sales activities. If you want additional functionality, you may upgrade to one of the company’s more robust services. PostBooks is a cloud-based solution, although it is not entirely cloud-based. You may instal PostBooks for free on your own server or have it hosted by someone else. The Mac and PC interfaces then communicate with the host, which keeps all your data updated and shared.
Like GnuCash, there’s a lot to see here. PostBooks is a great option for businesses that have some IT staff in place or that are interested in growing into something a smaller, non-ERP system would struggle to track.
Although one of my all-time favourite Mac accounting apps is relatively young, it is becoming more readily available. It’s ACBAB—Any that’s Cloud-Based Accounting Brand. ACBAB solutions from brands such as Xero, Sage, Wave, and even QuickBooks are completely unconcerned with whether you use a Mac. Many of them are unconcerned whether you’re using a desktop or a laptop. Take out a tablet, grab your phone, and enter some Morse code—well, maybe not that last one.
I’m a strong believer in cloud-based accounting for the simple reason that it keeps small business finance managers constantly connected to their statistics. You may record receipts while on the road, consult your banker about your accounts, and link easily with your other internet services.