PC and Mac users are often at odds with each other, with each side claiming superiority over the other. One thing that PC users can boast in conversation with their Apple-loving nemesis is the bigger variety of software that they have at their disposal. For example, PC users can choose from quite a number of accounting apps, while their Mac friends don’t have as many options.
That is not to say, however, that there aren’t plenty of accounting software for Mac users to choose from. In this post we’ve selected with we believe are the top 6 accounting and invoicing apps for Mac, based on their features, UX, customizability, cost-effectiveness and other criteria.
Xero is one rare thing that both PC and Mac users can agree that it is good, as it works great on both platforms. It is choke-full of functionalities, but at the same time has a simple layout, which makes the task of using it less daunting, particularly for non-tech savvy and first-time users.
In addition, Mac users will be happy to hear that they get all the features their PC counterparts do as well, which often isn’t the case.
- Simple layout
- Can use Xero mobile to track your account in real-time
- Can easily integrate a 3rd party app. For example, Purchase Order Plus is an add-on software for Xero mobile which allows better tracking, easier approval, reporting and cashflow control for purchase orders in your company. You can sign up for early access here.
- There’s no option to create new business documents
- No option to add a digital signature
AccountEdge comes in two versions – AccountEdge Basic for $99 and AccountEdge Pro for $399, for a single-user licence. Each additional workstation will cost you another $249 and for a package of five workstation you need to pay $999.
If you are running an ecommerce business, AccountEgdge can be integrated easily with Shopify. This software includes all the usual features you might expect in an accounting software, but with an additional option to sync it with the cloud (for a fee though), track your commissions, monitor your inventory and prepare taxes.
- You can purchase the entire platform in one lump sum instead of paying monthly fees or subscriptions
- Can connect with Shopify and other 3rd party apps
- Includes a 30-day free trial
- A lot of the really useful features (like cloud syncing) have to be paid additionally and don’t come with the basic version
- One workstation is $99, but if you want more workstations (for your accountant or employees), that will cost you a lot more
Quickbooks is a good option whether you’re doing accounting in-house or via cloud and offers a seamless payment for SMEs. The interface is also one of the easiest to use when it comes to accounting apps (both Mac and PC) and you can use 3rd party apps and widgets with it.
- User-friendly interface
- Easy to integrate 3rd party apps
- Needs more features to be useful for larger companies
- Sometimes gets double entries
- Security is not the highest if you use an online version
Zoho offers an entire suite of SaaS applications and online productivity tools, including a CRM platform, document editing tool, online chat, mail client, IoT management platforms and more. Their online bookkeeping software ZohoBooks is just one of them.
ZohoBooks itself offers a wide variety of nifty features, including capturing all expense receipts in one place, bulk payment accepting, automated banking and more.
- Good price
- Automated banking
- Easy to set up and send invoices
- Doesn’t create PDF files
- Good if you’re a freelancer. small or medium business, but won’t be of much use to larger businesses
GnuCash is actually an open-source project, but don’t let that deter you from using it. Updates are coming out every three months and it’s been like that for the past 20 years or so. It’s compatible with Mac OS, but also Linux and Windows.
There is a tradeoff however. It’s not for someone who wants an easy-to-use, one-click-solves-the-problem type of software. GnuCash can be overwhelming for first-time users (but you’ll get the hang of it quickly), but if you like to keep every little detail under control yourself, it’s definitely for you.
- Open-source, with updates every 2-3 months
- User-friendly (it’s basically made by users)
- Okay for freelancers, individuals and small businesses, but if you run a larger business look elsewhere
- Not for beginners
Another open source accounting software for Mac, but unlike the previous one, xTuple is an ERP software, meaning you can do a lot more than just accounting with it. If you don’t need an entire ERP system, then you can go for xTuple PostBooks, which includes not only accounting, but also CRM, sales and inventory functions.
xTuple PostBooks is free, but just like with GnuCash, perhaps not the perfect solution for beginners.
- Open source
- Customizable and easy to use once you get the hang of it
- Offers custom reporting
- Slows a bit if you’re using larger files
- Report-making is not the easiest
- Customer relationship management could use some more functions
There you have it. 6 Best accounting software for Mac. Whether you’re a small, medium or large business, you’re sure to find what you need in one of these.
Do you have any questions or comments? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget (if you haven’t already) to subscribe for early access and updates to our Purchase Order Plus add-on software for Xero.