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Which is the Pick of the Bunch?

xero myob or quickbooks which is best

It’s a competitive accounting software market place out there … which is the pick of the bunch for you?

In a previous post, we highlighted some of the biggest differences between QuickBooks and MYOB

However Xero is also a serious competitor to MYOB (and QuickBooks to a lesser degree), so let’s take a look at the different capabilities of each accounting application and the kinds of businesses they best suit.

Which Business Are You?

Type of Business

Features Needed

Cloud-Accounting Package

Tradesperson — Pays upfront for supplies, invoices on the go, is registered for GST and BAS, also receives cash/cheque/card payments from customers, has multiple bank accounts, accountant lodges BAS, GST, etc. Unlimited invoicing

Card payments

Bank feeds

Mobile capabilities


MYOB AccountRight Premier

Xero Standard

Small coffee shop — Customers pay by cash or card, 10 employees, suppliers invoice (30-day terms), operates from one location, share with bookkeeper (for payroll, BAS, GST, etc). Payroll

Manage and pay bills

Track inventory

More than one user

Card payments

MYOB AccountRight Plus/Premier

QuickBooks Plus

Xero Premium

Online Shop — accepts PayPal & card payments, suppliers invoice, operates from one location, no employees, deals with overseas currencies, has inventory. Manage and pay bills

Track inventory

Handle multiple currencies


Card payments

MYOB AccountRight

QuickBooks Plus

Xero Standard

Freelancer or independent contractor — invoices clients, works on retainer, works from multiple locations, little or no suppliers, not registered for GST/BAS, works on hourly and fixed-rate projects, uses vehicle for work, works for clients overseas (PayPal), uses tax agent to file tax returns. Unlimited invoicing

Track vehicle mileage


Export expense data in Excel

Accept PayPal

Retainer invoices

QuickBooks Self-Employed

MYOB AccountRight Plus/Premium

QuickBooks Simple Start

Choose Based on Features, First

As you can see, there are lots of options, regardless of the type of business you operate, and the functions you need. Because of this it’s probably best to choose the accounting software with the feature you need first than one based on price. Selecting an accounting software on price alone may end up being more expensive if, for example, you need to upgrade later.

Need Bookkeeping Help for 2017?

quickbooks xero myob which is bestMany businesses struggle to complete their bookkeeping requirements from a time perspective and in terms of getting their heads around what the legal requirements are. Perhaps this is the year to think about taking on board a reliable bookkeeper to manage your daily or weekly bookkeeping and accounts, either remotely or in-person.

Check out our recently updated national directory, National Bookkeeping; we can provide you with access to degree-qualified accountants and bookkeepers like Tracey from Rockingham — a highly-qualified bookkeeper, who also has the practical experience of having operated her own business in the past. Tracey has a lot of experience in the day-to-day accounting functions of a small business and you can read more about her at her profile page.

Similarly, if you’re a bookkeeper looking to increase your client base, read our blog for more stories about course updates and how to find work. Join and we can feature YOU in our articles too.


Want to read a recent case study about a concreting business heralding the praises of Xero? Or find out more about our Xero online training courses. Right now we’re offering a limited time special offer with a saving of over $300. Check out how you can get $663 dollars worth of training for just $296 — a saving of $337!



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