It’s important to keep the software your business uses up to date. But updating your software including QuickBooks has real costs associated with it. In this episode of MissionBusinessPodcast.com, Bernard Roesch explains when you should upgrade QuickBooks including situations when you’re forced to upgrade QuickBooks even if you don’t want to.
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Forced Upgrades Of QuickBooks
There are number of situations where Intuit forces you to upgrade your version of QuickBooks. This usually happens in three-year windows. For example, if you have QuickBooks 2017, you’re going to be forced to upgrade QuickBooks in 2020.
- This happens because Intuit stops providing support for versions of QuickBooks older than that three-year window.
- They will not provide tech support, integrated Intuit services such as payroll and merchant services will no longer function, and certain third-party services will not function either.
- If Intuit no longer supports your version of QuickBooks and you require any of those services, then you’ll be forced to upgrade.
Another situation where you might be forced to upgrade is if you are changing your computer operating system.
- A new operating system sometimes will cause QuickBooks to not function appropriately. Mac operating system changes are notorious for this.
- If you are upgrading your computer to a new operating system, there is a chance that you will be forced to upgrade QuickBooks as well.
Finally, if you’re on an old version of QuickBooks and want to get more licenses for more people at your company or computers, then you may be forced to upgrade. Intuit will sometimes not provide additional licenses or users if they are no longer supporting your version of QuickBooks.
When Should You Upgrade QuickBooks
The above situations force you to upgrade QuickBooks but it is best to update QuickBooks regularly.
- This ensures that your business has reliable software that will not cease to work and be unable to fix at a later time.
- If you’re a serious operation, consider upgrading annually so that you can get the maximum features and capabilities out of each version of QuickBooks.
- For most businesses, Intuit’s three-year upgrade limit is the timeline you can use. Shortly before the three-year limit hits, upgrade QuickBooks so that you are supported by Intuit.
Need Help Upgrading QuickBooks?
If you need help upgrading your version of QuickBooks, contact Bernard today. He’s worked with many businesses to make sure their systems for accounting and financial operations are running smoothly.
You can also visit MissionBusinessPodcast.com for more insights that Bernard has been sharing with us in the previous episodes.