October 11, 2022
QuickBooks is the most popular accounting solution for small and medium-sized businesses around the world. The evolution of the platform from desktop software to the cloud, Android and iPhone has made QuickBooks an even better choice for businesses, and the QuickBooks apps store takes it all to the next level.
If you’ve ever wished QuickBooks could do something specific that is not currently part of the main build, this store might just be the solution you’re looking for. Here’s what you need to know.
The QuickBooks app store is hosted on the QuickBooks site, so you can find it by going to the QuickBooks home page and searching for apps. However, there are also some easy-to-use shortcuts you can use to access the site quickly:
You can also access QuickBooks apps directly from your QuickBooks online account.
QuickBooks made their API available to developers some time ago, so there are many third-party apps and plugins out there. However, not all of them are considered good enough to make it into the QuickBooks store.
Currently, there are 450 apps hosted in the QuickBooks store, including free and paid apps from various developers. These apps range from vehicle maintenance to advanced CRM, so if you’re looking for something specific to extend functionality of your QuickBooks online install, this is a great place to start looking.
No, the QuickBooks app is not going anywhere. However, if you use Intuit QuickBooks apps for Windows, otherwise known as the desktop version of the software, you should know that support and updates for the desktop app were discontinued in June of 2022. So there won’t be any new updates or security patches for the platform.
There are hundreds of QuickBooks apps available in the QBO Appstore. New products, apps and platforms are being developed all the time too, and many companies are also using no-code options like Zapier to create their own workflows to extend the usability of their QuickBooks accounting package.
You might be wondering why you should take a look at the QuickBooks apps store and what apps for QuickBooks can do for you.
The truth is most modern-day software is designed to do something specific. In the case of QuickBooks, it’s one of the very best accounting packages out there.
But when you specialize in the software world, your focus tends to be quite narrow. This means there’s always going to be someone saying, “I wish it could do X.”
The apps in the QuickBooks store are designed to do exactly that.
Most of these apps act as a bridge between QuickBooks and another application or platform. So for instance, there are apps that can connect your e-commerce store directly to QuickBooks, so your sales are automatically recorded as they happen. Or there are apps that connect your fleet management software to your accounting system, so you always have up-to-the-minute mileage tracking.
These kinds of integrations help to integrate and automate more parts of your business, so there is less hands-on work involved in tracking things in your business. This makes companies more efficient and helps to ensure that your accounting system becomes a “single source of truth,” rather than the end point of a patchwork of systems.
So far, we’ve spoken mainly about apps in the QuickBooks online app store that push information into your QuickBooks system – but there are also some that pull information from QuickBooks for use in other apps and platforms.
For example, CRM apps in the QuickBooks store allow you to push QuickBooks customer data to a CRM platform that your sales team can use to track and nurture leads. At the same time, when your sales team updates the information in that CRM, your QuickBooks system can be updated too.
This is possible because the QuickBooks API allows developers to send information to QuickBooks and also pull data from the system. However, in both cases, QuickBooks’ developers have ensured that the security of their system and the integrity of your data is safe.
When you’re browsing the QuickBooks apps store, you might find yourself looking for a tool that makes real-time financial reporting using QuickBooks data possible. If you need a tool that can help you to create complex financial reports that you can share with your team, you definitely need to try LiveFlow.
The LiveFlow platform is built to integrate seamlessly with the QuickBooks API. It allows you to map specific QuickBooks financial data and to create a real-time, live link to custom report spreadsheets on Google Sheets. This means when you update QuickBooks, your reports are updated too.
Use LiveFlow to build secure reports that you can share without providing direct access to QuickBooks, or export live data to use in financial modelling and analysis.
The LiveFlow system extends how and where you can use the financial information in your QuickBooks system without changing anything in QuickBooks.
Looking for apps, tools and platforms in the QuickBooks apps store can be a daunting experience because there are just so many options available. That’s why the LiveFlow team is always available to answer your questions, book a live demo so we can show you how the LiveFlow platform works.