What Is the Most Popular Accounting Software For Real Estate Photographers?

January 17th, 2017

Pete in WA says:

Since it is getting around to tax time I was wondering what accounting software is the most popular with most everyone. I have a love/hate relationship with Quicken Home and Business in that I like the reports it gives but can’t stand how it is not fully baked. An example would be categorizing my expenses and then finding that the balance is now wonky. Or loosing all the data in the tax planner section because we have entered a new year. Is Quick Books a better means of keeping track of my business?

Back in March, we discussed this subject and at the time QuickBooks was the closest to being the most popular accounting package with PFRE readers. It’s probably widely used because it’s been around a long time, it has a cloud and non-cloud version and it has a huge number of features and it is the package of choice of most small business accountants. The non-cloud version is not subscription software.

Here is a recent review of all the popular small business software.

So which accounting software do you use.

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17 Responses to “What Is the Most Popular Accounting Software For Real Estate Photographers?”

  • I use Turbo Tax Home and Business. To run my business I am using Square.

  • I just discovered MHelpDesk, its great for scheduling, sending confirmations, syndicates to QuickBooks and invoicing.

  • I’m using WaveApps. It will customize and send invoices, and take credit cards at fees less than payPal. It’s free and operates all online. You only pay if you have a payroll or in credit card fees.

  • I too use Waveapp

  • I use Quickbooks Online for all my business needs. I used to use the software based package but I was tied to one PC and with the Online version, I can access my account from any computer or via the app on my phone. The biggest benefit is that when I send out my monthly invoices to my clients they can pay via credit card online. I get over 50% of my invoices paid in the first 24 hours now!

    Pros: Easy to use, Links to all my business accounts (bank, Paypal, Square, credit card), categorize all expenses, track spending, track taxes for filing (GST & PST in Canada), accepts credit card payments online, my accountant & book keeper can access the account information at any time, great support

    Cons: Online Credit card payments cost a percentage, monthly fee (but worth it), limited by internet

  • I use a software called Successware ( It’s a pretty powerful software, and designed for photographers. The Chart of Accounts, I believe were provided by PPA.
    Pros: I can quickly look at my month and year today. I don’t worry about prep for federal taxes, expect printing out a report, same for sales tax. Customer support is fantastic and help with set up.

    Cons: There are a few things I wish it did – I’d like a breakdown of product lines and cost, not just overall.
    The downfall is that it is expensive at $49 mo. For me, coming from quickbooks, it is worth the monthly expense for peace of mind of correct books.
    I don’t think you can import from banks (maybe, but I manually enter my income and expenses).

  • Is anyone out there using Full Frame Systems? If so, your thoughts?

  • I now use PocketSuite for booking/invoicing and Waveapps for accounting. Pocketsuite is much faster than waveapps for invoicing (It’s also cheaper, 2.5% for CC charges.) It’s minimal and mobile design has sped up the invoicing process considerably. Here is my shameless referral link, they have a free plan too, give it a try:

  • I’ll fix my own car, water heater or garbage disposal, but you’ll never catch me anywhere near my taxes. I just take that crap in and let someone else deal with it. H and R block. Done. I don’t want to touch that stuff with a ten foot pole. Close to the best money I spend all year.

  • ^^ I’m the same as Andrew Pece, I just use Waveapps to compile the income statement and categories of expenses for my accountant. I use HR Block as well for accounting/tax services.

  • I use quickbooks self employed. The app automatically tracks my mileage( like MileIQ), it gives me estimated quarterly taxes reminds me when they are due, I can invoice I don’t use that feature. At the end of the day while sitting on the couch all I have to is mark which trips were personal or business, mark expenses as personal or business.

  • I use wave apps as well. It’s free.99!

  • I have been using Quick books for the past 5 years and have had zero issues with book keeping and taxes. If you are unable to do your own taxes Quick books has that covered! Just print out the required pages and off you go.

  • I use AccountEdge and have used it since 1992 when it was M.Y.O.B. It’s comparable with Quickbooks, but I prefer the layout and some of the import/export options. I also like that it’s not online and not a subscription. I have NEVER had a customer need an invoice on-site. I either bring one with me or I email one when I return to the office. Anything that is Cloud based is subject to you and them having a good internet connection and that they remain in business. If you stop your subscription and need to access the data for an audit 5 years down the road, you will hopefully have made paper copies, but your electronic data file may be long gone. With boxed accounting software, you have the application and the data file. You backed everything up in a couple of places, right?

  • I have been using Quicken since it first came out. The latest versions, however, do not respect the set up I have been using for years and scrambles a large percentage of my entries. So I am not a happy camper but I have not found any other app that I like better so I continue to soldier on.

    But what I would need if I were to move over to something like iBank that I don’t like very much but will import my Quicken QIF files. iBank will do that and do it much better than the new versions of Quicken. I have heard from my clients who use QuickBooks that it is much too big and complex a program than is needed for a small small business much less a sole proprietor. So if any of the many programs mentioned by all of you above can import QIF files would you indicate that here? I don’t want bells and whistles, just a simple cash basis spread sheet program with categories and multiple accounts and types of accounts (check book and credit card).

  • I’ve used Freshbooks for years. Technically not an accounting software, but it invoices electronically, takes credit cards and puts the money in your business checking account, connects to certain banks to automatically record your business expenses, and is simple to use.

  • I have used QuickBooks for over 15 years. It works great and saves me a ton of time in many ways.

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