Are you wondering if Quickbooks is easy or hard to learn, either for yourself as a business owner to use for your small business bookkeeping or as a job applicant who wants to expand their skills base and land a great new job?
Personally, I, a gal of average intelligence, have used Quickbooks for over 25 years, upgrading many times over the years from desktop to online and now to mobile app versions with ease.
The majority of my knowledge, which is now at the expert level, was self-taught augmented with online courses and a few books. Read my Intuit Quickbooks review.
The smart folk at Intuit have worked hard to make their premier software Quickbooks especially easy to learn with an excellent user experience. This software was borne out of Quicken which was originally an electronic version of a checkbook register.
Together let’s explore how easy Quickbooks is to learn and the best way for you to learn it fast, online, for free or by taking a training course near you and reading print training manuals.
How Easy is it to Learn Quickbooks?
Your level of learning ease will depend upon your current level of skills in; computer software; internet navigation, business math, and basic accounting.
For Business Owners:
For those entrepreneurs who want to use Quickbooks for their accounting system, the process is pretty straightforward and easy. You will want to start by familiarizing yourself with the features of the software and decide how you want to use it for your company accounts.
The best way to get paid, quickly and easily, is with the Gopayment app and mobile credit card reader which automatically syncs with your Quickbooks Online account saving you time and reducing errors.
Quickbooks Online also includes a merchant account which lets you email customer invoices and gets paid by credit card without having to pay for a separate merchant account.
For Job Applicants:
If you are a job seeker who wants to learn Quickbooks enough to pass the job interview tests. You should watch training videos online and practice your skills with a Quickbooks Online free trial account. If you need to learn the desktop version go buy an old copy on eBay, even a year old is fine for educational purposes. Devote 20 hours to this project and you will know Quickbooks very well indeed.
Best Ways to Learn Quickbooks
Classes Near You – This is an excellent option for both job seekers and business owners because you get intensive training, use of the software in class, opportunity to ask questions and dedicated scheduled learning. Check your local continuing education college which often offers classes in addition to researching classes offered in your city.
Before you sign up for any class to learn Quickbooks be sure that both the course and the instructor is Quickbooks Certified. This ensures that you are learning the correct way to operate and utilize this software to your best advantage.
A big bonus for selecting a Quickbooks Certified course is that you will get a certificate that you can include in your resume and present in job interviews.
Improve your career options by getting Quickbooks Certified which proves your high level of Quickbooks knowledge and expertise. Here are some good practice tests for both the Quickbooks Certification Desktop and the Quickbooks Online Certification.
Online Training Courses with Support – These courses are the best ones to take online because they are teacher-led with a set schedule and curriculum. You will be assigned a teacher who will be available to answer your questions and will discuss more complex issues that are particular to your situation.
Some courses also have a panel of experts who will answer questions and offer guidance. Both are good ways to learn more quickly and thoroughly than other free methods.
Guided classes with interactive human support are far superior to the online ebook type of course that you may find on the internet which has no access to Quickbooks authorities.
Online Course Self-Paced – For those who cannot find a class near them and want to study at their own pace, online courses are a good choice. There are many options, and lots are inferior and not worth your time.
I recommend the Quickbooks courses at Udemy because of the high user ratings and my personal positive experience with Udemy classes. They offer a full range from Kindergarten Quickbooks to the full course The Ultimate QuickBooks Pro Training Bundle – 38 Hours.
Because you get unlimited access to the coursework you can set your own pace. Study quickly or slowly depending upon your schedule and deadline for course completion.
Remember to test yourself each day to be sure that you are retaining knowledge, if not, go back and review. Repetition is the key to learning.
Free Online Tutorials – If you have no budget for classes and want to learn online for free start with the official training tutorials on the Quickbooks site
Select the tab marked Small Business (see screenshot below). The other tab is for CPA and Bookkeepers to learn how to manage their client’s accounts.
Begin your study with the button marked – Accounting. This is a good overview and then click on the next section button – Invoicing, then Sales, etc to get a well-rounded training on Quickbooks.
While you are reviewing these videos be certain to have access to Quickbooks either desktop or online to practice the techniques you are learning. Don’t worry about messing up your business accounts, instead, you can use the Sample Company data to practice.
After you have watched those free training videos go over to the Quickbooks Webinar site. Here is where can watch recordings of past webinars, such as Beginner Inventory on Quickbooks.
Plus you can register, for free to participate in six (6) different one-hour live classes. All are geared to beginners about topics including; Getting Started, Accounting 101, Pay Employees, Get Paid and Track Your Spending. Also offered are special events such as Best Practices for Finding and Working with an Accountant.
Testing Your Quickbooks Training
After you have taken your class or reviewed the recommended tutorials test your knowledge to be sure you understand how to properly use Quickbooks and to ensure that you will pass a job interview test on your Quickbooks Online Skills.
Go ahead and invest $15 and buy the Quickbooks test and take it yourself to know that you are ready for getting tested when you apply for a job requiring Quickbooks experience.
FREE RESOURCES TO LEARN QUICKBOOKS ONLINE
Free Training Manuals for Quickbooks – Online, Mac, Desktop 2015-2018