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QuickBooks vs. Peachtree (Sage 50), Which One is Right for You?

< Back to all posts July 8, 2010 | By Sonja Fridell
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QuickBook vs Peachtree


As a small business owner, you have more important things to focus on than accounting software. Life is hectic and owning your own business makes it exponentially more so. So, while accounting software programs can’t take away all your burdens, they can make a stressful part of your job much easier. For a full comparison between QuickBooks and Peachtree, download our QuickBooks vs Peachtree for both software platforms.

For years QuickBooks and Peachtree (now Sage 50) have been the gold standard in small business accounting software. QuickBooks holds 89 percent of the small business accounting software market in the United States. However, Peachtree (Sage 50) is another popular product that definitely gives QuickBooks a run for their money. Both products have their own individual strengths and weaknesses, but which one is right for you?

QuickBooks vs Peachtree

QuickBooks is great for service-oriented businesses; inventory control is where it falls short. Peachtree has the market on that. QuickBooks only works in average costing; Peachtree can manage inventory by LIFO, FIFO, serialized and average costing. Pricing for both products is very close. QuickBooks is overall more attractive and easier to use, and they have a Mac version. QuickBooks also has an online version that is VERY affordable, but limited and more appropriate for home finances. Both products are dependable and excellent. To read an in depth feature for feature and price comparison white paper comparing QuickBooks vs Peachtree click on the button below!



  1. [Disclaimer : I am an Intuit employee]…not taking anything away from Peachtree, I would just like to add the following comments as additional data points to the above analysis :

    IMHO : QBES has over 150 customizable reports and also provide Job Costing capabilities (arguably much easier to use than those provided by SAGE products) and offer scalability and improved performance through our Sybase iAnywhere database engine.

    Further, PT may have better inv mgmt capability “out of the box”, but we integrate with more specialized third party inventory management packages that ultimately provide more inv mgmt capability. Workflow Management can also be easily accommodated through a variety of robust third party packages.

    Thoughts/Feedback welcomed and appreciated…

    Comment by Darren — July 8, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

  2. Well said Darren, thanks for the info.

    Comment by Sonja Fridell — July 9, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

  3. Sage Peachtree employee here, just letting you hear from the other side.

    Clearly opinions vary but the choice really comes down to what your needs are. For instance Darren feels Job Costing is better in QuickBooks; but, if you track phases, cost codes, and their estimates you’ll find that only comes with Peachtree.

    Take this review as a starting point. You don’t have a lot of time to spend picking a product but you don’t want to invest in something that won’t work for your business. To get a good evaluation of what meets your needs with minimal effort, go to the online community for the product you are interested in and post some specific questions. You’ll get great answers from users, consultants, and employees that have made specific scenarios work. You might also go to our websites and find a local Peachtree Consultant or Pro Advisor. Let them do all the leg work for you and a little bonus secret … they often have great prices.

    Some additional points to think about:

    – Peachtree technical support is US based while our competitor’s support is internationally distributed
    – The last 3-4 yrs our competition averages 12 service releases a year while Peachtree averages only 2
    – 3rd party products can drastically increase the cost of your choice. They can be great solutions if you need them and Peachtree has a comprehensive group of partners; however, Peachtree’s depth of functionality in many areas may negate this need.


    Comment by Jared — July 13, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

  4. Good points Jared.

    Comment by Sonja Fridell — July 13, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

  5. that’s great to know, so if it’s a warehouse then peachtree, but if it’s a computer service company then QB

    Comment by jacob — January 13, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

  6. If you don’t know what you are doing, then QB is the right choice. “Accounting for Dummies”, this is what makes it suitable for most people/businesses. Simple, Intuitive, easy to write checks with.

    If you have a higher calling, and you want extreme insight into your business, Peachtree is the right choice. Still a simple interface, but not intuitive, and perhaps confusing for the average user. However, Peachtree is well worth the effort if you need the details.

    Both are great products, It mostly depends on you, or your abilities and desires.

    Comment by — March 4, 2011 @ 8:45 am

  7. We are a small law firm, and at the moment I am very dissatisfied with QB. Every time we do our updates to QB, we receive constant errors, and being kicked off QB. “Your computer is not communicating with the Admin computer”. We have had hours and days of non productive time. The attorneys can’t use their Time Master, I cannot send out invoices, receive payments, post deposits, write checks, reconcile the account registers. It is a Saturday, I came in to send out invoices, was kicked out of QB 4 times with errors, each time asking me to send an email reporting what I was doing. I did, and 2 hours later, I have yet to see a response in my email inbox. What should have taken me 15-30 minutes took 2 hours! The customer service/support with QB is some of the worst I have seen. I am looking for a replacement software. Our business cannot afford this much downtime.

    Comment by CT — June 18, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

  8. Hi Carrie,
    That’s a total bummer! Sounds like your network is set up incorrectly. Have you had someone take a look at the configuration?

    Comment by Sonja Fridell — June 20, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

  9. I’m trying to decide what to do here. Since being unemployed for a while now (economy), I’m thinking of other alternative paths to take in my career. I thought about starting a bookkeeping/Quickbooks consulting business. I want to buy the program and go from there. I once took a beginners course but never got to use it on a job. Most of my work experience is in accounting, finance and administrative so I thought I could adapt to my own business. I’m graduating with a BS degree in Business in a few months as well. Any advice and suggestions would be welcomed. I really could used some guidance from professionals here.

    Comment by Mary — June 26, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

  10. What is good in PT is the payroll that really work even here in the Philippine settings. Also will print payslip and automatic computation of withholding tax.Peachtree indeed worked not only on small medium enterprise but large companies as well. I have tried it in a company with several kind of products(distribution, manufacturing and engineering(project-jobs),only maximize the capabilities of peachtree.

    Comment by janette — July 20, 2011 @ 8:00 am

  11. Thanks Janette, nice to hear it works well abroad!

    Comment by Sonja Fridell — July 22, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

  12. I’ve used both. Peachtree looks more “professional” because their ads are very low key…not being shoved in your face all the time. When I first started doing bookkeeping I wanted to avoid “double entry accounting”. Now I can’t imagine doing bookkeeping without understanding double entry accounting. Peachtree doesn’t “hide” the double entry accounting.
    There are other technical reasons why I prefer Peachtree. But if you are already using Quickbooks, and you have no reason to change, then stick with it.

    Comment by jscottu — July 21, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

  13. Thanks for the feedback! I totally agree

    Comment by Sonja Fridell — July 22, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

  14. These both books have a good knowledge. But I would prefer Peachtree. It has a good strategy of inventory management.

    Comment by Accountants Cooloola — August 17, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  15. I think every businessman wants they have a good inventory management. So this point of view Peachtree book is the best.

    Comment by Car dealerships Bethlehem pa — November 15, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

  16. I have read both books. But I found Peachtree book more impressive because it has explained each concept briefly.

    Comment by Florida Beach Vacation Rentals — November 17, 2011 @ 8:39 am

  17. I really enjoy the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

    Comment by Jaime — December 20, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  18. Thanks very much Jamie!

    Comment by Sonja Fridell — December 20, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

  19. i am working as technical support for both products here in middle east and found Peachtree more user friendly especially for non-accountant. Peachtree can accomodate three decimals though it was designed as two, easy to install, activate and setting up user account. Report & Forms like invoice, voucher, salary slip can be design based easily using crystal report.

    Comment by Alan — May 10, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

  20. thanks for the feedback and i am totally agree with ur instructions !

    Comment by ammar baig — May 11, 2012 @ 3:50 am

  21. Hey all,
    “I am an idiot” is the only conclusion that I could infer after reading all of your comments to know whether QB or PT is better.

    Comment by Someone — June 3, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

  22. We are a semi manufacturing company, weboutsorced our assembly line, so our inventories were purchases, WIP and FG, it just a joint venture and we are in perfume industry, meaning a lot of variety of perfumes different sizes different colors.. What is the beat acctg software for us? We are only a mid market

    Comment by Semi — March 11, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

  23. I have used both PT & QB for my business. Although QB seem to be user-friendly, I prefer PT (SAGE 50) for following reasons:

    a) The ability to record partial payment at the time of Sale or Purchase.
    b) Ability to view the General Journal entry during a transaction.
    c) Easy customization of reports. Plus additional reports using Crystal Reports.

    The only flaw I found in PT is the limitation of 20 characters for the Item ID, which forced me to go for QB for my another company.

    Comment by Aamer Reza — January 17, 2016 @ 5:34 pm

  24. Hello. Can I ask what is the easy way to use in Contracting company? Quickbooks or peachtree? Because we don’t have not yet accounting software and it is my first time to use this to software so I want the easiest way. I need your suggestion. Thank you for cooperation.

    Comment by Mayette — May 18, 2017 @ 12:47 am

  25. Hi Mayette, absolutely. Please email us so we can consult you on the best accounting software for your needs.

    Comment by Eliza Morrison — May 19, 2017 @ 9:43 am

  26. Hello. Can I ask what is the easy way to use in Contracting company? Quickbooks or peachtree? Because we don’t have not yet accounting software and it is my first time to use this to software so I want the easiest way. I need your suggestion. Thank you for cooperation.

    Comment by Abigail — May 18, 2017 @ 12:48 am

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