QuickBooks has become indispensable today for small and mid-sized businesses, given the array of features it offers and the flexibility and ease of usage. Due to this, QuickBooks can also be used by single users.
So, for this latter category of users the question is how long does it take to learn QuickBooks?
Given the popularity of QuickBooks, there are many online courses and books that provide or claim to provide comprehensive tutorials on QuickBooks. Let’s look at how these stack up and what should be your approach to learning QuickBooks.
The ideal approach to finding an effective QuickBooks learning program is to verify that the program and instructors are certified by QuickBooks. This is generally mentioned upfront in the program’s description. If a course is certified by QuickBooks, you have the option to select the course that fulfills your needs and one that’s also acceptable in the industry.
There’s also the option to learn the software from QuickBooks but this is generally not recommended. Certified teachers that are not part of QuickBooks not only have the official training, providing them knowledge of all the advanced features of QuickBooks, they also bring with them real-world experience.
QuickBooks’ official tutors are generally not suited for real-world scenarios. At least that’s what the general opinion is.
Online QuickBooks Classes
Online classes are good because of the self-paced study mode, which allows you time to learn at your own speed. Besides, most courses offer life-time access and different for a for discussions.
They are generally also much cheaper than traditional classrooms. Besides, they offer the flexibility of on-the-go access to lessons from anywhere.
Of course, such flexibility isn’t provided by all online classes and some also have steep prices.
The first thing to consider is what you are paying and how you are paying it. If the fee can be broken down into regularly payable installments, it’s a good option. Also, many online classes have now tied up with reputed institutions of learning; so, you should also take that into consideration while enrolling.
Many of the good online courses utilize software as a service (SAAS) to provide coursework instead of the software. It’s recommended to begin the course at a time when your other daily business or official obligations are less. Otherwise, you would not have the time to finish the course at the required time.
Unlimited or lifetime access lets you set your pace of learning. Depending on your inclination, time and ability, you can go through lessons quickly and even take tests daily. On the other hand, you can review the same lessons multiple times, without missing out on anything.
Guided Learning Programs
The good learning programs also provide guided support in the form of individual teachers who mentor you and help you with all the tricky issues. Some programs also have a dedicated batch of experts who are there to answer all your queries.
So, it’s a good idea to pursue a course that provides a robust guided support structure as well.
- Certification proves that you are familiar with the nitty-gritties of the software and that you are an officially recognized expert on the topic. But to be certified you will have to takes tests that are more rigorous than what is available in almost all the modes of learning QuickBooks.
- But this again takes us back to the question of how quickly and efficiently you can grasp the various concepts. At the end of the way, learning the software is all about putting in the required hours. And given the goal of making QuickBooks as user friendly as possible, the learning curve shouldn’t be that difficult.
- And for all the effort that you put in, you must definitely consider being certified.
- So, if you are willing to put in about 6 months, you should be able to learn QuickBooks and it apply it in your daily functions.
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