Other than the addition of inventory management and project profitability add-ons in QuickBooks Plus, one of the main differences from QuickBooks Essentials is the number of reports you can run for your business. Essentials gives you 85, while Plus gives you 124.
Most of the additional reporting is for inventory and sales reports, which you can organize by class, location or product. However, there are a few useful reports only Plus has that you might expect to find in Essentials, such as uninvoiced time, 1099 transactions and budget overviews. It’s worth taking a closer look at the included reports list to see if there’s anything you’d be missing out on if you chose Essentials over Plus.
Both Essentials and Plus offer powerful features that can keep your small business on top of its accounting game. However, we’d definitely recommend QuickBooks Essentials for service-based businesses that don’t have products or inventory to track on a regular basis. It’ll help you manage all of your clients, suppliers and employees without hassle.
But if your business sells goods or uses a lot of supplies, QuickBooks Plus will be much more useful for keeping track of purchase orders and vendors. It’s also a better pick if you have numerous big projects in the works that you want to assess for profitability.