I’ve been supporting the accounting needs of mac users for quite some time. Until last week, I was using my mac mini to help those clients. I foolishly bought a mac mini because I already had a pc laptop and, like it or not, most accounting is done on the pc platform. And I didn’t want to spend the money fully transition.
Last week, a windows update corrupted my computer. I don’t know what’s wrong with it. It has numerous issues and I’ll have to reinstall the operating system (man, I hate Vista). To get up and running quickly, I transitioned to the mac mini.
I LOVED it (except being chained to my desk and only having one monitor). I said “to heck with the budget, I NEED a MacBook”. Seriously. I know, I’m an accountant. I reason that I’m much more efficient on one machine rather than two. Plus cut and paste between the virtual machine and the mac is awesome!
I’m all set up on the new machine and loving it. I’m running 3 computers on one machine to solve all of my clients’ needs. Here’s the run down:
- MacBook: QuickBooks for Mac 2007, 2009, MYOB AccountEdge 2008, 2009
- Virtual Machine (Parellels/Windows XP): QuickBooks Premier Accountant 2009 (with numerous other years available, if the need arises)
- Real Time Data: Hosted Windows QuickBooks desktop, currently running QuickBooks 2008 & 2009 (this works better on my mac, than it did on my PC)
- Of course, QuickBooks online too.
Yes, I’m still working in Windoze a lot. I can’t get around that, but at least I’m working on my Mac as much as possible.