QuickBooks for desktop is a wonderful program with rich features that get the accounting job done. Unfortunately, Intuit is deprecating it and moving users to much more costly cloud-based accounting services.
Alternatives to QuickBooks
FreshBooks: It should be sufficient for small businesses. It cannot create paychecks.
GNUCash is well maintained. One can get help from StackExchange.
Odoo is well maintained with thousands of contributors.