These are cloud accounting apps my mom could use!
Last year around this time I posted Cloud Accounting Options for Non-Accountants . This article covered some of the well-known and unsung heroes of the cloud accounting applications. Well, I have learned more and experimented more…with the accounting applications that is. Most accounting software and cloud applications operate the same from my perspective. However, I look for solutions that make my clients’ lives easier. Here are my top picks (in random order) for cloud accounting solutions for those who are doing the books themselves in a quick and dirty format.
Who (Uses it): Zoho has over 10 million users in its ecosystem, Books has less than 1 million. People who are CRM savvy should use this!
What (It Offers): A streamlined accounting add-on that syncs with Zoho CRM. Cool!!!
When (Did the Company start): Started in June 2014
Where (Is it used or based): Used in Over 120 countries, Offices in California, Texas, India, China, and Japan.
How (Much does it cost): $24 per month, or $240 per year
Why (I like it): It has mobile applications across all platforms! You can find Zoho Books in the Apple App, Google Play, Windows Phone, and Amazon Apps stores.
Who (Uses it): over 5 million users, best for freelancers who charges hourly
What (It Offers): A simple invoicing, expense monitoring, time tracking application all in one!
When (Did the Company start): Started in 2003
Where (Is it used or based): Used in Over 120 countries, HQ in Toronto, Canada
How (Much does it cost): $0-$39.95 per month
Why (I like it): It offers a full reporting module, it is simple for my clients to use, and has mobile capabilities. Also I helps you find an accountant near you that is a FreshBooks Certified Beancounter if you need additional help.
Who (Uses it): around 1.8 million users, works for best for companies that do not have inventories of stuff (product to sell) and have less than 10 employees
What (It Offers): “Point-click” accounting that is not intimidating
When (Did the Company start): Launched in 2010
Where (Is it used or based): Used in Over 200 countries, HQ in Toronto, Canada
How (Much does it cost): $0 per month. Some add-ons cost per use or month.
Why (I like it): This company actually makes stuff with small business owners in mind. I also love the fact you get a free personal budget platform with your Wave business account.
Who (Uses it): GoDaddy.com has over 12 million customers, Bookkeeping has around 350,000 users, works best for solo-preneurs that sell online
What (It Offers): Cash basis accounting in a simple DIY format
When (Did the Company start): Launched in 2008, acquired in 2012
Where (Is it used or based): All over the freaking globe, HQ in California
How (Much does it cost): $9.95 per month or $99 per year.
Why (I like it): It has integrations with “The Big 3” of e-commerce: Etsy, Amazon, and eBay.
Who (Uses it): around 1 million users, works for any type of business
What (It Offers): A comprehensive accounting solution that is compatible with Apple and Android products
When (Did the Company start): Founded in 1983
Where (Is it used or based): Used in Over 130 countries, HQ in California
How (Much does it cost): $12.95 to 39.95 per month
Why (I like it): It has all the major reports. It has improved drastically in the last 9 months. Also, it has the most add-ons and plug-ins in the industry.
Have more questions? Ask your friendly neighborhood accountant by calling me to discuss what options are available to you.
Jéneen R. Perkins is a freelance accountant and consultant serving entrepreneurs, families and small businesses. She prides herself in being fluent in English instead of “Accountant-ese”
"Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is" is a journal about real life experiences and concerns of Jéneen R. Perkins. The purpose of the blog is to exhibit the real life challenges and answer the tough questions posed by the concepts of business, entrepreneurship and money.