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”
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