In the previous article, I mentioned three DIY accounting software platforms that, while may seem similar at first, actually differ quite a bit. And now, to complete the list, here are the final three best DIY accounting applications:
Intuit Quickbooks Online
Briefly mentioned in the first part of this list, Intuit’s Quickbooks is quite possibly the most popular DIY accounting platform available. Like many other applications on this list, Quickbooks handles the standard fare for what is to be expected from a self-service accounting application. For example, the software allows users to track their expenses (including a useful function that allows users to take a photo of their receipts and store them for later), download bank and credit card transactions in an effort to prepare for tax season, send invoices in –as their website claims– 1 minute, and even check your profit and loss reports quickly and efficiently.
The app works on a tier system (Simple Start, Essentials and Plus), with each tier adding more features for more money. Boasting a whopping 4.8 million users worldwide, Quickbooks has the branding power behind it to reach a wider audience than its competitors. The application also features integration with popular online payment applications, like PayPal and Shopify.
Using a tier-based system similar to that of Quickbooks, GoDaddy Bookkeeping is a DIY accounting platform with a large focus on simplicity. While most are familiar with GoDaddy as a domain hosting site, the company has ventured into the accounting industry with its software. While the other applications on this list are quite simple, Bookkeeping’s entire campaign is focused on its simplicity and ease-of-use for the everyday person. GoDaddy Bookkeeping’s website describes the software as, “designed for people who don’t have accounting expertise.” GoDaddy believes this gives them an edge over the competition. And with an already established name like GoDaddy, they have been able to gain a large number of members. The suite includes many of the same features offered by the other platforms, including: bookkeeping, invoicing and tax assistance. The platform also pushes heavily on its security (which is always comforting when dealing with large sums of money), claiming that it uses the same security as most banks, with 256-bit data encryption and servers guarded by tight security.
With its sleek user interface and robust list of features, AccountEdge Pro, from Acclivity is definitely a viable option for those looking for accounting software. Offering a desktop application for both Mac and PC users, AccountEdge Pro features payroll processing, billing rate reports, employee mileage logs and a wealth of other features. The company is even planning ahead by promising brand new and exciting features for next year such as: UPS Shipping Integration, robust emailing, customer credit rates and Cash Flow reports. Tack on the added bonus of a cloud computing service (AccountEdge Connect) and a mobile application that allow users to gain access to vital information from virtually anywhere, and AccountEdge Pro is one of the most comprehensive suites on this list that is still growing and shows no signs of stopping. There is no wonder why it is preferred by over 100,000 small businesses around the globe.
Hopefully this list helps those of you looking for the right software to use find the perfect match. And although there are several other accounting applications out there, these are the ones that stand out from the rest.