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Finding the Best Accounting Software for Your Small Business

May 11, 2018 1:31:28 PM

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For small business owners, accounting can literally be a drag—on your productivity, time, and general sense of well-being. If you’re still using paper receipts and Excel spreadsheets for bookkeeping, there's a better way. Finding the best accounting software for your small business is easy if you start by asking a few simple questions:
  • What do you like and not like about your current bookkeeping process?
  • What type of small business are you?
  • What method of accounting will you be using, accrual or cash basis?
  • What are your growth plans?

Small Business Accounting Software

Answers in hand, you can start comparing the top accounting software choices to see which one will meet all or most of your needs. Here are just 3 of the most popular solutions out there.

  • QuickBooks Online tops many experts’ lists. It offers great pricing, a free 30-day trial, and has four service tiers to choose from. For an additional fee, you can add payroll features. It boasts an intuitive dashboard and time-saving features such as automated tasks, built-in reports, automatic backups, electronic invoicing, mobile apps and multiple integrations. Become a QBO expert with these helpful tutorials.


  • Xero has a steeper learning curve than QuickBooks, and its invoicing templates leave something to be desired. But it has a lot of advanced features and numerous integrations that make it a worthwhile contender. It supports unlimited users, has a customizable dashboard, an estimates feature, contact management capabilities, an easy-to-use accounts payable function, and 45 non-payroll related reports.


  • FreshBooks offers a terrific user experience but lacks inventory tracking and detailed customer records. It’s not a double-entry accounting system like QuickBooks and Xero, but it still has most of the features small businesses need to track their income and expenses.


Ultimately, the right accounting solution is the one you’re comfortable using that gives you the financial data you need for your specific business. If you're interested in learning more about all the accounting software options out there, check out this post by our friend Ryan at Future Firm.


The Bottom Line

Too much paperwork and not enough time? Looking for a round-the-clock, virtual accounting solution dedicated to your business? One of the best ways to improve efficiency and gain financial peace of mind is by automating your bookkeeping process with a service like Botkeeper. We'll integrate directly with your accounting software and offer stress- free bookkeeping!

Super easy to learn, Botkeeper beautifully blends AI, machine learning, and a dedicated, real-life accountant to help you lose the stress and hassle of bookkeeping so you can focus on what matters most—meeting your customers’ needs and taking your business to the next level.  




Jessica King

Written by Jessica King

Jessica King is an experienced B2B marketing expert with a history of working in software, SaaS, technology, accounting, and services spaces. Jessica's passion for social sciences and communication drew her to sales and marketing, where she has worked with clients across a range of industries, including retail, education, technology, and more. With real-world experience at top marketing and software companies in Boston, assisting hundreds of businesses across numerous stages of growth, and a BS in Psychology & Counseling, Jessica is uniquely qualified as a senior leader and team player to help lead businesses to maximize their reach, tell their stories, digitally evolve, and build mission-driven marketing strategies.