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ScaleFactor vs. Botkeeper

We've compiled a few key differences between two automated accounting solutions: ScaleFactor and Botkeeper. Choosing the right automated bookkeeping solution is critical, and we want you to have the best information possible to do so. Ready to see the power of Botkeeper? Click below to book a live presentation. 

 

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Update: As of June 23, 2020, ScaleFactor announced it will be closing its doors.

Overview

Don’t settle for incomplete platforms.

A true automation-based bookkeeping platform will help you operate your end-to-end bookkeeping programs. While there are many bookkeeping solutions available today that can help streamline bookkeeping tasks, not all solutions are built the same. This page will help you understand the differences between  ScaleFactor and Botkeeper so you can decide which is the right bookkeeping solution for your business or firm.

 

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Here’s a snapshot of how Botkeeper and ScaleFactor stack up.

ScaleFactor

ScaleFactor offers a finance and accounting platform that enables businesses to operate in real-time with automated bookkeeping, proactive alerts, at-a-glance performance metrics, and more. Their accounting and finance experts review monthly financials, provide support, and help users with financial challenges.

Botkeeper

Botkeeper combines artificial intelligence and machine learning technology with high-quality, skilled accountants to deliver a full-suite bookkeeping and pre-accounting solution to Accounting firms and their clients. You and your client base will receive 24/7 accounting and support as well as incredible insight into financials with beautiful dashboards and unlimited reporting.

 

Bookkeeping Services

Investing in an automated bookkeeping solution can transform your business. As the bookkeeping decision-maker, it's important to choose the right combination of tools and services that can deliver power and flexibility and are easy and delightful for your team to use every day.

To truly transform your bookkeeping, you need an integrated set of tools that help you drive accuracy, efficiency, security, and ultimately tie all your bookkeeping efforts back to ROI.

 
With ScaleFactor, you get standard bookkeeping, accounting, and tax solutions. As a software companion for QBO and Xero, you can connect all your banking and credit card accounts to give you a complete financial picture.
 

 

With Botkeeper, all functionality is built directly into the platform, offering your firm a comprehensive accounting solution. Using machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotic process automation in conjunction with the expertise of senior accountants, we augment the manual and time-consuming tasks, creating lightning-fast and hyper-efficient bookkeeping (data entry, reconciliations, classifications, etc.).  

Botkeeper is able to fully automate your bookkeeping department with human-assisted AI. And you can benefit from avoiding increases in headcount and overhead costs, see and trust the health of company results due to noticeably less manual human error, and get superior reporting and real-time, 24/7 data entry.

In addition, Botkeeper provides you with comprehensive support from your own Botkeeper accounting team. From onboarding forward, we will ensure a customized experience for your firm. Plus, we offer 24/7 support, so we are always plugged in for you and your firm.

 

 

Technology & Features

Finding the right automated accounting solution for all your bookkeeping needs can become the foundation of your practice and the differentiator you need to grow. As a result, it’s important to seek out technology and features that fit your firm, staff, AND client base. This is why we’ve made Botkeeper with our CPA partners AND business owners in mind—we can grow and adapt our platform with your organization’s wants and needs. As a CPA, this means exponential value for you and your clients.

 

ScaleFactor provides accounting and finance software with automated bookkeeping, proactive alerts, and other features. 

 

Botkeeper has built a full suite of tools, letting CPA firms and/or business owners pick the tools that work best for them. Botkeeper uses automation to combine various data sources while applying rules, processes, and calculations so you get the most insightful custom reporting and dashboards. This eliminates costly and error-prone manual accounting.

For firms looking for more, Botkeeper leverages machine learning technology to handle the labor-intensive bookkeeping tasks by processing and categorizing transactions at an incredibly high accuracy level. The technology also learns more about your firm, and accuracy continues to improve. We extract data from receipts, process payroll, pay bills, send invoices, reconcile accounts, and generate beautiful reports.

With Botkeeper's Partner Platform, you have the ability to onboard and manage all of your clients through a custom white-labeled portal. Stay up to date on what is happening in all of your clients' Financial Hubs with your clickable activity feed, communicate directly with the Botkeeper accountants on what they need from you, and receive direct access to any open conversations you’re having within the tool.

The Botkeeper Financial Hub is where the business owner would find financials, download statements, build custom reports, and chat with your Botkeeper team as desired. Your clients receive a central platform to connect their financial and non-financial accounts, ensuring that their data is automated, compiled, and organized. Your clients get fast, accurate, seamless bookkeeping each month, while getting the personal touch, top-notch advisory services only you can provide.

The best part is that the platforms tie together into a comprehensive ecosystem so CPAs, their business owner clients, and Botkeeper operate in a centralized hub.

 

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Support and Success

Because having the right support is imperative for success, finding exceptional customer service is critical when evaluating an automated accounting solution. The best customer support enables fluid, real-time conversations to help troubleshoot issues and answer questions as they arise. They get back to you quickly to provide updates or solutions. They offer you multiple means of contacting them including email, chat, and direct message within the platform for your convenience. Choose an automated accounting solution that understands the value of being there when you need it. 

 

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ScaleFactor gives you various people from an in-house team that are assigned to help you with your bookkeeping and financial needs. You must log in to your ScaleFactor portal to communicate with the team.

 

Botkeeper provides a dedicated Account Manager, as well as a multiple-layer support model, so you always have the right resources available to you. Think of your assigned Botkeeper as your personal assistant—they’ll take care of all the daily data entry and bookkeeping for you. You’ll also have access to our Accounting team, which is made up of bookkeepers, senior accountants, and CPAs who oversee complex accounting. Your Botkeeper team is always standing by to answer any questions you might have! And you'll have consistent support from the same team month-to-month.

In addition, Botkeeper documents all processes and procedures for reference, starting with deployment. We carefully document the specifics of yours or your client's bookkeeping details, and then we put together a playbook to reference in the future.

While the tech performs most of the day-to-day, our team ensures that we're continuing to update and track any adjustments in your business bookkeeping processes so you'll never experience any bumps in the road due to employee turnover. Our team maintains communication with you so no questions go unanswered, and gray areas are cleared up quickly and efficiently.

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MEASURE ROI

Measure the performance of your bookkeeping when you integrate an automated solution, and see what your firm is able to achieve.

 

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ScaleFactor automates accounting, tax, and finance tasks to save business owners time and money, empowering them to make the best strategic and financial decisions.
 

Botkeeper goes a bit farther. Our solution allows you to automate bookkeeping and pre-accounting procedures so you can dedicate more time and resources to your client base. Leverage the newly available insights Botkeeper provides and increase the value you can offer your clients. You can also differentiate your brand, help expand your firm, and diversify your service offering. Botkeeper oversees the automation so you can focus on complex accounting, data integrity, and interpretation. We’ll be hard at work extracting data from receipts, processing payroll, paying bills, sending invoices, reconciling accounts, and generating beautiful reports—so you have more time to achieve your firm's goal and focus on what matters most.

 

Cost of Ownership

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The cost of ownership is a way for you to assess the long-term value of an automated accounting solution to your firm. While the cost of the package is certainly a key component to keep in mind, it's not the only cost that you should take into account.

 

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ScaleFactor bases their pricing model on your business accounting needs. They offer two plans: Principal and Principal Plus.

Principal costs $399 per month and includes cash accounting, integrations with QBO and Xero, transaction classifying, reconciliation, tax depreciation, and expert-checked monthly P&L and balance sheet. Principal Plus costs $549 per month and includes everything in Principal, plus AR and AP review and reporting, and recording prepaid expenses.

There is a $100 monthly charge to add Bill.com or Gusto to your ScaleFactor package.

 

Botkeeper's pricing packages are customizable and flexible. Botkeeper has a pricing model meant for Accounting Firms to choose what their needs are based on a combination of their clients' monthly expenses and the services they need from Botkeeper—but we offer the same white-glove service regardless of your package.  The Starter package starts at $79/per month and scales up based on total expenses and unique needs.

For Business Owners, Botkeeper has a pricing model meant to give you what you need when you need it, through our best-in-class accountants and bookkeeping services. The Basic package starts at $59/per month and scales up based on additional financial solutions you need from Botkeeper (payroll, bill pay, invoicing, etc.).

We know that businesses change over time, and we want to make sure we provide pricing to reflect that. We have a toolset that allows you to estimate your costs with Botkeeper, and we also have a Botkeeper specialist to walk through your needs with you and help determine the best-fit bookkeeping services. The Botkeeper pricing structure is built to grow with your firm or business, offering a fully customizable option.

 

 

SCALABILITY

As the bookkeeping decision-maker, you probably think about your business every day (probably multiple times a day). Finding a bookkeeping solution that works for you today is as important as finding a solution that continues to work for you in the future. Will the solution you pick today be able to grow as you and your clients grow?

 

ScaleFactor has focused its bookkeeping service almost exclusively on small businesses. Their model competes head-on with accounting firms by offering tax, CFO, and consulting services.

 

Botkeeper supports businesses and accounting firms of all sizes: small, medium, or large—we’re talking to all of you! We remain industry-agnostic, providing bookkeeping solutions for accounting firms that service every industry from restaurants to churches and healthcare providers and construction companies. Our solution was built to scale from startup to Fortune 5000 companies.

 

Botkeeper is much more than just software.

Choosing a bookkeeping automation provider is a crucial decision, so it's important to consider not only the software but the support and resources you'll receive, as well. We at Botkeeper are invested in your success. 

  • Free Training & Education Botkeeper resources are available to help you and your entire team learn best practices and successfully execute tactics that grow your business. Take a look at the dozens of resources available, and get started today.
  • Support Is Available For Your Entire Team Anytime you have a question, reach out and we'll answer. Our support team is happy to help, whether it's a question about our software or advice on how to best tackle bookkeeping tasks.
  • Deployment When you start using Botkeeper, you'll have a dedicated team to help you get started with the software, technical setup tasks, and execute your first successful dive into the tool. Learn more about Botkeeper Deployment here.

We've built the Botkeeper Platform to be easy for Accounting Professionals and Business Owners to use. That's why we're happy to share reviews of everyday professionals using Botkeeper to grow better, just like you. Click below to request a demo.

 

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Update: As of June 23, 2020, ScaleFactor announced that it would be closing.

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The beauty of Botkeeper is its ability to scale and adapt to our growing business. After using Botkeeper for only 6 months, we’ve been able to save 30 hours per week on transaction categorizing, 5 hours per week of reconciling deposits, and 10 hours per month on reconciling revenue for just one of our clients! With bookkeeping running seamlessly with Botkeeper, I’m able to focus my time on reviewing output and making recommendations to my clients.
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