Zoho Books Vs QuickBooks

UPDATED Apr. 2018

There is one major mistake many people make when choosing accounting software. They pay attention to the range of features offered instead of focusing on the software’s suitability for their accounting needs. Thus, while it is important to determine how good an accounting solution is in general, it is more significant to figure out if it is exactly what you need or if you are overpaying for features you are not that likely to use.

In this detailed Zoho Books vs. QuickBooks comparison, we inspect all crucial aspects of these two excellent products, highlighting their strengths, weaknesses, and characteristics that set them apart from each other.

Side by Side Comparison

TYPE OF CLIENTS
Freelancers
Small Businesses
Mid-Size Businesses
Enterprises
SUPPORTED PLATFORMS
Web-Based
iPhone App
Android App
SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS & FEATURES
Income/Expense Tracking
Invoicing
Create/Customize Invoices
Invoice Management
Invoice Processing
Payment Reminders
Tax Calculations
Multi-Currency Billing
Multi-Language Invoices
Invoice Summary
Bill Payment
Schedule Payments
Bill Status Tracking
Customizable Billing
Recurring Billing
Create Purchase Orders
Create Quotes
Discount Management
Electronic Payments
Credit Card Processing
Financial Reports
Project Management
Project Time Tracking
Billable Hours
Deadline Tracking
Collaboration Tools
Tracking Miles
Inventory Tracking
Low Stock Alerts
Email Integration
Mobile Integration
Real Time Updates
PLANS & PRICING
Subscription Plans
Free Version
Free Trial
CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Email Support
Phone Support
Live Chat
Knowledge Base
 
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Self-Employed, Simple Start, Essentials, Plus
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Ratings

Here is a quick overview of our comparison process. First, we analyze the two brands of software independently and rate them based on how well they satisfy our 6 major criteria, including ease of use, product quality, features, privacy and security, value for money, and overall experience. Based on the scores they receive on every criterion, we calculate their total scores. The software with the higher final score is the winner of the comparison.

Ease Of Use
Product Quality
Features
Privacy & Security
Value For Money
Final Rating9.2/109.2/10

Ease Of Use

Both Zoho Books and QuickBooks are beautifully designed, highly intuitive, and rather easy to navigate. However, while they are both rather easy to use, they are not equally easy to get used to. With Zoho Books, you can get accustomed to the environment and learn how to use all the key features in just a couple of hours or a day at most. With QuickBooks, the adaptation process usually takes a bit longer, but just like with Zoho Books, you have plenty of resources at your disposal that can help you become a proficient user in fairly little time.

Product Quality

We are happy to say that there are no major differences in product quality. Zoho Books and QuickBooks are cleverly designed and organized, they include more or less all the key features we want to see in accounting software, they are highly functional, and they offer handy apps for easily managing your tasks on the go. Thus, quality-wise, you cannot go wrong no matter which one you choose.

Features

First, let us say that we are highly satisfied with the features Zoho Books offers. It is multi-lingual, multi-currency, multi-user accounting software that facilitates invoicing, billing, sending estimates, managing inventory, sales and purchase orders, as well as workflows. It offers time and expense tracking, financial reporting, bank reconciliation, 1099 tracking, sales tax, and more. Automating tasks is easy with recurring invoices, expenses, and bills and payment reminders. The software automatically converts receipts into expenses. Obviously, it offers virtually all the tools you may need.

However, QuickBooks offers even more features, including payroll and creating and managing budgets, which ZohoBooks does not offer at the moment but is working on. In addition to these two important features, QuickBooks offers a couple more extra features like tracking miles, mobile card reader, and loans for times when your business needs a financial injection.

Privacy & Security

Zoho Books and QuickBooks go to great lengths to protect your privacy and employ advanced security measures to protect their data centers. They do not share your information with third parties unless it is necessary in order to provide their services. That means that they may share your data with their affiliates, subsidiaries, business partners, and third-party service providers they cooperate with. However, it is good to know that your information is never sold and it may not be shared without your consent if the purpose of sharing is anything other than the provision of services you required.

Value For Money

There is no doubt that both Zoho Books and QuickBooks offer great value for your money. However, Zoho Books may be a bit more affordable. Furthermore, it is good to know that with QuickBooks, payroll is not included in the plans, so you need to pay extra if you want to use this feature.

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