BILL vs. Zoho Books

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BILL
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
BILL is an online service for SMBs which provides a central dashboard for managing Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and cash flow management. It syncs with all major accounting systems like QuickBooks, Sage, Intaact, and NetSuite.
$45
per month
Zoho Books
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Zoho Books is an accounting solution that is designed to help small businesses manage their finances. This solution includes dashboards and a wide variety of reports. Business users can automate tasks and set up custom workflows. The vendor offers a 14 day free trial.
$0
For businesses with turnover <50K USD per annum
Pricing
BILLZoho Books
Editions & Modules
Essentials
$45
per user/per month
Team
$55
per user/per month
Corporate
$79
per user/per month
Enterprise
Custom Pricing
Free
$0
For businesses with turnover <50K USD per annum
Standard
$15
Per Organization/Month, Billed Annually
Professional
$40
Per Organization/Month, Billed Annually
Premium
$60
Per Organization/Month, Billed Annually
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BILLZoho Books
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup fee$15 Per Organization/Month, Billed Annually
Additional DetailsZoho Books is available for both monthly and yearly plans. Users who sign up for the annual plan get a discount.
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Features
BILLZoho Books
Payment Management
Comparison of Payment Management features of Product A and Product B
BILL
3.5
4 Ratings
52% below category average
Zoho Books
-
Ratings
Customizable Approval Policies5.52 Ratings00 Ratings
Financial Document Management3.34 Ratings00 Ratings
Payment Status Tracking1.64 Ratings00 Ratings
Payment Audit Trail3.64 Ratings00 Ratings
Duplicate Bill Detection8.42 Ratings00 Ratings
Advanced OCR1.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Electronic Funds Transfer1.43 Ratings00 Ratings
Accounts Payable
Comparison of Accounts Payable features of Product A and Product B
BILL
3.9
2 Ratings
34% below category average
Zoho Books
-
Ratings
Automated Accounts Payable Processes5.12 Ratings00 Ratings
Vendor Management5.72 Ratings00 Ratings
Tax Form Preparation1.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
BILL
-
Ratings
Zoho Books
6.0
14 Ratings
13% below category average
API for custom integration00 Ratings6.014 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
BILL
-
Ratings
Zoho Books
9.3
23 Ratings
17% above category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings10.018 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings8.722 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
BILL
-
Ratings
Zoho Books
7.8
22 Ratings
5% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings7.222 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings7.221 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings9.01 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
BILL
-
Ratings
Zoho Books
8.3
23 Ratings
14% above category average
Accounts payable00 Ratings8.221 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings9.122 Ratings
Cash management00 Ratings8.021 Ratings
Bank reconciliation00 Ratings5.920 Ratings
Expense management00 Ratings7.421 Ratings
Time tracking00 Ratings6.013 Ratings
Multi-currency support00 Ratings10.012 Ratings
Regulations compliance00 Ratings10.011 Ratings
Self-service portal00 Ratings10.015 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
BILL
-
Ratings
Zoho Books
6.5
12 Ratings
3% below category average
Inventory tracking00 Ratings6.012 Ratings
Automatic reordering00 Ratings7.07 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
BILL
-
Ratings
Zoho Books
8.3
20 Ratings
16% above category average
Pricing00 Ratings7.017 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings9.016 Ratings
Credit card processing00 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings8.016 Ratings
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User Ratings
BILLZoho Books
Likelihood to Recommend
3.2
(64 ratings)
6.7
(24 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.9
(13 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
1.0
(6 ratings)
6.7
(6 ratings)
Availability
8.3
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
1.0
(17 ratings)
5.3
(5 ratings)
Online Training
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BILLZoho Books
Likelihood to Recommend
BILL
It depends, Bill.com certainly has a strong reputation and I agree it can be a great solution in the right scenario but I think the implementation and initial setup are critical and need to be well thought out based on the setup of the organization you are a part of.
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Zoho
If using other cloud applications and you wish to create Zoho Books transactions via APIs, Zoho Books is great. The overall UI and flow of the application are great. If you need a detailed job cost accounting solution and robust reporting there is some room for improvement here.
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Pros
BILL
  • The fact that bill.com automatically processes most information on the invoice is really helpful - leads to quicker processing
  • The "to do list" feature ensures you see the tasks that need to be completed ASAP
  • The reports section is very helpful in year end prepping for audits
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Zoho
  • Zoho Books invoicing and receipting features are second to none. We find it easy to quickly invoice clients and add items to their bills and also for our own receipting internally.
  • The accounting features are great for our accounting team to be able to see where we are financially and how the business is doing.
  • The ability to add contacts and run a mini CRM channel with clients within Zoho is invaluable. Since we use this in conjunction with our other CRM channels, it helps to have a centralized place to follow up and see through a sales funnel.
  • Zoho Books allows us to take payments from clients around the globe a feature we didn't have when we used another accounting system.
  • The pricing for Zoho Books is fairly reasonable for an SME organization which is a great for us as it pays itself back many times over every month.
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Cons
BILL
  • Currently, our company uses a different platform to submit expenses, we only use bill.com to receive them. So perhaps this isn't actually a place where bill.com could improve, but the expense submission process may not have been robust enough for our company.
  • The bill.com platform wasn't the most beautiful or pleasing to use, but this is a minor fault.
  • I'd love a way to set up recurring payments (e.g., my phone bill is reimbursed each month).
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Zoho
  • Zoho Books is only available in Texas and California. There is no integration allowed for paying employee expenses. The absolute worst aspect is the fact that if you make even the slightest error in data input there is no backing up. You cannot undo an error.
  • The system does not allow change once implemented, so you must get every one of your beginning balances perfect. The practice of Journal Entries is cumbersome. When reconciling, Zoho Books has adopted a number of required steps that significantly overcomplicate reconciliation using practices that are not consistent with general accounting principles in the US.
  • On the customer side, you must look in two places to see the beginning balance and the current receivables that might exist for current invoicing.
  • The way the system works, you must avoid having much trust with the balances depicted. So far, it appears that Zoho Books uses what we called in school "that new math."
  • It would be terrifying to rely on this bookkeeping system to support an IRS Audit. The system violates too many fundamental accounting principles.
  • The software is used by so few people that there is concern that we might never find a skilled bookkeeper.
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Likelihood to Renew
BILL
While our firm does not use Bill.com internally, we know many customers that use Bill.com and are very happy with it. Based on the feedback from current users, I would say that the product should have a strong renewal forecast. Once customers move their AP to the cloud, they would be unlikely to move it back given a choice.
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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Usability
BILL
Bill.com continues to raise the bar with new features and improved interface. The Fast Pay option is another innovation that reduces administrative time when you have to get an overnight check out. The new Chat Support interface, powered by Zopim, which is world-class, adds to the responsiveness of Bill.com's support team and makes getting real-time answers that much easier.
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Zoho
Customization is the biggest struggle for us and most of the time we need to involve a tech person. The chat support is a great feature and very helpful. It would be great to be able to customize and create invoices and correspondence (templates) such are reminders in multiple languages within one organization. The currency (USD) would be the same. We have clients in different countries that don't speak English but pay in USD.
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Reliability and Availability
BILL
The only time Bill.com was ever "unavailable" was then the Sync to Quickbooks function failed. That happened a time or two but was usually quickly remedied. I'm not sure if that's an issue with newer online versions of Quickbooks Enterprise -- at the time we were using a remotely hosted Quickbooks instance accessed via terminal server (vs a cloud offering like Bill.com is)
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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Performance
BILL
pretty fast usually
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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
BILL
I could not explain to them how I was trying to remove an old email account from my company page while granting the new email account access to the bank account that the first email account had added. The "set a bank account as inactive" button is labeled delete, but they don't seem to recognize that. I requested my Bill.com account be deleted on Wednesday so I could start all over with a fresh account; this seemed to be completed Wednesday night, but when I tried to create a new Bill.com account from the same email, it took me to my old bill.com account.
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Zoho
The support team feels very disjointed. We have filtered through a number of "lead" contacts and are frequently spammed by other Zoho members. Once getting an appropriate support contact on the phone - the team is very helpful, it just takes a lot of hoop jumping to get there. We actually unsubscribed from their support package as we were not getting the value we were looking for.
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Online Training
BILL
The online training provided by Bill.com is concise and since the firm consistently improves the platform functionality, users are able to select the training for the modules they specifically need.
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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
BILL
I heard from my leadership that it went very well.
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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
BILL
top solution out there to simplify accounting and finance tracking. Only negative note: they started charging for every single client ACH payment done through Quickbooks. Originally this feature was free, but then it grew to up to $10 per transaction. Reason for which we had to look into alternate solutions
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Zoho
We had a lot of problems with Exact Online, support-wise and price-wise. So Zoho Books wins on every point there. While Exact offers way more options, it tends to be really slow... and complex. Again Zoho Books wins. If you want an easy-to-use tool and not pay a lot of money, or if you are a small administration office with a few clients, this tool will be perfect for you.
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Return on Investment
BILL
  • After receiving an offer to 'finance' outstanding invoices, I was enticed by the promise of a 3% total cost for a 60-day period, with the possibility of extending the financing for an additional 10 months (for an additional fee). Eager to access funds, I decided to finance an invoice worth $17,160.00. Within 24 hours, BILL deposited $16,645.20 (97% of the invoice amount) into my account.
  • However, when the customer paid their $17,160 invoice four days later, instead of the funds being deposited into my checking account as I expected, BILL chose to retire the loan and retain my $514.80 fee for the 4 day advance period. This unexpected turn of events resulted in an effective interest rate of a staggering 273.75%. It was clear that this arrangement was far from what I had initially understood, and the financial impact was outrageously high.
  • Frustratingly, my attempts to resolve this issue through customer service were in vain, as I spoke with three agents who provided no satisfactory solutions. To anyone contemplating using BILL's services, I strongly urge you to carefully scrutinize the fine print and consider opting for a more reputable finance company."
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Zoho
  • Integration: Zoho Books offers out of the box integrations to extend the functionality and connect with the applications you love like MailChimp, Microsoft Outlook, PandaDoc, and Quickbooks, etc.
  • Flexibility makes Zoho Books great!
  • Since I can use forecast reports, I can create customizable sales forecast data from the dashboard to accurately measure revenue forecasts and establish sales quotas.
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ScreenShots

BILL Screenshots

Screenshot of BILL’s central dashboard, which displays upcoming bills, invoices, and ingoing and outgoing payments.Screenshot of BILL automatically pulls in bills via email and automatically starts the process. It also checks for duplicate invoices by looking at the invoice numbers and payment amounts to flag questionable invoices.Screenshot of BILL's desktop and mobile applications so users' teams can review invoices and send payments on-the-go.Screenshot of BILL’s mobile app, which can be used to review invoices, add comments, and approve from anywhere.Screenshot of The overview screen, where the status of invoices can be reviewed to get a bird’s eye view of tasks.

Zoho Books Screenshots

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