Blinksale vs. Zoho Books

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Blinksale
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Blinksale is a cloud-based application to create and send invoices and to track and receive payments. It is a targeted at SMBs.
$15
per month
Zoho Books
Score 8.0 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
BlinksaleZoho Books
Editions & Modules
Blinksale
$15.00
per month
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
BlinksaleZoho 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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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BlinksaleZoho Books
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Blinksale
-
Ratings
Zoho Books
6.0
14 Ratings
18% below category average
API for custom integration00 Ratings6.014 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Blinksale
-
Ratings
Zoho Books
9.1
24 Ratings
12% above category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings9.818 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings8.423 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Blinksale
-
Ratings
Zoho Books
7.8
23 Ratings
5% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings7.223 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings7.222 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
Blinksale
-
Ratings
Zoho Books
8.2
24 Ratings
10% above category average
Accounts payable00 Ratings8.122 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings9.023 Ratings
Cash management00 Ratings8.022 Ratings
Bank reconciliation00 Ratings5.521 Ratings
Expense management00 Ratings7.122 Ratings
Time tracking00 Ratings6.014 Ratings
Multi-currency support00 Ratings10.013 Ratings
Regulations compliance00 Ratings10.012 Ratings
Self-service portal00 Ratings10.015 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Blinksale
-
Ratings
Zoho Books
6.5
12 Ratings
9% 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
Blinksale
-
Ratings
Zoho Books
8.3
21 Ratings
10% above category average
Pricing00 Ratings7.018 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Credit card processing00 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings8.217 Ratings
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User Ratings
BlinksaleZoho Books
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(1 ratings)
7.1
(25 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
6.3
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
Blinksale
Blinksale is perfect for any small business. Having multiple ventures myself, I use Blinksale for each of them and I have never had an issue.
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Zoho Corporation
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
Blinksale
  • Invoicing Clients
  • Tracking Quotes and Invoices
  • Online Payments
  • Customization
  • Customer Support
  • User Experience
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Zoho Corporation
  • 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
Blinksale
  • Dedicated iPhone/Android app
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Zoho Corporation
  • 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
Blinksale
I'm giving Blinksale a 10 because it really is a perfect invoicing app. Sure, there are things that can be grown, but comparative to other invoicing apps I've used, Blinksale is lights-out. There isn't a small business owner that doesn't need to try out Blinksale for invoicing.
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Zoho Corporation
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Usability
Blinksale
No answers on this topic
Zoho Corporation
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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Support Rating
Blinksale
No answers on this topic
Zoho Corporation
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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Alternatives Considered
Blinksale
After evaluating and using several invoicing applications, I landed on Blinksale. They just fit my needs perfectly as a small business owner. The app is brilliantly designed, easy to navigate, painless, and makes invoices look great to clients. Tracking invoices and getting paid inside Blinksale are a breeze. On top of that, their unlimited plan for $15 a month is a steal for the product they are offering.
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Zoho Corporation
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
Blinksale
  • DPO (Days Payable Outstanding) / I get paid faster
  • Client Payment Tracking
  • Stress-Relief from invoicing and quoting
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Zoho Corporation
  • 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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