Clearbooks vs. QuickBooks Self-Employed

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Clearbooks
Score 7.0 out of 10
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ClearBooks Accounting is simple cloud accounting software, from Clear Books plc located in the UK, that is tailored to the needs of small businesses and start ups in the UK, or bookkeepers and accountants. It contains core accounting features like automated invoicing, document / image importing for capturing receipts, VAT returns direct to HMRC and a customizable dashboard (tax management), expense and purchase management with recurring billing capability, basic financial reporting features for…N/A
QuickBooks Self-Employed
Score 9.2 out of 10
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Pricing
ClearbooksQuickBooks Self-Employed
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ClearbooksQuickBooks Self-Employed
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
ClearbooksQuickBooks Self-Employed
Top Pros
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Features
ClearbooksQuickBooks Self-Employed
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Clearbooks
5.0
1 Ratings
37% below category average
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
15 Ratings
32% above category average
Accounts payable5.01 Ratings10.09 Ratings
Accounts receivable5.01 Ratings10.010 Ratings
Cash management5.01 Ratings10.09 Ratings
Bank reconciliation5.01 Ratings10.010 Ratings
Expense management5.01 Ratings10.014 Ratings
Fixed asset management5.01 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Time tracking00 Ratings10.07 Ratings
Multi-currency support00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Multi-division support00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Regulations compliance00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Electronic tax filing00 Ratings10.013 Ratings
Self-service portal00 Ratings10.08 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Localizations00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations00 Ratings10.06 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Clearbooks
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.8
3 Ratings
8% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Clearbooks
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
5 Ratings
37% above category average
API for custom integration00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Plug-ins00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Clearbooks
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
8 Ratings
24% above category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings10.08 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Clearbooks
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
14 Ratings
29% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings10.012 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings10.014 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings10.08 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Clearbooks
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
3 Ratings
40% above category average
Inventory tracking00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Automatic reordering00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Manufacturing module00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Clearbooks
-
Ratings
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0
5 Ratings
33% above category average
Pricing00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Credit card processing00 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Order exception Resolution00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
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User Ratings
ClearbooksQuickBooks Self-Employed
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.4
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
ClearbooksQuickBooks Self-Employed
Likelihood to Recommend
Clearbooks
Larger companies, multi-currency. Clearbooks is in a competitive environment with Xero, SageOne, FreeAgent, Intuit etc., etc.
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Intuit
QuickBooks is a great tool for new SoleTraders that need basic accounting software and require digital invoicing for their clients to send via email and access key features via a mobile app on the go. QuickBooks is a straightforward tool to use with a simple design and learning curve for business owners that are not very tech-savvy. For businesses that operate on a larger scale and need to provide access to other users on their team, QuickBooks is limited. This type of business may also require more insights into the business outside of accounting, and QuickBooks won't be able to supply insights outside of that.
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Pros
Clearbooks
  • SaaS, so accessible by anyone, anywhere in the world via a browser
  • Clear and straight forward navigation
  • Good choice of management reports
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Intuit
  • QuickBooks Self-Employed does keep a running total of your income and estimated taxes. Of course, this requires that your entries are accurate.
  • The mileage feature is particularly helpful. One just needs to either use the phone app in conjunction with QuickBooks Self-Employed, or keep a log of all mileage.
  • When tax time comes around, it's easy to use TurboTax software and import your data from QuickBooks.
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Cons
Clearbooks
  • Like any SaaS product, Clearbooks is continuously evolving and being improved
  • Some of the reports still need some work
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Intuit
  • Doesn't integrate with Mint, which I use for my home expenses. I think this would be a nice addition to the program, so I could keep track of my whole financial situation.
  • A Windows 10 app would be a nice addition to the program, so I could access it securely from my desktop.
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Usability
Clearbooks
No answers on this topic
Intuit
I have been using this software for several years now and it has always put out my data in beautiful generated reports that I can use for verification purposes with my financial institute and the IRS. It has all the tools I need to run my business without loosing track of anything
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Support Rating
Clearbooks
No answers on this topic
Intuit
I have never faced any difficulties that required me to contact QuickBooks customer service. QuickBooks has plenty of online tutorials, blog posts, and helpful tips and advice for almost any issues you may face using the desktop or app version of the software. Even if you can not find the right answer on the QuickBooks webpages, there are loads of YouTube videos from experts.
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Alternatives Considered
Clearbooks
Clearbooks was chosen 5 years ago as our accountant recommended it. There is an element of inertia in moving accounts packages.
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Intuit
FreshBooks limited my ability to categorize transactions, specifically removing duplicates or excluding them. I selected QuickBooks Self-Employed because it allowed me to be in control of items. Sometimes accounting is just making sure things are organized the way YOU think, and FreshBooks wasn't doing that for me.
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Return on Investment
Clearbooks
  • I am not sure that ROI is an appropriate measure for an accounts package. The cost is around £250/year, which is a tiny fraction of the cost of a bookkeeper/finance controller/finance director/CFO.
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Intuit
  • Overall, tagging expenses and mileage has saved me thousands in taxes, for a relatively low cost of around $8/mo.
  • QuickBooks allows me to get invoices to clients quickly and accept online payments, which helps with cashflow.
  • The app has stopped tracking mileage automatically on my device, so I worry that sometimes I am not tracking business miles effectively, which could end up costing me at the EOY.
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