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FreeAgent is really suited to the financial management of a small business. Especially an owner managed business as it provides all the tools to keep on top of finances. It can reduce the need for a bookkeeper as it is easy to add expenses and reconcile them with the linked bank accounts. The integrated payroll would also reduce the need for third-party management of such processes. Would still recommend the use of an accountant to advise on more complex financial requirements.
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QuickBooks is a great way to manage your business finances and payroll. Even though there a things that are not perfect the software or product is the best I've experienced for small businesses. I highly recommend QuickBooks Online Advanced. It allows small businesses to manage inventory and utilizing the POS system works for many businesses. I don't have a need for the POS but I have heard good things about it.
Read full review Pros Accounting! As you'd expect. Makes it much simpler andmore cost effective. In-coming and out-goings are recorded and assigned to projects and accounts. My accountant can access my books and reconcile so much more easily than trawling through spreadsheets. Time billing - time spent on projects/client work is recorded and is ready to be invoiced as required. Saves so much time and prevents inaccuracies. Invoicing - again, it should do this well and it does. Non payment reminders are automatic and clients have no excuses for not knowing the status of their account. Account dashboard - gives me an instant overview of the health of the business (am I on track to meet my yearly targets) and my accounts. Read full review QuickBooks Online Advanced has all that is already in Plus, with the popular ability to track by classes. It has a lot of exclusive features. First to mention reporting. QuickBooks Online Advanced performes batch invoice import. QuickBooks Online Advanced allows custom permissions for individuals. A dedicated account team, features for advanced business analytics, accounting employee expenses, other workflow automations and more. Read full review Cons Reporting on financials, time tracking and project status is a little poor. It's adequate for what what we need, but would be great to see more advanced features. API is quite closed so cannot integrate with our other project management tools. Read full review Extremely slow data entry rates for all forms: invoices, sales receipts, POs, bills, bill payments, checks, and deposits. If you are heavy into data entry like this, QB desktop will run circles around QB online. Need to refresh browser tabs containing reports, transactions, and reconciliations because they do not automatically update after entering or changing a transaction. This requires you to monitor the app to be sure the information it is giving you is accurate or at least makes sense after you make entries or adjustments. Inadequate tablet/phone app -- very limited functions, especially for a business owner. A quasi-desktop/cloud interface app for QB Online that in the past caused blue screen errors for me, requiring uninstallation. Quality of support varies SIGNIFICANTLY depending on time of year, current onshore or offshore strategy of Intuit, and organization of support delivery. Extremely weak support and willingness to stand by their merchant services, in one case causing a month-long delay to receive payment on a check from a regular customer who banked at the same bank as me. And the CEO's office could not resolve either. Loyalty to customers and advisor networks has consistently decreased. Costs continue to rise, well before our recent inflationary period, roughly doubling in about 5 to 6 years. Will sell your employees' salaries to credit monitoring services without your actively taking steps to prevent. "Anonymizes" your business' performance data to share with other business owners, including your competitors. It is unclear how much is shared and to what depth. You cannot opt out. If you don't know what you are doing, or if your bookkeeper doesn't, you can create one helluva mess. Introductory offers for product set-up and advice (from Intuit directly) are weak. For implementing QBO you really need training from someone who can work directly with you on your books. This is increasingly true as you move up the ladder of product complexity/function. Software look, feel, and feature changes that happen with no real notice of what is coming and its impact on your work flow. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
QuickBooks Online Advanced is not like any other accounting software. With how great the software is now, I would definitely renew QuickBooks Online Advanced
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I spent nearly two decades in IT and am happy to say that FreeAgent's user interface is one of the best interfaces I have ever used.
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QuickBooks Online Advanced is great and effective. I use it for almost three months and it definitely does their job
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Based in a cloud and never had any issues with down time. I can access from any device
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The online training was easy to follow and understand. The online training gave us the specific instructions to follow
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I dont have any
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I used Fresh Books for about three years prior to switching to FreeAgent. It was the accounting functionality that made the difference - in the past two years I've not regretted the switch. Fresh Books is good, but its the UK accounting features that make FreeAgent indispensable to my business.
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QuickBooks Desktop provides slightly more features and functionality, at the cost of disk space and the lack of cloud access. We chose the Online version of this software as the accounting and finance staff travel frequently and may access information remotely. QuickBooks provides significantly less features and functionality than Oracle NetSuite, but it comes at a fraction of the cost. As a smaller startup, NetSuite is not affordable for us at this time.
Read full review Return on Investment Professional and uniform offering providing great confident customer service. My clients love it, whether they use it a little or a lot. It's a great piece of software - while sophisticated, it's straightforward to use. Time saving and efficient use of my team's time. Being able to easily share and compare work / tasks. Read full review I know where are bank accounts stand all in one place. I know who has paid me, who has yet to pay me, and the amount of invoices outstanding and how much I can expect to earn in a month. Quickbooks keeps me organized in every aspect of the business. Read full review ScreenShots