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Score 8.9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

FreeAgent

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.
Vince McConville | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Self-Employed

QuickBooks Self-Employed is a very detailed software to keep track of your finances and tax obligations. I'm reviewing the online version here and honestly, if you are into QuickBooks, it might be worth looking into the stand-alone software version. Ideally, if you work remotely, in various places and on more than one computer (desktop or laptop) then QuickBooks online is a good idea. But the slow interface is troubling to me and I spend a lot of time going through and correcting entries QuickBooks imports from my bank account. In fact, I've gone back to my stand-alone version of Quicken.
Tim Vahsholtz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

FreeAgent
8.6
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.4
Pay calculation
FreeAgent
8.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
9.0
Benefit plan administration
FreeAgent
8.5
QuickBooks Self-Employed
6.5
Direct deposit files
FreeAgent
8.9
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.5
Salary revision and increment management
FreeAgent
8.8
QuickBooks Self-Employed
6.5
Reimbursement management
FreeAgent
8.7
QuickBooks Self-Employed
6.5

Customization

FreeAgent
5.5
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.0
API for custom integration
FreeAgent
4.5
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.0
Plug-ins
FreeAgent
6.4
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.0

Security

FreeAgent
8.5
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.9
Single sign-on capability
FreeAgent
9.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
9.2
Role-based user permissions
FreeAgent
8.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.5

Reporting & Analytics

FreeAgent
7.8
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.4
Dashboards
FreeAgent
10.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.4
Standard reports
FreeAgent
9.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.3
Custom reports
FreeAgent
4.4
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.5

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

FreeAgent
9.3
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.9
Accounts payable
FreeAgent
10.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.6
Accounts receivable
FreeAgent
10.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.9
Cash management
FreeAgent
10.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.6
Bank reconciliation
FreeAgent
10.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.6
Expense management
FreeAgent
10.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.7
Time tracking
FreeAgent
10.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.0
Fixed asset management
FreeAgent
8.6
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.0
Multi-currency support
FreeAgent
9.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.0
Multi-division support
FreeAgent
9.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.0
Regulations compliance
FreeAgent
8.7
QuickBooks Self-Employed
6.0
Electronic tax filing
FreeAgent
9.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.3
Self-service portal
FreeAgent
9.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
9.4
Journals and Reconciliations
FreeAgent
8.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.1
Global Financial Support
FreeAgent
QuickBooks Self-Employed
9.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
FreeAgent
QuickBooks Self-Employed
9.0
Intercompany Accounting
FreeAgent
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.0
Localizations
FreeAgent
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.0
Enterprise Accounting
FreeAgent
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.0
Configurable Accounting
FreeAgent
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.0
Centralized Rules Framework
FreeAgent
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.0
Standardized Processes
FreeAgent
QuickBooks Self-Employed
6.6

Inventory Management

FreeAgent
7.4
QuickBooks Self-Employed
6.8
Inventory tracking
FreeAgent
7.7
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.5
Automatic reordering
FreeAgent
8.2
QuickBooks Self-Employed
6.5
Location management
FreeAgent
4.5
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.0
Manufacturing module
FreeAgent
9.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed
6.0

Order Management

FreeAgent
8.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.9
Pricing
FreeAgent
8.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.5
Order entry
FreeAgent
6.8
QuickBooks Self-Employed
9.5
Credit card processing
FreeAgent
8.2
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.7
Cost of goods sold
FreeAgent
9.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.5
Order Orchestration
FreeAgent
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.0
End-to-end order visibility
FreeAgent
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.0
Order exception Resolution
FreeAgent
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.0

Pros

FreeAgent

  • 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.
Eddie May | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Self-Employed

  • Cross-platform compatibility (Browser, Android) makes it easy to see how my business is doing almost anywhere.
  • Smart enough to recognize and automatically categorize most of my transactions, so I don't have to fuss with spreadsheets at the end of the year.
  • Updates automatically and notifies me when it needs help, so I don't have to spend too much time babysitting it.
  • Integrated with TurboTax and automatically exports year-end tax info for easy filing.
Benjamin E. Jerew | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

FreeAgent

  • 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.
Anthony Stretten | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Self-Employed

  • Automatic mileage tracking used to work a lot better than it currently does. I got a new phone, and now I have to manually input call tracking, because it just doesn't work anymore.
  • When creating invoices, there should be a way to import data into an invoices from Excel, which would make the invoicing a lot faster. Additionally, being able to press ENTER to save a line item on an invoice would be nice. Currently it doesn't work that way.
  • Editing invoices shouldn't require sending a reminder.
Aaron Metzger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

FreeAgent

FreeAgent 9.1
Based on 4 answers
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.
Edgar Danielyan | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Self-Employed

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

FreeAgent

FreeAgent 8.9
Based on 5 answers
Based in a cloud and never had any issues with down time. I can access from any device
Gavin Percy | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Self-Employed

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

FreeAgent

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.
Eddie May | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Self-Employed

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.
Jonathan Palance | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

FreeAgent

  • 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.
Jason Dalton AICB CB.Cert PM.Dip | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Self-Employed

  • A positive impact on my business is, of course, keeping track of income and expenses, and approximate quarterly taxes. QuickBooks is a little better at this than Quicken, I think.
  • By using QuickBooks (and Quicken) it saves me having to spend money on an accountant. (At least up to this point.)
  • However, the time I spend on daily or weekly entries takes billable time away from other things.
Tim Vahsholtz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

FreeAgent

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

QuickBooks Self-Employed

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

FreeAgent
10.0
QuickBooks Self-Employed
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

FreeAgent
QuickBooks Self-Employed
10.0

Usability

FreeAgent
9.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed

Reliability and Availability

FreeAgent
8.9
QuickBooks Self-Employed

Performance

FreeAgent
9.1
QuickBooks Self-Employed

Scalability

FreeAgent
8.2
QuickBooks Self-Employed

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