192 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 100
45 Ratings
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Score 5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • FreshBooks ranks higher in 4 feature sets: Customization, Security, Reporting & Analytics, General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
  • Sage Business Cloud Accounting ranks higher in 1 feature set: Order Management

Customization

6.1

FreshBooks

61%
4.5

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

45%
FreshBooks ranks higher in 2/2 features

API for custom integration

6.0
60%
26 Ratings
5.0
50%
7 Ratings

Plug-ins

6.3
63%
22 Ratings
4.0
40%
4 Ratings

Security

8.7

FreshBooks

87%
6.8

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

68%
FreshBooks ranks higher in 2/2 features

Single sign-on capability

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
11 Ratings

Role-based user permissions

7.4
74%
37 Ratings
4.6
46%
15 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

6.6

FreshBooks

66%
4.8

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

48%
FreshBooks ranks higher in 3/3 features

Dashboards

7.8
78%
50 Ratings
6.4
64%
16 Ratings

Standard reports

7.1
71%
48 Ratings
3.9
39%
18 Ratings

Custom reports

4.8
48%
2 Ratings
4.2
42%
14 Ratings

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

7.2

FreshBooks

72%
6.3

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

63%
Sage Business Cloud Accounting ranks higher in 15/21 features

Accounts payable

5.3
53%
35 Ratings
5.1
51%
17 Ratings

Accounts receivable

7.4
74%
49 Ratings
4.4
44%
19 Ratings

Cash management

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
3.7
37%
16 Ratings

Bank reconciliation

7.0
70%
2 Ratings
4.2
42%
17 Ratings

Expense management

7.3
73%
45 Ratings
7.5
75%
15 Ratings

Time tracking

8.9
89%
38 Ratings
3.4
34%
5 Ratings

Multi-currency support

7.0
70%
1 Rating
9.0
90%
4 Ratings

Regulations compliance

6.0
60%
17 Ratings
8.8
88%
9 Ratings

Self-service portal

9.1
91%
3 Ratings
7.0
70%
9 Ratings

Fixed asset management

N/A
0 Ratings
3.3
33%
12 Ratings

Multi-division support

N/A
0 Ratings
4.0
40%
7 Ratings

Electronic tax filing

N/A
0 Ratings
2.3
23%
4 Ratings

Global Financial Support

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Primary and Secondary Ledgers

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
3 Ratings

Intercompany Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0
80%
3 Ratings

Localizations

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9
89%
2 Ratings

Journals and Reconciliations

N/A
0 Ratings
3.6
36%
7 Ratings

Enterprise Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5
85%
3 Ratings

Configurable Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings
8.3
83%
5 Ratings

Centralized Rules Framework

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Standardized Processes

N/A
0 Ratings
7.5
75%
4 Ratings

Order Management

7.8

FreshBooks

78%
8.9

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

89%
Sage Business Cloud Accounting ranks higher in 6/7 features

Pricing

7.1
71%
33 Ratings
8.5
85%
9 Ratings

Order entry

8.0
80%
33 Ratings
8.9
89%
8 Ratings

Credit card processing

6.0
60%
34 Ratings
8.9
89%
9 Ratings

Cost of goods sold

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.9
89%
10 Ratings

Order Orchestration

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

End-to-end order visibility

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Order exception Resolution

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
2 Ratings

Payroll Management

FreshBooks

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.1

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

81%
Sage Business Cloud Accounting ranks higher in 5/5 features

Pay calculation

N/A
0 Ratings
4.6
46%
4 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Direct deposit files

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
4 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
3 Ratings

Reimbursement management

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
4 Ratings

Inventory Management

FreshBooks

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
8.9

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

89%
Sage Business Cloud Accounting ranks higher in 4/4 features

Inventory tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0
90%
8 Ratings

Automatic reordering

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9
89%
4 Ratings

Location management

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9
89%
5 Ratings

Manufacturing module

N/A
0 Ratings
8.9
89%
4 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • FreshBooks is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
  • Sage Business Cloud Accounting is rated higher in 1 area: Performance

Likelihood to Recommend

6.3

FreshBooks

63%
67 Ratings
3.4

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

34%
20 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

7.6

FreshBooks

76%
18 Ratings

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

6.5

FreshBooks

65%
13 Ratings
4.1

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

41%
5 Ratings

Availability

10.0

FreshBooks

100%
4 Ratings

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.0

FreshBooks

80%
2 Ratings
9.1

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

91%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

7.5

FreshBooks

75%
13 Ratings
3.7

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

37%
6 Ratings

Online Training

FreshBooks

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

82%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

10.0

FreshBooks

100%
2 Ratings

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

FreshBooks

FreshBooks is the perfect tool for businesses who have hundreds of clients and customers whom they invoice regularly. It removes the need to manually send invoices to clients and customers, by streamlining inputted information to create an automated invoicing system which keeps clients and customers up to date with their bills. It is also a great tool for managing expenses, especially for companies with different teams working on varying projects, ensuring these teams do not exceed the budget ceiling.
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Sage

The program is appropriate for use in all business types - especially if the business has many different branches located in different parts of the country/world. The fact that invoicing can be done from a mobile device by use of the friendly Sage One app also makes it easy to quickly conclude a sales transaction by issuing an invoice at the client office - shortens time, leaving more time for business.
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Pros

FreshBooks

  • FreshBooks is pretty intuitive to use. I did have some questions when I first started using the system, but it wasn't a long learning curve.
  • FreshBooks provides more capability than other billing applications such as PaySimple or BlinkSale. FreshBooks does provide an easy invoicing function. It's easy to create invoices that can be sent via email or snail mail to one or more individuals (for example, the decision-maker and the accounting dept). Clients can pay online or send a check and then I note that the payment has been received. If paid by credit card, the system automatically marks the invoice paid. Your business accounts such as bank accounts can be linked to FreshBooks. Then, the system can automatically draw in expenses and will create simple P&amp;L reports, overdue invoices, client history, etc. If you don't have inventory and complex payroll, etc. FreshBooks provides just the right level of capability to make financial tracking simple.
  • FreshBooks integrates with a number of credit card companies. I use Stripe, which has fees similar to Paypal, but much more reliable processing. I can accept all credit cards, including American Express, for a reasonable fee.
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Sage

  • The ability to log in to your accounting data anywhere you have internet. No sending backups to your accountant, no more trying to recover lost data, or having to log in to a server. This cloud hosted solution gives you a lot more freedom and flexibility as I can log in to it from any computer, or mobile device.
  • The ability to send professional invoices or quotes to my customers while still at their location. Also the ability to easily track my receivables and stay on top of them as they are always right at my fingertips.
  • Project tracking is a great feature. With this module you can send tasks associated with a project to your team without giving them access to your financial information. They can report to you where they are at on the project to help you stay on track. You can track the revenue and expenses associated with this project to make sure you are making a profit.
  • Bank integration brings in all the transactions and easily lets you allocate to the appropriate revenue and expense account or match to sales invoices or purchase invoices saving you time in data entry.
  • Sage One integrates with Sage Payment solutions or Paypal. By giving your customers more options to pay helping you stay on top of your receivables.
  • I love how it imports into the Sage 50 Accounting software for those customers who still need the features and functionality of the desktop software.
  • Just released the integration between Sage 50 and Sage One just got easier. The previous versions of Sage One and Sage 50 had the ability to download customer transactions from Sage One including invoicing, other income, bills, expenses, bank transfers and general journal entries to your Sage 50 accounting software.
  • With the latest update for Sage 50 you can now automatically upload and map your Sage 50 customer records, vendors, accounts, inventory items, and tax codes to Sage One for a quick, easy setup and perfect record match every time. This makes things so much easier when setting up new customers in Sage One
  • Now that important client information flows both ways, you can set up a new client in Sage One in minutes by accessing your Sage One connection wizard (under “file tab” in Sage 50 Accountants Edition) For the customers, vendors and accounts and products and services.
  • The other information such as Sales invoices and other income, Bills and other expenses, Bank Transfers, general journal entries flow from Sage One to Sage 50.
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Cons

FreshBooks

  • I can brand invoices with my business logo, but I might like to change colours of the invoices themselves to match the rest of my business documents. That isn't a major point at all, but it's something that I'd like to see.
  • Freshbooks doesn't remember the categories that similar expenses were previously assigned to. It would be nice if Freshbooks would suggest a category for an already saved vendor, to ensure the consistency of expense reporting.
  • The home page of a Freshbooks account has a great graph display of expenses and income, but it only shows the last 6 months. This is still very useful, but I'd like to be able to see this kind of graph for different periods of time.
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Sage

  • The bank transaction reconciliations are terrible if you have to split payments to multiple clients. Often times work will just disappear halfway through the split
  • Telephonic user assistance. I have received conflicting info from service reps.
  • I prefer the way Quickbooks platform is set up
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Pricing Details

FreshBooks

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

FreshBooks editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Lite$4.501
Plus$7.502
Premium$153
SelectCustom Pricing4

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Starting Price

$29 per month

Editions & Modules

Sage Business Cloud Accounting editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Sage One Accounting Free$01
Sage One Accounting Premium$52

Footnotes

  1. Per User per Month
  2. Per Month [Unlimited Users]

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Versions and pricing listed are for US products. Versions available and pricing may vary by country.

Likelihood to Renew

FreshBooks

At the current needs of our business, FreshBooks suits us perfectly - it allows online access by our accountant to the system for GST purposes, easy input of expenses and tracking of Profit and Loss statements. FreshBooks customer service is great as well - very understanding and accommodating.
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Sage

No answers on this topic

Usability

FreshBooks

FreshBooks is very easy to use even for novices. If you're looking for an online accounting software that is full of features, has great aesthetics and is user-friendly, then this is definitely the software for you. I've been using it for several years now and despite being tempted to switch by other vendors, I like the feel of FreshBooks and it's mobile features.
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Sage

There's nothing mechanically wrong with Sage, and it serves our intended purpose. Again, we don't really use Sage to its fullest potential, but for what it does for us, there are few complaints other than the darn fixed assets module
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Reliability and Availability

FreshBooks

FreshBooks is easy to use and always works!
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Sage

No answers on this topic

Performance

FreshBooks

No answers on this topic

Sage

The product continues to improve and very excited about the new release coming soon.
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Support Rating

FreshBooks

I think the support level for FreshBooks is on par with a 6 because the folks behind this application do a fairly good job at providing support for their customer base. I still don't think they are at an elite level when it comes to supporting but are getting there although too slow in my opinion.
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Sage

My Experience with sage business cloud Accounting is great. You won't disappoint with this software. Your accounting-related problem will be solved. Very easy to use all the features. I would highly recommend this software to all the company who is struggling for managing accounting data. Very user-friendly and easy to manage all the accounting problems.
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Online Training

FreshBooks

No answers on this topic

Sage

I find the online training was very informative and they answered all my questions. I am also certified in Sage One and provided online training in the program which I have set up several people on and they love how it keeps them organized.
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Implementation Rating

FreshBooks

I haven't changed my mind since my first evaluation. Freshbooks is still meeting my needs, easy to use, etc.
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Sage

No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

FreshBooks

We do not consider other options since our client wants the implementation of this platform in order to use it in the two countries where it has operations.

At the moment, full integration was not possible and we still share the information with a Mexican system to complete everything necessary.
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Sage

I have used Wave Accounting, and while it is an excellent cloud accounting software, it doesn't allow us to work collaboratively with our customers. They both allow me to sign in and work with our clients books within the program, but Wave doesn't integrate into Sage 50 which is a must for clients that I know want to continue to grow.
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Return on Investment

FreshBooks

  • Freshbooks saves me time compared to when I managed to invoice without an app.
  • Freshbooks make keeping my invoices organized which saves me time.
  • Freshbooks helps me to know who is late on payments. When I was doing this by hand, some invoices would get lost in the clutter and I would not find out I haven't been paid until much later.
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Sage

  • Ability to add-on: Positive ROI can be achieved by building you own customized solution by adding on partner apps. Such apps extend the functionality of the product to accommodate certain business requirements.
  • Product is slower than competitors: Negative ROI as product seems to be comparatively slower than competitors when holding other variables constant (ie. browser version, Internet connection speed, etc.) In a busy accounting cycle, this can have a substantial impact. Also, back buttons don't allow for retaining same screen input data.
  • Reports functionality strong: Positive ROI due to ability to view data in many dimensions/formats.
  • Ability to connect financial accounts: Positive ROI as data from financial accounts automatically brought into the accounts where it can approved for posting, thus eliminating manual entry.
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