QuickBooks Desktop Premier vs. Zoho Books

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
QuickBooks Desktop Premier is an installed version of QuickBooks for general business, contractors, manufacturing and warehouse accounting, as well as nonprofits, professional services, and retail.N/A
Zoho Books
Score 8.4 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
QuickBooks Desktop PremierZoho Books
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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
QuickBooks Desktop PremierZoho Books
Free Trial
NoYes
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.
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
QuickBooks Desktop PremierZoho Books
Considered Both Products
QuickBooks Desktop Premier

No answer on this topic

Zoho Books
Chose Zoho Books
Cloud vs. desktop, this and the fact that Zoho Books syncs with our other Zoho apps were the most pressing reasons for switching to Zoho Books. As mentioned previously, we consider our accounting software to be an integral part of doing business efficiently, and we can now do …
Chose Zoho Books
In comparison, Zoho is about the same price but comes with a lot more customizable fields. There are other solutions that feed right in and make it so there is only one place you need to go to get a full picture of your business and what you need to do to keep it running …
Top Pros
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Features
QuickBooks Desktop PremierZoho Books
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
8.9
47 Ratings
21% above category average
Zoho Books
-
Ratings
Pay calculation7.046 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration10.020 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.036 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management9.927 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management9.529 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
1.3
20 Ratings
136% below category average
Zoho Books
6.9
15 Ratings
0% above category average
API for custom integration1.315 Ratings6.915 Ratings
Plug-ins1.320 Ratings00 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.4
49 Ratings
5% below category average
Zoho Books
9.9
24 Ratings
24% above category average
Single sign-on capability4.943 Ratings10.019 Ratings
Role-based user permissions10.040 Ratings9.823 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
6.9
57 Ratings
8% below category average
Zoho Books
8.9
23 Ratings
18% above category average
Dashboards4.948 Ratings8.923 Ratings
Standard reports7.956 Ratings8.922 Ratings
Custom reports7.954 Ratings9.01 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.1
60 Ratings
2% below category average
Zoho Books
8.9
24 Ratings
20% above category average
Accounts payable7.058 Ratings8.922 Ratings
Accounts receivable7.059 Ratings9.023 Ratings
Cash management8.054 Ratings8.021 Ratings
Bank reconciliation8.057 Ratings7.821 Ratings
Expense management6.056 Ratings8.022 Ratings
Time tracking5.028 Ratings7.914 Ratings
Fixed asset management5.039 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-currency support9.018 Ratings10.013 Ratings
Multi-division support7.033 Ratings00 Ratings
Regulations compliance1.819 Ratings10.011 Ratings
Electronic tax filing10.028 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-service portal8.017 Ratings10.015 Ratings
Global Financial Support9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers7.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting9.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Localizations5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations7.014 Ratings00 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting9.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Configurable Accounting7.16 Ratings00 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework9.93 Ratings00 Ratings
Standardized Processes4.37 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
2.9
36 Ratings
79% below category average
Zoho Books
7.9
13 Ratings
17% above category average
Inventory tracking1.735 Ratings8.913 Ratings
Automatic reordering1.015 Ratings7.07 Ratings
Location management8.019 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing module1.017 Ratings00 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Desktop Premier
7.0
38 Ratings
2% below category average
Zoho Books
9.4
21 Ratings
27% above category average
Pricing10.030 Ratings8.918 Ratings
Order entry10.031 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Credit card processing7.027 Ratings10.018 Ratings
Cost of goods sold6.334 Ratings9.917 Ratings
Order Orchestration10.03 Ratings00 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility1.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Order exception Resolution5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
QuickBooks Desktop PremierZoho Books
Likelihood to Recommend
3.0
(63 ratings)
8.5
(25 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
1.3
(12 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(14 ratings)
9.6
(7 ratings)
Availability
8.9
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
5.7
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
1.0
(12 ratings)
5.3
(5 ratings)
Online Training
1.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.2
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
6.2
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
QuickBooks Desktop PremierZoho Books
Likelihood to Recommend
Intuit
QuickBooks Premier is not well suited to manufacturing industries, as it cannot handle the complicated inventory requirements of raw materials, work in process, and finished goods. Retailers and Wholesalers can use QuickBooks Premier as long as they have an add-on inventory tracking program or Point of Sale system that integrates with QuickBooks. Likewise, restaurants would need specialized restaurant software that integrates with QuickBooks Premier. Non-profits can use QuickBooks Premier non-profit edition, but if they use fund accounting, it will require some complicated work-arounds. QuickBooks Premier is well-suited to most construction trades, personal and professional services providers, small retailers, and rental property owners.
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Zoho
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
Intuit
  • The program is easy to learn and use. We can train our clients' personnel how to use the program with out difficulty.
  • It is easy for clients to generate bills and manage accounts receivable.
  • It is easy to manage accounts payable and allows clients to pay their bills electronically.
  • Transactions can be imported electronically for credit card and banking transactions.
  • It is easy to reconcile bank and credit card accounts.
  • We can import data generated by QuickBooks into our tax and accounting software.
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Zoho
  • 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
Intuit
  • I would like to be able to choose how i want to view accounts receivable aging. I would like some flexibility to sort and choose how to present the data.
  • For a seasoned accountant, I would like to see some of the restrictive controls that are in place for novices to be able to be relaxed so that I can easily make some entries and adjust some balances that ordinarily a regular user would not be able to do.
  • I would like to see an easy way to clear old outstanding checks that need to be reversed without affecting prior balances/history.
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Zoho
  • 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
Intuit
Because we have been extremely happy with the product and our organization tends to be creatures of habit. We rarely leave a product that works this well for the latest and greatest. Typically we follow the "if it's not broken, don't fix it rule". While QB does make changes we typically just roll with it. If we do find something we don't like we work through it until we fully understand its functionality.
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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Usability
Intuit
QuickBooks is an amazing tool that provides all of the necessary features needed to run the finances of a company. I would like for QuickBooks to provide better resources for training. There are many features that go unused because of lack of knowledge. Procore offers chatting and calls on their platform and they make it easy and accessible to get answers and solutions.
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Zoho
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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Reliability and Availability
Intuit
This is very reliable software, the desktop version is fast. If there is a problem, it is most likely on your own hardware!
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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Performance
Intuit
It takes forever to load.
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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Intuit
This is an awesome product and the support team is very knowledgeable. The product is mature, so there are not a lot of bugs and the support team really solves problems quickly. Usually it is a user error issue, but the support desk helps me out. I love the fact that it is US based support.
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Zoho
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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Implementation Rating
Intuit
It is important to do your research. There are tutorial videos online that could help new user of this accounting system. These tutorials are straightforward and easily understandable.
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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Intuit
QuickBooks Premier handles most of my business functions efficiently in one package. It is not my "everything." I use Replicon for time rather than QuickBooks. I don't want my WIP data interfering with my accounting. I use PaySimple for it's web interface and back office processing. I don't have security issues since I don't have any credit card data in my possession. With today's identity theft environment, I have to protect myself as much as I can. Not having credit card data in my accounting software lets me sleep much better at night. Quicken will do basic accounting but does not have all the double entry accounting systems contained in QuickBooks. QuickBooks Online does much of the basic business functions but I don't like the pricing structure. As a professional accountant, that is very important to me. Bill.com provided a good service but the ability of QuickBooks to add bills and receipts to transactions makes it redundant.
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Zoho
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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Scalability
Intuit
They're getting better. Still room for improvement.
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Zoho
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Intuit
  • Since our financials are kept very up to date, it helps us compare our financial results to prior years and it is used for our internal goal setting.
  • Due to the accountant copy function, we are able to provide better service since our clients are not waiting on us to fix historical data. They can continue their operations uninterrupted.
  • The import feature certainly speeds up the process of accounting for our payroll. As previously mentioned, it takes about a minute to do our entries for payroll and check them.
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Zoho
  • 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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