QuickBooks Self-Employed vs. Zoho Books

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
QuickBooks Self-Employed
Score 7.2 out of 10
N/A
N/AN/A
Zoho Books
Score 8.1 out of 10
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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 Self-EmployedZoho Books
Editions & Modules
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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 Self-EmployedZoho 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.
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Community Pulse
QuickBooks Self-EmployedZoho Books
Top Pros
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Features
QuickBooks Self-EmployedZoho Books
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.8
3 Ratings
3% above category average
Zoho Books
-
Ratings
Pay calculation10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration5.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.7
4 Ratings
7% above category average
Zoho Books
6.0
14 Ratings
18% below category average
API for custom integration8.43 Ratings6.014 Ratings
Plug-ins7.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.4
7 Ratings
4% above category average
Zoho Books
9.1
24 Ratings
12% above category average
Single sign-on capability8.97 Ratings9.818 Ratings
Role-based user permissions7.84 Ratings8.423 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.3
13 Ratings
2% below category average
Zoho Books
7.8
23 Ratings
5% above category average
Dashboards8.411 Ratings7.323 Ratings
Standard reports8.413 Ratings7.322 Ratings
Custom reports5.17 Ratings9.01 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.9
14 Ratings
18% above category average
Zoho Books
8.2
24 Ratings
10% above category average
Accounts payable9.08 Ratings8.122 Ratings
Accounts receivable8.59 Ratings9.023 Ratings
Cash management9.08 Ratings8.022 Ratings
Bank reconciliation8.59 Ratings5.521 Ratings
Expense management7.913 Ratings7.022 Ratings
Time tracking7.96 Ratings6.014 Ratings
Fixed asset management6.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-currency support10.01 Ratings10.013 Ratings
Multi-division support10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Regulations compliance9.02 Ratings10.012 Ratings
Electronic tax filing10.012 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-service portal7.07 Ratings10.015 Ratings
Global Financial Support10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Localizations10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations8.95 Ratings00 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Configurable Accounting8.93 Ratings00 Ratings
Centralized Rules Framework8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Standardized Processes8.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Self-Employed
7.3
2 Ratings
3% above category average
Zoho Books
6.5
12 Ratings
9% below category average
Inventory tracking7.02 Ratings6.012 Ratings
Automatic reordering5.02 Ratings7.07 Ratings
Location management7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing module10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
QuickBooks Self-Employed
8.1
4 Ratings
7% above category average
Zoho Books
8.3
21 Ratings
10% above category average
Pricing7.03 Ratings7.018 Ratings
Order entry8.03 Ratings9.017 Ratings
Credit card processing8.04 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Cost of goods sold7.02 Ratings8.217 Ratings
Order Orchestration10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Order exception Resolution10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
QuickBooks Self-EmployedZoho Books
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(14 ratings)
7.2
(25 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.5
(2 ratings)
6.3
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(2 ratings)
5.1
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
QuickBooks Self-EmployedZoho Books
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Zoho Corporation
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
  • 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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Zoho Corporation
  • 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
  • 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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Zoho Corporation
  • 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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Usability
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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Zoho Corporation
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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Support Rating
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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Zoho Corporation
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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Alternatives Considered
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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Zoho Corporation
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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Return on Investment
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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Zoho Corporation
  • 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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