20 Ratings
137 Ratings
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Score 8 out of 100
20 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • ZipBooks ranks higher in 5 feature sets: Customization, Security, Reporting & Analytics, General Ledger and Configurable Accounting, Order Management

Payroll Management

6.5

Sage 50cloud Accounting

65%

ZipBooks

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Sage 50cloud Accounting ranks higher in 5/5 features

Pay calculation

7.0
70%
12 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Benefit plan administration

7.0
70%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Direct deposit files

4.9
49%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Salary revision and increment management

6.9
69%
11 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Reimbursement management

6.9
69%
11 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Customization

7.2

Sage 50cloud Accounting

72%
9.1

ZipBooks

91%
Sage 50cloud Accounting ranks higher in 1/2 features

API for custom integration

9.5
95%
7 Ratings
9.1
91%
2 Ratings

Plug-ins

5.0
50%
8 Ratings
9.1
91%
1 Rating

Security

9.0

Sage 50cloud Accounting

90%
9.5

ZipBooks

95%
Sage 50cloud Accounting ranks higher in 1/2 features

Single sign-on capability

8.1
81%
16 Ratings
9.7
97%
4 Ratings

Role-based user permissions

9.9
99%
16 Ratings
9.3
93%
4 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

5.5

Sage 50cloud Accounting

55%
10.0

ZipBooks

100%
ZipBooks ranks higher in 2/3 features

Dashboards

6.2
62%
18 Ratings
10.0
100%
6 Ratings

Standard reports

7.1
71%
19 Ratings
10.0
100%
6 Ratings

Custom reports

3.3
33%
18 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

7.3

Sage 50cloud Accounting

73%
8.8

ZipBooks

88%
Sage 50cloud Accounting ranks higher in 18/21 features

Accounts payable

8.5
85%
21 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Accounts receivable

8.5
85%
20 Ratings
8.0
80%
5 Ratings

Cash management

8.5
85%
20 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Bank reconciliation

9.9
99%
20 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Expense management

8.0
80%
20 Ratings
10.0
100%
5 Ratings

Time tracking

7.9
79%
11 Ratings
9.0
90%
6 Ratings

Fixed asset management

7.8
78%
12 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Multi-currency support

6.9
69%
8 Ratings
9.1
91%
2 Ratings

Multi-division support

7.0
70%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Regulations compliance

7.4
74%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Electronic tax filing

7.9
79%
6 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Self-service portal

3.4
34%
6 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Global Financial Support

3.4
34%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Primary and Secondary Ledgers

4.6
46%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Intercompany Accounting

7.0
70%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Localizations

7.2
72%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Journals and Reconciliations

7.1
71%
9 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Enterprise Accounting

7.4
74%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Configurable Accounting

8.0
80%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Centralized Rules Framework

7.4
74%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Standardized Processes

9.0
90%
7 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Inventory Management

6.2

Sage 50cloud Accounting

62%

ZipBooks

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Sage 50cloud Accounting ranks higher in 4/4 features

Inventory tracking

6.1
61%
14 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Automatic reordering

6.5
65%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Location management

6.8
68%
5 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Manufacturing module

5.2
52%
6 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Order Management

5.2

Sage 50cloud Accounting

52%
9.2

ZipBooks

92%
Sage 50cloud Accounting ranks higher in 5/7 features

Pricing

7.0
70%
12 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Order entry

7.1
71%
14 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Credit card processing

8.0
80%
9 Ratings
10.0
100%
6 Ratings

Cost of goods sold

3.3
33%
13 Ratings
8.5
85%
2 Ratings

Order Orchestration

3.8
38%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

End-to-end order visibility

3.8
38%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Order exception Resolution

3.8
38%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • ZipBooks is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.9

Sage 50cloud Accounting

89%
32 Ratings
9.0

ZipBooks

90%
6 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.6

Sage 50cloud Accounting

96%
12 Ratings

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Sage 50cloud Accounting

90%
6 Ratings

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.0

Sage 50cloud Accounting

70%
8 Ratings

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.0

Sage 50cloud Accounting

90%
8 Ratings

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.1

Sage 50cloud Accounting

91%
1 Rating

ZipBooks

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Sage

Sage is great for portability and exchange with external accountants as it is widely used and people will be able to read your data in. It's a very good and complete solution for a little business where one person can handle all of the accounting. I doubt that it scales well to large companies with several in-house accountants working at the same time.
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ZipBooks

ZipBooks is really strong for small businesses (and non-profits like the ones I help manage). It may not yet be ready to handle medium or large businesses given the deep, niche functionality that is sometimes required in those cases.
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Pros

Sage

  • It has the capability of "Single Click" processes that allows you to turn Quotes into orders, instant invoicing and track A/R in the Order Screen
  • I can email Sales Orders directly to my Customer and also remind them of past due from a single screen. I can track Project, Closeouts, Over Seas order by setting up Jobs and clicking the job name in Order Entry.
  • You can use recurring entries and copy and paste on the P&amp;L, using masking for department reporting and budgeting
  • You can use the BI feature and export into Excel in Pivot format and utilize Timeline and Slicer to see the company overall performance by months, day or years
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ZipBooks

  • Invoicing is particularly easy-to-use, quick, clean and beautiful. GREAT for branding.
  • The time tracker was unexpected, but very useful and integrates well with the invoicing. Leads to quick invoicing every time.
  • Customer support is phenomenal -- the support staff is friendly and helpful.
  • Although they are a new company, they are definitely on the right track!
  • I recommend this software to clients, colleagues, and friends alike, mostly for it quick and beautiful invoicing.
  • They do what they can to live up to their name! It doesn't take very long to get set up, or very long to create a complete invoice and send it to the right person.
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Cons

Sage

  • Sage 50 could use some improvement in the Invoicing Module to allow for more flexibility in the design of the Invoice fields. The report customization tools could use some upgrading for easier use.
  • Fixed assets management module needs to be included with unlimited number of fixed assets.
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ZipBooks

  • There is some difficulty with a need to learn the use of the menus, they are not open and click, at the moment, the user needs to open the menu then using the pad keys scroll down and use enter to select from the drop-down menu. A mouse does not work.
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Pricing Details

Sage 50cloud Accounting

Starting Price

$299 per year

Editions & Modules

Sage 50cloud Accounting editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Sage 50 Pro Accounting$2991
Sage 50 Premium Accounting$4492
Sage 50 Quantum Accounting 3 UserStarting at $1,4993

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Annual traditional plan with license, monthly, and annual subscription plans available.

ZipBooks

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

ZipBooks editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
ZipBooks Starter01
ZipBooks Smarter152
ZipBooks Sophisticated353
ZipBooks AccountantCustom4

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Likelihood to Renew

Sage

I use this rating simply because I have a thriving Sage 50 consulting practice and will continue to keep my expertise in the product. I have consulted on both Sage 50 and QuickBooks for over 25 years so I have to maintain expertise in the solution as well as accounting and verticals.
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ZipBooks

No answers on this topic

Usability

Sage

Its pretty stable and doesn't have changes very frequently. Upgrades are good, but not the ones that need a user manual when done every time
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ZipBooks

No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Sage

Although I have only needed to call tech support on three occasions through out the entire time of usage, each time my problem was quickly resolved by people who were obviously well trained and easy to understand. Sage 50 Premium Accounting is a reliable and "bug-free" product that is regularly improved upon.
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ZipBooks

No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Sage

Sage 50 is a strong accounting software package. It will work efficiently if it is installed correctly. If one puts garbage in, one will get garbage out. Also it is important to train the staff to use Sage 50 properly. It is also important to set up security for each user.
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ZipBooks

No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Sage

As we did the conversion almost 10 years ago it is hard to answer this question. At the time it was the ease of being able to produce both cash and accrual financial statements and reporting that led us to pick Sage
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ZipBooks

I've primarily compared ZipBooks vs. Quickbooks because I've used Quickbooks at larger companies before. ZipBooks was the right fit for a smaller organization because it still had all the core features of Quickbooks but at a dramatically lower price that fits the budget.
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Scalability

Sage

I define scalable from two perspectives; 1) the scalability to handle more bookkeepers/accountants using the product, and 2) the scalability to handle increasing customer/vendor/employee and transactional data. Sage 50 does a good job on both fronts. From the single users operating a micro-business accounting for customer invoices and bill payments only, to the multi-staff, multi-location, multi-departmental complex transactional operation. Although Sage 50 is quite expensive for that smallest user, it is quite inexpensive for the larger business entity. So, for the new enterprise expecting rapid growth, Sage 50 is the application of choice.
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ZipBooks

No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Sage

  • Sage definitely needs to do a better job with customer service. I have had to use them only a handful of times and it was not a great experience but not the worse I've seen. They didn't make us a priority and I felt that they didn't have a sense of urgency. They did address my lack of satisfaction and I can see that they are at least aware of the issues and they are trying to correct them.
  • Sage is exactly what we need in my current organization and I wouldn't change it for another system. I have used quite a few in my lifetime and I would say that it fits our needs.
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ZipBooks

  • ZipBooks is entirely affordable, and with my current $15/mo payments, I get ROI pretty quickly.
  • Invoices are simple and easy to make, while staying beautiful and functional at the same time. This saves me TIME, which means that I don't need to spend 15-20 minutes fiddling with the software to make it do what I want it to do. It just works. And that means, I can spend more time doing client work, and managing projects and sales.
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