Zoho Books

Zoho Books

Score 8.1 out of 10
Zoho Books

Overview

What is Zoho Books?

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.

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Recent Reviews

Zoho Books Review

1 out of 10
March 04, 2020
We use it to manage all financial transactions. It is used by people across the organization of a Professional Services company.
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Zoho Books Review

9 out of 10
February 13, 2020
Zoho Books is used as our administration software. We use it for invoicing, recurring invoices, payment reminders, financial statements …
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Popular Features

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  • Accounts receivable (23)
    9.0
    90%
  • Role-based user permissions (23)
    8.4
    84%
  • Dashboards (23)
    7.3
    73%
  • Standard reports (22)
    7.3
    73%

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Pricing

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Free

$0

Cloud
For businesses with turnover <50K USD per annum

Standard

$15

Cloud
Per Organization/Month, Billed Annually

Professional

$40

Cloud
Per Organization/Month, Billed Annually

Entry-level set up fee?

  • $15 Per Organization/Month, Billed AnnuallyOptional
For the latest information on pricing, visithttps://www.zoho.com/books/pricing

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services
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Product Demos

Zoho Books: A Smart Way to Manage Your Business Finance
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Features

Customization

This addresses a company’s ability to configure the software to fit its specific use case and workflow.

6Avg 7.2

Security

This component helps a company minimize the security risks by controlling access to the software and its data, and encouraging best practices among users.

9.1Avg 8.1

Reporting & Analytics

Users can report on and analyze usage, performance, ROI, and/or other metrics of success.

7.8Avg 7.5

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Financial management solution, including capabilities for general ledger and configurable accounting

8.2Avg 7.4

Inventory Management

The ability to track and manage the flow of goods or materials into and out of an inventory.

6.5Avg 7.1

Order Management

The ability to process orders, and track them from quote to cash.

8.3Avg 7.5
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Product Details

What is Zoho Books?

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.

Zoho Books Features

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting Features

  • Supported: Accounts payable
  • Supported: Accounts receivable
  • Supported: Cash management
  • Supported: Bank reconciliation
  • Supported: Expense management
  • Supported: Time tracking
  • Supported: Multi-currency support
  • Supported: Regulations compliance
  • Supported: Self-service portal

Inventory Management Features

  • Supported: Inventory tracking
  • Supported: Automatic reordering

Order Management Features

  • Supported: Pricing
  • Supported: Order entry
  • Supported: Credit card processing
  • Supported: Cost of goods sold

Reporting & Analytics Features

  • Supported: Dashboards
  • Supported: Standard reports

Customization Features

  • Supported: API for custom integration

Security Features

  • Supported: Role-based user permissions
  • Supported: Single sign-on capability
  • Supported: Multi-factor authentication

Additional Features

  • Supported: Mobile Apps - iOS, Android, Windows and also iPad and Windows Surface app
  • Supported: Recurring transactions like invoices, estimates and bills
  • Supported: Automated workflows - Setup triggers for instant mail notification and field updates in the invoice, estimates, sales order and credit note modules
  • Supported: Zoho CRM Integration - A combination of accounting and crm information is available to users to manage end-to-end customer relationship

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Zoho Books Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Supported CountriesUnited States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, South Africa & Global edition
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Hindi, Dutch, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Netherlands, Chinese, Japanese, Swedish

Frequently Asked Questions

QuickBooks Online, Xero, and FreshBooks are common alternatives for Zoho Books.

Reviewers rate Multi-currency support and Regulations compliance and Self-service portal highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of Zoho Books are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Integrates with other Zoho products like Zoho CRM, Zoho Creator and Zoho Flow.
  • The link between our items and the inventory module is a great feature for our purchasing department.
  • When converting to Zoho Books from another accounting software, this seemed a bit difficult but this process is never easy.
  • There are certain restrictions within modules (estimates/sales orders/invoices/payments) that make it difficult to edit transactions. In many ways this is good, but different from what we have experienced with other accounting software solutions.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Ease of use
  • Very easy rollout to the entire team
  • Streamlined expense reporting
  • Integrating invoicing with the CRM
  • Mobile app is a little clunky, especially when processing receipts.
  • CRM data flow can be slow sometimes.
  • Integration with other finance apps, not the greatest.
Mike Koolwijk | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Price, for a tool with all these options they offer a great price.
  • Access for clients, so you can manage and view multiple clients.
  • Good mobile app, easy to use many options.
  • Great for entry level, it's so easy.
  • While it's great for small business, zzp, it's not that great for bigger companies.
  • Many say this, and it's still not there. No payroll module...
March 04, 2020

Zoho Books Review

Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Invoice is very seamless if using Zoho CRM
  • 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.
February 13, 2020

Zoho Books Review

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Ease of use.
  • Great for services (not production of goods).
  • Limitations for raw materials/finished product if transformation in the transformation.
  • Complexity in advanced custom reporting.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Online payment gateways make it easy for our clients to pay all their invoices online.
  • Mobile apps allow us to do time-tracking and send invoices instantly while on service calls.
  • We would like better customization of forms, logos, and fonts.
  • More outreach to CPAs that are sometimes resistant to using Zoho.
Daniel Coburn | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Bids.
  • Invoicing.
  • Connecting with banks for expenses.
  • Printing checks - they only offer one vendor and they are expensive compared to QuickBook alternatives.
  • Their interface for bids - retainers and applying them against income could be improved, but once you know how it's easy.
  • Their recurring fees don't seem to always work the way I'd want. But overall they work.
Mehdi Aherraki | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • The projects feature is what we use a lot it helps setting up projects as well as tracking expenses and bills for the whole project. The budgeting feature is very developed, allowing you to budget by total project cost, total project hours, hours per task, or hours per staff.
  • Customer Estimates and Invoices are very easy to setup and send directly from the app (it also has a very nice and customizable reminder option).
  • Stock and pricing listings is very intuitive and easy and makes it a very helpful and time saving feature.
  • Bank reconciliation and Financial reporting are very developed and make it easy to share information with bookeepers and accounting specialists.
  • Bank synchronisation is not available for Moroccan banks (our company operates mainly with Moroccan banks) but i'm sure it will come soon the software is updated very frequently.
  • More customizations features.
  • A more developed mobile app.
Miguel Useche | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • It has a great UI, application is easy to use, lightweight and fast
  • Their customization is great, you can edit purchase/invoice/bill templates, add new custom data, and other things.
  • It offers features for every process you'll need inside an organization, plus multiple features to add custom things so you can adapt Zoho Books to your internal workflow.
  • Their support is not good, sometimes they only reply with documentation pages and most of them don't know how to do advanced things.
  • Their API is great but when you want to do advanced stuff there's no way to do some things.
Nathan Sichilongo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
  • Invoicing can be a problem if you make a mistake on an invoice, only an administrator can correct this. While it is a good feature overall, we feel that it hinders us especially since a huge part of our business is invoicing.
  • Zoho Books doesn't connect automatically to our banking accounts which makes for a lot of manual work when applying for payments. It works well with online payments but not with offline payments.
  • While great for accountants, Banking and Reports does not give a full view or offer the best overview of company cash flow for administrators and managers.
  • The mobile Android app needs a design overhaul. Compared to its iOS counterpart, it lacks good design and functionality
Scott French | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • The ZOHO System does a great job of utilizing one system for everything.
  • Zoho Books has a great auto billing feature that will charge your customer on a recurring schedule.
  • Tech Support is always the greatest
  • Zoho does a lot and can seem to be a little overwhelming
February 03, 2018

Zoho - mobile & efficient

Wesley Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Tracking project timesheets
  • Allowing clients to view past and current invoices
  • Review our financial performance through the use of dashboards & reports
  • Complexity of reporting can make it difficult to find the report you need
  • Entering mileage can be a bit complicated
  • Attaching receipts to keep track of expenses would be easier if it could connect to our bank account more readily
December 28, 2017

Zoho Books is zoNo to me

Marc Charette | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Simple set up
  • Good integration with third-party apps
  • Sales and support team seem to be very well trained and dedicated to truly helping you make the right choices for your business
  • Currently no direct importing from Zoho Books. I'd recommend they do this as Zoho is likely to lose as many customers as they get if they continue to offer such inconsistent support
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Lets you get what you want done, easy to find what you are looking for.
  • Intuitive, the program gets to know you!
  • People can be trained on it in your office.
  • This software brings everything to one place, it can get overwhelming.
  • Program has a lot of required fields if you don't have a piece of the puzzle it is hard to save what you do have.
  • You really have to know how to get what you want out of the program or else you will be missing out on a lot.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Excellent performance with low bandwidth requirement.
  • Easy to use and learn - we did not have to spent hours figuring it out. It is very intuitive.
  • Sync bank accounts! Excellent feature which saved us a lot of time.
  • One fee, unlimited access. Better than some "cheaper" competition with hidden costs.
  • The cost is still on the high-side. If you just want to track your expenses and do not have a large turn-over an Excel spreadsheet might do.
  • Occasionally had problems logging in, but that seems to have improved.
  • Does not integrated with many third party applications.
Stephen Lalla | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Automated a/p payment reminders.
  • Remote access by my accountant.
  • Integrated electronic client payment without having to post those payments as paid as it's done automatically.
  • Ease of set up and use.
  • No budgeting.
  • Additional banking integration for accepting client payments.
  • Better integration with CRM so that Quotes/Estimates, Sales Orders, and Purchase Orders could be entered in either module and appear in the other without having to be input twice.
March 28, 2015

Zoho Hooks

Brandy Perez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • The dashboard gives a lovely overview of all things finance. Its a great at-a-glace way to track your financial health and waves.
  • Recurring invoices. 'Nuff said. Before discovering this feature, I dreaded the monthly invoices. This feature has cut my invoicing time in half. Maybe even more. Fantastic!
  • Timesheets from Zoho Projects can also be integrated into the invoicing process. Which cuts back on the website switching and transering of information. Its all in one place here!
  • A faster, cleaner interface would be great. The ability to quickly edit client info without being taken to a new page would speed up the process.
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