During our research, we studied user reviews, watched tutorial videos and checked out customer resources offered by each vendor, such as knowledgebases, blogs and guides.
To find the best accounting software for small businesses, we began by asking business owners which accounting software they use, what they love about it and what they think makes it a "perfect" accounting application. We also researched popular accounting software that frequently appeared on reputable review websites, top lists and business websites.
In total there was about two dozen accounting software products on our list. Here is our shortlist: FreeAgent, FreshBooks, Intuit QuickBooks Online, OneUp, Quicken Home & Business, Sage, Wave Accounting, Xero, Free Accounting, MYOB and Zoho Books.
Here are the criteria we used to evaluate each software:
- Ease of use
- Timesaving features
- Reporting capabilities
- Mobile access and mobile features
- Accountant access
- Service limitations, including the number of customers, invoices, users, transactions packages allow
- Customer service
- Additional services like credit card processing, tax preparation and payroll servicesIntegration with third-party apps
We also came up with two totally free accounting software solutions. One with ads and one without, SBR enabled.
If you are currently unhappy with your accounting software or if you are not using any software, please contact us to help you through this.