Compare QuickBooks to FreshBooks


Since starting my small business three years ago, I’ve tried literally every single cloud accounting software under the sun: Xero, AccountEdge, FreeAgent, Yendo, Zoho, SageOne, Quickbooks, Less Acounting, FreshBooks WorkingPoint… if you can name it, I’ve probably tried it!

I’ve finally been able to pinpoint my two favorite software: QuickBooks and FreshBooks. I’ve set out to make a thorough comparison of the two to finally be able to choose one. I can’t hop from one software to another forever!

Earlier this month, my quest finally ended. Keep reading if you want to find out which of Quickbooks or Freshbooks is the better software.

I’m not an accountant, and because I’m not, I need my accounting software to be intuitive, easy to use, and supported.

Now, when it comes to user-friendliness, FreshBooks wins the bout.

Not only does it offer the same accounting and business features as Quickbooks, mainly payroll, inventory, invoicing, timesheets, batch invoicing, tax reports, estimates, payments, receipts, as well as many templates and optimizations, but it’s much simpler to set up and use.

I had to get help to set up my Quickbooks, but I had no problem setting up FreshBooks on my own and just used it straight outta the box.

Quickbooks does have advanced features, but these are mostly geared towards accountants. As a small-business owner, I never had to use the Quickbooks’ advanced features, and they simply make the software bulkier and more complicated… totally unnecessary.

Accounting softwares, as a whole, save a lot of time and FreshBooks and Quickbooks are no exception.

They offer auto-fill features, they allow you to save preferences (tax rates, currency, language preferences and multiple addresses), and they let you save your clients’ data and create invoices automatically.

You can also send invoices in batch you a list of specified clients. You can link expenses to your bank account or accounts and have the software take care of paying the bills in time!

FreshBooks has a feature that Quickbooks doesn’t have, and that’s the built-in timer… and boy is it useful!

The built-in timer lets you track the time worked and thus creates timesheets, which will be used to create invoices.

Normally, you’d have to track your time, enter it manually in an excel timesheet, create the invoice, and send it to your client.

FreshBooks shortcuts this process and does everything for you. This is an amazing feature. As someone who works twelve to fourteen hours a day, I can’t be tracking every task I do and entering it manually in a timesheet. With Freshbooks, I create my projects and let the timer do the rest.

Both software have their strengths, but in the end, I’ve found FreshBooks to be the best of the two.

It’s just much simpler, user-friendly, and saves more time. I’ve also found that FreshBooks’ customer service is friendlier and answers queries much faster. This might not seem like a big deal, but when you are running for time and need an answer quickly, a fast and reliable customer service is a plus.

I’ve been stricly using FreshBooks for a month now, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve calculated that I save one extra hour everyday using FreshBooks instead of using Quickbooks. I hope my review has been useful, and I hope it will save you the three years of trial and errors I’ve been through!

I recommend you try it out for free if you’re looking for a clean way to manage your accounts.

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