Best Accounting Software

Whether you are a freelancer, small business or medium-sized business, finding the best accounting software for your needs can be a challenge with so many services available today and each with varying features and fucntionality.

We researched over 30 different accounting packages/services and came up with 19 that are worth a closer look, with Quickbooks Online Plus leading the pack with it's extensive features and support.

Our Top 5 Best Accounting Software Picks

Check out all our Accounting Software Reviews and use our filtering and sorting features to narrow down the merchants that best suite your needs!

Our Lists of Best Accounting Software by Need or Feature

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How we chose the Best Accounting Software

While researching and reviewing each merchant we developed specific criteria to base our scores on.

What Accounting Software Features Matter and Why?

Accounting and Business Tasks
  • What basic account tasks/features does this program have?
  • Can it sync with bank accounts for easier transaction entry?
  • Invoicing, tracking expenses, vendors, secure online account storage and tax preparation services included?
  • Inventory tracking?
  • Can you make payments on your received invoices from vendors?

Invoicing
  • Can you create a custom invoice from a template?
  • Do they support logos for more customization?
  • Can you send invoices via email and snail mail?
  • Are you able to accept payments via PayPal or credit card?
  • Are estimates easily converted into invoices and can you feature automatic billing for clients on recurring basis?
  • Are multiple tax rates (or any tax rates) supported?
  • What about multi-currency?

Management
  • How easy is it to manage vendors (are you limited on vendors)?
  • Can you easily manage and pay bills via the software, manage purchase orders, projects and inventory?
  • Is time tracking available for hourly employees and can you use payroll or integrate with an ecommerce or POS system?

Ease of Use
  • Overall, how easy is it to use?
  • Do they have a lot of tutorials and guides or walk through?
  • Is the interface simple enough for even a person with limited experience?
  • Is it more time-consuming to use and input information or do they try to automate as much as possible?

Access
  • What methods are there for accessing your software?
  • Do you have it on a desktop (which platforms are supported), can you access via a mobile app or online?
  • Does it offer backup services so if your computer is lost or stolen you still have access to your accounting files?

Taxes
  • Can you prepare and print employee 1099s or W2s?
  • Can you prepare and file your business taxes?
  • What options do they have for accountant access or how can you send your files to the accountant via the program?
  • Can you electronically file payroll taxes?

Pricing
  • What is the introductory rate (if any)?
  • After introductory, what will the regular monthly price be?
  • Do you get a discount if you pay upfront for a year?
  • Is it just a one-time price or will you be subjected to monthly service fees?
  • What additional fees could you encounter – such as additional fees for accepting credit cards or offering payroll services?

Customer Service
  • How can you reach customer service?
  • Do they have tutorials, forums and help guides online for new users?
  • How user-friendly is the program overall?
  • What is their overall BBB rating?

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