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Overview

The Guard, by Compliancy Group, is a cloud-based HIPAA compliance software that helps compliance officers with security risk...

ZipBooks is a cloud-based accounting software that caters to the bookkeeping and accounting needs of small to medium-sized...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pros

I now have a better understanding of HIPAA as well as my staff and have the confidence I have been looking for.
I found it to be very organized. It is time efficient and I appreciate that when it comes to things like this.
What I like most about this software was the ease of use and how fast we were able to implement this program into our medical practice.

Pros

Highly recommend – beautiful, easy to use, full-featured, and more affordable than any of its nearest competitors.
Wonderful Bookkeepers such as Karin to help me along. Categorization help, ability to have a business report readily available any day.
The customer support received from Zipbooks was outstanding and the software is amazing.

Cons

Any issues that others had were due to user error.
There were only a few set backs that were due to user error, not the program.

Cons

No cumbersome setups, no crazy tax charging, no unnecessary product descriptions. Just estimate+invoice and go.
I had a dispute with a company that uses Zipbooks for payment. The company ceased ALL contact with me. I called Zipbooks to see how to start a dispute against the company.
The cons for me or a limited amount reports, lack of export options, and the large difference in categories.
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Key features

  • Total features30
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Account Reconciliation
  • Accounting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Audit Management
  • Automated Routing
  • Automatic Billing
  • Automatic Time Capture
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billable & Non-Billable Hours
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bookkeeping Services Integration
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • Cash Management
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Check Processing
  • Claims Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Contact Database
  • Contingency Billing
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Documentation Management
  • EMR/EHR
  • Employee Database
  • Estimating
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Government
  • For Healthcare
  • For Restaurants
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Hourly Billing
  • Incident Management
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Live Chat
  • Mobile Payments
  • Mobile Receipt Upload
  • Mobile Time Tracking
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Physician
  • Multiple Billing Rates
  • Nonprofits
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Online Time Tracking
  • Partial Payments
  • Patient Intake
  • Patient Portal
  • Patient Records Management
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Policy Training
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Billing
  • Project Management
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Remediation Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
  • Status Tracking
  • Tax Management
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Transaction History
  • Vendor Management
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features76
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Account Reconciliation
  • Accounting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Audit Management
  • Automated Routing
  • Automatic Billing
  • Automatic Time Capture
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billable & Non-Billable Hours
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bookkeeping Services Integration
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • Cash Management
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Check Processing
  • Claims Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Contact Database
  • Contingency Billing
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Documentation Management
  • EMR/EHR
  • Employee Database
  • Estimating
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Government
  • For Healthcare
  • For Restaurants
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Hourly Billing
  • Incident Management
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Live Chat
  • Mobile Payments
  • Mobile Receipt Upload
  • Mobile Time Tracking
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Physician
  • Multiple Billing Rates
  • Nonprofits
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Online Time Tracking
  • Partial Payments
  • Patient Intake
  • Patient Portal
  • Patient Records Management
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Policy Training
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Billing
  • Project Management
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Remediation Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
  • Status Tracking
  • Tax Management
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Transaction History
  • Vendor Management
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrationsN/A
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • Dynamics 365
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • FreshBooks
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations7
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • Dynamics 365
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • FreshBooks
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier

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ZipBooks

Very practical and simple software

Reviewed 7 years ago

Very practical and simple software

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Amazing software and customer support

Reviewed 7 years ago

i had several questions about the features of the software to see whether the software would match the requirements of my business. The customer support received from Zipbooks was outstanding and the software is amazing!

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Thanks for the encouraging note. We are going to work hard to live up to the high praise.

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ZipBooks

Great way to keep your accountancy

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Really good tool to help you with the accounting books of startup, you can create online invoices, track time, bills, etc

Cons

It is a very complete software and easy to use, I have no complaints about this software, really it works very good

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ZipBooks

Deleted my account

Reviewed 4 years ago

For some reason zipbooks deleted my account without warning or notification, when I queried them they were unable to recover the account and I was instead met with a patronising support team member who suggested I just create a new account.

Pros

The software was easy to use and intuitive.

Cons

They deleted my account without warning.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Exceptional value to this cloud-based accounting software. Compared to many other popular solutions

Reviewed 5 years ago

Saved on monthly unnecessary accounting fees using this service and the software fit my small business without having to worry about getting stuck with bells and whistles I didn't need.

Pros

Easy to use, Great Customer Service, Available when you need it, Accounting made easy and management of clients is great. Invoicing is a breeze, even on the fly. Swayed from Wave Accounting for Zipbooks time keeping feature and decided against Quickbooks because of its pricing structure.

Cons

Managing transactions is automated with your linked bank account. But, entering transactions manually is tricky. The user must keep a close eye on transactions so the software reconciles accurately. But, this could be relevant to any accounting software...

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Good if you can connect to your bank!

Reviewed a year ago

I connected with their customer support and they were willing to try to resolve the issue but they were not sure if they could work with the .bank website connection. Very disappointed as I had spent so much time with the software. I could have done manual reconciliation, but I was doing that before the software! That's why I got the software! If it works for you, it is basic and very functional. Sad it did not work out.

Pros

It is easy to use and pretty intuitive. Not too difficult to learn and deploy. Was impressed that was able to get up and running quickly with little accounting background!

Cons

My bank had gone through a change where they went from a .com to a .bank and I was not able to change the bank information for automatic reconciliation.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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ZipBooks

Zip book

Reviewed 2 years ago

My overall experiences was positive it greatly helped me track me expenses and help me start me online shop without any problems. I was able to get a great way to help my customers and track me spending with out worry. My information was safe which allowed me to worry less and focus on my needs.

Pros

What I like the most about this software is that it offers for it prices. The software makes tracking time and s expenses easy. Invoking is also made easier using the program. As a small buIs ness trying to break into clothing this comes in handy.

Cons

.what I least like about the software there are thing that sometimes involves could not answer making some customer feel frasted.

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Powerful freeware! Easy to understand interface. Fairly easy to use. Very satisfied!

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

This software connects with your bank account and automatically syncs transactions and auto-categorizes transactions. I've only been using for a few days, but have not had an issue with the auto-categorization of expenses and revenues. Saves a lot of time. I also like the auto-generated financial statements. Goof feature for free software.

Cons

I did have to brush up on some accounting fundamentals to ensure I am recording transactions correctly. It would be nice if they had some tips/descriptions of different types of transactions and how to properly record them. Was able to figure it all out through Google search though.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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This wasn't anything special - just an ordinary accounting software.

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

What I liked best is that the customer service was excellent and always very responsive. That goes a long way when you try to do a conversion.

Cons

It's relatively ordinary which is why we didn't go with it but that doesn't make it a bad software. It's best for small business.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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ZipBooks - Perfect for a Hobby turned Small Business!

Reviewed 6 years ago

The ZipBooks staff have been very responsive and willing to help. The software is free to use, however, there is a $1.25 charge per Paypal transaction when a customer pays via ZipBooks invoice. It provides basic accounting features that would work well for a person who is turning their hobby into a small business or a small contract business. If you are new to accounting, ZipBooks is perfect....

Pros

Easy to use for someone with no accounting knowledge. Perfect for an MLM or hobby turned business. I love, love, love that their customer service is responsive.

Cons

The reporting features are seriously lacking. No balance statement, COG's are lumped together on the Income Statement, no division of income sources and no field on the Income Statement is clickable for a detailed report. Invoice and Expense pages are long with one arrow to the next page on the top and when editing an invoice or expense and saving, you are brought to the "1-50" page instead of the current page you were working on.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Zipbooks is a MUST for anyone who is a freelance graphic designer!

Reviewed 5 years ago

Simply, organization for my business and invoicing needs. Excited to demo the time tracking functionality soon too!

Pros

Excellent user interface design and dashboard. Super easy to navigate with a strong attention to the information architecture. Intuitive invoicing software. Amazing customer service!

Cons

5 day waiting period for payments was frustrating at first. Eventually, I was able to learn how to drop this down to a 2 days. Also, some functionality took me a bit to figure out. But customer service was able to answer my questions within a matter of minutes!

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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ZipBooks provided simple software and it grew with me - from free to inexpensive.

Reviewed 4 years ago

I started with accounting but now I use it for invoicing and time tracking. I can share with other users as well. Reports are easy to see and simple to use.

Pros

You don't need to be certified to use it! Unlike other accounting options :). It was easy to use, the reports were great and it helped for invoicing, time tracking and accounting.

Cons

They are still growing their integrations to work with other software and solutions so you can't connect with very many apps outside paypal, stripe, and wepay.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great Customer Service

Reviewed 4 years ago

For small business, it's perfect.

Pros

The software is user friendly. Easy to re-set up our company. Like the on-line look from the customer's point of view. It's easy to complete.

Cons

I do find it a bit frustrating that I cannot find out WHEN my deposits are estimated to hit my bank. It's either that it doesn't exist in the software, or that it's difficult, even for a daily user, to find it in the menu system.

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Clarify your needs

Reviewed 6 years ago

I am rolled with this software because it is free and links with a bank account. However, it does not link with my business checking account, which was my goal. Customer service was great!

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Gamechanger for how I do online coaching/consulting.

Reviewed 5 years ago

Streamlined my invoicing system.

Pros

At the end of this day, this has streamlined how I send invoices and receive payments, without having to think about the software. That's a win for me.

Cons

There are some aspects of the UI that feel a bit bloated and unnecessary. Could be streamlined some.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Simple, intuitive, customer support responds super quick.

Reviewed 5 years ago

Organizes our billing and record keeping and helps us accept payments faster and on a recurring basis.

Pros

Cheap, clean and easy to use. Customer support is wicked fast. I am blown away about how intuitive the software is. Easy to import lists and accept payments. Looks super professional.

Cons

Would like more short video tutorials and fees always seem high, just need to keep building our revenue through this site and that would seem less.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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No other way to go than ZipBooks - 100% Satisfied!

Reviewed 4 years ago

Bookkeeping service available to me via chat. Wonderful Bookkeepers such as Karin to help me along. Categorization help, ability to have a business report readily available any day. I love this program.

Pros

Extremely easy to use interface. Live chat option with a bookkeeper, preset categorization, help every step of the way, ability to track EVERYTHING about my business.

Cons

No inventory tracking feature. I would love more freedom in setting up my invoices. I need more options because my products vary. Also no intergration with eBay. But I still love the software.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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The best app a small business owner could use

Reviewed 3 years ago

Highly recommend – beautiful, easy to use, full-featured, and more affordable than any of its nearest competitors.

Pros

ZipBooks is the most affordable, feature rich accounting software I've ever used. It allows me to accomplish everything I need, from sending expenses, to tracking time and expenses, to invoicing. I've used other software and it either didn't include time tracking or it was too expensive for my small business. Their web app is also incredibly easy to use and is design very well. It's all organized in a way that makes sense and the charts/reports are beautiful.

Cons

The biggest issue I have with ZipBooks is their mobile app. I'm running it on my iPhone and it seems like it's just a web-app published in a shell, storing no local information. It's difficult to track time or send invoices that haven't been saved as a draft. Sent invoices also display in reverse order – with the cache clearing every time I open the app. If they built a full-featured, native app I think ZipBooks would be perfect.

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Best DIY accounting software

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Zipbooks is the best and easiest accounting software available out there. I know this because I free tried them all. They differentiate themselves bye the ease of use and the app that is above and beyond user-friendly. I have access to all the features that I need even though I'm on the free plan so with the upgrade you can get access to the most powerful features available. I recommend the software strongly to everyone. Paul

Cons

I'm waiting for the Android phone app to be released soon. They are expecting to be released in the beginning of the second quarter of 2018

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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A wonderful tool. Very intuitive and simple design.

Reviewed 5 years ago

It helps me prep for tax season throughout the year, rather than doing everything right before the deadline. Also, the invoicing is embedded in the software so there is no more cross referencing pdf invoices with bank statements for payout amounts.

Pros

The simple design is the most attractive part of this software to me. So many other accounting programs are not very streamlined and simple, but Zipbooks has been very easy to use, inexpensive and the customer service is very helpful and timely.

Cons

Because I have an untraditional business model without regular payments, the business score and analytics about business health are not very helpful and actually make me feel like my business isn't as strong as it actually is. I'd prefer to turn them off if I could! But that's a very small con. I also wish I could export a list of individual expenses with their category listed but screenshots will do for now!

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Amazing Free Accounting Software

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

As a small business owner, Zipbooks helped me organize my finances and keep track of what was going on in my business. I even used Zipbooks to produce all the financials to sell my business.

Cons

When I started, it didn't offer all of the things that Quickbooks had, but it seems like they are adding features regularly. For a free software I really don't have any complaints at all.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great for a small business for accounting and invoicing

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

I love the simplicity of ZipBooks and that it doesn't require a software installation. It has all the features I need to run my business without having to pay or wade through features I don't need.

Cons

Nothing so far. If my needs expand I can migrate to something more robust.

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Wrong advertising - free means free 30-day trial not free starter version

Reviewed a year ago

Very disappointed because of the wrong advertising

Pros

It met my needs for invoicing and seemed to meet my needs for financial reporting

Cons

The software has 3 version. The starter version is advertised as "free", while the other 2 version require paid subscription, but allow for a free trial. Nowhere does it say that the starter version is for a free trial only

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great software with outstanding technical support

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

The software itself is fairly straightforward and easy to use, although for someone who doesn't know accounting that well it sometimes can be slightly confusing. What is really great though is that their support team is very knowledgeable and can not only help solve technical issues but can also help explain what their software means to you from an accounting standpoint. Invoicing is simple and easy to use, integration to bank and credit card accounts continues to improve, and they continue to enhance the set of reports available to help you understand how your business is doing.

Cons

It's fairly minor stuff - the graph on the main page of the application assumes you are using accrual basis accounting, and that ends up misrepresenting the numbers you see if you are using cash basis accounting. I also don't like that I can define that my business uses cash basis but the reports always default to accrual. It would be nice to understand how the business health score is calculated, as mine continues to decrease despite the fact that I thought my business was continuing to improve.

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Intuitive, responsive

Reviewed 7 years ago

Software is user-friendly, straight forward. I love the automazation built in, and also the flexibility available for what cant be automated. They recently added an automatic receipt feature that my clients love. Zipbooks is quick to answer customer service requests and has more than exceeded expectations enabling me to grow my business.

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Vendor response

Dan, Thanks for adopting the product so early and sticking with it through all the feature growing pains. Glad your customers like the new receipt feature! ZipBooks Team