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Sunrise

Sunrise, formerly Billy, is a cloud-based accounting system

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Sunrise Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Sunrise product overview

Price starts from

$

149

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What is Sunrise?

Sunrise - formerly Billy - is a cloud-based accounting system that offers freelancers and creative professionals a single platform from which to manage billing and expense tracking activity. Incorporating customized invoices, expense capture and financial reports, Sunrise aims to deliver a user-friendly billing and expense tracking solution.

Key benefits of using Sunrise

  • Sunrise is available as a native mobile application on iOS and Android, affording users the flexibility to manage billing & invoicing on the move.

  • Users can capture and store receipts with the Sunrise mobile app, providing users with an efficient way to organize expense claims.

  • Sunrise delivers 256-bit secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption, helping users manage sensitive financial data safely and securely.

  • Sunrise includes customizable invoices, allowing users to create professional invoices complete with customizable logo quickly and easily.

  • Sunrise facilitates financial reporting with balance sheet, tax summary and customer statement reports, granting users valuable, accurate insight into business performance.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    Chat
    Email/Help Desk
    FAQs/Forum
    Knowledge Base

    Training options

    Videos
    Webinars
    Live Online
    Documentation

    Sunrise pricing information

    Value for money

    4.6

    /5

    211

    Price starts from

    $

    149

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    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

    Sunrise features

    Functionality

    4.2

    /5

    211
    Total Features60 4 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Reporting & Statistics
    Activity Dashboard
    API
    Compliance Management
    Data Import/Export
    Billing & Invoicing
    Multi-Currency
    Invoice Management

    Sunrise users reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5

    /5

    211

    Positive reviews

    91%

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    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8.81/10
    Rating distribution

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    135

    58

    15

    2

    1

    Pros
    This is great software if your just starting out. Perfect for bookkeeping and invoicing.

    JF

    Jeff F.

    Very friendly, easy & comfortable to use and love the support team. If you need any help getting your books setup, the onboarding team is AWESOME.

    JW

    Jakki W.

    It's been a great system to build our billing and invoicing process on and I don't know of any others out there that are any better.

    MO

    Mike O.

    Cons
    The cost of goods sold is confusing and difficult to use, the voided invoices can't be reviewed and the expenses are difficult to post as well.

    OB

    Omar B.

    The only drawback for my company is the the inability to run payroll.

    BM

    Bernard M.

    They are missing a lot of features that you would normally find in this type of software such as integration.

    DG

    DARON G.

    Overall Rating

    Simple, easy, and to the point Accounting

    Reviewed 2 years ago

    Transcript

    Justin: My name is Justin. I'm a Marketing Freelancer in the church and non-profit industry. And I give...

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    John S.

    Owner

    Marketing and Advertising, self-employed

    Review source

    Overall Rating

    Great invoicing software

    Reviewed 9 months ago

    Transcript

    John S.: Hi, I'm John. I'm a marketing consultant and I rate Sunrise a five out of five. For more reviews...

    Overall Rating
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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Great accounting software

    Reviewed 2 years ago

    I've been using Sunrise for sometime now, haven't had major issues with it and when I had it turned out to be a user issue :p rather than software issue and support help me clear it. Overall really happy with it.

    Pros

    Is easy to use, I'm not an accountant nor have many experience in that field so being easy to use was a big advantage for us. It has the core functionalities we need and many others that I certainly don't know how to use so It should have the required features for advanced users. The invoicing system is great, easy and customizable. Has a quoting and estimating system that's easy to convert to an invoice, also has an easy way to send reminders about our invoices and has some automation once you get paid. It has a bookkeeping system and loans offering but we haven't used those so no comment there.

    Cons

    Would be great if we could use our own domain to send the invoices, reminders etc instead of the @sunriseapp.com I haven't found a way to automate the invoicing process, using a csv file or something like Zapier or similar to avoid the need to create each item of the invoice . That certainly would save us a lot of time. Not sure if these will be offered later or if there's already a way to do it at this time, just haven't found them.

    Vendor response

    Thank you, Fredy! We appreciate the kind and thorough review. Like you mentioned not everyone is an accountant. At Sunrise we strive to take the power of bookkeeping and put it into an intuitive and easy to use platform. We've taken note of your feature suggestion and we will make sure it gets in the hands of our product development team. Stay tuned for our Zapier integration going live this June. We'll make sure you are notified once is launches. Again, we appreciate you taking the time to leave a review.

    Overall Rating
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    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    It’s an excellent app for startups & entrepreneurs!

    Reviewed 2 years ago

    Overall it’s been good. The support seems lacking as I’ve had to complain about stuff to get anywhere and usually don’t. So if I could have them improve anything it’s customer service, Zapier integrations and embedded payment forms for our websites.

    Pros

    I love setting my invoicing on autopilot - every month it bills my customers and manages the transactions. I can see who isn’t paying their bills, it’s great.

    Cons

    They still don’t have a Zapier integration yet, they recently reached out to me to be apart of their beta which is great as I want to integrate it with my all-in-one digital marketing platform Automate CRM. Doing so will streamline my signups / billing for done-for-you clients. I also think they need embeddable payment forms. Currently have to use stripe, but that bypasses their system so that won’t work for the long term. They need to get up to speed like waveapps, I’ve been checking their software out because of the limitations I’m running into.

    Vendor response

    Hi Ben, thank you for your great feedback! As you mentioned, we are excited to start testing the integration of Zapier in Sunrise. We take user feedback very seriously and we are always looking for way to improve our product. We've relayed you support concerns to our Customer Experience (CX) team and we will do everything in our power to do better by you. Additionally, we've taken your embeddable payment forms suggestion to our Product Manager lead. If there is any update whatsoever, you will be the first to know. Thank you again for your review.

    Overall Rating
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    • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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    Simple Invoicing

    Reviewed 3 years ago

    5/10. It works, it's simple, but it doesn't give me all the option and tools that I would like when it comes to integrating and designing invoices. They just don't match up with the design scheme of my company and because of that, we have switched services, although it should be said, it's been a lot higher of a learning curve with more the complex platforms we've switched to.

    Pros

    A basic, fairly easy to use platform for creating and managing invoices. It's utility is fine, it does allow my clients to pay us through their invoices. It's because of this, that I give it a mediocre rating. However, I think there is room for improvement.

    Cons

    This app lacks the design and integration capabilities of its competitors and they seem to have been experiencing some growing pains lately. The templates are basic and allow for minimal changes in font, some color, and logo changes; that is about it though. Our company uses sales decks to issue quotes for projects and it would be great if I could integrate billy invoices into that, however design compatibility aside, billy invoices can only be structured vertically, not horizontally, which is how our deck are orientated. We've also experienced some glitches in notifications and connections to stripe, which is the processor they use.

    Vendor response

    Hi Nate, Thanks for your honest review. You are right that we are simpler than some of our competitors (though not any less powerful!). This is how we keep our costs low and our prices low for new entrepreneurs. It also helps small businesses who don't have accountants keep their books organized on a budget. I am sorry that our invoice designs didn't work out for you. It sounds like you have a design focused business and I can understand the need to have even more control over how your invoices look. Our invoice templates are clean and elegant and very customizable for most small businesses with levers for font type, color and style as well as logo placement and even background colors. Thanks again for giving us a try and best of luck with your business! -The Billy Team

    Overall Rating
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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Great Feature Set for Small Business Owners Ready to Move Beyond Spreadsheets

    Reviewed 2 years ago

    It helped me get organized and serious about my business accounting, which helped my business grow. And it's a great free alternative to Quickbooks Online.

    Pros

    This is the tool I recommend for any business owner/startup for double-entry accounting. It's the tool I used to get serious about my business accounting (moving out of spreadsheets). Getting organized with a chart of accounts, an real Profit/Loss statement, invoice processing/tracking/payments, and more helped me focus and grow. I purchased it when it was known as Billy, but now it's free and improving.

    Cons

    There is a bit of a learning curve, but it's not too bad. Lendio is improving Sunrise since acquiring Billy, but there are still some areas that can be improved. There is no account dashboard, meaning you have to go into each account individually to see if there are transactions to be reconciled or to check balances (this should be visible on a single page). Also, there is no way to save report settings, so if I want to see my P/L report by months for the current year, I have to make multiple selections each and every time I run it.

    Vendor response

    Our customer feedback is essential to how we improve the product. Thank you for providing us with your detailed review. As you mentioned, we plan to keep improving and making the tool better for our users. We have some exciting new product launches coming in June. Thank you again for your valuable input.

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    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    It gets me paid without a hassle

    Reviewed 2 years ago

    Overall, this has been a remarkable software, and the support is outstanding.

    Pros

    I've used several invoicing platforms and so far, Sunrise is the easiest. It's organized well, with the expense reports and other things I don't need to see frequently pushed to the side. The main thing is to see an overview and then see my invoices. It delivers this flawlessly. The overview shows an immediate comparison of the current year with your last year, and shows a pie chart for which clients have paid the most. It's always encouraging to see this clear info.

    Cons

    I would like it to integrate with TurboTax more easily. I often consider using Quickbooks invoicing just for this purpose. I'd also like a receipt snapshot feature like Quickbooks Self-Employed has, where I can just take a picture of a receipt and immediately import it into my expenses.

    Sunrise FAQs and common questions

    Sunrise has the following pricing plans:
    Starting from: $149.00/month
    Pricing model: Free, Subscription
    Free Trial: Available


    Sunrise has the following typical customers:
    Freelancers, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


    Sunrise supports the following languages:
    English


    Sunrise supports the following devices:
    Android, iPhone


    Yes, Sunrise has an API available for use.


    Sunrise integrates with the following applications:
    Stripe


    Sunrise offers the following support options:
    Chat, Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base

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