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Overview

Category Leaders

Xero is a cloud-based small business accounting software with tools for managing invoicing, bank reconciliation, inventory,...

Category Leaders

Authorize.Net is an online payment gateway enabling online merchants to accept credit card and electronic check payments quickly and affordably

  • 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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Pricing

Starting from

$

5.50

/momonth
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

$

25

/momonth
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.3

5

4

3

2

1

1,168

544

182

57

74

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
92%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

71

38

8

3

5

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
90%
would recommend this app

Pros

I love the app and gives me accounting on the go. Helps me track invoices and profits with ease.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

The ease of use and reputation are by far the greatest part of this product. In addition to this, the range of potential integrations is fantastic.

RC

Ryan C.

Really easy to submit expenses, categorise them and check the progress of you submitted expense - super easy to do all from the app.

HS

Holly S.

Pros

One of its best features is how well it integrates with other systems. It's been an industry standard for years and is a safe bet when your payment processor needs to play nice with other programs.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Authorize.net is very user friendly and easy to use. The search functionality is superb, and allows use to locate transactions with ease.

RB

Rebecca B.

It's quick, amazingly reliable, and super easy to use. I appreciate the time value of this software and love how quickly I can collect card information.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Cons

There are no delivery notes/packing slips. They tout a "workaround" but be warned, it's exactly 10 extra clicks so it's really not an option if you need this feature.

FM

Fergus M.

Our main complaint is that Xero stopped doing payroll in 2018, so now you have to pay an additional fee to a payroll processor such as Gusto.

Craig F.

Changing accounting software from Xero is a horrible experience. They make it very difficult to pivot to other software.

CB

Chaz B.

Cons

My clients couldn't even ask for a refund. All they could do was dispute the charges that were on hold and if they did that it would hurt my account and my credit.

Jay M.

And I'm not only referencing the issue I had with the transaction limit (where I was obviously frustrated), I have had several communications and about half were less than friendly/helpful.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

I would never use Authorize.net again. Any client that I have that uses Authorize.net, I refuse to work with.

JM

Jordan M.

  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review10 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review2 months ago

Key features

  • Total features162
  • "What If" Scenarios
  • 401(k) Tracking
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Asset Accounting
  • Asset Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Automated Quoting
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Benefits Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • Calendar Management
  • Case Management
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Charting
  • Check Printing
  • Check Processing
  • Check Writing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collections Management
  • Commission Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Consolidation/Roll-Up
  • Construction Breakdowns
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Contingency Billing
  • Contract/License Management
  • Core Accounting
  • Cost Tracking
  • Credit Card Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Currency Conversion
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Debit/Credit Card Processing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Dunning Management
  • Duplicate Payment Alert
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • Email Templates
  • Expense Claims
  • Expense Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Fee Calculation & Posting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For CPA Firms
  • For Government
  • Forecasting
  • Fraud Detection
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Gift Card Management
  • Hourly Billing
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Job Costing
  • Kitting
  • Loyalty Program
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile App
  • Mobile Payments
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-State
  • Multiple Payment Options
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Ordering Automation
  • Overpayment Processing
  • Overrun Reporting
  • PCI Compliance
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Product Identification
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Billing
  • Project Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reimbursement Management
  • Reorder Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Requisition Management
  • Restaurant POS
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Retail POS
  • Returns Management
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Sourcing Management
  • Spend Management
  • Staff Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Stock Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Compliance
  • Tax Management
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Transaction History
  • Transaction Monitoring
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Vendor Management
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Warehouse Management
  • eCommerce Management
  • Total features35
  • "What If" Scenarios
  • 401(k) Tracking
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Asset Accounting
  • Asset Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Automated Quoting
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Benefits Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • Calendar Management
  • Case Management
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Charting
  • Check Printing
  • Check Processing
  • Check Writing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collections Management
  • Commission Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Consolidation/Roll-Up
  • Construction Breakdowns
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Contingency Billing
  • Contract/License Management
  • Core Accounting
  • Cost Tracking
  • Credit Card Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Currency Conversion
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Debit/Credit Card Processing
  • Direct Deposit
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Dunning Management
  • Duplicate Payment Alert
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • Email Templates
  • Expense Claims
  • Expense Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Fee Calculation & Posting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For CPA Firms
  • For Government
  • Forecasting
  • Fraud Detection
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Gift Card Management
  • Hourly Billing
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Job Costing
  • Kitting
  • Loyalty Program
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile App
  • Mobile Payments
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-State
  • Multiple Payment Options
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Ordering Automation
  • Overpayment Processing
  • Overrun Reporting
  • PCI Compliance
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Product Identification
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Billing
  • Project Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reimbursement Management
  • Reorder Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Requisition Management
  • Restaurant POS
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Retail POS
  • Returns Management
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Sourcing Management
  • Spend Management
  • Staff Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Stock Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Compliance
  • Tax Management
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Transaction History
  • Transaction Monitoring
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Vendor Management
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Warehouse Management
  • eCommerce Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations1083
  • Authorize.net
  • Dynamics 365
  • FreshBooks
  • Magento Commerce
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Microsoft Excel
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations450
  • Authorize.net
  • Dynamics 365
  • FreshBooks
  • Magento Commerce
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Microsoft Excel
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier