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Overview

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

Handshake is a sales order management application for businesses in the wholesale industry. It enables users to manage orders,...

  • 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
$

13.50

/mo.month
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from
$

39.95

/mo.month
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.3

5

4

3

2

1

1,135

528

177

54

73

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

5

4

3

2

1

81

36

5

5

2

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
94%
would recommend this app

Pros

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.
I love the app and gives me accounting on the go. Helps me track invoices and profits with ease.
Really easy to submit expenses, categorise them and check the progress of you submitted expense - super easy to do all from the app.

Pros

Handshake is great because it is easy to use and it is a free resource. I work for a staffing agency so when we need someone in more of an entry level role, this is a great place to find someone.
Its a super easy B2B platform, good for small businesses. Also has a great customer service.
Handshake was perfect for what we were doing and very affordable. It is refreshing to have a system like this available to small businesses.

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

Cons

It's impossible to entirely keep out spam, but I was very surprised to find so much spam on Handshake.
Some application requirements make it difficult to apply simply because the software doesn't allow for empty fields with requirements. Make sure you fill out your profile entirely to avoid this.
Too many questions without adequate explanations. I was confused as to if I needed to fill a box out or if my answer was the correct on to post the job.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review15 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last reviewa month ago

Key features

  • Total features169
  • "What If" Scenarios
  • 401(k) Tracking
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Asset Accounting
  • Asset Tracking
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Automated Quoting
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Billing
  • Backorder Management
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Barcode Printing
  • Barcode Recognition
  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Benefits Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Case Management
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Charting
  • Check Printing
  • Check Processing
  • Check Writing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collections Management
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Consolidation/Roll-Up
  • Construction Breakdowns
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Contingency Billing
  • Contract Pricing
  • Contract/License Management
  • Cost Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Currency Conversion
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Activity Tracking
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Experience Management
  • Customer History
  • Customer Management
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Categories
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Depreciation Management
  • Direct Deposit
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Dunning Management
  • Duplicate Payment Alert
  • ERP
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Electronic Submission
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Expense Claims
  • Expense Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Fee Calculation & Posting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For B2B
  • For CPA Firms
  • For Government
  • Forecasting
  • Fraud Detection
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • Hourly Billing
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Job Costing
  • Kitting
  • List Management
  • Match & Merge
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Payments
  • Mobile Signature Capture
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Distribution
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-State
  • Nonprofits
  • Offline Access
  • Online Catalog
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Overpayment Processing
  • Overrun Reporting
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Options
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Performance Metrics
  • Personalization
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Product Catalog
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Data Management
  • Product Identification
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Billing
  • Project Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • QuickBooks Integration
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Order Entry
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reimbursement Management
  • Remote Order Entry
  • Reorder Management
  • Reordering
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Requisition Management
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Returns Management
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • Sales Automation
  • Sales Orders
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Sourcing Management
  • Special Order Management
  • Spend Management
  • Staff Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Stock Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Compliance
  • Tax Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Transaction History
  • User Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Vendor Management
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Warehouse Management
  • eCommerce Management
  • Total features78
  • "What If" Scenarios
  • 401(k) Tracking
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Asset Accounting
  • Asset Tracking
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Automated Quoting
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Billing
  • Backorder Management
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Barcode Printing
  • Barcode Recognition
  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Benefits Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Case Management
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Charting
  • Check Printing
  • Check Processing
  • Check Writing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collections Management
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Consolidation/Roll-Up
  • Construction Breakdowns
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Contingency Billing
  • Contract Pricing
  • Contract/License Management
  • Cost Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Currency Conversion
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Activity Tracking
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Experience Management
  • Customer History
  • Customer Management
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Categories
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Depreciation Management
  • Direct Deposit
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Dunning Management
  • Duplicate Payment Alert
  • ERP
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Electronic Submission
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Expense Claims
  • Expense Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Fee Calculation & Posting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Fixed Asset Management
  • For B2B
  • For CPA Firms
  • For Government
  • Forecasting
  • Fraud Detection
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • Hourly Billing
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Job Costing
  • Kitting
  • List Management
  • Match & Merge
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Payments
  • Mobile Signature Capture
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Distribution
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-State
  • Nonprofits
  • Offline Access
  • Online Catalog
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Overpayment Processing
  • Overrun Reporting
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Options
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Performance Metrics
  • Personalization
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Product Catalog
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Data Management
  • Product Identification
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Billing
  • Project Management
  • Promotions Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • QuickBooks Integration
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Order Entry
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reimbursement Management
  • Remote Order Entry
  • Reorder Management
  • Reordering
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Requisition Management
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Returns Management
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • Sales Automation
  • Sales Orders
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Sourcing Management
  • Special Order Management
  • Spend Management
  • Staff Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Stock Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Compliance
  • Tax Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Transaction History
  • User Management
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Vendor Management
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Warehouse Management
  • eCommerce Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations947
  • Authorize.net
  • Dynamics 365
  • FreshBooks
  • Magento Commerce
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Microsoft Excel
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Workato
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations36
  • Authorize.net
  • Dynamics 365
  • FreshBooks
  • Magento Commerce
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Microsoft Excel
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce