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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,...

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We offer 2 payroll options for small business owners in the USA to choose from: Basic Payroll and Full Service Payroll. Basic...

  • 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

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from
$

10

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

User reviews

4.3

5

4

3

2

1

1,142

532

179

55

73

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

5

4

3

2

1

2,283

335

42

10

15

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
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

I am very pleased and happy because the excellent support which comes with the program.
I love how easy the site is to use & how helpful customer support is. Those 2 things are very important to us.
At the time my client liked the affordability of the software. Costs for self service payroll is very affordable which is great for small business.

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

All our employees are not eligible for the same time off accrual, and the inability to change individual time-off/holiday settings was initially quite frustrating.
The set up was awful and Patriot left me on an island and did not finalize anything and failed to file any state reports.
I lost my payroll person when covid hit. I was stressed about this because finding anyone to take on more business when lockdown happened wasn't going to happen.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review4 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review4 days ago

Key features

  • Total features169
  • "What If" Scenarios
  • 401(k) Tracking
  • @mentions
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Asset Accounting
  • Asset Tracking
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Automated Quoting
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Benefits Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • Bonus Management
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • Calendar Management
  • Case Management
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Charting
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Check Printing
  • Check Processing
  • Check Writing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collections Management
  • Commission Calculations
  • Commission Management
  • Compensation Management
  • Compensation Statements
  • Compliance Management
  • Consolidation/Roll-Up
  • Construction Breakdowns
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Contingency Billing
  • Contract/License Management
  • Contractor Management
  • Cost Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Currency Conversion
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Deduction Management
  • Depreciation Management
  • Digital Signature
  • Direct Deposit
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Dunning Management
  • Duplicate Payment Alert
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • 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
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • HR Management
  • Hourly Billing
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Job Costing
  • Kitting
  • Leave Tracking
  • Match & Merge
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Payments
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-State
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Overpayment Processing
  • Overrun Reporting
  • Overtime Calculation
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Performance Metrics
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Identification
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Billing
  • Project Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • QuickBooks Integration
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reimbursement Management
  • Reorder Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Requisition Management
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Revenue Recognition
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • 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
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Vendor Management
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Warehouse Management
  • Total features35
  • "What If" Scenarios
  • 401(k) Tracking
  • @mentions
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Asset Accounting
  • Asset Tracking
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Automated Quoting
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Benefits Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • Bonus Management
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • CPA Firms
  • Calendar Management
  • Case Management
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Charting
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Check Printing
  • Check Processing
  • Check Writing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collections Management
  • Commission Calculations
  • Commission Management
  • Compensation Management
  • Compensation Statements
  • Compliance Management
  • Consolidation/Roll-Up
  • Construction Breakdowns
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Contingency Billing
  • Contract/License Management
  • Contractor Management
  • Cost Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Currency Conversion
  • Customer Database
  • Customer History
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Deduction Management
  • Depreciation Management
  • Digital Signature
  • Direct Deposit
  • Discount Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Dunning Management
  • Duplicate Payment Alert
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Email Templates
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Self Service
  • Employee Time Tracking
  • 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
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • HR Management
  • Hourly Billing
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Job Costing
  • Kitting
  • Leave Tracking
  • Match & Merge
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Payments
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-State
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Overpayment Processing
  • Overrun Reporting
  • Overtime Calculation
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Payroll Reporting
  • Performance Metrics
  • Price / Margin Management
  • Pricing Management
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Identification
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Billing
  • Project Management
  • Purchase Order Management
  • QuickBooks Integration
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reimbursement Management
  • Reorder Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Requisition Management
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Revenue Recognition
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Reports
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Sick Leave Tracking
  • 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
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking
  • Vendor Management
  • W-2 Preparation
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Warehouse Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations987
  • Authorize.net
  • Dropbox Business
  • 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
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations3
  • Authorize.net
  • Dropbox Business
  • 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
  • Xero
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Patriot Payroll

Great price and features make this an easy choice for small companies

Reviewed 23 days ago

Patriot was easy to setup and is easy to use. I use it only once/month so I like that I can jump on, get the job done, and get off.

Pros

We only have one employee, but Patriot makes it easy to manage payroll at a reasonable price. As a small company owner, I have enough to worry about without adding the details of payroll and the various payments and filings and the state and federal level. With Patriot, I don't worry about a thing!

Cons

I wish it integrated with Xero accounting software.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Patriot Payroll

Great Product For Accountant Users & Business Owners

Reviewed 7 months ago

Overall a great experience and will continue to use in the future. It gets the job done and it definitely feels like the company continues to grow and expand the product, always in positive directions.

Pros

Pleasant to look at and navigate the UI; has an intuitive design that usually allows one to figure things out quickly; the reports are top notch; and integrates with QBO & XERO. Also, the Advisor program for accountants is intriguing and definitely a plus, though I haven't capitalized on that quite yet.

Cons

At times, certain functions and the design seem basic and possibly below par than the competition in terms of features and additional (though not essential) tools or options. But I'm ok with this since the product does everything I need it to do.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Patriot Payroll

Amazing Value!

Reviewed 5 years ago

Patriot Software reached out to me as a professional bookkeeper and I am glad I responded to them - the service has been great and flexible so far. They scheduled a time for me to review a demo and explained the benefits of the partner program for my clients (and me). A real win-win-win!

Pros

I do all of my work in the cloud and am impressed with the functionality and value of Patriot Software's offerings. It allows me to continue working in the cloud without paying the insane payroll costs of Xero/Intuit (per company). I simply bundle the cost of Patriot in my services pricing and get to work for my clients. The payroll service also has an employee portal that is not included in most other cloud-based payroll software (for the same price).

Cons

Always consider the needs of your company or your clients' company before deciding on software. This software does not have automatic integration with the QBO/Xero, so it adds a step that could leave room for errors, but the lower cost for great service is so far well worth it the one extra step.

Vendor response

Thanks for taking the time to review us, Jake. I just wanted to clarify for you, the cost of our software is NOT a per payroll basis, but is charged MONTHLY regardless of the number of times you run payroll for the employees. Also, we do offer CSV exports and IFF exports (for QB). We hope this helps to clear some things up... (...and you are smiling at the outstanding value we provide). Please contact us if we can answer any questions. :)