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Canopy

4.5
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Practice management software for accounting firms

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Canopy is a cloud-based practice management solution for accounting professionals. Streamline your firm and create a connected client experience using our suite of features including workflow, document management, time and billing, payments, a robust CRM with a secure client portal.

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NetSuite

4.1
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The World’s Leading, Most Deployed Cloud ERP Solution

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NetSuite ERP includes complete online accounting with general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash workflow management, tax management & more.

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Sage Intacct

4.2
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Best-in-class Cloud ERP for Finance

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Sage Intacct’s core financials automate your most important processes, reduce your reliance on spreadsheets, and give you greater visibility into your business

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YayPay

4.5
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Smart AR for Smart Teams

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YayPay is a cloud-based accounts receivable management & automation solution which offers real-time analytics, automated workflows, CRM functionality, and more

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Centime

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Cash Flow Management Made Simple

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Centime is your all in one cash flow management tool for small and mid-sized businesses. Connect Centime to your General Ledger and product accurate cash flow forecasting with AR and AP management directly through the Centime dashboard.

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SAP S/4HANA

4.3
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A complete, intelligent ERP system for enterprises.

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SAP S/4HANA Cloud is a cloud-based intelligent ERP system specifically developed for companies in all industries offering them a broad and flexible functionality.

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ZarMoney

4.8
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Cloud-based accounting solution for businesses of all sizes

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ZarMoney is a cloud-based accounting solution designed to assist businesses of all sizes with the management of inventory and finances. Key features include team collaboration, quote generation, invoicing, transaction tracking, remote access, and approval workflows.

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Spruce

3.6
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Integrated ERP software for home and building suppliers.

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Spruce is a cloud-based business management and point of sale (POS) solution for home and building supply businesses. It offers end-to-end process management for sales, accounting, purchasing, rentals, manufacturing, delivery, and more from desktop and mobile devices.

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Zoho Books

4.4
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Online accounting software for growing businesses

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Zoho Books helps small businesses to manage all financial activity, from invoices and expenses, to sales and purchase orders, to taxes, reports, and bank feeds.

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RockSolid MAX

3.8
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Affordable and easy-to-use POS software helps retailers grow

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RockSolid MAX helps home and building suppliers manage inventories, purchasing, transactions, and other operations via a unified portal. The platform enables organizations to simultaneously create purchase and customer orders by automatically capturing product details from vendor catalogs.

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Striven

4.8
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Collaborative ERP for business process management

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Simplify your billing, purchasing, and collections while you run better, faster reports and get complete visibility into your financial operations.

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Briq

4.6
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Data analytics solution for construction businesses

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Briq is a corporate performance management platform built to make the lives of construction financial professionals easier and to make

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Neat

4.1
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Easy-to-use bookkeeping automation for small business

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Neat is your all-in-one small business accounting and bookkeeping software that replaces the guesswork of spreadsheets, handwritten records, and manual invoices. Try for free today!

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Fusebill

4.3
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Subscription management & recurring billing software.

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Simplify accounts receivables by automating recurring invoicing, payment collections, reconciliation, and revenue recognition. Fusebill includes seamless integration of invoiced and credit card customers, and online checkout pages without coding or responsibilities of PCI Level 1 compliance.

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Accounting Seed

4.3
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Reinvent the way you do accounting

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Accounting is our sweet spot! To learn more about our product, visit: https://www.accountingseed.com/the-product/

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Allvue

5.0
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Investment management software for private equity firms

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Allvue is an investment management software designed to help commercial banks, private equity firms, fund administrators and collateralized loan obligation (CLO) managers handle asset servicing, fund accounting, compliance, business intelligence, and portfolio monitoring, among other processes.

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Patriot Accounting

4.7
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Online accounting software made for American businesses

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Accounting Software for businesses in the United States. Keep track of all of your money easily with our patent pending cash to accrual toggle. Enter your journal entries in cash basis and Patriot will also report the accrual entry for your accountant. It is a win for you and your accountant.

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DELMIAworks

4.1
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Integrated manufacturing ERP solution

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DELMIAworks (previously IQMS) provides integrated manufacturing and supply chain software featuring project management, supply chain forecasting, costing, estimating and quoting, and more

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Odoo

4.1
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Full Suite of Integrated Business Apps

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Odoo Accounting helps you to manage your daily accounting easily and have a global view of the state of your business. Features include: bank synchronization, automatic invoices, recurring billing management, reconciliations, and more.

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BigTime

4.6
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Time, billing, expense, payment, and project mgmt software

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BigTime provides an easy-to-use system that unifies budgeting, project planning/execution, team communication, task management, resource management, invoicing and project financials. BigTime gives you the tools your team needs to deliver billable work on time and on budget.

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CosmoLex

4.7
(303)

Web Based Legal Practice Management & Accounting Software

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CosmoLex handles the unique, legal accounting requirements lawyers face daily. Anytime/anywhere web access makes it easy to keep your books compliant & current.

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Accurants

4.8
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Cloud based accounting solution for SMBs and freelancers

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Accurants is a cloud based accounting platform for SMBs and self-employed professionals that helps in accounting and project management activities

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Biller Genie

4.9
(23)

Automated. Integrated. Simplified.

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Biller Genie seamlessly connects to your accounting software and automatically sends invoices, reminders and past due notifications via email & paper mail. Your customers can pay invoices online via credit card, ACH or Apple Pay and payments are automatically closed in your accounting software.

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FPS GOLD Core Banking

4.4
(11)

Core processing software for community banks

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FPS GOLD Core Processing is a core banking solution designed for community banks with tools for CRM, deposit management, loan planning, accounting & more

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PROCAS Accounting for Government Contractors

4.8
(6)

Project accounting for government contractors

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PROCAS is a project accounting, web timekeeping & expense reporting solution for DCAA compliance & government contractors which supports accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, reconciliation, budgeting, GL, job costing, personnel records, & more

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Buyers Guide

Accounting Software

Managing a company’s accounts is a tough job. It involves tracking an abundance of financial data, such as revenue generated from sales, payments made to vendors, and employee expense claims. The job gets even tougher when the only tool used to record that data is an endless stream of spreadsheets. 

Cleaning and consolidating redundant and widely-scattered data are just two challenges among many that small businesses face while trying to analyze financial data. Manually generating invoices and tracking bank statements makes the whole accounting process more complex.  

Accounting software simplifies this process by providing a single view of all financial data and workflows across an organization. It also helps by automating processes such as expense tracking and bank reconciliation.

However, choosing the right fit for your small business could be daunting. From full-suite solutions to specialized ones, the market is densely populated. 

To help small businesses make informed choices when selecting accounting software, we’ve created this buyer's guide, which discusses the different functionalities of such solutions. The guide also explores different considerations that small businesses should keep in mind when evaluating accounting software.  

Here's what we’ll cover:

What is accounting software?

Accounting software is designed to help businesses manage their financial accounting, which involves bookkeeping, tracking payments, generating invoices, and financial reporting. These solutions serve as a central location where businesses can store and process financial data, track income and expenses, manage taxes, and assess their overall financial status. 

Types of accounting software

Accounting solutions can be broadly categorized based on the scope of accounting functions they support.

Here’s a closer look: 

  • Stand-alone tools: These are modules that cater to specific accounting needs and help small businesses avoid paying for unwanted functionalities. For instance, businesses that primarily want to automate the calculation and reporting of tax on their goods and services can opt for a specialized sales tax software app, instead of paying needlessly for several integrated modules. 

Key question to ask a vendor before you buy: Is your product available only as a full-suite solution or can I buy individual modules to address specific needs? 

Deployment options for accounting software

When it comes to deployment, accounting software can be categorized into cloud-based and on-premise solutions. 

Though both have their pros and cons, we’ve focused on cloud-based solutions as these are often more suitable for small businesses. They require less up-front investment; their implementation is faster, and updates are automatic; and they support remote use and are easy to scale. 

Let’s look at what you can expect with each deployment model:

  • Cloud-based: The vendor hosts the solution off-site on its own servers, so users don’t need to worry about software maintenance, data backup, upgrades, etc. A user can access the solution from any authorized computer with an internet connection by paying a monthly or annual subscription. 

Nowadays, many vendors also provide mobile apps, which allow users to access and operate accounting software from their mobile devices.  

  • On-premise: These solutions typically incur a one-time license fee instead of a recurring monthly or yearly payment. However, you’ll bear the expense of installing and managing infrastructure to host the solution, data backups, and upgrades. 

This option is suitable for small businesses that desire complete control over their data.  

Key questions to ask a vendor before you buy: What are the deployment options your solution is available in? Do you also have a mobile app?

What are some common features of accounting software?

Accounting software solutions come with various capabilities, from tracking basic general ledgers to employee payroll processing.

We have listed the most common accounting software features below:

General ledger: A record of a business's financial transactions, used to prepare financial statements. The general ledger typically includes account information for liabilities (accounts payable) and assets (accounts receivable), as well as equity, revenue and expenses.

Accounts payable and receivable: Accounts payable functionality tracks money owed by a company to its suppliers and other creditors. Meanwhile, accounts receivable functionality helps track the money owed to a company but not yet paid for goods or services rendered. It automates the creation and transmission of invoices as well as the collection of payments.

Bank reconciliation: Automatically capture details from bank transactions to compare your company's accounting records with your bank statement.

Bank reconciliation in Quickbooks

Bank reconciliation feature in QuickBooks Online

Financial reporting: Understand the status of your company's balance sheet; track budget and ledger entries with detailed reports, including charts and graphs.

Reporting in Xero

Reporting in Xero

Expense tracking: Track organizational expenses, such as employee travel expenses, and approve expense reports.

Expense tracking in Freshbooks

Expense tracking in FreshBooks

Billing and invoicing: Create invoices to send to customers and automatically process them based on predetermined rules (contract-based billing, subscription billing, etc.).

Invoice management in Tapal

Invoice management in Tipalti

Key question to ask a vendor before you buy: Do you offer the specific features I need?

Note: The applications selected in this article are examples to show a feature in context, and are not intended as endorsements or recommendations, obtained from sources believed to be reliable at the time of publication. 

What are some important accounting software integrations?

Accounting software can integrate with other solutions, which can help small businesses simplify their financial processes, increasing the value of the software.

Here are three important integrations to look for in accounting software:  

  • Digital payment wallets: Integration with digital payment wallets, such as PayPal, allows businesses to receive or make payments from within the accounting solution.

  • Email software: Integrating email software with accounting solution provides users with automated email notifications of new transactions.

  • Point of sale (POS) solutions: Integration with these end-point retail software and hardware tools allows businesses to seamlessly transfer data, including inventory details and payment transactions, from the POS to the accounting solution.

Key question to ask a vendor before you buy: What integrations does your solution offer and how will they benefit me?  

Technological advancements such as cloud computing have changed accounting software significantly in the last few years. Newer technologies such as blockchain further continue to drive the software’s evolution. 

While there are many technological disruptions that will change how organizations practice accounting in the future, we have identified one that small businesses can leverage immediately. 

Robotic process automation (RPA) technology saves time in transferring data: Businesses are saving a lot of time by leveraging RPA to automate repetitive work in managing financial accounting. 

Here are two ways small businesses can use RPA: 

  • Bookkeeping: Improve the speed and accuracy of transferring transactional data from sources (spreadsheets, emails, invoices, etc.) to the database built within accounting solutions.

  • Automated tax filing with tax bots:  Available as API integrations, tax bots are useful add-ons to an accounting solution. Finance teams can run these bots to automatically extract data from balance sheets or invoices and transfer the details to a tax management solution. 


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*Note: The applications selected in this article are examples to show a feature in context, and are not intended as endorsements or recommendations, obtained from sources believed to be reliable at the time of publication.