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Overview

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Financial Cents is an accounting practice management software designed to help bookkeeping and accounting firms automate...

Athena Workflow is a cloud-based accounting practice management software that helps companies automate, customize & simplify...

  • 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

Video & Screenshots

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Pricing

Starting from

23

/user

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

21

/user

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.7

81

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21

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

Pros

I love seeing where I'm at and understanding which clients are taking up most of my time. I feel confident that Financial Cents was the best choice for me.
Client auto reminder is excellent and saved my time in chasing the clients to complete tasks , communication with client is made easy. The price is competitive and support is great.
Resolved with the notifications and better abilities to filter down on dashboard views.

Pros

Not enoughreviews yet

Cons

Thus confusing the client before we even get to work on them.
So much wasted time is now a thing of the past.
The fact we have to pay per user. It could get expensive if I hire too many employees.

Cons

Not enoughreviews yet

  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last reviewa month ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last reviewa year ago

Key features

  • Total features43
  • API
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Audit Trail
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Email Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • For Accountants
  • For CPA Firms
  • For Small Businesses
  • For Tax Practices
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Projections
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Staff Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Timer
  • Web-based Deployment
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features37
  • API
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Audit Trail
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Email Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • For Accountants
  • For CPA Firms
  • For Small Businesses
  • For Tax Practices
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Projections
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Staff Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Timer
  • Web-based Deployment
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations1
  • Authorize.Net
  • Dropbox Business
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Maps
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • Shopify
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations1
  • Authorize.Net
  • Dropbox Business
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Maps
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • Shopify
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Xero
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

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Tiffany K.

Accounting, self-employed

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  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Financial Cents

All I need for my small operation

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

I like the workflow and time tracking the most.

Cons

I didn’t like that it assumes I want hourly billing.

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Benjamin S.

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Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Financial Cents

Pleasantly Suprised

Reviewed 8 months ago

I was using CCH Access, and I was hesitant to start using FC. I was pleasantly surprised, it is so much easier to use, and my team is very happy that we made the switch.

Pros

The Workflow feature. I'm able to view the projects easily, and sort it.

Cons

The Time Tracking is not that robust. It a small icon on the top, and I keep on forgetting to turn it off when I finish a project.

MA
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Melissa A.

Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Financial Cents

What I have been searching for!

Reviewed 4 years ago

Workflow efficiency, massively reduced time spent going over project/task status, no more team meetings (!) that waste time, quick KPI review for added client value, and daily use for focus on what's due/coming due.

Pros

The ease of use, automation (recurring projects), workflow assignments, notes within projects, percent completion bar for quick assessment on project/task status, workflow paired with a KPI functionality that automatically pulls from QBO, notes inside CRM and much more.

Cons

Limited KPI printable reports BUT I know this is coming in the future.

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David L.

Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Financial Cents

So Far So Good

Reviewed 2 years ago

It has been an overall positive experience thus far.

Pros

My company had been looking for new workflow software and while looking into different options, I came across Financial Cents. After some research and demos, we gave it a try. We are satisfied with the software thus far. I like Financial Cents because they care about clients on an individual level and are open to adding new features upon client’s request. When we began using the software, we appreciated the helpful tutorial videos and we value the ability to chat with [SENSITIVE CONTENT HIDDEN] and ask questions that come up as well as request feature additions.

Cons

It is a challenge for us that the Task View in the workflow has tasks that are not ready to be completed.

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Dr Joy B.

Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Financial Cents

Great product for the money

Reviewed 3 months ago

It's been a great experience and a relief to get some help in my day-to-day workflow.

Pros

Ease of use, easy to read screens, quick learning curve with tons of videos to help you along the way

Cons

Scaling a medium to larger organization will be a big ticket price.

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Stephanie H.

Accounting, self-employed

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Financial Cents

Overall great software!!

Reviewed 2 years ago

I need a workflow solution with document storage and a way to interact with my clients at an affordable price and Financial Cents is able to provide that to me.

Pros

The software is easy to use. It has all of the functions I need for my industry. Customer service is great. The price is great.

Cons

I haven't come across anything that I don't like so far.

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Kay G.

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Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Love Financial Cents!

Reviewed 2 years ago

FC was easy to implement, has videos but better yet, customer service was available and more than willing to help or answer any questions. FC has really allowed by company to opportunity to grow!

Pros

Great CRM! Easy to setup workflow, videos to help with implementation, recurring tasks with estimated hours so we can compare actual time spent, time tracking. Support is awesome - quick to respond.

Cons

Really haven't found anything that I dislike at this point.

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Allison M.

Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Financial Cents

Streamlined

Reviewed 2 years ago

My experience has been overall extremely positive. I recently added my first staff member and we need a way to track projects and make sure nothing fell between the cracks. We started with the free trial and were instantly hooked. It has added a lot of value to the business and some peace of mind!

Pros

I like that it notifies users when you have a task ready for you. That you can create dependencies on other task and how intuitive the software is. There was no need to watch any tutorials to learn how to use it.

Cons

Some wishlists items we have: more client fields (date of birth, etc) that we could use to track our clients better. It would be nice if we were also able to use the software as a CRM tool and not just a workflow tool.

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Amy M.

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Accounting, self-employed

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Financial Cents

Excellent Support

Reviewed 4 years ago

I did a demo call with Support and they were SO friendly! At one point, my baby started crying in the background and they allowed me to pause the call so I could console her. They were so great about it and sincerely understanding of the situation. Excellent customer service!

Pros

The software is so easy to use. There are instructional videos on many of the pages to guide you as you go. Even without the videos, it's pretty easy to navigate and figure out. The layout is simple yet the workflow fields can be as detailed as you would like!

Cons

So far, I haven't ran into anything that I dislike about the software. It's been excellent to work with.

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Addison S.

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Financial Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Financial Cents

User friendly, reasonably priced, and a wealth of features

Reviewed 3 years ago

Our workflow was disorganized at best, being a small firm with an increasingly large book of business. Financial Cents helped streamline our projects and hold our staff accountable to their responsibilities. The communication with the creator of the software was absolutely phenomenal - he fixed any issues almost immediately, and implemented personal suggestions, as well as being available when we needed him for any questions.

Pros

Financial Cents has one of the easiest UIs I've ever encountered. It's quick to learn, reasonably priced, and new features are constantly being released with an immense tap into the pulse of what its users require.

Cons

Software integration was the biggest hiccup with our firm. Though it does integrate with Quickbooks Online and Xero, there is no easy Quickbooks Desktop integration. I understand that this is increasingly becoming less and less industry standard, but it would have made implementation a little easier.

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Jessica F.

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Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Financial Cents

A valuable tool so nothing will fall through the cracks

Reviewed a year ago

There are clear and helpful instructions to get started, customer service is very responsive and while there are some things that I don't like, I see how they are actually improving the app and expect it to get better.

Pros

It didn't take me long to get started using it once my templates were configured. It's very easy to customize each project for my needs and set it to recur automatically. It has become a valuable tool since the first day I used it with a client project. The workflow view is very helpful and the capacity management feature is useful although not perfect.

Cons

Setting up my templates took a long as the only import option is from a proprietary file format for users to share templates so my assistant had to spend days copying and pasting all of my customized templates into the system. The QBO import is very convenient but it imported projects as separate clients which required some cleaning up, I wish I could select which clients to import. The client portal sounds great in theory but I can't use it as I am used to a completely white-labeled experienced and this portal is ugly, not customizable and I have found no way to customize the text of the emails that are sent to clients. I can't use this until they allow me to customize the text and branding.

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Michael C.

Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Financial Cents

Ease of use and features make this software a winner.

Reviewed 3 years ago

So far I am pleased with the software and it is doing what I need it to do. I know I need to do some additional tweaking but little by little.

Pros

I came about this software looking for a solution for my workflow that would be simple to use and setup and would not cost an arm an a leg. I was up and running in under an hour. The software comes with videos explaining the features and as I said it was easy to setup and having templates ready to go made it easy for me to setup some of my own templates.

Cons

I am to new to say what I like least about the software but it seems like every week they are adding new features which in my mind is good.

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Amanda B.

Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Financial Cents

Game Changer for our bookkeeping firm!

Reviewed 2 years ago

It has been a great experience. From our introductory call to the Facebook group we have been able to implement this new app fairly seamlessly.

Pros

The ability to change the workflow views for each team member so that they can see their own work in a way that suits their style. As management we love the capacity report to see who has time for the new clients we sign on. The client dashboard allows everyone to be able to see at a glance all the important information pertaining to that client. The relationships tab allows us to jump easily between all related businesses and that saves us a ton of search time.

Cons

We would like more reports to be available, ie to gather the information that is sitting on the client dashboard (from their about section or the activity section). We would like the ability to use the client chat feature outside of a project - so that they can communicate with us between projects.

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Anonymous Reviewer

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Accounting, self-employed

Used daily for less than 6 months

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Fantastic workflow automation for bookkeepers

Reviewed 2 years ago

I spend nearly a month testing a lot of apps for my business. Based on the free trial and my experience with this and other solutions, I'm glad I settled on Financial Cents. My experience with it is that its easier to use "out of the box" than some of the others and didn't require special training or extra help to get started. The interface is very clean and easy to work with, which I didn't find with...

Pros

Having good support was important to me when searching for a workflow solution for my bookkeeping business. There are short, relevant, easy to find tutorials right inside the product. Support is highly responsive and easy to work with. There's live chat and a FB group -- and while the product has been easy to implement and use, I can still find answers to my questions quickly and easily. I can definitely see how this product will improve the way I'm using my time by eliminating unnecessary redundancy day-to-day.

Cons

I wish that the tutorial videos would open in a separate window so I can watch the video on a separate screen while testing it out in my app.

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Dunia R.

Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Athena Workflow

Athena workflow review

Reviewed a year ago

Athena has saved us hours of work not only in the electronic document management section of the software but it ha also helped us get more organized as we now just go to one place to find all clients information, bank statements, reconciliations, financial statements, and from there se can share, print, email the documents to the client portal and the client gets notified. saving us time on tel call etc.

Pros

After trying many different practice management software Athena workflow is one of the most complete accounting practice management software in the industry right now it even include and electronic document management module that connect DocuSign to give the accountant the ability to have document sign electronically , it also includes a client portal where the client can save there own personal documents and the client gets email as a notification when the accountant send him or her documents for review.

Cons

the truth is that this software should sell for a lot more as it includes a lot more features than other softwires of the same magnitude and they are not nickel and diming you.