10 Pieces of Accounting Software Perfect for a Rapidly Growing Small Business

accounting chartWhich accounting software is the most flexible for a small digital business that is poised to grow fast, and why?

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1. Freshbooks

Jonathan LongFor a small digital business, Freshbooks is hard to beat. It’s simple to use, keeps all of your invoices and expenses in one place, and can easily scale as your business grows. It integrates with almost all payment processors and in the event that you outgrow its accounting software, you can easily export your data.

– Jonathan LongMarket Domination Media

2. Bench.co

Chris BrissonWe use Bench for our business and love it! We had a sit-in CFO who cost us a fortune, but Bench makes it super simple to manage our books, P&Ls, income statements and more. And best of all — it’s affordable and scales as your business scales.

– Chris BrissonCall Loop

3. QuickBooks

Marjorie AdamsWith QuickBooks, Intuit gives you full API access through their free developers kit. They have a developer community that is social and holds amazing events like the Hackathon to entice applications to build the bridge between their products and QuickBooks.

– Marjorie AdamsFourlane

4. NetSuite

Adam McDanielWe made the switch from QuickBooks Online to NetSuite (Cloud Based Edition) last summer. NetSuite has better reporting and visibility across all of our revenue streams, which makes life easy. I would recommend NetSuite for companies with high transaction counts that are in need of scalable optimization for their financials.

– Adam McDanielLogi Trans Express

5. Zoho Books

jared-brownZoho is great for small digital businesses because the price includes all of the features you need, and is cheaper than Freshbooks, Xero or Quickbooks. The advanced features come in handy as you actually do grow, but in the meantime there’s really no beating it for the combination of functionality and price. You can always change software later, but while you’re only preparing to grow, keep costs low.

– Jared BrownHubstaff

6. Wave

Miles JenningsThe fact that Wave Accounting is free to use is just one reason why this software is a great option for small, growing businesses. It is cloud-based, easy to use and has many time-saving features. Your team can set up automatic billing and invoicing, and the platform can be accessed from multiple kinds of devices. Wave is great for a company looking toward the future.

– Miles JenningsRecruiter.com

7. H&R Block Small Business

Travis HoltNot only is the H&R Block software cool and easy to use, the team is second to none. Each company gets dedicated access to a CFO, CPA and bookkeeper and a really cool desktop scanner with one button, so you can’t mess it up. When you scan documents, they’re automatically named, filed and shared with your team. You’d think this would be expensive, but it’s in line with other products on the market.

– Travis HoltBrush Creek Partners

8. Intacct

Dusty-Wunderlich-Bristlecone-HoldingsIntacct offers terrific flexibility via its APIs to integrate as much or as little as you desire. It’s cloud based, so you can easily access it from anywhere. It provides many out-of-the-box reports and allows you to customize reports for specific metrics. It’s completely scalable and backed by well-known data centers, so it can digest any data you throw at it without affecting performance.

– Dusty WunderlichBristlecone Holdings

9. Sage

Pratham MittalWhile Sage might be a bit more expensive than QuickBooks and others, it might be better for certain use cases, as it integrates seamlessly with Sage’s CRM. It allows for CRM automation to be extended to invoicing and accounting as well. Hence, if you’re already using Sage CRM (or a similar CRM), using Sage’s accounting software can help improve automation and increase efficiency.

– Pratham MittalVenturePact

10. Wave, Xero or Bench

Christie KernerFor very early stage businesses, I highly recommend Wave. It’s one if the few that does accrual-based accounting and is still free. They also make it super affordable to do low volume payroll. Xero is great if you need something more powerful (tracking inventory, etc) and Bench.co is a nice way to have options to outsource some of the work to an expert, in case you aren’t the numbers type.

– Christie KernerLaunch MiE

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  • http://acuitycomplete.com/ Kenji Kuramoto

    I’d also recommend Bill.com. Awesome payment technology that integrates with tons of accounting systems, has a great built-in approval process, and allows for both paper and electronic checks. No-brainer if your small biz has to cut a lot of checks for vendors or contractors.

  • https://bench.co/ Cameron McCool

    Great to see Bench.co mentioned a couple of times. Thanks for the shout outs, Chris and Christie!

  • Reshma Roy

    Hello!

    Thanks for the shout out Jared!

    It’s great to see Zoho Books in the list of software for rapidly growing businesses. Of late, we’ve been adding a lot of functionalities that will help growing businesses. For instance, workflow automation ( our latest addition) helps business owners to automate their processes by creating custom workflows.
    (https://www.zoho.com/books/help/settings/automation.html)

    Once again, thank you and thanks to the team at Young Entrepreneur Council for putting together this article.

    Regards,
    Reshma
    Zoho Books Team

  • danhulton

    I actually recently launched a service that would fit in right among all these – we’re aimed at being the easiest way for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and contractors to save their receipts. It’s called Receiptron and you can check us out at https://receiptron.com/.

    There’s no app to install, you just take a picture with your phone camera and email it to our specially-trained receipt-saving robots. They’ll organize and save your receipts for you for later. Even email receipts can be forwarded on so they all end up in the same place.

    There’s a free trial with no credit card required, and I’d love to hear any feedback you have!

  • http://moneypenny.me/ MoneyPenny

    good list of tools. Think our MoneyPenny Accounting Software is also a perfect fit to this list. It is designed for small companies, is easy to use and have a lot of useful features like invoicing, expenses tracking, projects, live team time tracking.