Zoho Books is a solid, cloud based accounting platform that includes numerous tools, templates and features for all aspects of running a business, from creating clients and sending invoices, through to accepting payments and tracking expenses.
Zoho Books has been designed specifically with freelancers and SMB’s in mind. It is a great choice for those who need an affordable, customizable solution for their accounting needs without compromising on features and capabilities.
Automated invoice creation with easy-to-use custom branded templates is a great feature of Zoho Books. Variables such as tax and percentage discounts can be applied to the invoice, as well as custom data. With the use of Price Lists, you can input up to date information regarding current pricing for both internal and external users. As soon as invoices have been finalised, they can be emailed or printed for postage.
Zoho Books app integration with 3rd party payment gateways such as Stripe, PayPal, PayPal Payflow Pro, Braintree, Authorize.net, and 2Checkout are all superb and work seamlessly, as do Zoho’s native apps such as Zoho CRM, Zoho Sheet, and Zoho Projects.
The inventory module of Zoho Books includes invoices, price books, products, quotes, sales orders, vendors, and purchase orders. The ability to input and track purchase orders and sales orders is as simple as populating fields with data. The related accounts will then be updated accordingly.
Zoho Books uses a subscription pricing model, with a free 14 day trial available (no credit card required). The service is available in 3 plans: Basic, Standard and Professional. The Basic plan is charged at $9 per organization, per month and for this you get features such as Invoices, Expenses, Time Tracking, Banking, 50 Contacts, 1 User and 1 Account, Multi-Currency and 5 Workflow Rules. Next up is the Standard plan, which is charged at $19 per organization, per month. For this you get the Basic Plan plus Bills, Vendor Credits, Recurring transactions, 500 Contacts, 2 Users and 1 Account, Custom Roles and 10 Rules per module. The Professional plan is charged at $29 per organization, per month. This comes equipped with all the features of the Standard plan, plus Purchase Orders, Sales Orders, Inventory, Unlimited Contacts, and Unlimited Users. With this plan you also have access to Zoho Inventory Basic Edition free.
Zoho Books is best suited to Freelancers and SMB’s. It does have some really neat features, such as the ability to create and send trackable invoices. You can also track the status of bills, create estimates for new work, and track expenses and attach receipts. Overall, Zoho Books is a solid platform to work from. It has some useful tools, good task automation and you can gain increased functionality with several integrated apps.