ZipBooks Feature Comparison

If you’re looking for the best solution to make accounting simple and delightful — all while helping your business grow — you’ve come to the right place.

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ZipBooks is a modern, feature-rich software that gives you all the classic accounting features you need plus automated customer engagement features to help you grow your business. See how we compare to Quickbooks and Freshbooks most popular plans.

ZipBooks Sophisticated
Quickbooks Online Plus
Freshbooks Premium
Monthly price
Track income and expenses
Create professional invoices
Unlimited vendors & customers
up to 500
Accept online payments
Sales and tax reports
Connect banks and pull transactions automatically
Send invoices and late payment reminders
Automated recurring billing
File sharing between team members and accountants
Time tracking
Machine learning auto-categorization
Single interface for all transactions
Add team members
up to 5
Reconciliation module
Secure document sharing (receipts, tax forms, etc)
Payroll integration
Custom user permissions
Manage 1099 contractors
Track inventory
Award-winning online chat support
Custom categories (chart of accounts)
Lock completed books
Manage bills
Smart tagging
Consolidated reports for multi-location accounting
Free mobile app
256-bit SSL security
4.8 rating from 344 reviews
ZipBooks on Chrome Web Store
  • After trying multiple platforms, ZipBooks proves to surpass all expectations. They make bookkeeping a breeze. Would recommend a thousand times over because it has been crucial to my business growth.

    Laine Napoli Branding Addicts
  • Why not have bookkeeping software that is delightful and intuitive? Do you like using your old, boring software? Nah, didn't think so. ZipBooks rocks!

    Alex Harvey Illuminate Design
  • I never studied accounting, but I found this software to be very user friendly for basic bookkeeping. I was able to figure it out in a short period of time. ZipBooks, I love you!

    Bonnie Cohen Bonnie Cohen-Gallet, Esq
  • After trying multiple accounting apps for 10 years, ZipBooks was finally the solution. My clients can pay online & accept quotes through a simple, interactive process. Clients love it as much as I do.

    Chris Kelley Digital Craft Co.
  • This is by far the best app that has helped me with my small business. It has made accounting, invoicing, and tracking payments a breeze! I really love it!

    Jill Muñiz Quirky Print & Design Studio

Frequently Asked Questions

How is ZipBooks different than Quickbooks?

ZipBooks was formed with small business owners in mind, not just accountants.  Because of that vision, we think ZipBooks offers a more streamlined interface, more intuitive reporting, and more visually appealing workflows.  In short, it's simple to use -- and though it's capable of doing accounting for high-revenue businesses, the heavy lifting stays behind the scenes.

Do I download or install anything?

Nope.  ZipBooks is 100% "in the cloud."  That means you can log on any time, from any device, and all of your data stays in sync no matter what.  All you need to do is sign up, and ZipBooks will be ready to go to work for you!  If you're interested in desktop software, see our review of Quickbooks 2019 desktop products.

Will my bookkeeper or CPA work with ZipBooks?

Tons of bookkeepers and accountants work inside ZipBooks every day and love it. You'll both love tools like Messaging+ that allows you to text your accountant with transaction questions or and respond with a simple, mobile-friendly interface. ZipBooks also makes it easy to control permissions and share files.

I've been in Quickbooks for a long time. Is ZipBooks hard to learn?

Not at all.  In contrast to the certifications offered just for learning Quickbooks, making everything intuitive enough to use without training is a central part of our product development.  Driving simplicity and ease-of-use is core to who we are.

Can I migrate my Quickbooks information to ZipBooks?

You bet! You can import many data formats into ZipBooks with a simple template. We've even built a special import process that makes bringing your information from Quickbooks Online a cinch.

What kind of support does ZipBooks offer?

For our software users, we have in-app chat support with our super helpful and friendly customer success team.  You can also get help and advice in our Help center.

What about the other Quickbooks alternatives out there?

We invite you to try ZipBooks free for 30 days and see for yourself why it's better! We're confident you'll find it's more intuitive, easier to use, easier on the eyes, and more feature-packed than the alternatives.

Seriously smart product suite

  • Unlike rules-based systems like Quickbooks and other alternatives, ZipBooks uses artificial intelligence to categorize transactions. That means it gets smarter and smarter as more transactions are categorized, leaving you or your account with less and less to do.

  • Like Quickbooks, ZipBooks allows for bank reconciliation -- but we've made it much simpler. Allowing simple entry of starting and ending balances and showing you the balance formula allows you to instantly see what needs to be done to reconcile.

  • Our time tracking component lets you start time on one device and end it on another, seamlessly. Watch team members log time, live. When you're ready, pull time into invoices to be billed.

  • Our native app and mobile-optimized web app make accounting on the go easy.

  • In Quickbooks, you pay extra "class tracking." In ZipBooks, you use smart tagging to apply a vendor, customer, location, business unit, or anything else to a transaction -- then run instantaneous reports based on any tag combination.

A quick note about us

When we founded ZipBooks, we strongly believed that small businesses deserved better than what was out there.

We’d been there as small business owners: bouncing around multiple accounting apps, using one, then the other, trying to balance all of the varying needs we had.

ZipBooks was born to bring small business owners into one place that could handle all of their accounting — and since then, has grown into so much more. What we’ve realized is that small business owners don’t just need to track revenue, they need to grow revenue.

So we’ve built our product to meet that need: in addition to full-featured accounting, we allow businesses to track online reviews and send automated text review invites for Google, Yelp, and Facebook. We manage and sync your business listings across the web, and let you track your rankings on the searches that your potential customers are making.

All of that in one beautiful, seamless package.

Quickbooks was (and is) the 800 pound gorilla in the accounting software space. We’re raising our hands to say that’s not good enough anymore. We’re digging into what small business owners truly need to succeed in their businesses, because we’ve been there, too.

We’ll keep at it, because we know you are.



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