Free QuickBooks for Self-Employed

As a self-employed business owner, you have to make time for a lot – marketing, PR, customer support and sales, not to mention managing yourself and your client projects. One thing you don’t have time for? Spending hours on the phone with your accountant trying to troubleshoot your accounting software. Fortunately, those days are over. Meet ZipBooks: the first and only free DIY accounting software that reduces your workload, instead of adding to it.

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ZipBooks vs. QuickBooks Self-Employed

If you’re like most sole proprietors, one of the biggest reasons you traded in your corporate life for self-employment was freedom. You wanted to be able to work on your time, and work from anywhere.

Unfortunately, QuickBooks was intended to be a Windows desktop product that only really worked on one computer at a time, and the mobile app was created as an afterthought. If it’s cubicle freedom you want, it’s ZipBooks you need. Our free accounting app was created in the cloud specifically to be the go-to solution for tech-savvy entrepreneurs who lived life on-the-go. So ditch your desktop and say hello to true self-employment freedom with ZipBooks.

Send and track invoices
Bank feed import
Credit card processing
Recurring billing
Time tracking
$15 / month
$15 / month
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

True Fact: ZipBooks users spend 15% less time on mundane bookkeeping tasks.

ZipBooks Makes Quarterly Taxes Less Painful

One of the painful parts of being self employed is handling the mess that can be tax season, not to mention quarterly estimated payments. ZipBooks makes tax time easier by giving you full visibility into where your money is going every month, so you’ll always know how much you made and how much you owe.

Integrated Accounts – No need to take pictures of your receipts anymore – your ZipBooks account easily links with your business bank account and then automatically imports all of your income and expenses for you.

Transaction Tagging – Keep your income and deductible expenses organized with ZipBooks’ easy transaction tagging feature. Whether you use our default categories or create your own, you’ll love how easy it is to track how much you’re spending in each category.

Interactive Charts and Graphs – When it comes time to calculate your income for your quarterly IRS payments, ZipBooks generates beautiful easy-to-read income and expense reports so you never have to dig through your bank account for deposits again.

Easily Share Financial Data – Need to send your financials to your accountant for tax season? No problem. With ZipBooks, you can easily export your financial reports and share them with whomever you choose. You’ll love how easy it is, and so will your accountant.

ZipBooks = Small Business Zen

Running your own business comes with a long to-do list – you have to invoice each of your clients and send them payment reminder emails, pitch new clients, market your services, and constantly be connected to your email, just in case. Don’t you wish you had a little more time to actually work? Now you do. ZipBooks automates all of those annoying admin tasks freeing your day up for more important projects, like that designing that beautiful website or planning unforgettable events for your clients. Here are just a few of the admin tasks that ZipBooks handles for you:

Invoicing templates – Who has time to create every invoice from scratch? Not you! Instead, use ZipBooks’ beautiful and easy-to-use templates to send custom invoices in just a few clicks.

Recurring Invoices – Have ongoing contracts that you invoice monthly? ZipBooks makes recurring income and expenses easy. Simply set that client to invoice on a monthly basis after their first payment comes through and never set another invoice reminder on your phone again.

Time Tracking – If you charge by the hour, you’ll love having the ability to easily track time spent on each project, set custom rates for each client, and generate invoices in seconds with your ZipBooks account.

Payment Bliss – Whether you want to accept bank transfer, credit cards, PayPal, or Stripe, ZipBooks can manage it all. And the wait time between when a client pays and you get the money? Eliminated. ZipBooks cashes out to your bank in as little as two business days.

ZipBooks basic plan is 100% free—yes, free—and we have a plan designed to fit every type of business, so you can keep using ZipBooks regardless of how big you grow. Plus, we offer free customer support to every account type, so you can kiss extra support fees goodbye forever. Need additional help with your finances? Let us handle bookkeeping and tax season too.

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