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vs QuickBooks. I did indeed do that, but I have to say this before you read
any further: I’ve owned a bookkeeping and consulting business, Kildal
Services LLC, for the better part of 15 years. We only support QuickBooks
products, and I’ve exclusively used some version of QuickBooks since
1998. In other words, my viewpoint started out pretty skewed.
I’m not doing a side-by-side feature comparison. You can find those on
about a dozen different websites. Instead, I’m going to tell you about
specific features that I like or dislike in both. So rather than a true
Freshbooks vs QuickBooks piece, this is really a “which one does it better”
article, and I’ve covered 3 categories: pricing, interface, and accounting
Freshbooks vs Quickbooks: Pricing
The pricing for Freshbooks vs QuickBooks is similar, but not identical.
With Freshbooks, you pay for the number of clients you have plus features
plus additional users. With QuickBooks Online, you pay for features plus
[2:27:24 AM] Parmeshwar Jha: With Freshbooks, for $19.95/month, you get
estimates, invoicing, expense recording, time tracking and reporting, but
only for 25 clients. This could be a problem. You might hit that that 25 client
limit if you’re adding them to create estimates. As far as users go, I either
get one with the Seedling level, two with the Evergreen level, or six with the
Mighty Oak level. You can add one accountant user (in other words, a
bookkeeper or tax preparer) with each level.
[2:27:28 AM] Parmeshwar Jha: With Quickbooks Online, you’re only paying
for features and users. The number of clients you can have is unlimited. So
regardless of how many users you need, if you want all the features, you’ll
pay $40 retail. If you just need the basics—estimates, invoicing, and
expenses—you’re still paying $15/month.[2:27:24 AM] Parmeshwar Jha:
With Freshbooks, for $19.95/month, you get estimates, invoicing, expense
recording, time tracking and reporting, but only for 25 clients. This could be
a problem. You might hit that that 25 client limit if you’re adding them to
create estimates. As far as users go, I either get one with the Seedling level,
two with the Evergreen level, or six with the Mighty Oak level. You can add
one accountant user (in other words, a bookkeeper or tax preparer) with
Freshbooks for client projects at any subscription level. Plus, you have the
ability to turn the hours into an invoice, you can visualize the time you have in
for those projects, and you can mark hours as already billed without creating
an invoice from them. With QuickBooks Online, you can only track time
against clients/jobs with the Plus subscription.
[2:27:42 AM] Parmeshwar Jha: Freshbooks vs Quickbooks: Interface
When comparing Freshbooks vs QuickBooks on interface, obviously I’m used
to QuickBooks because I’ve been using it for almost 11 years. I found
Freshbooks easy to navigate as well, because it looked very similar to older
versions of QuickBooks Online.
[2:27:42 AM] Parmeshwar Jha: Freshbooks homepage:
[2:27:49 AM] Parmeshwar Jha: See?
The Freshbooks interface made me feel like I was using an old-timey website.
(And for what it’s worth, I just cracked myself up typing that sentence.
Because calling a site that looks like another one that’s only four years gone
“old timey” is slightly ridiculous. True, but still a little silly.)