QuickBooks vs Xero
Last updated: May 01, 2017
QuickBooks Online puts you in control of your finances, your time, your business—and where you work. From setup to support, QuickBooks Online makes your accounting easy. With simple tools to get you started, free support, and a money-back guarantee, QuickBooks Online is the effortless choice.
Xero is accounting software for small business. Like alternatives, Xero allows to manage invoicing, reconciliation, accounts payable, bookkeeping and more. Share access to your latest business numbers with your team & your accountant – so everyone is up to speed. Xero accounting software lets you work anywhere.
Latest news about QuickBooks and Xero:
01.05.17. PayPal launched small biz toolset Business in a Box. PayPal launched a new service called Business in Box, aimed at bringing more U.S. small business owners to its payments platform. The service, which was developed in partnership with WooCommerce and Xero, offers merchants a suite of tools for running their online businesses, including an online storefront, accounting tools, the ability to apply for working capital from PayPal, and of course, support for taking payments either online or offline, via PayPal. Business in a Box is largely aimed at first-time business owners who already know what they want to sell and have a roadmap in mind, as well as at established offline businesses that want to make the move online.
25.02.15. Cloud accounting service Xero raises $111M. New Zealand-based online accounting software firm Xero has raised a $110.8 million round of capital to grow its business in the North American market. Prior to today, Xero had raised over $240 million from investors. Xero provides online accounting software for small/medium businesses and accountants. While many small businesses were still using rudimentary accounting systems or even Excel spreadsheets, Xero knew the future was in the cloud. By giving small businesses, accountants and bookkeepers a way to do accounting online and from mobile, has revolutionized how they work.
20.01.15. Xero launches cloud payroll service in US. Cloud accounting startup Xero announceding a new product that will extend it further into the back-office by offering up cloud-based payroll and tax software. Xero Payroll was designed to target the more than 5 million small businesses in the U.S. that have fewer than 20 employees. For those employers, many of which outsource it to third-party providers, payroll can end up being a significant expense, between $200 and $500 per month. In addition to the cost of outsourcing, there is also the potential for human error and fines based on incomplete or incorrect information. The product provide SMBs with the same type of cloud-based platform that it’s created for accounting, but make it available to help employees get paid and electronically file state and federal payroll taxes.
2013. Xero Launches New Features and Plans for a Payroll Solution. Xero, the cloud-based accounting solution for small business, has added a collection of new features. They include Xero Touch - a new version of its Apple mobile operating system recently updated for iOS7. It allows users to check bank transactions, invoice, check with an accountant and more directly from a smartphone. Xero Files is a new drag and drop application. It lets you add invoices, transactions, expense receipts, fixed assets, contracts and just about any other kind of files into Xero. You can then attach them to related files and documents making them easy to find, the company says. Xero Purchase Orders now allows you to put together purchase orders for your business in the same way you can already put together invoices on Xero. Pricing starts at $19 per month for small businesses depending on the number of invoices and payments being processed.
2008. Intuit launches QuickBooks Online Edition. Intuit is the biggest player in the accounting software space, its QuickBooks product having massive following in the SMB space with over three millions users. QuickBooks Online Edition (QBOE) is its response to the growing popularity of web-based and online accessible offerings. Available now for several years, QBOE has had slow, but steady, uptake. QBOE does some of the major things that businesses need. It's got full double-entry accounting, allowing for correct balance sheets, profit and loss statements and trial balances to be run from it. The starting point for QBOE is the home screen. Unlike other online accounting apps which try and depict a "dashboard view" is where their business is at, the QBOE home screen is more a process diagram, showing a workflow style diagram that allows the user to dive into different functional area of the accounting system. The Basic edition covers the bare essentials - accounts receivable, expense tracking and check printing, arguably quite limited functionality for $10 a month. The Plus version adds estimates and invoice customisations, time tracking, recurrent billing, budgeting and online billing to the mix.
2008. Accounting on the go: Quickbooks for iPhone and Blackberry. Quickbooks, one of the leading accounting packages for small businesses, has just released web interfaces for Blackberry and iPhone. The iPhone version, seen to the left, sports a very slick UI and allows easy, at-a-glance access to all of your financial information, entered into Quickbooks Online. At first glance, the web app provides a simplistic view of things. Features included are looking at who owes you, who you owe, vendors, employees, and bank accounts. Despite the initially simplistic look, as you drill down, you uncover a whole new level of detail. Even though this seems to be a killer app for referring to your financial information, I have to point out some points where they have missed the mark. First off, a standalone app, available through the App Store would have been nice for the iPhone, but it's not completely necessary. The largest oversight here is not being able to edit or add data. In my opinion, this would be one of the primary usage scenarios for this app. That said, this is version one of this app and we may see this sort of functionality being added at some point down the line. If you are already a Quickbooks Online user, these new web interfaces for Blackberry and iPhone are nice perks. I'm not sure that the introduction of these apps would be the deciding factor in jumping to Quickbooks Online, but it might help the decision.