At Britebooks, we’re great believers in equipping small businesses with up-to-the-minute cloud accounting tools that help them to take the time, stress and hassle out of bookkeeping.
Any prolonged conversation about digital bookkeeping, though, tends to swiftly move onto the subject of the ‘big two’ in cloud-based accounting solutions: QuickBooks and Xero.
We’re certified advisors in both of these market-leading platforms at Britebooks, so you probably wouldn’t expect us to express a definitive preference for one or the other – and you’d be right.
Ultimately, when choosing between these online bookkeeping solutions – which are broadly similar to each other with regard to all-round functionality, pricing, usability and mobile access – much will depend on your business’s specific practical and budgetary needs and priorities.
Nonetheless, there are certain factors that you may be especially wise to bear in mind when making your decision.
Why might you use QuickBooks?
QuickBooks is a brand of the American financial software company Intuit. This world-renowned online accounting software is unquestionably the most established of the two platforms we’re discussing here – with a history dating back to the early ‘80s.
Unsurprisingly, it’s also an especially popular digital bookkeeping solution in its ‘native’ United States, although it is well-regarded by small firms and accounting professionals around the globe.
More specifically, QuickBooks is the general accounting software Intuit offers, with QuickBooks Online being the cloud-based variant. At Britebooks, we provide training and services for QuickBooks Online Plus, which is an excellent all-round solution for such functions as stock management, budgeting, employee time tracking and project profitability tracking.
QuickBooks is an especially popular option among those who desire a great-value and highly functional digital bookkeeping platform with scope for impressively advanced reporting.
Why might you use Xero?
As much as we’re big fans of QuickBooks at Britebooks, and take pride in our QuickBooks services in Plymouth and Wellington, it has a more than worthy rival outside North America in Xero.
The Xero software can’t claim to have been around for as long as QuickBooks has. Indeed, the company of the same name – domiciled in New Zealand – was only founded in 2006.
However, its stellar reputation and widespread use today can be partly attributed to its highly minimalist and user-friendly interface. Indeed, this strength of Xero greatly helped to force a change in the QuickBooks Online user experience in the early 2010s, when it was being criticised for its comparatively ‘traditional’ look.
Even to this day, many people find Xero to be the more enjoyable platform of the two to use. It’s also highly rated for its functionality and scalability, the latter helping to make it particularly popular among early-stage start-ups with big growth ambitions.
So, is there an overall winner?
We previewed this conclusion above – the reality is that QuickBooks and Xero remain neck-and-neck in the cloud accounting field. Both deservedly enjoy strong reputations when it comes to assisting businesses around the world with the efficient management and streamlining of their bookkeeping processes.
To find out more about the possibilities for how Britebooks can work with your firm to make bookkeeping a (relative!) breeze for you and your team in 2021 and beyond, don’t wait any longer to enquire to us about our Xero and QuickBooks services in Plymouth and Wellington.
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