ZipBooks is an accounting software platform that’s been in business since 2015 and is based in American Fork, Utah. The company has positioned itself as a QuickBooks alternative that offers you an impressive list of features even on its free plan.
The company’s site hosts hundreds of positive ZipBooks reviews from satisfied clients who believe that the service makes bookkeeping easy even for those who aren’t accounting professionals.
In 2017, ZipBooks was awarded $100K from the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development as part of the department's Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program.
You might expect free bookkeeping software to lack comprehensive services. But, while ZipBooks does offer paid plans with more fully featured money management options, its free plan can get you great mileage.
The free version of ZipBooks allows for unlimited invoices, vendor and customer management, digital payment operation with integration with Paypal and Square, basic reports, and the option to connect one bank account.
Here is what it’s missing, and why you might want to upgrade:
If you’ll miss any of those features, it might make sense to upgrade. Thankfully, ZipBooks paid plans are also affordable.
For $15 per month, the Starter plan includes all the features of the Starter plan with some convenient added perks:
But if you’re a bigger company that needs even more customization, you might need more than the Smarter plan.
The Sophisticated plan is $35 per month and includes everything from the Starter and Smarter packages. Here’s what else it offers:
For a custom price, ZipBooks gives you the option to create a plan specifically for a bookkeeper. This accounting solution would help you manage a bookkeeping business with its features:
You can hire a dedicated bookkeeper through ZipBooks, starting at $125 per month. The bookkeeper is available through online chat and gives you monthly statements and professional advice. For small businesses who are new to handling their own money, a ZipBooks pro could be a helpful asset.
ZipBooks can do a lot specifically for your expense management. Its expense tracking software allows you to see a list of all your vendors and payments, and ZipBooks can auto-categorize contacts as vendors.
Of course, you can also scan receipts from your phone and track your reimbursable expenses such as office supplies and transportation.
The user interface for expense tracking is intuitive and clean.
ZipBooks allows for cloud-based accounting on the go. Being able to access ZipBooks at any time and place through the cloud gives users more freedom and flexibility.
Many competitors in the bookkeeping software industries offer more extensive features that allow users to manage their inventory and pay their bills all in one place. ZipBooks does not offer these in its packages.
However, ZipBooks is more affordable than many of its competitors, and so this dip in price understandably comes with a dip in features.
ZipBooks doesn’t have an app available for Android. Furthermore, the mobile app for iOS can be clunky. It’s sometimes a far cry from the intuitive desktop version.