Accounting Apps to Run Small Business

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Accounting apps to run small business is making bookkeeping easier. Accounting apps are becoming readily available and some of them have something to offer all types of small business. They are not all built the same so choose wisely for what data you want to gain from your numbers. After all as a small business owners your numbers have a lot to tell you about your small business so the investment in the accounting software or app is essential. Here are some worthy mention to consider:

FreshBooks is a cinch, anyway you look at it. FreshBooks is simple to understand, especially if you’ve used any accounting software before. Even if the source of your disdain for accounting stems from having used Excel spreadsheets to keep track of things, you will find the transition to FreshBooks easy, and rewarding.

Featuring an easy-to-understand dashboard and brilliant visualizations, you won’t find an easier accounting app to stomach if you just so happen to hate accounting.


FreeAgent makes our list of the best accounting apps for non-accounting types because it cuts out all the jargon and focuses on the things that matter to small businesses. FreeAgent makes it easy to invoice customers, track expenses, synchronize your bank accounts, and even chase payments, all from one intuitive interface.

FreeAgent offers excellent user support on demand, and the app backs up your data regularly, so you never have to worry about losing your data.


QuickBooks Online is an accounting app with a walloping set of features presented in one of the simplest accounting interfaces ever. If you’re concerned about a particular feature, or support for a certain bank, or the ability to retrieve a particular accounting metric, you should look to QuickBooks Online, which benefits from the infrastructure of of accounting powerhouse, Intuit.

QuickBooks Online is the original and most popular cloud-based accounting app, and one test drive will convince you of that.


Nutcache is a free yet feature-rich accounting application that many small business owners swear by. In fact, you might say it’s an app that has a “cult following.” But Nutcache’s allure is understandable, as the app’s features are robust. Nutcache sports support for multiple languages, and adds invoicing and time tracking functions to the expected array of accounting features.

Nutcache is free and simple, and its features compete admirably against the paid options on this list.


KashFlow is a seriously powerful accounting app that is specifically aimed at UK small businesses. KashFlow listens to its customers and puts in only the features that are most requested. What’s more, KashFlow handles UK taxation effortlessly, with VAT reports built right in.

If you’re a small business based in the UK, give KashFlow is worth considering, especially since it bills itself as “no accounting knowledge required!”


Arithmo takes the complexity out of small business accounting by automating the math. If you’re coming from the old spreadsheet to the cloud, you are surely familiar with the aggravation of formulas in cells, and the agony of copying in pasting, deleting and replacing those formulas as you try to input simple data. Arithmo makes all that simply go away.

Arithmo is easy to use, even if you have no prior experience using accounting apps.


Sage One is an accounting app that operates on a curious principle. Acknowledging that small business accounting is mostly a snore, a laborious residual of doing business, Sage One aims to put the dull aspects of being in business, accounting tasks, largely on autopilot.

Sage One puts simplicity ahead of other considerations. If you’re not a bookkeeping lover, you can still keep it all organized and accurate with Sage One.


Zoho Books is another super simple accounting app. Zoho Books also benefits from integrating with Zoho’s other business apps, which are perhaps the most notable alternatives to Google Apps for Business. Zoho Books, together with the other apps in Zoho’s growing Web app ecosystem, can help you keep it simple at every stage of small business accounting.

From invoicing to tax reporting, Zoho Books puts everything you need at your fingertips, and leaves out the stuff you don’t need!


Sellsy Invoicing is suitable for the simplest of all small business needs (and freelancers). If all you need is to send invoices, take payments, and occasionally send payment reminder, it gets no simpler than with Sellsy Invoicing.

Sellsy Invoicing also offers estimating tools as part of its easy feature set.


FinancialForce Accounting rounds out our list of the ten best accounting apps for small business owners who hate bookkeeping largely because it plays so nicely with As a matter of fact, FinancialForce is made for SalesForce integration. If your business is one of the many using Salesforce for customer relationship management (CRM), you owe it to yourself to check out FinancialForce Accounting.

Tight CRM integration makes FinancialForce Accounting a unique tool that can help you capture sales as customer interactions play out to your advantage!


Reprint from by Todd Spear