Welcome to Startup Savant’s comparative look at the Sage One vs QuickBooks Online debate. Through looking at their common features, differences, package options, and pricing we hope to help to decide which one (or if either fit the bill) is best for you and your platform.
At the very end we’ll share our top pick in the accounting software industry. Enjoy!
So essentially, in many ways it doesn’t matter which way you go, both software options have tons to offer. There’s plenty more, but let’s take a look at how they package their services. Every provider does it in their own way.
Sage One sets three options out before you: a VERY streamlined free mobile version, the Start plan that adds bank reconciliation and Accountant Access, then an Accounting Plan with the full breadth of their services.
Is this meant for large operations? No, not really. This looks ideally suited for small startups, solopreneurs, freelancers, etc. The one thing to keep in mind though is that their app version will continue to expand over time. Sage One is growing. They’re already beginning to target construction, real estate, wholesale and manufacturing brands.
Below are two screenshots that show where their dashboard begins, or the start page that lists possible actions, and then a look at the Customers page. We just wanted to add a little aesthetics here so if you’re not familiar you can get an idea of what it feels like to use.
QuickBooks Online has three distinct plans: Self-Employed, Essentials and the Plus. then if you have employees you can leverage their discount and hook into their Payroll solution.
If you invest in any of their small business accounting solutions you then gain access to their payments solution.
Now let’s take a peak inside QuickBooks. While this is much more extensive software, it’s arguably just as user-friendly as Sage One (easier to use). The data is also pretty and very well put together/structured.
After having gone through that perspective, what direction are you being pulled towards in the Sage One vs QuickBooks Online question? Both a fine for freelancers and small startups, but QuickBooks is a bit more extensive at competitive prices. It’s really all about where your brand is at in terms of complexity and overall accounting demand.
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