Welcome to Startup Savant’s comparative Zoho Books vs Xero article where we look at common features, differences, service packages and pricing options for both so you can see if either is the right accounting software solution for your platform. Enjoy!
Zoho Books and Xero both have very affordable pricing so that’s a relief. However, they are very different from one another as these next sections will show. We’ve added a bunch of screenshots to help.
Zoho Books offers three accounting plans: Basic, Standard and Professional. You can tell who each plan’s designed for by looking at their features. Basic is going to be for most solopreneurs and freelancers, while standard and professional are better-suited for larger operations and startups.
Even with Zoho Book’s most basic plan, you’ll be able to use features such as its invoice, expense, time tracking and banking tools. You can also add 25 contacts and allow your accountant to work with you.
The next screenshots show the interface, aesthetics, and the way Zoho presents data. As you can see it’s nice and clean, from the different dashboard-style categorical pages to the collaboration tools.
Like Zoho Books, Xero has 3 simple plans: Starter, Standard and Premium. As you can see Xero brings substantially more features though, especially when it comes to their premium plan. The idea is to start where you are, with the plan that gives you the most and then scale as you grow. Get ready for a BIG screenshot…
Sorry about that, it’s a lot of features and many people probably don’t know what half of them really mean…yet. These days they’ve broken it down by the amount of employees – from the solopreneur with none, to small 5-man startups, to a more extensive 10-man core teams for your average medium-sized brand. Now let’s take a look at their software.
It really comes down to the size of your current operation and how savvy you are right now, or at least the person using the software on a semi-daily basis. Zoho is far less complex with a streamlined service structure and overall features. Maybe that’s right up your alley. Xero on the otherhand is something you can use from day one until you’ve grown into a large company.