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Zoho Books

Cloud Based Business Accounting
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Published 02/13/2011 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Zoho Books is an online accounting software solution intended for businesses. Users can manage all aspects of their company’s expenses, from purchases to utility bill payments and other expenses. The application helps users control the money going into and coming out of their business by providing easy to access information. User can quickly reconcile their books to look for missing transactions. Zoho Books also allows users to accept payments online so they can get paid faster. Through Zoho Books, users can monitor all kinds of financial transactions, including credit cards, funds transfers and refunds. The application also enables the user to invite others to perform accounting duties through real time collaboration. Zoho Books gives users a safe, secure way to manage their business finances online.

What is the history and popularity of the app?

Zoho Books is another member of the Zoho family of web based applications. Zoho was founded in September of 2005. Today, the company headquarters can be found in Pleasanton, California. The team is enormous, consisting of around 1,500 individuals, including CEO Sridhar Vembu. Today there are very few office related tasks that Zoho applications cannot do.

What are the differences to other apps?

Zoho Books is not the only online account application out there, but it is by far one of the most neat and organized. Users can easily learn how to use the system, even without a background in finance. Data is presented using color bar charts and organized tables so the user can figure out their expenses and income and make decisions faster.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The appearance of Zoho Books is one of the positive aspects of the application. The user can log in and access each area through a row of tabs that run across the top of the page. Users can view money coming in, going out, contacts, accountant information, reports and more. Each detail is presented using vibrant colors, but in a low key way that doesn’t detract from the professional nature of this functional application.

How does the registration process work?

To use Zoho Books, the user must create a Zoho account. This can be done from the Zoho homepage or from the Zoho Books page by clicking on the red “Sign Up and Get Started” button along the lower, right hand side. The registration form is kept nice and short and does not require a credit card. The user is asked to provide an email address, password and word verification to prove that they are human. The user must also check the terms of service and privacy policy agreement box at the bottom of the form. A second check box is available to sign the user up for the Zoho newsletter, but this is optional. After submitting the information, the user is advised that they must check their email for a confirmation message to complete registration.

What does it cost to use the application?

The user is automatically signed up for a 30 day free trial of Zoho Books upon creating their account. After that period is over (or before if the user prefers), Zoho Books requires payment to continue. Users are given access to all current features and can choose from two payment plans. The first costs just under $25 per month. The second is an annual plan that costs around $240 and includes two months of free access.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Zoho Books is a helpful tool for business owners. The site would be most appealing to small business owners who want to organize their finances. There are fees for the service, so for startups operating on a shoe string this might be a bit of a turn off. Small businesses with a little extra cash may prefer to purchase an annual membership to get two months free.

  • Add bank accounts and other financial accounts
  • View incoming and outgoing funds
  • Provide access to accountants and other relevant individuals
  • Review financial reports generated by your data on Zoho Books
  • Create or import a list of contacts


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