As a leading CPA focused on early-stage businesses, we’ve got some strong opinions on which accounting softwares are the best. In particular, for small, high-growth companies, QuickBooks Online is our typical recommendation.
At Kruze, we work with VC-backed businesses. These tend to cluster in specific industries - SaaS, crypto, eCommerce, biotech, hardware. Here are the best accounting software options by industry.
QuickBooks Online is the best accounting software option for SaaS companies. Software as a service businesses need to integrate specific billing and revenue systems - invoicing for B2B SaaS companies, and systems like Apple, Shopify, etc. for B2C ones. QBO is the best choice.
QuickBooks Online is generally the best accounting software for small eCommerce businesses. As an eCommerce company gets bigger, it would make sense to upgrade to NetSuite, although Sage sometimes makes sense. However, these are overkill for a small business.
Biotech companies can occasionally scale their accounting system needs more quickly than other types of startups. In general, a biotech company will most likely be best off starting with QuickBooks Online, but may transition to Netsuite or Intacct a bit more quickly than a SaaS or other startup.
If you startup is transacting in DeFi, Web3, etc., you need additional accounting software to scalably run your bookkeeping. While QuickBooks and (most) of the other providers we mentioned automatically pull in bank, payroll and credit card transactions, the same can not be said for Crypto. These transactions need an additional “add on” software package to pull transactions into your general ledger. This may not be a big deal if you are doing only a couple of transactions per month (although there are possible tax implications to worry about), as you or your accountant can enter the data manually. However, we strongly recommend a specialized accounting software plugin if these types of assets are going to be part of your business. Read our Best Crypto Accounting Software piece to learn more.
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What types of startups does Kruze Consulting usually work with?
Kruze Consulting works with a variety of funded Delaware C-Corps, but the majority of our companies have secured Seed, Series A, Series B and Series C. We look to partner with our clients, going beyond the typical outsourced accounting relationship and seeking to provide a higher level advisory role. We feel honored to be a part of making the world a better place, even if it’s one debit and credit at a time.
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Startup CFO services, startup accounting and bookkeeping services, startup annual taxes, expense reports, payroll, benefits: we've got you covered. Our software provides custom tailored dashboards that can be provided weekly or monthly, depending on your preference and plan. Founders are often so busy building their company that they don’t have time to take care of their finances. Traditionally, these companies have had to work with a basket of people to get their work done, including bookkeepers, accountants, AP clerks, CFOs, consultants, and tax accountants. At Kruze Consulting, our founders have one point person, saving time and money.