Freshbooks vs Xero


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Freshbooks
FreshBooks is an online invoicing software as a service for freelancers, small businesses, agencies, and professionals. The product includes a myriad of other related features, such as time tracking, expense tracking, recurring billing, online payment collection, the ability to mail invoices through the U.S. Post, and support tickets.
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Xero
Xero is accounting software for small business. Like alternatives, Xero allows to manage invoicing, reconciliation, accounts payable, bookkeeping and more. Share access to your latest business numbers with your team & your accountant – so everyone is up to speed. Xero accounting software lets you work anywhere.
Comparing Freshbooks vs Xero is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Xero has more user-friendly interface than Freshbooks because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Freshbooks is more popular than Xero

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Xero integrates with spending tracker Curve (in 2017)
- Freshbooks allows to invoice your clients faster (in 2015)
- Cloud accounting service Xero raises $111M (in 2015)
- Xero launches cloud payroll service in US (in 2015)
- Xero Launches New Features and Plans for a Payroll Solution (in 2013)
- FreshBooks - online billing for small business (in 2009)
- FreshBooks, a refreshingly straightforward invoicing service (in 2006)

Looks like Xero was recently more active than Freshbooks (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Freshbooks and Xero meet head to head:

2017 - Xero integrates with spending tracker Curve to win over Freshbooks


Accounting software provider Xero has partnered with Curve, fintech startup that lets you consolidate all your bank cards into a single card and track your spending. The goal is to remove much of the friction involved in filing expenses. The integration gives users an option to connect the Curve app to Xero so that spending on one's Curve card can be automatically added to the accounting software without the need to enter each expense manually. So Xero gets more functional in comparison to Freshbooks