Clear Books helps simplify the financial bookkeeping process for small businesses. The application provides users with small business account software that helps them understand and review their current financial status. There are also statement import features and invoice sending tools to give the user a full spectrum of financial uses. The information is presented in a way that is easy to read, even for those that are not accountants. Clear Books lets users focus less time on figuring out their financial standing and more time learning how to improve it.Show more screenshots »
Clear Books was first conceived in June of 2008, with beta launching in December of the same year. The application’s creation was a result of the joint effort of Fubra Limited and Tim Fouracre. Fouracre was a Chartered Accountant in 2007 and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. His experience gave him firsthand knowledge of what a small business needs to manage their finances. Fubra Limited is a fast growing company founded in 2000 by Brendan McLoughlin.
Clear Books stands out because it gives the user more tools to make it easy to manage their business’s funds. There are many other ways to observe financial progress and make sure the bills are all paid. However, these are often complicated and confusing for anyone that is not knowledgeable in finance. Clear Books takes some of the guesswork and mystery out of it by presenting the information in a straightforward, understandable way alongside tools that make it easy to gather data and monitor financial progress.
Clear Books looks much like a user would expect it to, very professional and clean. There are no annoying advertisements or flashy graphics on the site. The information and navigational tools needed are prominently displayed, along with the attractive Clear Books logo, which adds a hint of fun color. The site is well organized and can be learned quickly, even by an inexperienced user.
Visitors that want to try Clear Books can access the free trial by clicking the green “free trial” button at the top right hand corner of the homepage. This redirects the user to the registration form. Anyone that already had a Fubra password can log in right away. Otherwise, the new user is asked to enter a business name, title, first and last name, email address, postcode, and password. After providing these details, the user can click the white “Signup to Fubra Passport” button at the bottom of the form.
New users can choose from three different paid account types. The least expensive is the Growth account, which includes up to 80 transactions a month, unlimited users, and free updates and costs about $8 per month. This account type is intended for light use. The mid ranged account is the Established, which runs about $16 a month and upgrades to 200 transactions and VAT reporting. The priciest account level is the Premium, which costs less than $25 a month and includes unlimited transactions. The membership types are not terribly expensive, which makes them ideal for a start up or small business.
A small business owner can really appreciate Clear Books. The features are helpful and the three membership options are very affordable. Users can import account data, add product lists, set up email reminders and credit notes, build customer statements and recurring invoices, set specific user access permissions, and enjoy the security of automatic backups. There is little that a small business owner on a tight budget wouldn’t like about Clear Books.