The 5 Best Alternatives to Puzzle in 2024

The 5 Best Alternatives to Puzzle in 2024

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Pilot Team
September 28, 2023
The 5 Best Alternatives to Puzzle in 2024

Puzzle is a popular accounting software designed to help startups manage their finances with ease. While it offers a range of features to streamline financial tasks, it might not be the perfect fit for every business's unique needs. That's why we've compiled a list of alternatives below to help you find the best solution for your startup.

1. Pilot

At Pilot, we're dedicated to providing startups and growing businesses with the essential accounting, CFO, and tax services they need. Our team of experts, combined with our cutting-edge software, ensures accurate monthly books, allowing you to focus on what matters most - growing your business.

What We Do

As a leading provider of financial services for startups and growing businesses, we cater to a diverse range of industries and offer a comprehensive suite of services to help you manage your finances effectively. Our team of experts is committed to delivering personalized solutions tailored to your unique business needs:

  • Industries: We specialize in working with high-growth technology startups, ecommerce providers, professional services, non–profits and more.
  • Services: Accounting, Advisory, Financial Planning & Reporting, and Outsourced CFO support for QuickBooks Online.

Our expertise spans across various sectors, including startups, professional services, consumer goods & retail, law firms, and consulting. We understand the intricacies of SAFEs, board decks, and financing rounds, as well as the complexities of accounting for consumer brands with multiple channels and inventory tracking. For professional services firms, we offer accounting and tax solutions tailored to their specific needs.

Why Use Pilot?

  • Time-saving services: Pilot's accounting, CFO, and tax services help you save time by handling your financial tasks, allowing you to focus on growing your business.
  • Expertise at every stage: Our team of financial experts has extensive experience working with startups and growing businesses, ensuring that we can support you at every stage of your company's growth.
  • Streamlined integrations: We offer seamless integrations with over 250 finance tools, making it easy for you to manage your finances and access the data you need.
  • Highly rated services: Pilot is the #1 bookkeeping and accounting service on G2, and we have received high ratings on Capterra and Getapp, demonstrating our commitment to providing top-quality services.
  • Support and community: In addition to our financial services, we also focus on building a supportive community for our clients, offering resources such as our blog, events, and glossary to help you navigate the world of finance.

Our Pricing

Pilot offers various pricing options for their services:

  • Bookkeeping: Starter $499/month billed annually, Core $699/month billed annually, and Plus with custom pricing.
  • Tax: Essentials starting at $2,450/year and Standard starting at $5,400/year, discounted to $4,950 for 2023 taxes.
  • CFO Services: Basic at $1,875/month billed annually, Essential at $3,375/month billed annually, and Custom at $5,625/month billed annually.

For custom pricing plans, visit the Pilot pricing page and contact sales for a quote.

2. Bench

Bench is an all-in-one financial solution designed to help small businesses grow by providing expert bookkeeping, income tax preparation, and filing services, all backed by a powerful platform.

  • Industries: Automotive, Construction, Consumer Services, eCommerce, Energy, Financial Services, Food & Beverage, Government & Agency, Healthcare Care Equipment & Services, Manufacturing, Media, Non-Profit and Religious, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Professional Services, Real Estate & Development, Retail, Software, Technology Hardware & Equipment, Telecommunications, Transportation.
  • Services: Monthly Bookkeeping, Tax Advisory & Filing, Catch Up Bookkeeping, Bench Retro.
  • Pricing Plans: Essential Plan (Monthly: $299/mo, Annually: $249/mo) and Premium Plan (Monthly: $499/mo, Annually: $399/mo).

3. Fondo

Fondo is a Y Combinator-backed all-in-one accounting platform designed to simplify bookkeeping, tax, and tax credits for startups. With Fondo, startups can efficiently manage their finances, file taxes, and even receive cash back from the IRS, with an average of $21,000 returned to startups each year.

  • Industries: Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, Consumer Services, eCommerce, Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare Care Equipment & Services, Insurance & Brokerage, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Professional Services, Real Estate & Development, Software, Technology Hardware & Equipment, Telecommunications.
  • Services: Accounting, Bookkeeping, Financial Planning & Reporting, Outsourced CFO, Tax Preparation.
  • Pricing Plans: Fondo offers monthly, quarterly, and annual pricing options for their services.

4. airCFO

airCFO is a company that specializes in providing startups with best-in-class accounting, fractional CFO, tax, and people operations services. They aim to help startups establish a stable financial structure and prepare for growth by acting as a trusted advisor and handling back-office functions, allowing founders to focus on growing their businesses.

  • Services: Accounting, Fractional CFO, Tax, People Ops, Day-to-Day Expense Management, Financial Statement Preparation, Cash Flow Projections, Budgeting, Modeling, and Ongoing Advisory and Support for People Operations.
  • Industries: The specific industries served by airCFO are not explicitly mentioned on their website.
  • Pricing Plans: Launchpad (Pre-Seed) - $500/month (Accrual Basis Accounting); Launch (Seed) - $1,250/month; Iterate (Series A) - $1,900/month; Scale (Series B+) - Contact airCFO for pricing.

5. Zeni

Zeni is an AI-powered bookkeeping and accounting platform designed specifically for tech startups. The platform offers daily bookkeeping and real-time financial insights, ensuring founders have up-to-date financial statements and can make informed decisions about their business.

  • Industries: Blockchain & Cryptocurrency, eCommerce, Financial Services, Media, Non-Profit and Religious, Professional Services, Software.
  • Services: Accounting, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Bookkeeping, Financial Planning & Reporting, Outsourced CFO, Tax Preparation.
  • Pricing Plans: Starter Plan starting at $549 per month billed annually, Growth Plan starting at $799 per month billed annually, and Enterprise Plan with custom pricing.

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