Merritt Bookkeeping VS Bench Accounting

Merritt Bookkeeping is an easy, affordable, and professional remote bookkeeping service for small business owners nationwide. We offer hassle-free automated bookkeeping for just $190/month!

Merritt Bookkeeping

Merritt Bookkeeping, founded in 2009, is a remote bookkeeping service specializing in serving the needs of small businesses in the United States. We focus on essential bookkeeping tasks at an affordable flat monthly rate.

Bench Accounting

Bench.co, established in 2012, is a fintech company specializing in online bookkeeping and tax services for small businesses. They combine human bookkeepers with proprietary software to offer a bookkeeping service.

Here's how we stack up against Bench.co

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Annual Cost: (paid monthly)

$2,280

$3,588

Catch up bookkeeping:

$140 per month

$299 per month

Expense Segmenting: 

(location, project, class)

Included

+$100 per month

Guarantee:

Full money back in 90 days

None

Uses QuickBooks:

Yes

No

1099 Filing:

Yes

No

Online Reviews:

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Some key capabilities of Merritt Bookkeeping

Merritt Bookkeeping - Capabilities
  • Bookkeeping: We handle all your basic bookkeeping needs.
  • Automated Bank Statement Collection: We collect your bank statements using automated software, so you never have to send us anything.
  • QuickBooks: We do your bookkeeping in QuickBooks, the industry-standard software. You don’t need to use QuickBooks directly! We’ll provide a custom-built web interface for reviewing and adjusting your financial reports.
  • Same-Day Support: If you have questions about your reports, you can message us and get a same-day reply from the same people who are doing your bookkeeping.
  • Tax Season Coordination: We keep your CPA in the loop and work with them to ensure a smooth tax season.

What sets Merritt Bookkeeping apart?

Merritt Bookkeeping Pricing

Pricing

What Bench offers?

  • Bench’s monthly bookkeeping services cost $299 per month if you pay monthly and $249 per month if you pay for the year upfront.
  • If you are behind on your bookkeeping, Bench will catch you up with their Retro bookkeeping services for $299 per month.
  • If you want to track your expenses at the segment level, Bench charges an additional $100 per month.
  • Bench offers no guarantee for the work they provide, but offer a free one month trial period.

What sets Merritt apart?

  • Merritt Bookkeeping is only $190 per month.
  • If you are behind on your bookkeeping, Merritt Bookkeeping will catch you up at a discounted rate of $140 per month, a 25% reduction to help all the small business owners out there get their books in order.
  • Merritt Bookkeeping offers a full 90 day money-back guarantee.
Merritt Bookkeeping Customer Support

Customer Service

What Bench offers?

  • Bench will set you up with a dedicated bookkeeper.
  • You’ll be dedicated a client success team who can answer your questions and address any concerns related to your bookkeeping or tax services.

What sets Merritt apart?

  • Widely praised for excellent customer service.
  • We prioritizes fast response times. Clients report getting replies to emails within a few hours.
  • Reviewers praise our customer service for being professional, helpful, and great reporting.
Merritt Bookkeeping Platform / Technology

Platform/Technology

What Bench offers?

  • Bench uses its own proprietary software, which doesn’t integrate seamlessly with popular accounting software like QuickBooks. This can make it difficult to switch to another bookkeeping service in the future, as you’ll need to manually transfer your data.
  • Likewise, when starting with Bench, all previous data will not transfer.

What sets Merritt apart?

  • Since Merritt Bookkeeping uses QuickBooks, your financial data remains readily accessible to you. Even if you decide to move on from their services, you can easily transfer your information without hassle.
  • Merritt Bookkeeping uses QuickBooks for your bookkeeping, but reviewing your finances is easy! We provide a clear, step-by-step guide in a simple spreadsheet – no bookkeeping knowledge required.

How it works

Step 1

We collect your bank statements each month using an automated software, so you never have to send us anything.

Bank Statements
Step 2

We do your bookkeeping in QuickBooks, then send you financial reports that are easy to understand.

Quickbooks
Step 3

You review and adjust your reports using a simple web interface we custom built, so you don’t have to use QuickBooks.

Web Interface
HOW IT WORKS (1 MIN)

Our team is your team

If you have questions about your reports, send us a message and get a same day reply from the same people who are doing your bookkeeping.

“Friendly, helpful, patient and professional.” – Erin H. from

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“Outstanding customer service.” – Michelle Z. from

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No more difficult tax seasons

Simply provide us with your CPA’s email address and we’ll keep them in the loop on all communication and work with them to make sure they have what they need.

“Simplest tax season with my CPA ever.” – Kenneth N. from

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“You saved my sanity.” – Sarah S. from

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One simple, affordable price

Behind on your bookkeeping? Don't worry, we discount catch-up work! Click below for details:

We’ll create a QuickBooks file for you and bring it up-to-date for $140/mth (25% discount) for each month you are behind.

We’ll review your QuickBooks file to make sure everything is complete and accurate for $140/mth (25% discount) for each month we work on.

We’ll further discount our rate down to $70/mth for any months that are already mostly complete
(require less than 10 transactions to be entered by us) but still need to be reviewed and finalized.

Interested in becoming a client?

Merritt Bookkeeping only accepts a certain number of new clients each month.

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