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What Is Bench?

Bench is for small business owners who want to focus on their business, not their bookkeeping. Every month, Bench turns your data into tax-ready financial statements. You can monitor your business's financial health, download your financial statements, and chat with your team any time via the Bench app. And at the end of the year, Bench provides you with everything you (or your CPA) will need to file your taxes.

Who Uses Bench?

Small business owners who want to focus on their business, not their bookkeeping.

Where can Bench be deployed?

Cloud-based
On-premise

About the vendor

  • Bench Accounting
  • Located in Vancouver, Canada
  • Founded in 2012

Bench support

  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

Canada, United States

Languages

English

About the vendor

  • Bench Accounting
  • Located in Vancouver, Canada
  • Founded in 2012

Bench support

  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

Canada, United States

Languages

English

Bench videos and images

Bench Software - Unlimited support from a Bench bookkeeping expert. You’ll receive real support from real humans, allowing you to take the guesswork out of running your business.
Bench Software - Simple to use anytime and anywhere. Forget about spending hours learning new software. The Bench platform makes it super simple to view your financials, update information, or check in with your team.
Bench Software - Powerful financial reporting. See how your business is doing, master your spending, and make smarter decisions with your money every step of the way.
Bench Software - Tax season, minus the stress. No more year-end surprises—get your overdue books caught up, taxes filed on time, and access to year-round advisory services.
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Bench Software - Unlimited support from a Bench bookkeeping expert. You’ll receive real support from real humans, allowing you to take the guesswork out of running your business.
Bench Software - Simple to use anytime and anywhere. Forget about spending hours learning new software. The Bench platform makes it super simple to view your financials, update information, or check in with your team.
Bench Software - Powerful financial reporting. See how your business is doing, master your spending, and make smarter decisions with your money every step of the way.
Bench Software - Tax season, minus the stress. No more year-end surprises—get your overdue books caught up, taxes filed on time, and access to year-round advisory services.

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US$249.00/month
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Features of Bench

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Software
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Cash Management
  • Data Import/Export
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Reporting Software
  • General Ledger
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Multi-Currency
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Project Accounting Software
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Management Software
  • Transaction History

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Reviews of Bench

Average score

Overall
4.7
Ease of Use
4.7
Customer Service
4.8
Features
4.6
Value for Money
4.5

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Chris
Chris
Co-Founder in U.S.
Verified LinkedIn User
Telecommunications, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Love Bench!

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Bench is the easiest way to manage our books online. It's been a huge time and money saver over the last few years.

Pros:

I've been using Bench for years now and it's so simple to see and manage my books. When something isn't categorized correctly, I add a comment and it's moved over to the right one. It's been great and easy to use.

Cons:

The monthly income statements are behind often. I have to ask to get them on time. I wish it integrated with Quickbooks as my CPA can easily manipulate the data for reports.

Bench Accounting Response

2 years ago

Thanks, Chris! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and feedback. We've passed your comments to your team as well! Wishing you all the best.

Guy
Guy
President in U.S.
Verified LinkedIn User
Marketing & Advertising, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Life and Business Changing

5.0 last year

Comments: In the wake of COVID I left the agency I was at to do my own agency. While I had my business as a side-agency for a number of years and applications like Freshbooks and then Quickbooks Self-Employed helped me manage things I dreaded tax season and all the work I needed to do every year. During COVID I had to get my business up and going, get clients, execute projects, and get things done. I had zero time for managing my books. When the end of the year came up I dreaded the work that was ahead of me with several big projects in progress. Then, through the service I use to pay my contractors, I found out about Bench and it has changed my business AND my life. Bench took 15 months' worth of books that needed to be done and assigned them to a "catch-up" accountant. He went through everything, classified all my expenses, and had a simple way to ask me to review anything they need clarification on. They pulled difficult things to deal with like my processing fees from Stripe and instantly accounted for them. On top of that, having an honest to goodness accountant and accounting team to know how to PROPERLY set up a Chart of Accounts and classify expenses was game-changing. This service easily pays for itself in the time it saves me and the peace of mind it gives me.

Pros:

- An accounting team to get me on track. - Tax resources with their Bench Tax service. - A beautiful interface that is easy to understand and use. - Superb customer service with timely replies to any questions you have. - An easy way to review anything your team needs clarification on, I rarely spend more than 5 minutes a month classifying expenses for them. - EXPERTISE, Bench isn't just software to do your books, THEY are doing your books, understand small businesses and bring accounting expertise at a very affordable price. - Completed my taxes easily and reduced my tax burden, it was the most painless tax process I've had in years.

Cons:

- Communication early in Bench Tax could be improved but I mostly put this on me for being behind. - Having a separate signon for Bench Tax is a bit of a pain but not a big deal.

Bench Accounting Response

last year

We appreciate you taking the time to share this positive experience with us, Guy! We're so happy to hear that the Bench platform, the expertise of your bookkeeping team, and timely client support have taken the burden of bookkeeping and tax filing off of your plate. Thank you for being with Bench, Guy!

Michael
Michael
Managing Partner in U.S.
Verified LinkedIn User
Professional Training & Coaching, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Its easy and worth it.

5.0 2 months ago New

Comments: The sales and onboarding team was amazing. [SENSITIVE CONTENT] is a champion.

Pros:

Reconciliation and ongoing communication through the chat is priceless. The teams are fast and handling things in real time is valuable to the process.

Cons:

I'd hoped my monthly statements would be pulled automatically once I linked my accounts.

Bench Accounting Response

2 months ago

Hi Michael, we're so happy to hear you had such a great experience with our sales and onboarding team! I'll be sure to pass it along to the team, I know they will be thrilled! We're excited to keep providing the support you need so you can continue to grow your businesses.

Alex
Owner in U.S.
Food & Beverages, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Not what I expected and would not buy again.

2.0 3 weeks ago New

Pros:

Like having access to an accountant and tax accountant

Cons:

Not timely, not adaptable to my business needs, makes assumptions that I would expect form software not form humans.

Bench Accounting Response

2 weeks ago

Hi Alex, thank you for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We sincerely regret to hear that this has been your experience with us, as we aim to provide accurate and timely financials. A member of our Client Success team has reached out to discuss your concerns, and we have passed this review to your bookkeeping team for further review.

Molly
Acupuncturist in U.S.
Alternative Medicine, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Costly

5.0 3 weeks ago New

Pros:

Seamless and effective. Takes the responsibility off my to do’s list

Cons:

I feel it’s very expensive for what it is, especially since is pretty automated after the first few months