Looking for an alternative to QuickBooks Self Employed?

Craftybase is a QuickBooks Self Employed alternative. Here's why you should consider switching…

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Why Quickbooks Self Employed may not be the best option for your Etsy store…

Quickbooks Self Employed can be a handy piece of software for small businesses, but it's just not designed with the unique needs of Etsy sellers in mind. Crafters are manufacturers, and manufacturers need a complete different set of features for their bookkeeping needs - income and expense tracking unfortunately just isn't enough.

Craftybase has been working with thousands of Etsy sellers just like you over the last 8 years creating and refining the perfect set of features that handmade sellers need in a bookkeeping system. For one thing, we focus on inventory tracking: this is one of the most important things a small manufacturing business needs to be on top of and is often the most neglected and poorly managed. Whilst simple cashflow systems like Quickbooks Self Employed can be helpful to see your incomings and outgoings, it's not so useful at tax time for a handmade business. Your Annual Schedule C filing needs detailed inventory valuation information in order to complete it accurately to satisfy IRS requirements so unless you upgrade to the more expensive and complicated Manufacturing version of their accounting package then you'll need to find another way of tracking your manufacturing and inventory costs on top of paying for Quickbooks Self Employed.

Craftybase contains all of the features you need in one tidy, cost effective package. Like Etsy QB Self-employed, we automatically import all your fees and sales and categorise them for you to make it super easy come tax time.

Feature * Craftybase Quickbooks SE
Windows / Mac Compatible Yes Yes
Invoicing Yes Yes
Expense Tracking - Indirect Yes Yes
Product Tracking - Direct Yes No
Time Tracking Yes Yes
Product Tracking Yes No
Vendor and Customer Lists Yes No
Material Inventory Tracking Yes No
Business Reports Yes Yes
Tax Worksheets inc. Schedule C Yes Yes
Importing from Etsy Yes Yes
Inventory Valuations & COGS Yes No
Pricing Guidance Yes No
Consignment Tracking Yes No
Bill of Materials (BoM) Yes No
Stocktaking Yes No
Free trial Yes Yes
Unlimited Support Yes Yes

See why our customers love Craftybase

I no longer have to do manual inventory - what else is there to say?! I love the manufactures and managing supplies... especially with two online channels and selling at shows.

Tracking all my inventory, projects, invoices, contacts in one place and being able to run reports to see how my business is doing has helped me run my business a little easier.

I had no idea how to price my soap. I didn't take my time in to consideration until I started using Craftybase. I now know how to price my soap to make money with both wholesale and retail costs.

Craftybase is our 'command central' where all our orders from all those channels get collated. Without it, we would have no way to track all of our sales efficiently!

Victoria Victoria


Having real time inventory, pricing guidance, and expense tracking makes the paperwork of owning a business simpler. Keeping all of the information in one place makes it ideal.

Heather Heather

We do not know what we would do without this application. Spreadsheets and confusing documents is a thing of the past now!

Kahne Kahne


Craftybase has made COGS so much easier. The massive reports section has enabled me to focus more on the popular products to increase sales.

Vanessa Vanessa

Craftybase helps me keep my sales automatically entered into my system so that I can get on with doing the fun part: the creative products I make!

Kitty Kitty
* Features correct as of Jan 2019

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