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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.

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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Reviews of Bench

Average score

Overall
4.5
Ease of Use
4.6
Customer Service
4.6
Features
4.4
Value for Money
4.3

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Guy
Guy
President in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Marketing & Advertising, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Life and Business Changing

5.0 3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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!

Shannon
Partner in US
Online Media, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Very Happy

5.0 2 years ago

Pros:

My Team and I are very happy with the Bench software and customer service. It's easy to use, a breeze to read, and simple to update.

Cons:

The lag time to get a response from a human being is something I'm getting used to as our world is moving to the online/AI experience.

Bench Accounting Response

2 years ago

Wow! We're absolutely thrilled to hear that we have been able to give you piece of mind, knowing that your bookkeeping is in great hands! It's also amazing to hear that your team has been professional, friendly and knowledgable. Thank you for sharing and for being with us, Shannon!

Giuliano
Customer Care Rep in US
Telecommunications, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

My Experience With Bench

5.0 4 weeks ago New

Pros:

With Bench handling all our accounting needs is easy It makes financial reporting easy

Cons:

Not a single issue with Bench. It is has has been very swift.

Nick
Owner in US
Financial Services, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Bench - A rollercoaster designed by a clown – full of unexpected twists, turns, and a few too many pies in the face.

1.0 2 months ago New

Comments: Oh, Bench, where do I begin? Our journey together has been like a rollercoaster designed by a clown – full of unexpected twists, turns, and a few too many pies in the face. From the magical year of 2020, we embarked on an adventure, not knowing it would turn into a saga worthy of its own sitcom. Our point of contact changed more often than a chameleon in a disco, each time promising a smooth transition that felt more like a game of hot potato. The nuances and complexities of our account were supposed to be handled with care, yet they were tossed around like a salad, leading to a delightful mix of confusion and misplaced assumptions. Let's not forget the enchanting dance of communication with our main Bench point of contact, our very own guide through this nightmare. Their performances were nothing short of spectacular, a blend of confusion, misinformation, and the occasional contradiction. It was like watching a mime trying to explain quantum physics – utterly baffling but strangely captivating.
If you like jokes, you should hear the one were they cancel tax fillings the week before they are due after months of working with their team to get everything reviewed and ready for filing. Their solution, leave your business hanging and waiting for updates and promises that never seem to come all while collecting their monthly billings and service fees but never actually providing the contracted services.
Use Bench if you like your accounting services like a rollercoaster without the thrill, a puzzle without a solution.

Pros:

Simple and easy to use platform interface and features. Consolidated communication in platform.

Cons:

Contradicting communication from our point of contact. Multiple changes with our point of contact and main bookkeeper. Charging us 21+ months of billings for accounting and tax services they never provided or actually completed. Bench promising to fix and refund those services and tax filings and then never doing so, over and over fro months. Tax filing errors that we had to discover with a 3rd party accounting firm. If you like getting ripped off, money stolen and then have to hire another accounting firm to fix all the issues they caused, then Bench is for you.

Pierpaolo
Digital Marketer in US
Information Technology & Services, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Handling Accounting Professionally With Bench

5.0 last month New

Pros:

Using Bench is very useful when it comes to accounting. It is affordable and well equipped

Cons:

It handles very well and no issues with at all.