The best software will have an affordable price and feature combination that fits your business needs and solves significant problems you deal with as an entrepreneur.
This product is for entrepreneurs, freelancers, agencies, small business teams and medium size companies, looking to centralize crucial business tasks to grow faster.
Today's review is all about being a small business owner. As we all know, it's hard enough building a small business. For starters, entrepreneurs have to be on the ball with accounting, keeping up with the latest trends, administrative tasks and marketing.
However, what if you find your best friend that can help you organize your projects, help you communicate with clients, and take on many of your daily tasks? Giving you back the time that you can use to grow your business.
Well, my friend, that is when a good business solution comes into play. That's why today we will review two business tools: Dubsado and Plutio. Let's find together the best ally to run your business.
User Interface & User Experience (UI/UX)
To determine if a business tool is good enough, entrepreneurship gladiators, especially a “solo” business owner (me in this story), should ensure that the software has a good and easy-to-use user interface (UI). If not, it is almost definitive; I will not use it. So, simplicity is a must.
Check both business tool's key features and essential workflow through UI when you first open the application.
*Main Menu Features for Dubsado and Plutio 2021
Dubsado User Interface and Experience (UI/UX).
Dubsado was founded in 2016. According to their website, “We help your business stay in motion”.
Using Dubsado, you can manage your contacts, schedule appointments, and streamline projects. They divided the menus into two sections.
Dubsado's top menu allows you to personalize the software's setting, and the second menu covers the business management functions are on the left screen, on which we will focus on this article.
Plutio app, launched in 2015, is “The most streamlined way to manage projects and get work done”.
Plutio allow you to communicate with clients, share files, create proposals, send invoices, and get paid via a straightforward application.
They have developed Plutio with an excellent and easy-to-understand workflow that implements a nice UI focus on visual cues.
When you open up Plutio, you can immediately see the menu and images of the features provided by the tool to manage your business. Let's dig into it.
*Screenshot Dashboard of Plutio 2021
User Experience Conclusions
What I like about their User Interface and Experience (UI/UX):
What I don't like about their User Interface and Experience (UI/UX):
User Interface (UI) Score :
After all, both have a nice user interface, but I understood Plutio faster to navigate.
So, the score goes:
Plutio 9/10 (Winner)
Nothing beats a side-by-side features comparison
(Check the table below…)
Calendar | Agenda
Scheduler for Clients
Native Integration Videoconference
Inbox with your Email
Chat Widget between Client and You.
Visual Page Builder
Forms & Surveys
Wiki ( Knowledge Data Base)
Basic Accounting Reports
White-labelled Client Portal
Desktop App, Mobile App
This is the list of the features that Dubsado offers:
The features of Plutio are:
We all want a business solution with many features. However, it's not good if the tool, does not provide enough value. So basically, you want a good balance between features and value. In this round, we will break down the two business solutions and review the value they provide.
What I like:
What I don't like:
In this round, Plutio is missing the scheduler and some integrations that can be achieved by Zapier if I really need it.
Dubsado have some reports that can help with accounting but still think you need to pay for an accountant program, the good thing is that can be integrated.
Plutio allow download the app on my phone, the visual possibilities and that is a more intuitive tool.
Still, Plutio will be my choice in features because multi currency and have files storage.
Plutio 9/10 Winner
Round 03 Pricing
To be fair, the money matters, and occasionally, your expenses need to grow with your business.
The best part of it is that you have options, let's check the prices.
Dubsado: $35/month and $350/year (Included 15% discount if you pay yearly)
*Prices USD – Dubsado 2021
Plutio: Solo $15/month, Studio $20/month, Team $30/month.
Add on (White label) is pay additionally for $9 per month.
*Prices USD – Plutio 2021
Conclusions in the pricing:
Plutio 9/10 (Winner)
Best software for small businesses.
This battle got to an end, Plutio is the winner this time because it has a more intuitive platform, it has an approachable pricing, and it's easier to use.
I need to mention, as well, Dubsado is a very stable software. It's been more or less the same time in the market as Plutio, so they both have serious features to consider.
Dubsado looks more traditional and less customizable. Plutio has a better aesthetics and a more modern approach.
At Plutio, you can create very visually appealing documents, which is a plus in a competitive market. They have live chat to use with your clients and one app that you can download to your phone.
You can integrate Plutio via Zapier, but it also has basics like payment gateways and google calendars, which are enough to start.
In conclusion, Plutio wins with the higher score. I think they will evolve even more with time.
Currently Plutio is better, I enjoy their product and as I did my research and found that they are improving every day.