Integrated time billing, project management, and accounting for professional services.
BQE Core is a flexible and powerful business management solution with a full range of time and expense tracking, billing, project management, and accounting capabilities.
Designed specifically for professional services firms by industry experts, Core automates repetitive tasks, allows for streamlined collaboration, centralizes information, and offers incredible insights. It consequently helps you stop billable time from slipping through the cracks, greatly increase productivity, and better plan for the future.
Core is cloud-based, so you can access it from anywhere and you never need to worry about updates. Its revolutionary à la carte pricing model means that you don’t need to pay for features you won’t use, and monthly, quarterly, and annual plans make it cost-effective for firms with seasonal employees or shifting demand.
The main capabilities included with BQE core include:
An accounting center lets you write checks, reconcile accounts, generate balance sheets, connect to bank feeds for automatic reconciliation, and more all in one place. Additionally, Core gives you the ability to create a chart of accounts for income, expense, assets, liability and credit card accounts, record general journal entries, print detailed profit and loss reports. Additionally, there are virtually endless customizable report templates.
Core comes with free, fully functional native mobile apps for Android and iPhone to track time and expenses, manage clients and projects, and send out beautiful invoices with ease.
Flexible billing functions include automatic billing, progress billing, ability to create invoices in either batch or manual mode, retainer invoices, recurring invoices, percent completion invoices, fixed invoices, hourly invoices, hourly “not to exceed” invoices, etc.
Unlimited, customizable dashboards to monitor KPIs and metrics including but not limited to: time, activity, client, and employee performance; effective pay rate; gross margins; earned value; and income and expense breakdowns.
Integrations with QuickBooks Online, MYOB AccountRight, Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Web Services, and more make Core fit seamlessly into your business ecosystem.
Core offers comprehensive project management capabilities with multi-level submittal and approval workflows, forecasting tools, real-time tracking, and more.
Intuitive time and expense tracking in multiple formats, from straightforward timecards to smart timers, lets you track overtime, compensation time, sick time, vacation and holidays. With each entry you can record unlimited notes about the entry.
The cost of BQE Core starts at $7.95/user/month for the time and expense subscription. Accounting subscriptions starts at $22.95/user/month. These figures are based on a 5-year plan. There is a free trial available. There is no free version available.
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As a startup, I was researching for the best integrated accounting, time and expense tracking and billing software. I selected BQE Core because it had an intuitive interface, easy reporting and it was on cloud. For any startup business the cost is always a big factor, the fact that BQE Core was a fraction of other similar software packages was an added bonus! We use BQE for our integrated accounting, time/expenses, and invoices, and it has been integral in helping us to understand and grow our business in the first year. At every moment, I have the info available to understand my cash flow, liabilities and A/R all in one interface, which never would have been possible if I used other accounting software.
We use Core for our integrated accounting, time/expenses, and invoices, and it has been integral in helping us to understand and grow our business in the first year. I was really happy with the initial experience of Core. If you have a base-level understanding of accounting, just watching the instructional videos will give enough information to set up your full account. Having staff available 24/7 for questions has also been very helpful when you’re stuck and figuring something out during late-night invoicing!
At this point it serves our needs but I am pretty sure we will have suggestions for improvement.
Moving to Core has definitely helped us eliminate the manual data entry process. Prior to using Core the time entry process was not that easy and we had to enter time manually for all the employees in our old software. Another area that so far we like in Core is the powerful invoicing.
Easy time entry and invoicing feature are the best so far that we enjoy in Core. We also appreciate the excellent customer service support team. They always go above and beyond to help out.
Needs to be more user friendly. At time we did experience glitches which were rectified in a timely manner.
Our small but rapidly-growing architectural firm was looking for a project management and billing solution. We were particularly impressed with CORE’s user-friendly, “all in one” design.
It provides us with a single source to record employee time, manage project tasks, budget, invoice and track project performance. We took advantage of the various training packages and technical assistance BQE offers to help us get up-to-speed with CORE in a matter of months. BQE also worked with us to develop a custom invoice that provides our clients with current and past billing information in a clean and easy-to-read format. With the mobile app, our partners access CORE data anytime, anywhere, and can record travel expenses directly from their smartphones. BQE has demonstrated to us that they listen and responds to suggestions on how to make CORE an even better program for its users by providing regular updates and enhancements that incorporate our suggestions. We are very pleased with CORE and BQE."
Everything is working for us and if it does not then that is what support is for. Like any other new software implementation there is a learning curve. We took advantage of the various training packages
We are an architecture firm and it is clear Core is geared to us. We are new to Core, so it’s hard for me to name features i like most. Definitely like it. Time management and auto reports have helped us a lot. What I love so far is the 24 hour support. The agent I usually speak with has been especially helpful. He is patient and a great teacher. He points out issues/features that I had no idea about. He has been extremely helpful.
Software is has features for our industry. As mentioned support is great and so far we have benefited from time management and report automation
I would like to see more free webinars about new features, or tips.
After using BillQuick for more than 10 years we switched over to Core. The transition was extremely smooth. Core is an excellent product which my staff transitioned to with ease. The online tutorials were so good that staff just dove right in to working with Core with almost no support needed.
Any questions that I have as I was setting things up were quickly answered but staff who are always quick to respond, extremely knowledgeable and always friendly. I would definitely recommend Core to anyone!
User friendliness and definitely excellent customer service
Would like to see incomplete time card monitoring soon in Core. I was told it is already on the road map.
Prior to using BQE software I used Wind-2 and SEMA4 which are costly programs. I was not a newbie to using project management software when implementing BQE. My greatest frustration in using those legacy programs was that they did not have any flexibility in them that allowed me to update or “correct” erroneous entries into the system database without having the data reprogrammed in some way by the vendor. Support for BQE can assist making changes on the fly if need be and hopefully will continue to support the services industry in the future. I have witnessed the mission of BQE to continue to improve the software and support for its users. I am happy to say that I took a leap of faith in upgrading my office to BQE and have not been disappointed.
SIMPLICITY—it is an easy transition from paper time sheets in a format that employees can easily understand. Employee time entries can add memos that are invaluable to explain charges to clients or counsel employees on their activities. FLEXIBILITY—Some projects require slightly different reporting/invoicing formats to fit the client;s needs. BQE support assists with accomplishing just that at a reasonable cost. SUPPORT—With a gold support subscription, issues in understanding inputs or reporting have been addressed in real-time, on-line, to help maintain operation schedules for billing and reporting. REPORTS—Both summary and detailed reports are available that can include memos to help clarify time and expenses. One can look at a project from different facets based on a manager’s needs.
Some of the labor reporting modules need to be reviewed that use an integer formatted numbers that round off and be updated to use an accounting formatted number with 2 decimal places. My accounting department uses two report for payroll that use incorrect time (rounding up) instead of an exact job time/cost figure
Core has been a huge time savings for us. The ease of creating invoices, making and customizing reports, and entering time has improved our ability to get more done overall. We have been very pleased with all aspects of customer service, the integration team, custom reports team, trainers, and call center for the one off type questions and issues. We would recommend Core to anyone on the fence about the service. It is such a user-friendly software program.
it is such a user-friendly software program and the customer service is definitely great.
There was a bit of a learning curve in the beginning and training coordination was somewhat challenging but nothing extraordinary.
Having project assignments, time tracking using the multiple timers and of course recurring billing for automating our invoicing process are the most productive features of Core. We are done with entering data, so far, i am liking everything I see and I am looking forward to seeing the reports. Employees enter their own time. Recurring bills negate entering the same info each month.
On the Dashboard, it’d be nice if you had the option to click on a widget, and it takes you to the report.
On the Dashboard, it’d be nice if you had the option to click on a widget, and it takes you to the report.
The time card entry process seems to be better than our old system. Lot less steps for our staff to get their time sheets in. We are still in the learning process, I can say one thing about BQE support personnel…they are helpful and very patient and understanding. I appreciate them very much
Definitely technical support and better time entry
For vendor ID, you have to choose either a tax ID number or a SSN. Vendor’s can be either, so you should be able to have both.
What we like the most about Core is the way everything is integrated in one application instead of using standalone apps that do not talk to each other. The ease of pulling up the needed data is definitely helpful. I have liked how some of my suggestions to Core ideas have been implemented. If more of these could be fixed and added to the software, the use of the software would be more efficient and effective.
The way everything is integrated. The ease of pulling up needed data
Although, BQE is working on a payroll module and i have to use a a separate payroll software to process payroll. On projects when you assign a group it doesn’t let you assign to all phases and this feature addition would be great.
I liked the flexibility and design once I gone through the learning curve. The reports are straight forward and serve my purpose without customizing.
I have used BQE products for years and the software is simple to use and pretty straight forward. Today was the first time I needed customer support. The response was as always excellent and the problem that I was experiencing was fixed.
I find the billing process steps a bit awkward but I am used to them now. It is annoying to have to look for the most recent invoice under Invoice Review once the invoice is processed as final.
We transferred 12 years of “Project History” to bqe-CORE effective January 1, 2019. I am the Business Manager and I report directly to the owner of the Company. I keep current the clients we work with&…and all project-phase information for the company, billing-invoicing, using the CORE operating system. As a former Marine Corps officer&. then commercial banker (15 years) I believe that People make the difference&… not machines. The people at bqe CORE, particularly the HELP DESK, are all professionals they know what they are talking about and they care. I highly recommend bqe CORE!
I value honesty, and I value those that take ownership. I recommend bqe-CORE. I just designed a ‘custom report’ for our company utilizing the CORE ‘Custom Report’ section. They were great to work with. We are now using “my” Company report starting January 2020. This “custom report” pulls in all our client “project data” real time. It shows what’s important to us&. our project team. We have many concurrent project-phases (hourly or not to exceed contract phases) under the parent project, that start one year and end the next. This custom report is a great tool for us& color-coded “RED”, showing when over budget (time or “not to exceed” contract fee).
The flexibility of customizing features to meet our growing business needs. he people at bqe CORE, particularly the HELP DESK, are all professionals
It would be nice to see more built in invoice/report customization features.
Time entries are easy for the project managers. When everything is entered correctly Core does give a good view as to where we are with invoicing, budgets, contract etc. For most part calling customer service is easy and the staff is knowledgeable and patient when we are asking for help.
We love the customer service and of course ease of use with robust features is a plus.
I am not a fan of write up/down feature and wish we could turn it off as our firm does not use it. There is room for improvement in reporting area as find some reports do not show totals at the bottom and more invoice customization options would definitely help.
I have to say it has succeeded with flying colors after being bombarded with all kinds of unusual circumstances with hundreds of our architecture projects! Well done! I’m constantly amazed how well thought-out the original approach was in Core’s basic design allowing it to handle all of our client’s weird situations, and we’re just one of the zillions of other companies using Core who do things so differently than we do. I say this with a little authority, as well, because I wrote my first program at age 15 in 1968 and I have seen (and suffered) everything in all the eras of computing since. Core is badass. Every system has issues, but it’s important we all stop and appreciate the unimaginable amount of work that went into making Core really effective. No one paid me to say this and I’m not getting any brownie points. I’m saying this because I know intimately what the developers have gone through to make today’s Core possible. Whew!
Core’s powerful time and expense tracking, simple but yet powerful invoicing and amazing project management features makes it a power house.
I’m constantly amazed how well thought-out the original approach was in Core’s basic design allowing it to handle all of our client’s weird situations, and we’re just one of the zillions of other companies using Core who do things so differently than we do.
Core has an amazing catalog of built-in reports. One thing we find ourselves often wishing for was a kind of Quick List report that would output a list of something, one item per line, single-spaced and nothing else but a clear statement of the search and filtering criteria at the top.
BQE Core was at the top of our list when our company was researching a replacement for our current accounting software. The cloud-based software was a great solution, but ultimately we decided to go with another software because our CEO decided that a local server-based system was a better fit for our company.
I was impressed with how much thought was put into the creation of this software and how many steps we would have been able to cut out of our daily routine by using this software.
I think if they offered a local server-based version that worked exactly like their cloud-based software, we might have made a different decision.
By far one of the most beautiful and powerful software for engineers and architects. We switched from a very expensive software. Everyone at the office fell in love with Core immediately. Highly recommend.
The business intelligence and the entire BQE support team.
I wish it had payroll. I have to export the payroll report every two weeks. No big deal though.