Who is this service for?

Architects & Engineers Consultants Accountants Interior Designers Industrial Designers Lawyers Professional Services Providers

About BQE Core Suite

BQE Core is a leading software for architects, engineers, accountant, attorneys and consultants to automate their client-billing process, manage projects, capture time and expense with ease and increase efficiency with actionable dashboards. Includes full accounting and integrates with QuickBooks, Xero

Average rating 4.8/5

Total score
4.8
“Ease of use
4.6
User support
4.9
Features
4.8

Product details

Starting price:

1usd / per month
more about prices

Free version:

Yes

Free trial:

Yes, get demo

Desktop & Mobile Platforms:

Mac

Windows

App - Android

App - IOS

Cloud, SaaS, Internet

Training:

Documentation

Online

Support:

Working hours

Online

Software Developer

BQE Software
http://www.bqe.com
Set up in 1995
United States

Features

360 Degree Feedback
Accounting
Activity Tracking
Agile Methodologies
Applicant Tracking
Approval Process Control
Approval Workflow
Automatic Billing
Automatic Time Capture
Benefits Management
Billable & Non-Billable Hours
Billable Items Tracking
Billing & Invoicing
Billing Portal
Bills of Material

Budget Management
Budgeting/Forecasting
Calendar Management
Capacity Management
Case Management
Case Notes
Chatbot
Client Management
Client Portal
Collaboration Tools
Compensation Management
Conflict Management
Contact Database
Contingency Billing
Contract/License Management
Cost Estimating
Cost-to-Completion Tracking
CRM
Customizable Invoices
Customizable Templates
Docket Management
Document Management
Drag & Drop
Due Date Tracking
Dunning Management
Email Management
Employee Database
Employee Profiles
Employee Scheduling
Expense Tracking
FMLA Administration
For CPA Firms
For eCommerce
For Healthcare
For Sales Teams/Organizations
Forecasting
Gantt/Timeline View
Hourly Billing
Idea Management
Job Management
Kanban Board
Labor Cost Reporting
Leave Policy Management
Leave Tracking
Legal Case Management
Milestone Tracking
Mobile Payments
Mobile Time Tracking
Multi-Currency
Multi-Language
Multiple Billing Rates
Offline Time Tracking
Onboarding
Online Invoicing
Online Payments
Overtime Calculation
Payment Processing
Payroll Management
Performance Management
Portfolio Management
Predictive Analytics
Process/Workflow Automation
Progress Reports
Project Billing
Project Management
Project Tracking
Proposal Generation
Quotes/Estimates
Recruitment Management
Recurring/Subscription Billing
Reimbursement Management
Reporting/Analytics
Reporting/Project Tracking
Resource Management
Resource Scheduling
Search/Filter
Self Service Portal
Skills Tracking
Staff Management
Task Management
Tax Calculation
Time & Attendance
Time & Expense Tracking
Time Off Management
Time Tracking
Time Tracking by Client
Time Tracking by Project
Timesheet Management
Traditional Methodologies
Trust Accounting
Utilization Reporting
Vacation/Leave Tracking
Virtual Personal Assistant (VPA)

Alternatives BQE Core Suite


H
Heather P.

«The automation with the cloud feed is great for accounting»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

All of it - we came from a paper, Excel, Filemaker Pro, Timeslips, Quickbooks mess. The automation with the cloud feed is great for accounting. The ePayment option is something I just set up for our company and am looking forward to having clients take advantage of, the project management module helps us track our time and expenses in the project in ways that we could not before. For the first time in our 45 year company history we have a company budget for this year. While I am still learning and looking at how our company can best utilize CORE in all areas, we are definitely benefitting from using it. It has made tracking unpaid invoices much easier, thus making it easier to follow up with clients who we need to receive payment from. We now have a payables system to use, instead of a paper file. I could go on..

Drawbacks:

For a small business, where many approval steps aren't really as necessary, some of these steps become a bit cumbersome. That being said, it does force me to look at the data people are entering and perhaps correct it before things get out of hand too far down the line.

In sum:

I just love it. Your support, training, sales people are all really helpful.

October 1, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
D
Dale R.

«Great tool for the Architect's office»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

The product is great for the management of a project from time and expense reports to document management. It also manages the office contacts and calendar of events for all the employees. It will give you in real time if you are making or losing money on a project. It tracks and creates invoicing for all project clients. If you use QuickBooks, it is integrated directly with that software for complete accounting management. It is a great tool for Architects in that it is formatted for what we do (tasks and phasing of projects). If you have internet connection, you can get access to this program while on the road,

Drawbacks:

When opening up project file, it takes 2 or 3 clicks to open up a file, such as Word, PDF and AutoCAD. Very, Very frustrating. Many of my employees do not use is function and simply use Window file manager to open and move files. We should not have to do this. It uses Java in the background for some of its operations, and I am not a fan of Java... it is always updating. Updating of the software is somewhat difficult for the person not a computer nerd.

In sum:

Overall, this is a good office management tool for the architect. We have used it for the past 10 years and find it invaluable in all we do in managing projects and running the business.

September 29, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
A
Autumn H.

«Core has been a huge time saving for us..»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

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

Drawbacks:

There was a bit of a learning curve in the beginning and training coordination was somewhat challenging but nothing extraordinary.

In sum:

It is such a user-friendly software program and the customer service is definitely great.

September 27, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
M
Michael W.

«Consulting Structural Engineering Firm»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

We previously developed our own billing software using excell spreadsheets. Switching to BillQuick allowed us to automate our billing. We set up our projects (hourly, fixed and fixed not to exceed and phased projects) and our employees directly input their time into the software. Billing is reviewed on screen by the department supervisor and then by the project managers. Invoices are then created and either emailed or mailed to clients based on their preference. The software has allowed us to track project progress and accounts receivable. Statements are very easy to create using the standard reports. We rarely receive complaints or even questions from clients concerning our invoices.

Drawbacks:

It would be nice to have reports that we can adjust, however, BillQuick has done an excellent job of preparing our customized reports. We paid to have customized reports for hourly, fixed price and phased invoices which covers 99.9% of our invoices.

September 18, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
C
Christina B.

«User friendly, excellent customer service»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

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!

Drawbacks:

Cannot say 'least' but definitely would like to see incomplete time card notification feature that we used to enjoy. I was told it is on the road-map.

In sum:

We are loving the crisp user interface and customizable dashboards are definitely plus

September 13, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
J
Janiece W.

«Using Core has helped us analyze our data better»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

This software has lot of features and the best part is you can pick and choose the features that best fit your business. Although, Core is feature rich it is amazing how intuitive this software is. Support is great but most of the times we are able to figure out or answer our own questions if we get stuck that how simple and user friendly Core is. After switching to Core our management team is able to analyze the real time data to figure out the areas of improvement.

Drawbacks:

No real changes to suggest as of yet. There is already a lot to absorb. Anytime we need help or improvement in the software we send the feedback to BQE

September 4, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
S
Scott K.

«The logic/use process seems to flow very well»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

Overall, very good. There was a learning curve, as with all software, but it makes sense once you figure it out. There are lots of connectors/features so knowing what you need is a big part of this. Support has been very good. They methodically think through processes and help with issues, configuration settings, or bugs (which I recently filed and it will already be fixed by the weekend). The software appears to do what I need it do (Project/Time/Expense Management) and may also be our replacement for QuickBooks once we get the processes figured out. The cost seems to be fair and it's Tiered Usage based on user needs was great and something competitors didn't offer very well. We look forward to continue to use the product

Drawbacks:

Its big and complicated. I would spend time investing in documentation on what things really do for the back-end. For example: The QuickBooks integration is great, but finding out what actually happens is confusing. I had to set up small tests to figure out that "activities" really mean "services" in QuickBooks and you can have select what records have to sync documentation (very technical) is very good for people like me!

In sum:

The logic/use process seems to flow very well. The QuickBooks integration is very stable and makes sense once you understand it. The user interface looks nice, is operationally smooth and is very responsive both in design and speed.

August 26, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
C
Carmen F.

«So far we have had positive experiences in Core»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

We are getting more and more use out of Core. So far we are just diving in, but it has helped our time tracking and expenses and keep our documents in one place. Allocation and forecasting, project management and time and expense setup are all helpful. We are using our custom report for allocations and it is working well for us.

Drawbacks:

Any changes, we pass through ideas and so hopefully they are updated as new features - we would like to know the status of our requests just so we can discuss in our meetings.

In sum:

Core has greatly solved our resource allocation, project management and Time & Expense tracking.

August 23, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
A
Alexandra B.

«BQE Core Review»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

We like that there is a lot of control over how we set up our projects and the integration options available through Core. We recently made the switch to this software and find that we are able to track project time, expenses and profitability much easier than with our previous software.

Drawbacks:

Because there are so many options and settings it can take a bit of time to get used to finding what you are looking for. Things are taking us a bit longer to manage in this software - however, with more time using it and the training/support options available, we recognize this will only be a temporary issue to using Core.

In sum:

Since the minute we began to research and consider switching our project management software to BQE Core, we have felt that the team at BQE has been nothing but helpful through the process. The sales team were there to answer questions, suggest videos/webinars to get familiar with Core and to let us know about sales promotions we may be interested in. When we finally made the choice to move to Core, they were excellent at getting us set up with the software and following up on any questions we had. Since implementing Core, we have found that we have much better control over how our projects are managed, we are seeing much better performance data and are very happy with the product.

August 21, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
J
Jaydra P.

«Great product! Practical, customizable, and good value for the money.»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

1) It has a nice look and it's easy to use because it is organized in an intuitive manner. 2) It is also incredibly customizable. There are so many ways to filter reports and adjust who sees which reports and when, it kind of blows my mind. I have done so many things to customize this software to my firm's needs and I still feel like I've just scratched the surface. This also means it will continue to be useful as my firm grows, which is incredibly valuable. 3) It's a cloud-based software, which means I never have to worry about installing the latest updates. It's also an extra bonus layer of data security because the data is not housed on my local in-office server. 4) Tracking time is easy, and once hours have been billed to the client they are marked in the system (this may seem like a pretty basic feature, but it was surprisingly difficult to find in a case management software). 5) It talks to QuickBooks online, and it's easy to transfer data. It saves a lot of time to transfer invoice and other data from the project management software directly into my accounting system. 6) The customer service and follow-up support is great. I was walked through the initial implementation, which got me up and running almost immediately - very little work time invested in the implementation. After using the software for a few weeks, I scheduled a one-on-one training session with a BQE trainer to get all my firm-specific questions answered which was great.

Drawbacks:

My only (minor) complaint is that it does not yet also function as a CRM. I hope they add this feature because I'm looking forward to incorporating that data and function into the same system as my case management.

In sum:

This product saves me time and keeps all my cases organized so I never miss important deadlines or follow-up tasks. Well worth the money.

August 17, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet