BQE CORE Suite

Professional Services Automation Software for Professional Service Firms

About BQE CORE Suite

People and projects are the core of your professional service firm. That’s why BQE Software created BQE CORE, an intuitive professional services automation solution that gives you complete visibility and control over projects, financials, clients, performance, and staff utilisation.

BQE CORE centralises and streamlines how teams enter and use accounting, time & expense tracking, billing, reporting, and project management details. This allows you to accurately stay within scope and budget, plan, and make quick and informed decisions.

Run Your Business from a Single Platform
● Use smart, customisable dashboards with actionable intelligence
● Monitor projects and have tighter control over budgets and profitability
● Automate the entire billing process to improve cash flow
● Easily capture every hour for projects, overhead and time off with pre-filled timesheets and in-built timers
● Quickly take action with clear, easy-to-understand, schedulable reports
● Manage your business no matter where you are with native iOS and Android apps
● Win more clients with CORE CRM
● Focus on the “Human” and develop talent with BQE CORE HR

BQE CORE offers integration with various third-party accounting software and certified partnerships with popular software such as QuickBooks Online, MYOB AccountRight Live, Dropbox, Google Drive, Stripe, Office 365, Power BI, and more!

With more than 400,000 users worldwide, BQE CORE is trusted by leading architects, engineers, accountants, lawyers, IT specialists, and business consultants. The scalable system is suited for small to large-sized professional services firms looking for a solution with a wide range of features and integrations at a modest price.

BQE CORE pricing is built in a modular fashion and lets you buy only the modules you need.


Key benefits of BQE CORE Suite

Run Your Business In One Place
With a wide range of features and integrations, BQE CORE centralises and streamlines how teams enter and use information, all in one place.

Make Informed Decisions
Stay within scope and budget, plan ahead and monitor project performance with accessible, accurate and customisable data presented on visual and intuitive dashboards in real-time.

Improve Efficiency
Automate repetitive, and administrative tasks with scheduling features, pre-populated fields and customisable templates.

Speed Up Cash Flow
With accurately tracked hours, and flexible billing options, ensure no billable hours sip through the cracks.


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4.5 /5
(742)
Value for Money
4.5/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.6/5

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Gillian
Gillian
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Great Product

Reviewed on 02/12/2021

I have consistently had a wonderful experience with BQE Core. They are always there to help out...

I have consistently had a wonderful experience with BQE Core. They are always there to help out when needed, and the monthly webinars are always helpful.

Pros

Nice and easy to set up and very easy to implement to new employees. Customer support is wonderful and prompt. Lots of one on one training options that will walk you through everything you need. Many different ways to track projects, budgets, staff etc. Always growing and adding features based on feed back from customers.

Cons

Project management set up can get tricky since there is so much involved, but there is good training to make it not so intimidating.
Some features in project management would be nice to be available in Time/Expense subscription for ease of communication within the organization.

Laura
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Core has been an integral in helping us to understand and grow our business

Reviewed on 11/05/2020

Overall experience has been great as we use Core for our integrated accounting, time/expenses, and...

Overall experience has been great as 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.

Pros

A little over one year back as we started up our new business I was researching for the best 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.

Cons

In a separate excel doc I track our projected income and expenses for each two-week period so I can plan cash expenditure. If BQE had a feature to track overhead and projections in relation to billable work, that would really integrate all functionality in one software. Other than that, I don't have any suggestions for improvement.

Alternatives Considered

QuickBooks Online

Reasons for Switching to BQE CORE Suite

Core is more intuitive and a complete package for professional services.
Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Arts & Crafts
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

JUST DONT!!!!!! Refused to give refund after acknowledging it doesn't work

Reviewed on 28/03/2020

It was the most expensive waste of time I've experienced in a long while. It's right up there with...

It was the most expensive waste of time I've experienced in a long while. It's right up there with Yelp advertising.

Once you get pay it's over. I determined that this didn't work for me at a bout 2 weeks in. But, I was patient and tried to work through it with them. Roughly a month later, we came to the understanding that it doesn't do what I need, and they can't make it do what I need. (Quickbooks and Method Crm was doing this stuff before)

I asked for a refund or even for the remainder of the year I paid for. I was told they "Don't Do Refunds"

So, They're cool with over-promising, Taking $650, understanding that you're not using the program any longer, and are dissatisfied.

Pretty Lame If You Ask Me

Pros

The Sales guy was really friendly and try to rush me into a holiday sale. I should have known.

Cons

It was promised to be totally customizable to any business. It absolutely was not. I spoke with customer service well over 10 times, probably 20 calls. They could show me how things were set up, but never really able to make it work with my business flow as I had with Quickbooks.

The program was often slow and sluggish between screen changes (I have very fast ethernet connection 250mbps DL speed). Many features were on different screens and made for a lot of loading time between simple tasks. Again....not customizable when I bring it up.

Response from BQE Software

Hi there! We are sorry that you weren't able to use the program as intended. We do offer 15-days free trial and live demos of our product and keep everything transparent to give our customers a chance to review the product before they actually purchase. We have hundreds and thousands of users worldwide who rely on our products each day to successfully run their business.

We are truly sorry to see you go and hopefully you will give us another chance in the future. Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected].

DAVID
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  • Industry: Civil Engineering
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

BQE REVIEW

Reviewed on 30/01/2024

Pros

EFFICENT WORK FLOW AND FEATURES ARE PRESENT

Cons

NOTHING, EVERYTHING HAS BEEN SUPER GREAT

Kimberly
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

We are particularly impressed with CORE’s user-friendly, “all in one” design

Reviewed on 20/04/2020

Our small but rapidly-growing architectural firm was looking for a project management and billing...

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.

Pros

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.”

Cons

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.

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WorkflowMax

Reasons for Choosing BQE CORE Suite

We were using 4 applications to run our business We are Sharefile, Timefox, Quickbooks and MSExcel to track our projects and handle time/billing/productivity and forecasting. It was getting cumbersome

Switched From

ShareFile

Reasons for Switching to BQE CORE Suite

For its simple to use interface and definitely Mobil apps are far superior
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BQE CORE Suite FAQs

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BQE CORE Suite offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: $29.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Our pricing structure is simple, flexible and designed to fit your needs – you only pay for the features that you and your staff actually use. Annual and multi-year commitment options are available to support the unique needs of your firm. Start a FREE trial today to learn how CORE can maximise productivity and unlock your firm's true profitability potential.

BQE CORE Suite has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

BQE CORE Suite supports the following languages:

English

BQE CORE Suite supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

BQE CORE Suite integrates with the following applications:

AffiniPay, ArchiSnapper, Box, Dropbox Business, Financials for Office 365, Google Drive, LawPay, MYOB Business, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Power BI, Office 365 Document Management, OneDrive, QuickBooks Online, Stripe, Tax1099.com, Xero

BQE CORE Suite offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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