Sage One accounting software is Sage’s latest offering via the cloud. Sage 50 Professional Online has been around for several years, however, was essentially the desktop version remotely hosted.
Sage One has been specifically designed for its purpose – an introductory accounts package for the small business owner.
Your accountant will be able to access your Sage One data at the same time as you. This has been great for us, as we are able to help out clients immediately, without having to send backups back and forth. Another advantage for clients that are new to bookkeeping, is that we can login, check and file their quarterly VAT reports for them.
Sage considers the application so easy to use that there are no training courses for it. We tend to spend an hour or two with clients who are completely new to bookkeeping going through the functionality, and then they are good to go.
Sage Pay is very popular and easy to integrate with your invoicing, and enables you to receive payments online and register them in your bank account in your accounting system.
There are lots of other benefits of Sage One accounting software, such as online VAT filing and good reporting.
One of the main reasons that we often recommend Sage (we don’t automatically recommend Sage – we look at clients requirements and experience) is their superb helpdesk. The Sage One helpdesk is no exception, the technicians are knowledge and are quick to diagnose problems and offer solutions. As busy accountants we don’t have a lot of patience for poor quality helpdesks and call centres, however, Sage is the exception to the rule.
We regularly have calls from clients complaining that there laptop/computer crashed and they have lost data. When you are on the cloud it decreases your risk of data loss. Your data is secure and backed up and you can access it from any computer. Whether you choose Sage One or another cloud accounting software solution, I think you will wonder why you didn’t move sooner. No more backup headaches or having to upgrade your desktop application software.
Sage One is also very low cost, we generally recommend clients use the Sage One Accounts package, which is only around £10 per month.
I recommend that you look at a few options out there before you commit, as whatever any of the software companies tell you, changing accounting software packages when you have already been using another one is a pain. Decide what are the most important accounting software features for you and then take a look at a few of the options out there, such as Xero, QuickBooks Online and Microsoft Accounting packages. If possible test them with a few transactions, to see if you find them easy to use and quick. Once you have chosen your favourite you are ready to start using them. Like all accounts and bookkeeping, the data will be on as good as what you put in, so follow the below top tips.