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Hi all! :D

what program do you all use for your accounting? ive always used excel and just made my own spread sheets but i was wondering if there is a better type of program thats easier keep track of each individual client.
 
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sparkyork

hey matey,
i started using Sage accounts but after 2 weeks i got rid of it and went back to excel for payments etc and word for invoices. i found Sage to complicated and too time hungry, its like my accountant said "why do you need a program like that?, you get paid for work, you buy materials etc and produce invoices"
i just use excel and word now, and like you have them setup nicely, you can make them work as good as any accounting program if you know all the ins n outs of these 2 programs.

rich
 
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Cirrus

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I use Sage but my missus is an accountant and it makes year end very easy indeed.
 
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jibspark

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hey matey,
i started using Sage accounts but after 2 weeks i got rid of it and went back to excel for payments etc and word for invoices. i found Sage to complicated and too time hungry, its like my accountant said "why do you need a program like that?, you get paid for work, you buy materials etc and produce invoices"
i just use excel and word now, and like you have them setup nicely, you can make them work as good as any accounting program if you know all the ins n outs of these 2 programs.

rich
cheers mate, i think i will stick to excel!

I use Sage but my missus is an accountant and it makes year end very easy indeed.

Cheat! lol

ive got sage and had a play about with it, it all seems good but i cant seem to work out how to show discounts!
 
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sparkyork

dont bother with it mate, you'll come a croper if you enter some information wrong and have to go through various stages just to make it balance, or if you do insist on using then maybe do a course on how to use cos its really for big time companies like marks and spencers!
end at day you want your accountant to work for his/her 300+ year end stuff. it is personal preference and i thought that i could get on with sage, been quite computer literate (started building pc's about 10 years ago).
 
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dont bother with it mate, you'll come a croper if you enter some information wrong and have to go through various stages just to make it balance, or if you do insist on using then maybe do a course on how to use cos its really for big time companies like marks and spencers!
end at day you want your accountant to work for his/her 300+ year end stuff. it is personal preference and i thought that i could get on with sage, been quite computer literate (started building pc's about 10 years ago).
totally agree! I've been playing around with it tonight and its just too easy to get something wrong! if i was trying to use it for real i think i would just get in big trouble! I've built a couple of pc's including one for the car so i'm not totally PC illiterate either and its just too hard! lol

im only going to do some pj's while im in full time employment so its not like i need anything big, i just thought it would make it easier but it so doesn't! im just gonna get a personalised duplicate book (with logo etc) and then just input the data into a spreadsheet every now and then to keep track!
 
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Cirrus

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its really for big time companies like marks and spencers!
Not true. There are different types of Sage and Sage instant will do the trick for one man businesses.
 
theres other programs on the market too, has any one tried any of these

Quickbooks
kashflow
Myob accounting
accountz - personal accounts

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sparkyork

yeah there are different versions of sage, granted. i had sage financial controller and also the basic "instant" however its still an over complicated program, that has stock control etc, its not really a pick up and go type program. No dissrespect to you Cirrus but your misses is an accountant and has probably done the proper sage courses as well.
yeah if you can get your head round it and know what to do if you input some information wrongly, then it is no doubt a brilliant program but in most cases i think its way to advanced for a one man band.
The programs that luke has mentioned are more suitable without a doubt, ive heard good things quickbooks and cashflow. let us know if you go for one of the above and how it is to use if you do, it would be nice to get some graphs and pie charts running without needing a degree! lol

rich
 
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Sage is written for accounts to use doesn't really matter how PC literate you are. Sage is very good if you know how to use it but the learning curve is steep and will take time away from earning money to put into it
 
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sparkyork

exactamondo, you can know all the ins and outs of various windows programs but like you say sage is not user friendly without having at least done a course of some description on it.

rich
 
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