Every small business needs an easy to use and reliable accounting software that tracks the company’s finances accurately. Entrepreneurs cannot afford to spend a great deal of time on monitoring their firm’s accounting records. What they require is a robust software package that is capable of providing the reports and data needed to run the business efficiently.
Fortunately, there are a number of high-quality small business accounting apps to choose from. Here is a brief description of three.
The company’s full-service accounting software integrates with point-of-sale (POS) terminals, customer relationship management (CRM) programs, and also allows inventory tracking and document management.
Sage offers three versions of its software. Sage One is meant for single users or two users at most. Sage 50 allows up to 50 users. The high-end version, Sage Live, can accommodate anywhere from one to over a thousand users and can be accessed online from a mobile phone or even from an Apple watch.
All three versions offer facilities for the recording of sales and receipts, the payment of bills, and integration with your bank account. Sage Live allows the maintenance of multi-currency records and users can also use it to manage inventory.
The company started as an invoicing service for small businesses, but has quickly grown into a complete accounting app that has built a reputation for simplicity and ease of use.
FreshBooks allows users to monitor expenses and track time effortlessly. The app allows you to create professional looking invoices by selecting a template and adding your company’s logo.
Completing a new invoice is simple. As you start entering details, the software directs you to the fields that need to be filled. The name of the client you wish to raise the invoice on appears on a drop-down list.
There are several options for accepting payments from your customers, including FreshBooks’ own merchant account, PayPal and Stripe.
Intuit’s QuickBooks is immensely popular as it offers the most economical packages and caters to practically every type of small business.
As the user’s business grows, it is possible to upgrade features on QuickBooks to address the new requirements. The app provides companies with an uncomplicated way to manage its income and expenses and gives it the ability to download bank and credit card statements.
Its features include automatic data backups and it has the ability to provide the data required for quarterly and year-end tax preparation and filing.
Which is the best?
Each software package described above is highly popular and has large numbers of satisfied users. You won’t go wrong if you select any one of them for your company. The attached comparison gives an idea about the features of each package.
But it may be advisable to briefly test all three to see which package is the most suitable for your business. Each of them offers a free trial period.
Ravinder Kapur is a business operations writer at Aepiphanni, a small business operations and strategy consultancy that exists to help small business owners CREATE | DESIGN | BUILD extraordinary businesses. He is a commerce graduate and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has been affiliated with various interests in the financial services industry for more than 30 years. His finance expertise includes the commercial vehicle, automotive, and construction equipment sectors, as well as corporate finance. His experience in these disciplines has included business development, credit analysis, risk management and financial recovery. In addition, he worked extensively in corporate finance recoveries and was involved in several large value arbitration cases.
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