Cloud accounting software offers small businesses a fast, easy-to-use way of managing a complete range of financial functions. There is now a wide choice of programmes, all designed to relieve you from time-consuming financial tasks, and free you up to make a success of your business.
However, with so many options to choose from, it’s not necessarily easy to make the right choice. If you haven’t the time to investigate by yourself, advice from professional accountants who know the ins and outs of accounting software is invaluable.
Here are the main advantages of using cloud-based business software, whether you are a sole trader, in a partnership, or in charge of a limited company:
If you’ve yet to explore the options for your business, experienced chartered accountants such as Perrys can help. We are independent of any suppliers, so will always recommend software that’s best for your business.
The good news for small businesses is that many software providers have developed their programmes with smaller scale organisations in mind. That approach covers making the software easy to use, keeping training requirements to a minimum, and keeping costs low.
Large multinational providers include the likes of Xero, Quickbooks and Sage, as well as smaller developers like Clear Books. Other software businesses are growing from small enterprises to larger ones, such as FreeAgent which was recently acquired by NatWest/Royal Bank of Scotland. In general, the bigger the developer, the more resources they put into continually improving the usability of the software. You can also find a selection of free accounting software.
The best way to identify the software you need is to run through a checklist of how you want to use it.
Which of the following financial functions does your business undertake?
Do you require:
The list isn't comprehensive, so don't forget to add any functions which are missing.
By all means delve into different providers’ websites and see whether they offer all the functionality you need, but do set aside enough time to do so thoroughly – you’ll find reams of information to sift through.
Alternatively, seek independent advice from an expert in small business accounting software. The right guidance can help you choose a solution that does everything you want it to do, not just for the immediate future, but also as your business plans develop. If that’s the route you’d like to take, get in touch today.