My preferred accounting software is without doubt Sage 50 Accounts Professional, why? Mainly because I have used it for many years and therefore know it anyway so I suppose this makes it much easier to use, although I have seen a few other products and none seem to have such an intuitive interface or wealth of features. OK so to be fair there are a lot of features which I don’t use now and probably never will, the foreign trader and intrastats being good examples, but who knows, I may go international at some stage.
But it’s the features in my Sage 50 Accounts Professional software which I do use which make it such an invaluable business application. The nominal structure is flexible and I understand that a new version is due out in the next few months, this will have an sql database behind it so will likely make it even more so.
I also raise purchase orders and match my invoices to them, yes, I know you can do this outside the system, but if you do, you need to be absolutely certain that you are checking them when they are entered as an invoice, otherwise there is really no point in raising a PO at all.
Of course there are 2 other products to consider, firstly there is Sage 50 Accounts, this is the basic option, but worth a look, especially if you are looking for the cheapest option. It does not include all the features of Professional, or Plus, but is a very good starting point and can be bought for under £400, where the others are $600 and £800 respectively.
The other key product which I don’t use personally, but is worth a quick mention is Sage Payroll, this is the most popular software in the UK for people to pay their employees, it does all the usual such as payslips, deductions for pensions etc, although not having used it myself I can’t comment, although I have been told that it is very easy to use.
So if you are setting up a small business, or if you are even a mid sized company, sage software may have the features you need, and it’s fairly cheap compared to some of the accounting software systems available on the market.