Death by Sage

Numbers, or should I say accounts, to creative and artistic types, is not the most stimulating topic to say the least. This doesn’t have to be the case though.

This poor image has a lot to do with the functional approach accountants have to take, its their job, which is borne out by the traditional types of accountancy software they use. Sage, Quickbooks, MYOB are all great if you’re accountant as they’re functional and logically laid out.

However, they’ve got no visual appeal. The mere way in which the information is presented is daunting to someone who isn’t a ‘numbers’ person and hardly encourages them to jump in and get to grips with the chart of accounts, aged debtors report or monthly depreciation journals.

This has all started to change in the last few years with the development of accountancy software aimed at the business owner rather than the accountant. Visual dashboards, the use of plain English, video tutorials and now smart phone apps all increase the appeal.

My favourite, at the moment is xero. Other great alternatives are kashflow, freeagent and liquidaccounts.

So if you’re daunted by the prospect of having to deal with Sage, try one of these new wave of packages, they all offer a free trial period. They’re great to look at, straight forward to use and one of them will be right for you.

If your accountant tries to get you to stay with Sage, it may well be time to change him as well.


About Mark Telford

I run a small vibrant accountancy practice. We're growing rapidly by offering clients a top class personalised service. There is no one size fits all approach at Telford Associates, we provide services tailored to our clients and develop these based on our understanding of their business and their personal needs and aspirations. We stay in regular contact with our clients all through the year, not just popping up at the year end to complete the accounts and tax returns. If you're fed up with a poor service or high fees from your accountant, who never returns e-mails or phone calls, please get in touch. I'm confident we can provide you with the service you deserve.
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2 Responses to Death by Sage

  1. And if you add Spotlight reporting on to Xero, then you end up with something that most creatives can understand- graphical representation of results, kpi’s and forward forecasts. All ion one very easy package.

  2. Hi Anne, its great to hear about other packages that integrate with Xero. I’ll take a look at spotlight.

    The great thing about Xero’s API functionality is that it can be used by companies from any sector who want an accounts package that links to other packages they use.

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