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.
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.