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Old 08-06-2009, 07:19 PM
anniemac anniemac is offline
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Default Accounting Software for Sole Trader

what is the best accounting software for sole trader with dual currency - needs to be cost effective and straightforward, want something that I will use !
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:28 PM
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Default Re: Accounting Software for Sole Trader

Think Sage Line 50 is quite popular.
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:26 PM
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Default Re: Accounting Software for Sole Trader

I know, thats what I thought, but its way too expensive and to many add on purchases too! but thanks for the reply!
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:30 PM
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Quicken is multicurrency aware. I use it for a small business with good results. Not good for payroll though.
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:31 PM
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Default Re: Accounting Software for Sole Trader

http://www.sage.ie/ps/accounting/ins...ntAccounts.asp

Hi Ya

Sage instant accounts 156 + vat is one of the cheapest on the market i would say
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:39 PM
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Default Re: Accounting Software for Sole Trader

Is quicken and quick books the same package? tried to google it and cant find a business package only for quicken personal in the US?
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:45 PM
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Default Re: Accounting Software for Sole Trader

Had a look at sage instant accounts, but not dual currency, but thanks for the link!
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:01 PM
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Default Re: Accounting Software for Sole Trader

The UK version of Quicken has been discontinued, yes. Quickbooks is made by the same company but is more expensive, I believe. I use the US version, which can be used for business expenditure and income accounts. Because it's a US version, it's tricky (but possible) to account properly for VAT, so you'd need to know what you're doing from a bookkeeping perspective.

You can download a trial version of quickbooks from intuit.co.uk.

Another free option is Microsoft Office Accounting Express.
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:11 PM
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thanks will check them out now!
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:00 AM
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Default Re: Accounting Software for Sole Trader

Tas Software are offering a free version of Tas Books Basic as well: http://www.tassoftware.ie/

I've looked into this for myself and the choice seems to come down to Tas Books 1 or QuickBooks Pro for small / home businesses (Sage Instant Accounts has too many restrictions so I'd avoid that). Ordering QuickBooks online from Amazon.co.uk or Dabs4Work.ie will save you a bit of cash.

One thing I'm wary of with Tas Books is that upgrades are not free (access to their online support knowledge base even costs extra), and it's not clear on their website whether bug fixes fall under that banner.
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:03 AM
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From my previous experiences of Tas Books, I would be slow to recomend it to anyone!
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:45 AM
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I would recommend Sage Instant Accounts. Sage Line 50 is overkill for small businesses. I've never used The Big Red Book but I've heard good things about it.
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:42 PM
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Quickbooks Pro 2008 does not handle multi currency. You'll need to go for QB Pro 2006 for it!
But price wise Quickbooks wins against Sage/Tas or Big Red Book.
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:43 PM
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is Vistopia the same as myob?
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:45 PM
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+ 1 on Quickbooks Very good.
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:16 PM
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Here here Jack, . if your tech support lapses, and you can be sure you will need it at the end of year closing, then you have real fun ! |I am convinced they have a gremlin built in to mess you up just when you are doing your year end
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:19 PM
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Default Anniemac - Accounting Software for Sole Trader

Quickbooks, you cant go wrong, but you should check first if your accountant will work with you, using it. Dont let them dictate without giving you real reasons, ( apart from being handy for him /her)
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Old 14-06-2009, 07:43 PM
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Default Re: Accounting Software for Sole Trader

well guy thanks for all the advice- i went with Mamut and not sure it was the best move its pretty tricky - they do have on-line courses, but wondering if anybody knows of one to one training in the North West?
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Old 25-06-2009, 08:38 AM
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Default Re: Accounting Software for Sole Trader

Sages announce free software for small business, there's a free payroll there aswell. I've never used either of them so I cant vouch for them but its free software.

http://www.tassoftware.ie/products/QPTB.asp
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Old 17-08-2009, 04:56 PM
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Default Re: Accounting Software for Sole Trader

I can give you help over the phone if you are still stuck. Just pm me please.
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