I am looking for a simple package that invoices, keeps client records and provides a running total in each product and overall. I do not really need profit and loss but expenses and outgoings would be welcome. I assume Sage would give me this but it is over kill for my needs. What is the Sage basic package?
Quicken is often recommended to me for its value for money and ease of use, as is Quickbooks (c. £110 Standard Edition) as a more sophisticated alternative without bothering with the powerful but complex and expensive Sage.
Quicken is no longer available in UK. I have used Quicken for many years and it is an excellent home finance product and I used it for a small company but I doubt whether it would do what you want ie track products. Quickbooks probably would do so.
I would also check what your accountant recommends. You may well find that buying Sage will enable you to provide everything the accountant needs in the format that is required. Sage Instant Accounts is the basic package at £110 ex VAT.
If you are using your Accounting Package to calculate your Tax position.
It will need an annual update.
Our glorious Chancellor sees to that.
This is an anti-Tinkering, political statement, not a Party Political orientated one as none of them has had the nerve to do nothing. A bit like an R&D department really. I must be seen to be doing something, no matter how futile it is.
If your needs are simple then I would go with either excel or one of the open source spreadsheets that are available. I do my wifes account on excel and providing you have reasonable knowledge of the product then it should be more than adequate. However if your business is expanding then I would go for sage. It is a safe option and will give historical analysis that can be vital, it is reasonably cheap to buy and you don't need to pay a huge amount for support. You might also find the additional features that sage offers become very useful.
click here TurboCASH, the software is free, you pay for the support package if you need it. click here Chrysanth Accountant 98 Free download, but I think it's orphanware as it's no longer listed on the Chrysanth website.