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Accounting software for self-employed business owners

Go from complex admin to business-changing insights

You’ve put your big ideas into action and launched your business or started trading. Now you need to stay in control of your finances. Get paid faster, be tax compliant, and manage money coming in and out with Sage Accounting software for self-employed business owners and sole traders.

Get business moving with quick quotes

Start seeing money coming into your business with easy-to-create quotes that you can quickly convert into personalised invoices. Use our mobile app to send your invoices from anywhere at any time.

Organise your accounts

Connect your bank to Sage Accounting for freelancers and sole traders so that you can import transactions automatically. Save time inputting data and view your accounts in real-time.

Find work-life harmony with your accountant’s help

Share the latest financial information with your accountant and collaborate with them using Sage accounting to get accurate HMRC returns sorted, so you can get more time back.

View open jobs and watch your cash flow

See what you’re spending using real-time dashboards, get cash flow forecasts to stay in the know, and view upcoming jobs to stay on top of business.

Explore our plans for freelancers, contractors and sole traders

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Accounting

Start

FREE for 3 months
£12
£0.00 +VAT/mo*
You save £36.00
  • Create and send invoices
  • Track what you're owed
  • Automatic bank reconciliation
  • Calculate and submit VAT
  • Supports one user
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Accounting

Standard

FREE for 3 months
£24
£0.00 +VAT/mo
You save £72.00
  • Create and send invoices
  • Track what you're owed
  • Automatic bank reconciliation
  • Calculate and submit VAT
  • Supports unlimited users
  • Manage and submit CIS
  • Run advanced reports
  • Send quotes and estimates
  • Forecast cash flow
  • Manage purchase invoices
  • Snap receipts with AutoEntry, 3 months free(2)
    Accounting

    Plus

    FREE for 3 months
    £30
    £0.00 +VAT/mo
    You save £90.00
    • Create and send invoices
    • Track what you're owed
    • Automatic bank reconciliation
    • Calculate and submit VAT
    • Supports unlimited users
    • Manage and submit CIS
    • Run advanced reports
    • Send quotes and estimates
    • Forecast cash flow
    • Manage purchase invoices
    • Snap receipts with AutoEntry, 3 months free(2)
    • Invoice in multiple currencies
    • Manage inventory

    *Get 3 months free, then £12/£24/£30 + VAT/mo (tier depending). Terms and conditions apply.
    **Start your free trial and receive 1 month free, then £12/£24/£30 + VAT/mo (tier depending). Terms and conditions apply.
    (1) Starting at 5 employees from £0.00 (offer price) per month + VAT with the option to add employee tiers for up to 50 employees. RRP from £7 + VAT per month (after offer).
    (2) Snap and upload data from unlimited receipts, invoices and supplier statements with AutoEntry, free for your first 3 months. Subject to fair usage policy. Standard and Plus tiers only.

    FAQs

    You don’t have to be a finance pro to use Sage Accounting. Our easy-to-use cloud software is perfect for freelancers, contractors and sole traders because it makes managing your finances simple, from sending and creating invoices, to reviewing cash flow and reducing admin. Use Sage Accounting to:

    • Quickly raise quotes and invoices to get paid faster
    • Control cash flow with accurate forecasting
    • Create a digital paper trail and file VAT returns to stay compliant
    • Record expenses on the go with AutoEntry to snap and capture receipts
    • Give bookkeepers and accountants permission to review finances and collaborate with you in real-time
    • Pay employees on time, every time with Sage Payroll
    • Manage finances from anywhere with our mobile app

    Yes, you can set up Sage Accounting to apply the correct VAT rate to your services. Then, you can submit an accurate VAT return to HMRC as often as required.

    Sage Accounting is useful for recording income and expenses quickly, a plus for contractors and freelancers on the go. For example, if you travel to meet a client, you can snap and capture a fuel receipt into Sage Accounting. You can also sync it with your bank account using bank feeds. Before a self-assessment deadline, you can then hand over all of this information to your accountant, who can submit a self-assessment return on your behalf.

    You can collaborate securely with your accountant online from anywhere on a return. Sage Accounting is trusted by thousands of accountants around the UK. We work directly with accountants to ensure our software is always up to date.

    Yes, simply save your Excel file as a .CSV file. You can then upload it into Sage Accounting and match up your bank accounts and transactions. To correctly format your Excel file for different actions inside of Sage Accounting, for example VAT rates, our help resource will provide more information: https://help.accounting.sage.com/en-gb/accounting/importing/extra-quick-entry-import.html

    There are plenty of ways you can save time with Sage Accounting. Here are some examples:

    Automate manual tasks

    By automating tasks, you can cut down the amount of time you spend on manual data entry to save money and focus on the areas of the business that need the most attention.

    • Set up recurring invoices to avoid starting from scratch each time
    • Add invoices in bulk to save time
    • Get Google Drive integration to get automatic copies of invoices and quotes online
    • Connect your bank and let transactions flow into Sage Accounting for easy reconciliation
    • Make sure that you’ve always got the right amount of stock - quickly view your inventory and create reorder levels and quantities
    • Get inventory reports to see stock information in seconds

    AutoEntry

    Spend less time on admin and more time on your work with a paperless way to manage receipts. Simply snap, scan or email a photo of your receipts, bank transactions, invoices or other documents for your Sage accounts using AutoEntry. Then categorise, publish and share them with your accountant through Sage Accounting. AutoEntry captures tax summaries and full line item details including description, quantity and unit price so it’s an easy way to log the information you need, when you need it.

    Other ways to save time:

    • Use dashboards to view your financial data instantly
    • Use real-time data to collaborate faster with accountants or bookkeepers
    • Create and send invoices, easily follow up with clients on outstanding invoices and track the health of your business in real-time from anywhere with the mobile app
    • See a live running total of your tax liabilities, plan ahead and submit to HMRC
    • View cash flow forecasts in real-time to make faster business decisions

    Sage Marketplace

    Get added functionality with our partner apps which integrate directly with Sage Accounting, bringing you more tools that help you get the job done.

    AutoEntry

    Remove the need for data entry
    AutoEntry is an intelligent, cloud-based solution which eliminates bookkeeping data entry, so users never again have to type up invoices or receipts.

    Tradify

    Fast and easy job management app
    Tradify streamlines and automates your job tracking, from enquiry to payment. Reduce admin hours in scheduling, payroll, CIS and more.

    QuoteOnSite

    Optimised quote management
    QuoteOnSite's allows you to create, send and track detailed and professional proposals that are automatically converted to invoices in Sage Accounting.

    Ordo Accounts Plus

    Getting paid made easy

    Ordo allows you to send and receive payments in real time, for a single flat fee of 20p, no matter the amount.

    “I save so much time not filling in my Excel sheets and I don’t accidentally delete things if I’ve pressed the wrong button”

    Lorna Syson,
    Fabric and Wallpaper Design

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