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QuickBooks vs Sage: Why choose Sage for accounting software

Over 3 million global businesses and half of the UK’s accountants choose Sage. Easy to use accounting, greater financial control, simple stock management and complete Making Tax Digital for VAT compliance are just some of the reasons why.

QuickBooks or Sage, which solution works for you?

Features
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Cloud accounting features
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UK-based telephone support
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Audit trails
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Free bank feeds
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Unlimited transactions
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Built-in GDPR compliance green check mark

Advanced views for accountants and bookkeepers
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Unlimited users

Get real-time updates in from your team, from anywhere. Sage Accounting doesn't place a cap on the number of users you can add.

Award-winning UK support

We're on hand via email, chat and over the phone in the UK. Our experts will help you succeed with Sage Accounting.

Built for businesses in the UK

Sage Accounting was built for businesses in the UK. It has compliance functionality for GDPR built-in. This means you can manage personal data with total peace of mind. It also ensures your business is compliant with Making Tax Digital for VAT.

Get the latest improvements at no extra cost

Sage Accounting regularly rolls out new features for small businesses, including the ability to track the status of emailed invoices, support for the CIS scheme and our mobile app. All at no extra charge.

Get simplified payroll in 4 simple steps

Choose the simple payroll solution that helps you breeze through pay runs in 4 steps, save time with automatic employee assessments and enrolments into workplace pensions, and stay HMRC compliant. Sage Payroll is integrated with Sage Accounting or comes as a standalone solution.

Plans to support you and your business

-3 months free

You can cancel or upgrade at any time. No long-term contracts, commitments or hidden fees

Accounting

Start

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

Standard

FREE for 3 months
£26
£0.00 +VAT/mo
You save £78.00
  • Create and send invoices
  • Track what you're owed
  • Automatic bank reconciliation
  • Calculate and submit VAT
  • Be Making Tax Digital Ready for 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, 2 months free(2)
    Accounting

    Plus

    FREE for 3 months
    £33
    £0.00 +VAT/mo
    You save £99.00
    • Create and send invoices
    • Track what you're owed
    • Automatic bank reconciliation
    • Calculate and submit VAT
    • Be Making Tax Digital Ready for 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, 2 months free(2)
    • Multi-currency banking and invoicing
    • Manage inventory

    *Get 3 months free, then £12/£26/£33 + 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 100 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 2 months. Subject to fair usage policy. Standard and Plus tiers only.

    Migrating from QuickBooks to Sage Accounting is easy

    Making the switch from QuickBooks to Sage? No problem - you can take your data with you.

    You can use our trusted partner Movemybooks to transfer 2 years of data for free, saving £180.

    To learn more about switching from QuickBooks click here

    Sage vs QuickBooks FAQs

    Sage Accounting is software for managing your business’s accounting. It allows you to quickly and easily create and track invoices, track cash flow, accept payments, record transactions, automate admin, capture expenses, and much more.

    Sage Accounting is designed for small business owners (supports unlimited users) and sole traders (with or without staff) operating in any industry – from professional services to construction to retail.

    You can use Sage Accounting either by yourself or with collaborators. It’s easy to give access to multiple users, including an accountant (if you use one). You don’t need any previous experience with accounting software to get started. Functionality can be extended to include payroll.

    Take a 30 day free trial of Sage Accounting or buy now for £12/month + VAT for Sage Accounting Start. Alternatively, click here to check our latest offers.

    Yes, it’s fast and easy to make the move and transfer accounts from QuickBooks to Sage Accounting. All you need to do is sign-up to Movemybooks and they will help you migrate quickly and securely for free. Simply fill in an online order form and provide them with your QuickBooks login to get started. It only takes 2-4 hours to migrate, so you can be ready to go by lunch time.

    Sage Accounting gives you a reliable platform that gives you extra peace of mind and confidence in your finances. We bring you functionality that others can’t, like in-app GDPR compliance so that you can manage personal data. Our solution simplifies the most complex functionality so that you can manage stock, keep an audit trail of data and even give accountants advanced views so that they can get the job done faster. 

    Deciding between QuickBooks and Sage? To make it easier to choose the accounting solution that’s right for your business, here are some questions to ask when making your decision:

    • Will I get the support I need? Make sure you get 24/7 phone and online support so that help is available quickly when you need it. Not all organisations have phone lines which can mean longer wait times for support.
    • Does the software help me remain compliant? Choose a solution that makes it easy to comply with changing regulations. And pick a compliance specialist. Look out for GDPR functionality and HMRC and MTD compliant software.
    • Will the accounting software grow with me as my business grows? It’s important to pick a solution that works for you now and in the future. Ask about future plans for the product around Brexit changes, compliance, artificial intelligence and automation – you want a forward-thinking team of experts by your side.
    • Can the right people get the information they need?
      Make sure you have fast, easy access to your information. Make sure you have access to your finances on the go with an intuitive mobile app with customised views. If you’re using an accountant, make sure you can collaborate with them easily in real-time.
    • What’s included and what costs extra?
      Some companies charge extra for things like bank feeds and have limits on the amount of client data you can add before you get charged. Be sure to find out the costs before you buy.

    Yes. Unlike other providers, we give you the option to adopt Sage Payroll separately. Sage Payroll is an intuitive cloud-based solution that makes it effortless to confidently manage your payroll with security, accuracy and compliance you can trust. Easily switch from QuickBooks to Sage with simple set up and data import.

    • Manage payroll for up to 100 employees
    • Easy-to-use 4 step Do-It-Yourself cloud-based payroll
    • Avoid mistakes with fully HMRC compliant software
    • Automated payroll calculations and submissions
    • Secure self serve payslips and P60s for employees
    • Multi-user access providing unique individual logins and added security
    • Easily manage pension requirements and submissions
    • Access reporting to analyse your payroll and make informed decisions
    • Expert support whenever you need – 24/7, 365 days a year
    • Easily switch to Sage with a simple setup and data import
    • Share access with your accountant
    • Automatically track your payroll data in Sage Accounting.

    Click here to see our latest Payroll offers.

    Access Sage Accounting from the mobile app

    Take control of your business when you’re on the move with the free Sage mobile app.

    • Get a clear view of money going in and out of your business each week, month or year
    • Quicky and easily send invoices to customers and see when they’re paid
    • View unpaid and overdue invoices and send reminders to customers

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