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Accounting software for self-employed business owners and sole traders

You've put your big ideas into action, now you need to stay in control of your finances. Get paid faster and manage your money with Sage Accounting software.

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Get business moving with quick quotes

Start seeing money coming into your business.

  • Create quotes with ease
  • Convert quotes quickly into personalised invoices
  • Use our mobile app to send your invoices anywhere, any time

Organise your accounts with ease

Connect your bank to Sage Accounting for self employed freelancers and sole traders with ease.

  • Import transactions automatically
  • Save time inputting data
  • View your accounts in real-time

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Great for sole traders and freelancers.
per month/excl VAT*
FREE for 3 months, then €14 a month. You save €42
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Great for sole traders and start-ups.
per month/excl VAT*
FREE for 3 months, then €29 a month. You save €87.00
*Get 3 months free, then €14/€29 + VAT/mo (tier depending). Terms and conditions apply.
(1) Starting at 5 employees for €0.00 (offer price when coupled with Sage Accounting) per month + VAT with the option to add employee tiers for up to 100 employees. RRP from €11 + VAT per month (after offer).

Sole trader accounting software FAQs

You don’t have to be a finance or bookkeeping 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 calculate and create VAT returns that can be uploaded to Revenue to stay complaint
  • 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 calculate and create accurate VAT returns as often as required.

Sage Accounting software is useful for recording income and expenses quickly, a plus for sole proprietors, 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 software is trusted by thousands of accountants around Ireland. 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.

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

Purchase Automation and 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 Purchase Automation and 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 Revenue
  • View cash flow forecasts in real-time to make faster business decisions

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See what our self-employed customers have to say

“Now that I've done it, I can't believe how smooth and straightforward Sage Accounting is, and how much more I can achieve with it.”

Jane Turley
Founder, Atlas Bookkeeping and Consultancy

“The client clicks on the button in the invoice, makes the payment and that’s it taken care of.”

Bruce Coates
Transvercia Chauffeur Drive

“Sage Accounting means you don't have to spend any time on accounting. You don't need to worry about it. It's just happening for you. So I can focus on delivering a great customer experience and service to my customers.”

Janice B. Gordon
Owner, Scale your Sales

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