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QuickBooks vs Sage: Why choose Sage Accounting software?

Easy-to-use accounting software, greater financial control and help staying Revenue compliant - that's why over 3 million global businesses choose Sage.

QuickBooks or Sage, which accounting solution works for you?

 Features Sage  QuickBooks 
Core cloud accounting features     
Telephone support    
Audit trails      
Unlimited users     
Unlimited transactions    
Advanced views for accountants and bookkeepers     
Built-in GDPR compliance     

Unlimited users

Assign 4 different levels of access to different users to keep data secure. Get real-time updates from your team, from anywhere. And add as many users as you like.

Award-winning support

Call our support team, talk online, or email us - our experts are available over the phone and by chat. And the support doesn’t stop there. Get started quickly and easily by joining our onboarding community and learn how to use our products with free, simple training.

Built for businesses in Ireland

Built-in GDPR compliance, regular product enhancements, and access to a team with decades of compliance expertise all help you easily stay on top of legislation.

Switching is easy and free

It’s quick and easy to switch to Sage Accounting. You can import your chart of accounts, contacts, services, bank statements and more with simple CSV templates and 1-1 support.

Plans to support you and your business

Get full access to your product, and upgrade or cancel at any time. No long-term contracts, commitments or hidden fees.

Accounting Start

Great for sole traders and freelancers.
per month/excl VAT*
FREE for 3 months, then €15 a month. You save €45
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Great for sole traders and start-ups.
per month/excl VAT*
FREE for 3 months, then €31 a month. You save €93.00
*Get 3 months free, then €15/€31 + 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 €12 + VAT per month (after offer).

Don't forget our easy-to-use Payroll

Sage Payroll integrates with Sage Accounting or comes as a standalone solution. Breeze through pay runs in 4 steps, save time with automatic employee assessments and enrolments into workplace pensions, and stay Revenue compliant.

Webinar: Explore Sage Accounting

Set yourself up for success with Sage Accounting and find out how to get up and running quickly. Join the webinar to learn how to:

  • Log in and access help
  • Set up contacts
  • Set up banking records and learn the basics
  • Create, customise, and send invoices

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.

Buy now for €15/month + VAT for Sage Accounting Start. Alternatively, click here to check our latest offers.

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 phone and online support so that help is available quickly when you need it.
  • Does the software help me remain compliant?
    Choose a solution that makes it easy to comply with changing regulations. And pick a compliance specialist. Our software stays up-to-date with all the latest Revenue legislation, helping you to stay compliant.
  • 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
  • Stay compliant with Revenue
  • Automated payroll calculations
  • Print or email payslips, and payroll reports for your business.
  • 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
  • Quickly 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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