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Small business accounting solutions

Make running your small business easier with powerful software solutions for small business accounting.

Sage Accounting

Manage income and expenses with ease, master your cashflow. From USD11 incl. VAT per month.

Sales Invoice USD168.00 USD00.00 Amount Outstanding Amount Paid Created Sent Viewed Paid

Sage 50cloud Pastel

Manage your accounting, inventory & payments. From USD456 per year.

Open Save Edit Reports Chart Payments Message Sage 50cloud Pastel Customers: Drag a column header here to group by that column Options Tasks Customers (19) Supplies Inventory To do Notes due today Notes overdue Customer invoices Posted dated batches P008 Jane Parker Code Category Description Balance Sales Credit Limit ABB029 44,122.46 31,876.72 000.00 AGC001 End-User -451.00 350.00 000.00 AGC001 Dealer 0.00 0.00 000.00 ALL001 Dealer 2,550.00 0.00 000.00 AST002 Distributor 0.00 0.00 000.00 BEC001 Dealer 0.00 0.00 000.00 BON001 Dealer 0.00 0.00 000.00 BOU001 End-User 0.00 0.00 000.00 CAB001 End-User 0.00 0.00 000.00 CASH Dealer 0.00 0.00 000.00 CIT001 End-User 0.00 0.00 000.00

Why small business accounting software from Sage ?

Sage has more than 40 years experience perfecting accounting, payroll and HR software, and makes running a small business easier for over 2 million customers.

Get paid faster, get organised, and get your taxes right first time with Sage Accounting or Sage 50cloud Pastel.

Sage Accounting

Perfect for freelancers, sole traders, and small businesses. Get a 30-day free trial, then from USD11 incl. VAT per month.

  • Customise, send and track invoices
  • Store and manage digital records
  • Forecast your cash flow
  • Connect seamlessly with your bank

Sage 50cloud Pastel

Get the reliability of desktop accounting software and the flexibility of the cloud. From USD456 per year.

  • Don't feel tied to a single desktop with cloud connectivity
  • Connect to your bank and control cashflow
  • Send custom invoices with 'click-to-pay' options
  • Automate paperwork and eliminate manual errors
  • Manage inventory and purchase orders

Still haven’t found what you need?

Take your small sized business to the next level with accounting, payroll and payments software from Sage. Find out more today.

FAQs

Although it's possible to run a small business without accounting software, this approach is more time-intensive and error-prone. For example, spreadsheets typically don't update in real time and can't be used to reconcile lots of payments across multiple bank accounts automatically.

Modern accounting software enables business owners to prepare accurate, compliant tax returns. It can also save businesses up to five hours of a week typically spent on admin. Accounting software also enables effective collaboration with other people in the business or with an accountant.

If you're running a small business, you may need a variety of software for marketing, sales and managing the books.

A basic CRM system can keep track of customer details. If you're running an online business, you may use software like Google Analytics and Google Workspace to manage a company web presence and business email.

You may also need software specific to the nature of your business. For example, a graphic designer running a small agency may require software like Adobe Creative Cloud.

Accounting software is also popular with many small businesses. It enables you to get paid faster, spend less time on admin and submit accurate tax returns.

The software needs of a business vary depending on its size, industry and requirements.

For example, a micro-business may need project management software, like Trello or Asana, for managing projects with contractors. They may also use file storage software like Dropbox and Google Drive to manage and store files securely.

A business who accepts payments from customers may use a payments portal like Paypal or Stripe.

Similarly, a business may use some form of accounting software, like Sage Accounting or Sage 50cloud Pastel, so they can manage the books more efficiently and prepare accurate, compliant tax returns.

Ideally, online financial software for small businesses should solve a particular problem.

For example, if Jane struggles to keep track of all the items on her to-do list, she should consider investing in project management software to keep track of multiple projects. Similarly, time-tracking software is sometimes useful for billing.

If Jane works with people remotely, she may find software like Slack and Dropbox useful for collaboration.

Similarly, if Jane spends several hours a week examining profit and loss spreadsheets and reconciling bank transactions, she may be spending her time ineffectively.

Although understanding profit and loss is important for business owners, Jane's time is probably better spent growing the business by serving customers or creating better products. In this case, accounting software, such as Sage Accounting or Sage 50cloud Pastel, should free up several hours in Jane's week that she can spend on higher-value activities.

Accountants use software that can help them collaborate with clients and or submit tax returns on their behalf. Sage Accounting is an example of accounting software popular with accountants who work with small businesses.

If a practice supports a larger business, they may use an advanced financial management solution like Sage 300cloud.

Success stories from small businesses

"Financial compliance is imperative. And Sage Accounting gives us peace of mind. It allows for any business owner to use the software quickly and easily."

Mike Anderson
CEO and founder of NSBC (National Small Business Chamber) Africa

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