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Small business accounting, billing, time tracking, and HR solutions

Make running your small business easier with powerful software solutions for small business accounting, time tracking and billing, and HR.

Sage 50

Powerful desktop accounting software connected to the cloud. From $58.92/month.

 

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Sage HR

Manage income and expenses with ease, master your cashflow. From $17/month.

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Inventory Planner by Sage

The inventory planning app that helps retailers accurately forecast future sales and get easy-to-understand buying recommendations.

Why small business accounting, payroll, and HR 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 organized, and get your taxes right first time with Sage 50 Accounting. Get your people management processes streamlined and compliant with Sage HR. Track and bill time better with Sage Timeslips.

Sage 50 Accounting

Get the reliability of desktop accounting software and the flexibility of the cloud.

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

Sage HR

Onboard your employees, automate your HR process, and get meaningful insights.

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  • Manage core HR tasks in one place.
  • Run performance and leave management.
  • Schedule and manage shifts.
  • Collate and manage timesheets.
  • Review and approve expenses.

Sage Timeslips

Capture billable hours, increase profitability, and deliver professional invoices for your firm with Sage Timeslips.

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  • Track billable time with multiple time entry methods.
  • Automatically assign rates for certain tasks or employees.
  • Apply industry standard billing formats like LEDES 98B and others.
  • Generate detailed reports with a click.
  • 100+ predefined timeslips reports.

Inventory Planner by Sage

The top-rated inventory planning app that helps retailers accurately forecast future sales and get easy-to-understand buying recommendations.

  • Forecasts that factor in seasonality, sales spikes, and demand shifts for ultimate accuracy.
  • Automated buying recommendations that are easy for your whole team to understand. No more over (or under) ordering.
  • Customized reporting with 200+ meaningful metrics to prioritize your purchasing.

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 US 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 with several dozen employees may use HR software, like Sage HR, to manage people across the business. They may also use software like Sage Timeslips to track and bill time. Most growing businesses use some form of accounting software, like Sage 50 Accounting, 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 50 Accounting, 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 50 Accounting is an example of accounting software popular with US accountants who work with small businesses.

Accountants also use accounting software for running their practice and billing software, such as Sage Timeslips, tracking and billing time.

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

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