Accountancy software recommendations

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Accountancy software recommendations

Postby tophee » Tue May 01, 2012 10:38 am

Hi Guys,

I was wondering if anyone can help me with an issue.

I've just started a small business and ideally would like to have open source accountancy software that works and observes the proper standards. I am doing this legit - Company number, VAT registered (am a Limited company) and will have employees (eventually). So, it needs to do the business as it were: Invocing, payrole, tax returns, etc.

Had a quick search around this morning and didn't find anything very recent. Can anyone recommend me a package to explore? Most reviews online seem quite dated.

I know that many small businesses use Sage which doesn't run on linux and isn't cheap. Especially as would have to go back to windows, which I don't want. Ideally it'd be able to work with some sort of cloud storage as my partner and I want a virtual office.

Any suggestions, thoughts or wild conjecture greatfully recieved. Actually wild conjecture won't be... but everything else.


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Postby pastychomper » Tue May 01, 2012 10:58 am

Gnucash is one of the older projects out there, but still going strong and the only one I've used in anger (unless you count Gnumeric et al :wink: ). I can heartily recommend it for individual use and it looks to me like it would fit the bill for a small business. At least, it has invoicing, a payroll module and some kind of tax support, but I've never used those features so this probably counts as, at least, feral conjecture.
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Postby tophee » Tue May 01, 2012 11:46 am

@pastychomper - Thanks for that. Gnucash was one of the names I turned up, but I couldn't find any recent comments about it.

I'll install it onto my ubuntu box later and see how it looks.

Anyone else... ?
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Postby nordle » Tue May 01, 2012 9:48 pm

I used homebank for my personal finances. It's not suited for business though.....maybe thats unfair, have a look and see.

I have installed this, but didn't require all its features.

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Postby johnhudson » Wed May 02, 2012 7:34 pm

Gnucash is part of the furniture. It possesses a wide range of options, including payroll management, that should be more than enough for any small business but the learning curve is a bit steeper than other applications.

I recommended it to a Windows user with imited computer experience and she is detighted with it as it has all the sophisticated things she wants built in - unlike all the other options she looked at.
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Postby tophee » Wed May 02, 2012 11:26 pm

thanks for your replies... I didn't get much chance to get near a computer, so apologies for the late response. But I'll explore GnuCash first.

Much appreciated.
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