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Cheap or free accounting software?

I am a recently appointed treasurer to a charitable club running an after school care service for children. We are part grant funded by the local authority and as such need to be transparent with our income and costs, and at present its a bit of a mess.

I wanted to try to introduce some kind of electronic book keeping, to help with invoicing parents, tracking payments, and generally understanding our financial position. It seems as though there are a number of free or small business (cheap) packages out there but I don't have time or experience to evaluate them properly.

I would welcome any advice or recommendations that anyone has.


Adam Lee
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Adam Lee


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06th Nov 2007 16:49

Try one of SaaS options
You could try one of the on-line/software as a service options


There are others out there.

Winweb is free for single user, I think.


Oops - also forgot freeagentcentral (sorry dennis!!!)

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By Anonymous
07th Nov 2007 09:08

Winweb, VT or Cash Book Pro...
I would certainly go along with Winweb - it's a fabulous piece of online bookkeeping.

Other may be VT Cash Book - http://www.vtsoftware.co.uk/cashbook/index.htm

Or our very own Cash Book Pro - http://www.yorkshireaccountancy.co.uk/shop/excel-bookkeeping-spreadsheet.php

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07th Nov 2007 09:32

I would go with Nick
You could do a lot worse than try out Nick's software. Excellent.
Alternatively, more expensive but good is Cashflow Manager

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07th Nov 2007 11:39

no such thing as a free lunch!
you might get a free licence but if you don't know how to use it then you will have significant costs to sort out the resulting mess!

you should consider this when evaluating "free" options.

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07th Nov 2007 13:35

Horses for courses.
I run some funds where I recieve specific LA or A4A grants and have to track expenditure by grant to complete 'End of Award' reports. I use Quick Books for this as the 'Class' analysis does this very well.

Where I have a bigger VAT registered organisation I like to use Sage.

For any size of operation recieving significant gifted giving 'Cash Call' is a really good package, the accounts are basic but the reclaim software is spot on.

If you want remote multiuser access then the winweb type stuff will do it for you.

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12th Nov 2007 12:34

Online Bookkeeping
Please take a look at


it is the only web based bookkeeping system that has been accredited by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, there is a free 30 day trial with an annual cost of only £34.99 for the premium package.

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