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What software could you not do without?

I was having a brief conversation with a solicitor earlier about the importance of software and it got me thinking of what we use but also made me wonder if I should be checking anything out that I wasnt aware of?

I think MS Office goes without saying but for me ACCA Practice Manager really is a tool I couldnt do without.

How about everyone else?

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19th Aug 2010 11:41

Outlook - as it has all my emails, contacts + diary + deadlines

I am trying to switch most of the emails, contacts + diary + deadlines over to Logical Office  - but it is taking longer than expected.

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By happy
19th Aug 2010 11:43

My choice...

MS Outlook, EchoSign and Message Save for me - all the accounts and tax software is easy to replace if one supplier disappears.

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Check out the Webware 100

One of the big problems for any business owner is not knowing what great software tools are out there, tools that could solve a particular problem or save time on a recurring task.

I suggest that you checkout the Webware 100 as a starting point.

Adrian Pearson
Business Technology Adviser

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By chatman
23rd Aug 2010 22:21

Echosign

What do you use Echosign for Happy?  I realise it is for electronic signatures but why is it so useful for you? I hardly ever have a need for such a thing and I am wondering if I am missing something.

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23rd Aug 2010 23:30

EXPLORER

Without it I couldnt get online to AWeb and answer daft questions like this :) 

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By happy
24th Aug 2010 07:26

Echosign

What do you use Echosign for Happy?  I realise it is for electronic signatures but why is it so useful for you? I hardly ever have a need for such a thing and I am wondering if I am missing something.

 

In the bad old days every document that required signature in my office was printed out and posted, then we had to await its return keeping a reminder system, reminders were sent and eventually the paper document returned.

When we made the move to a greatly reduced paper office (not quite paperless) we continued with some documents posted and most emailed relying on clients to print and return them or scan and return them. An improvement on the previous system but still required a lot of work, clients werent very good at printing and returning documents and or scanning and emailing back, and a reminder system was still needed.

Echosign changed all of that - any document requiring signature goes via Echosign now, its quick easy to use and has an automatic reminder system. The result, a huge saving in time, paper, and hassle.

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By chatman
24th Aug 2010 13:10

Echosign

So do you use it mostly for your clients to return electronically documents to you, Happy? 

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24th Aug 2010 13:55

I have to laugh....................

"in the bad old days" ?

 

When I started out the hight of technology was an electronic calculator that actually didnt have a handle at the side to pull between each imput.

Adding up ledgers in your head was "normal".

All records were hand written.

The final stage of preparing accounts was to reach for the typewriter and some carbon paper (plus a bottle of Tipex).

And ALL tax returns had to have a copy of the accounts attached to them.

Now we moan if we cant get something signed electronically?  How times change. .

 

 

 

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By happy
24th Aug 2010 21:43

Echosign - all documents that require signature

So do you use it mostly for your clients to return electronically documents to you, Happy?

I use it to send my clients all documents that require signature tax returns, accounts, engagement letters etc etc

Why not give it a try you can send 5 a month I think free of charge.

 

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By happy
24th Aug 2010 21:48

Changes....

CD I remember calling and checking accounts, Tippex, waiting 2 weeks to have accounts manually typed, the excitement at the new fax machine and the first accounting packages used back in the very early 80's - yes times have changed.

I would never have imagined using a thing like Echosign then for sure.

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By chatman
24th Aug 2010 22:07

Thanks Happy

Will give it a go. 

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24th Aug 2010 22:41

Memories

..... the first accounting packages used back in the very early 80's - yes times have changed.

Posted by happy on Tue, 24/08/2010 - 21:48

 

 

I recall getting an Amstrad 1640 with a "massive" 10Gb hard drive which the salesman said I would "never fill".

I also recall SuperCalc - an early spreadsheet programme, and a wordprocessor called Tasword.

And were'nt the old 5 1/4" floppies useful - they were perfect for standing cups of coffee on, and doubled up as a frisby if the dog came into the office.

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By chatman
26th Aug 2010 22:01

Echosign as evidence in court

If I were producing a physical signature as evidence in court, I would produce the signed document. What would I produce if the document were signed by Echosign?

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By happy
27th Aug 2010 08:34

Echosign

Chatman - have a read on the Echosign website, it explains the legal issues of using the service.

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By chatman
30th Aug 2010 22:39

Another thread about digital signatures, including a response fr

 http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/anyanswers/anyone-using-echosign

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