Which accounting package?

I currently use sage line 50 client manager for one of my clients to do his bookkeeping and management accounts, and then I use Iris to produce the year end accounts. My client is now looking to take a more active role in the day to day accounting and to do all the inputting of data in house and has asked me to recommend and evaluate the various options that are available. Taking into account the fact that none of the staff that will be using the software have any bookkeeping experience my initial recommendation was for him to purchase his own licence of sage and for me to have remote access via Logmein or vnc and then go to his premises once or twice a month to hand hold and prepare the management accounts etc. The client, however thinks that sage is too much for his needs and does not see it important that by changing he will be losing 8 years of historical data and has decided he wants to go for one of the online options. I wondered which ones other accountants would recommend based on first hand experience. I have had demo's and set up a trial for my client of Iris Openbooks and Sage one, even though both of these packages have some very useful features, especially the uploading of the bank statement within Iris, the lack of batch entry of purchase invoices is a real drawback and neither is going to be very easy to correct mistakes without doing journals and regardless of how much training I give in the early months, so I could end up having to spend a lot of time putting right the mistakes. Each month there are about 100 purchase invoices, 20 sales invoices and 3 pages of bank statements.

Any suggestions/recommendations would really be appreciated.

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Kashflow

dudologist@yahoo.co.nz |

Kashflow?

Figurate |
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Thank you so much for that I

Judyabcs |

Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen

petersaxton |
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Sage Instant Online linked an online Sage 50 Bureau

RussellD |

IRIS Openbooks

cverrier |
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My sentiments entirely! I

Judyabcs |

Thank you so much that could

Judyabcs |

Kashflow/Agree with Peter

chatman |

Sage 50, Accountants and their clients

torbenhalvorsen |
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Keebo

chatman |

FreeAgent now more flexible

dialm4accounts |
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VAT Treatment in Bookkeeping Packages.

chatman |

Online solutions

Judyabcs |

Judy - Please let us know what you decide on in the end.

chatman |

Good training whatever system is used

RogerNeale |
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Diamond Discovery

chatman |

I would suggest an online package

pauljohnston |

Xero?

Katharine007 |

Which accounting package?

scarletamos |

Xero

chatman |

Can't resist fighting Xero's corner!

Katharine007 |

No software is foolproof

petersaxton |
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Fighting Xero's Corner

chatman |

I think your client is approaching this from the wrong direction

Yonder Dave |

Xero

thisistibi |
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Xero Final Accounts

garyturner |
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Disappointing to lose job but.........

Katharine007 |

Problems with Xero

chatman |

Quickbooks 2012

roshodgson |

I agree with chatman

petersaxton |
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QuickBooks

petersaxton |
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Not QuickBooks

chatman |

QuickBooks

petersaxton |
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Quickbooks Solutions

roshodgson |

Quickbooks

roshodgson |

That is a very rosy view of QuickBooks Ros

chatman |

Quickbooks

roshodgson |

Re: Problems with Xero

garyturner |
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Accountants function

petersaxton |
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QB Date Format

chatman |

Xero problems

chatman |

Thanks, Chatman

petersaxton |
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Export to csv solves the problem

chatman |

My own valid opinion...

Katharine007 |

Our experience

mickeyparish |