Before I can begin- please be gentle on me. It's already causing a huge amount of stress and I'm really struggling and any advice on where to go for help/further advice would be so greatfully received. . I'm a sole practitioner with small clients with generally straight forward affairs (anything more complicated I advise clients to take advice elsewhere). All book keeping is done manually- either by myself or in some instances the client. With VAT registered clients I usually get a pile of documents and sales figures quarterly- complete the book keeping and then complete and file VAT return. I use software for corporation tax accounts- PTP accounts, and payroll- IRIS payemaster, but haven't ventured in to the field of software for book keeping/vat as yet. The things I am struggling to understand so that I can find a logical way forward are:
Do I need to a) purchase the software and then use the same software for each of my clients, b) buy separate software for each client c) ask the client to purchase software that I can log in to from my end? I'm so sorry for all these questions I just don't know where to turn. I'm really unsure what is the done thing really.
I have 7 VAT registered clients are with various needs so i'm not sure if it is a case of one software package suits all:
1 florsit retail, standard VAT- sales recorded as daily totals plus eflorist added in.
1 florist flat rate retail- sales daily totals, then eflorist etc added in.
1 hairdresser retail flat rate, 2 hairdressers retail standard rate
1 standard rate company where some sales are exempt.
1 standard rate fencer.
Can anyone recommend a software developer to approach? As we are new to software, as are our clients, the simpler the better really. Ideally one where we can keep the same sort of records as we do now but entering the figures from the invoices into software rather than a book- is there such a thing or am i wishful thinking.
As I said before- please be gentle with me- I'm aware to many these may be really simple questions- and others won't believe we haven't used software at all before- even excel! Absolutely any help would be so wonderful to know what way to turn.