There is a web based product called Pearl that gives you the first two users for free. Look here: http://www.thisispearl.com/index.php?tid=1
Try joining up to UK Business forums as they are currently offering a free copy of TAS books basic version for start-ups. (The site is really useful anyway for other advice)
I've downloaded it but not started it up yet so can't give you any advice on how functional it is.
Hope that helps.
Although only free for the first 30 days (thereafter £19 / month) I'd give really serious consideration to www.xero.com - I've used various accounts packages over the years and both I and my accountant think that Xero is brilliant. It is simple yet robust and bank reconciliations in particular are somewhat "Zen like"! Give it a free trial - they won't push you to keep going if you don't want to. Nice people.
Barclays bank have a free cd rom software and do HMRC for your accounts.
Pop into your local branch or phone them up.
Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2009 - free! http://www.microsoft.com/uk/smallbusiness/products/office-accounting-professional-2009/overview.mspx
Nicola Edwards mentions Barclays, however I took the Sage package for "only" £11 per month, however after buying it, I could not add cost prices to the system, so I had to upgrade to the £29 per month package!..Could you believe it, an accounting packaging with no facility for cost prices!
this one also offers free accounting but I am not sure just WHAT you get out of it. http://oe.quickbooks.com/
Have heard good reports about the free TAS accounting system too.
Take a look at TAS Books Basics which is free - forever, no catches, it's true and from Sage a major accounts software manufacturer. Take a look here http://www.tassoftware.co.uk/site/tas_accounts_software/tasbooks_basic_free
Take the Free Down Load here for Payroll and Accounts it is fully integrated www.inthos.co.uk Simple and easy to use, and ideal for startup and existing business
I use http://www.kashflow.co.uk/ which is free including all of the features for 2 months. It is then about £10/month. It is ideal for start ups and I have had no problems with it at all. They are also quick to respond to user enquiries and to add more features from user enquiries
It's not free but £16.99 ... does anyone have any experience of this spreadsheet based accounts package?
If it does a reasonable job £16.99 seems free enough to me, but is it good and flexible enough?
Would agree with Phin - take a good look around www.thisispearl.com.
I use it myself.
The question asked for free packages ... and interestingly no-one has yet recommended one. As far as I can tell thisispearl is £15 per month if you want accounts (free 2 users is CRM only?) (£30 with advanced stock and pricing control), Crunch is £59 per month. Other packages are from £10 per month (which doesn't seem that expensive if its good)
Am I missing something?
So does anyone know of (and can recommend) a very low cost package suitable for a start up?
Any thoughts on http://www.diyaccounting.co.uk/companyaccounts.htm (£16.99 to buy)?
hi i got a really good accounting model for projecting sales, cash flow analysis etc the full works, got it from an american website and i forgot which website but can email it to you. my email is email@example.com
iticale accounting software is a really free accounting software
you can download it from http://www.iticale.com
for download it no sign up or no login required
this accounting includes:
Double -entry general journal
Check book entry
and many reports....
Try it for free and for always without any limites
MYOB version 10 ... it is relatively cheap and you can do everything that you need to including payroll. We have been using it for 8 years and it's great!
Try the simple and userfriendly accounting software available at http://www.icebergo.com/
Try the simple and userfriendly free accounting software available at http://www.free-accounting-software.net/
Free Accounting Software features include:
Purchase Order, Purchase Reports, Sales Invoice, Sales Reports, Sales Statistics, Trading Account, Inventory Control, Stock Re-order, Tax Reports and Customizable to add Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Ledgers.
We use Bionic Books - http://www.bionicbooks.com because a) they have a free plan and b) its pretty easy to use. Did try turbocash but had various disasters with it.
I have been using a great bookkeeping/accounts package called Freeagent. It has great online support forums and is so simple to use. The only negative I have found so far is the lack of an option to email timesheets as attachments to invoice otherwise I would rate it 10/10. It isn't free but is very reasonably priced at approx GBP15pm but you do get a 30 day free trial with unlimited transactions so what you see is what you get. You can aslo make referrals and for everyone that signs up from your recommendation you get a 10% discount, so basically if you get 10 people to sign up then it is FREE. You will be hard pressed to find so many facilities in one package such as timetracking, invoicing, tracking of unbilled time, expenses, banking...the list is endless. My referral link is http://fre.ag/3gj4p0xe so yes, I would benefit from you joining but it also proves I am using this product myself. If people do join from my link YOU also save 10%. Can't be bad. If 10 people do sign up I will remove my code so someone else can benefit. Give it a try, it's so easy.
Yeah I'm also using FreeAgent, it really is very good, I've been using it for a year.
If you like you can read my review of FreeAgent. I'll try and create a video and add it in soon so its more useful.
Hi. Try out Adminsoft Accounts. Totally free, and very functional. www.adminsoftware.biz I must confess some bias though, as I'm the developer! Anyway, as it's free, it costs you nothng to try it out.
Hi. I was using the Microsoft Office Accounting Express but when I switched to Windows 7 could not port the program across because MS have withdrawsn UK support. Although it is still available in the US, this version was not compatible with my saved data from the UK Version.
I purchased Sage Instant as a replacement, but it failed to instal properly (several times) and while I could input Customer and Supplier data, I found I was unable to make or receive payments - even agains sales invoices created within Sage Instant. Subsequent attempts to repair the installation only resulted in being unable to access any of my data or update the program on-line.
Faced with a growing backlog of financial data to process, I came acrooss TAS Basics which works fine on most of the areas of my need - except invoice production, which I am managin g separately at present. I see this as a stop-gap solution, but it might fit your needs. In the meantime i am now going to llook at other responders suggestions.
You may want to take a look at the Quick File Free Online Accounting System. There are no time limits or restricted features and the software has been built specifically for the UK market.
Here are some of the key features.
- Fully branded client areas where your clients can view, print, download and pay their invoices.
- Post out invoices using at the click of a button.
- Links into PayPal, Worldpay and SagePay.
- Ultra fast bank tagging wizard.
- Networked accounting...All Quick File users can send invoices between one another saving you
- time rekeying from paper records.
- Setup a recurring invoice profile to auto-send invoices according to your schedule.
- Submit online VAT returns and EC sales lists.
- All data can be exported into Excel/CSV.
- Internal messaging system for communicating with clients.
- Extensive reporting tools.
This list is by no means exhaustive...Take a look at http://www.QuickFile.co.uk to find out more.
I must admit an invested interests in this project but we have recently launched Free Plus accounts, a free online accountancy software designed specifically for small business and startups. We have only been live a few months but have had excellent feedback from our users. The system is completely free to use with paid upgrades to add additional functionality.
I have over the years tried most of the common big names and found them to be a pain. Accounts is one of those areas that people just over complicate. I have settled on accounts portal. It's not free, its about GBP8 a month. But it gives you a 30 day free trial so you can try it out and see if it works for you. I'm afraid there is no short cut on this, you do need to try these out. Accounts portal is web based so I can access it from any where, which means i can add stuff in when I have a spare 20 minutes here and there. It's simple to use, does your VAT, balance sheet, bank rec etc without the need to spend days working through the manuals. If you have even a basic knowledge of book keeping you should be fine. Yendo is another, but accounts portal worked for me.
GNUCASh is a Linux based package, I have used, I found it to be quite good, it's free, but like all the main packages it takes some time learn.
The alternative is to simply use a set of spread sheets which is also very possible. If you sign up for a free google or zoho account you could use the spread sheet facilities there, no need to spend on MS excel.
Check out Brightbook it should do what you need and its free: https://mybrightbook.com/
I've just signed up for my new startup
Excellent free onine bookkeeping and accounting software:
Not sure about this.
I have been using Yendo Accounts for a few months and it has worked very well for me. I could customised it and set it up exactly as I needed. They have recently added a free CRM system too which has proved to be very usefull.
We supply it at: <a href="http://www.ontax.co.uk">Accountants In Dunfermline</a>
if anyone is still interested there are a number of options available for free. You have online software like Wave, Brightbook or QuickFile or you have the desktop solutions like TurboCash and gnuCash.
Check out this link for an overview of the available free accounting software: