Growing your business with Sage Accounting Start

Sage Accounting Startis easy to use whether you’re a professional accountant or a new business owner with little accounting knowledge. Another great thing about Sage Accounting Start is its flexibility. You can add users and premium features to suit the needs of your growing business by upgrading your subscription. For example, you may have started using it for simple invoicing, but now need to track purchases as well.

There are three subscriptions to choose from; Accounting Start, Accounting Standard, and Accounting Plus.

Adding users for new hires

Part of your business’ growth may include the hiring of additional employees. For example, you may hire sales clerks and a bookkeeper or accountant. With Accounting Standard or Accounting Plus, add as many users as you’d like.

Different users may require different access rights. You may not want a sales clerk to access your banking details, while this would be necessary for your bookkeeper. Select from several predefined roles to make assigning user access rights quick and easy. Create custom roles from scratch or use a predefined role as a template.

Understanding premium features

In addition to more users, premium features are available when you upgrade your subscription. These features are fully integrated—no need to buy add-on modules or install anything.

Say goodbye to bulky spreadsheets

Let Accounting Standard and Accounting Plus help streamline your business processes.

  • Purchases.

    Keep track of your supplierpurchases in the same place as where you enter your customer sales. This gives you a more holistic view of your business activity.

    The purchase invoices and credit notes are automatically reflected in your bank accounts and posted to your nominal accounts.

    Take full advantage of our reports to gain insights about the financial health of your business.

  • Products and Services.

    Manage the products and services your business buys and sells.

    Use records for your products and services and add them for fast invoice entry and automatic posting.

    Keep your prices up to date.

    Be consistent with your product descriptions.

  • Stock items.

    Upgrade to Accounting Plus to keep track of stock items.

    Keep track of what you buy and sell (in and out) quantities, costs, and other details such as storage location.

    Automatically adjust quantities as you buy and sell stock items.

    Be alerted when quantities get low so you never have to worry about running out of stock again.

    Get deeper reporting to help you monitor quantities and values.

Looking to do business in other countries?

Create invoices and other transactions in the currency of your customer’s home country. Find out more about multi-currency banking.

Understanding your subscription options

With three subscription options available, there's no need to pay for functionality you don’t need. Here’s a feature comparison of the subscriptions:

Feature

Accounting Start

Accounting Standard

Accounting Plus

Sales invoicing

X

X

X

Take card and online payments

X

X

X

Track what you’re owed

X

X

X

Connect your bank

X

X

X

Reports and insight

X

X

X

Take care of VAT

X

X

X

Cash flow statement

X

X

X

Mobile app

X

X

X

Correct transactions (find & recode)

X

X X

Multi-user

  X

X

Cash flow forecasts

  X

X

Quotes and estimates

  X

X

Purchase invoices

  X

X

Sell products and services

  X

X

Analysis types

  X

X

Pro-forma invoices

  X

X

Statements

  X

X

Remittance advice

  X

X

Credit notes

  X

X

Delivery notes

  X

X

Stock items

    X

Multi-currency invoicing

   

X

Upgrading your subscription

When you're ready to move on, simply upgrade your subscription. Check out our website for full details. No matter which subscription you have, you can also visit the Sage Marketplace to browse a variety of apps that will expand the functionality of your subscription.

Please note that once you've upgraded your subscription, you can not downgrade it again. For example, if you upgrade from Accounting Start to Accounting Plus, you will not be able to go back to using Accounting Start.

Where to find new features

After upgrading, some features are available immediately while others you have to turn on. Here's where to find them:

  • Purchases, Products and Services. You'll have new selections on the main navigation bar.

main navigation bar

  • Stock items. Go to Products and Services, select New Item and then Stock. Later, you can go to Reporting, Stock Movements to access that report.
  • Multi-currency. Go to Settings, and then select Currencies in the Financial Settings section. Select Enable foreign currency transactions to turn on the feature.