Pandle is a great accounting software package for beginners and for simple businesses. We would highly recommend it. However if you need features such as stock control, currency conversion and lots of reporting then Pandle would not be right for you.
Slightly above average accounting software, not the best or the worst. Some may like Xero but we would not use it ourselves as there are much stronger competitors.
We liked Kashflow and we really wanted it to score high (higher than it did). However there are certain things that let it down which is a real shame because with a few tweaks here and there it could be head and shoulders above the rest.
Overall we felt the concept was floored and not flexible enough, and overpriced compared to other options available. Crunch targets freelancers and contractors which is good because they probably won’t have an awful lot of transactions to process. We couldn’t help feeling though that this would be a bit over the top for a simple freelance business.
Overall we found Freeagent okay. Some small businesses may like it but certainly won’t be amazed by it.
Quickbooks Online is great to look at but is cumbersome and time consuming to use. We think this would be a great solution for businesses with relatively few transactions and businesses that like reports! If you’re not too concerned with the length of time it takes to enter transactions then Quickbooks Online is definitely worth a look.
If you don’t mind American terminology and you’re a user with little or no bookkeeping experience then give Wave Accounting a try. However if your business is registered for VAT steer clear of this accounting software!
Overall we liked Clear Books but it does take some getting used to. Professional Bookkeepers are unlikely to want to use this software but for a small business with a moderate amount of transactions it could make sense particularly if they like nice looking software and lots of features to play with.
We liked Sage One and we think for a very small business without much or any bookkeeping experience this would make a great package. However, we did question if it was too basic, we think that as soon as a user got to grips with basic bookkeeping that they would want much more from this accounting software.
We liked Freshbooks but please be aware that this is mainly for invoicing (which it does extremely well) and not traditional accounting software. If you asked Freshbooks how to enter opening balances you would be faced with a blank expression. Your accountant would probably rather you used an alternative to make their lives easier but you should be able to get away with it if you have a very simple business and are not VAT registered.
Overall this accounting software is reasonable especially being free. However if they did charge for it there would be better alternatives on the market.
Suffice to say that we did not like Liquid Online Accounts in the slightest. It is a shame because the design is good and with it being developed in the UK the potential was there to offer UK businesses a more comprehensive system compared to the bigger more generic software packages, but unfortunately this wasn’t the case.
If you’re a small business that is not VAT Registered and are looking for something easy to use then Kashoo could be a reasonable solution. However if you’re looking for something feature rich with nice invoice templates etc, then cross Kashoo off your list.
I think it’s obvious from the ratings that we did not like Arithmo. We are struggling to work out who would find this accounting software useful. Professionals wouldn’t use it as it’s awkward and beginners and novices wouldn’t use it either as it’s too complex for them. More complex businesses would also be put off due to the lack of features. Maybe someone who is very awkward themselves would enjoy this software.