Don't buy accounting software - use a cloud service instead

Keep in touch with your business wherever you are by using a cloud-based accounting service
    

Cloud based accounting services

Online or 'cloud' services are applications you access over the internet rather than buying, installing and managing software on your PC.

All your data is stored online and the service is accessed via a web browser so you can keep an eye on your business finances from any web-enabled PC laptop or tablet, wherever you are and whenever you like!

We recommend the award-winning KashFlow accounting software because we use it ourselves.  It's easy to use, jargon-free and the support is first class.  And you can trial the software for free.


What's so good about cloud computing

Using Cloud Computing applications means:
  • You can focus on your business not on IT
  • State-of-the-art security and data back-up
  • Business-grade software and support
  • No need to have your own specialist IT equipment or staff
  • You'll always be using up-to-date software
  • It's easy to set up and get started
  • There's no up-front investment
  • You can easily scale up or down, or add new functionality when you need it
  • Fixed monthly outlay so it's easy to manage costs
  • You can work from anywhere
You'll get all this and more with KashFlow online accounting software.  Find out more and sign up for a free trial to see how good it really is!

 

Claiming expenses


If you're running a business from home, register for a free tax calculator to help work out what home office expenses you can claim when doing your tax return.


      

What to watch out for when choosing a cloud-based service

Using cloud computing services brings many advantages to a small business.  However there are some things to bear in mind and check before you buy:
  • Check your service provider(s) have good governance and security processes in place. Don’t take their word for it, ask to see it!
  • The services are likely to be standardised with very little if any opportunity to make bespoke modifications.  If you think you'll need some customisations find out if it's possible before it's too late!
  • Check the viability of the supplier.  This is a difficult one but you need to do your best to pick an established provider who's likely to be around for some time
  • As a precaution, make sure you can download your data for local storage, and make sure you use it! (this feature could be needed weekly/daily/hourly whichever is most appropriate for your business).