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I started with GNU Cash and used it for two tax years. It served me well
to be honest.
However, as we grew, its limitations became obvious.
My first venture into commercial products was SAGE QuickPay. It
immediately paid for itself as I was no longer calculating wages and
taxes using OpenOffice, P30s were generated is ROS format and year end
became a step by step procedure instead of a head scratcher.
After that, I decided to try Quickbooks Pro for my new tax year. Again,
this has absolutely paid for itself over and over again. VAT, invoicing,
debtor tracking, stock control (not that we have a lot of that), etc are
all just handled. There is a learning curve to be sure (and time to set
up invoice templates, etc) but once you get there, it just works. My
accountant is also delighted and when quoting fees he did ask what
accounting package I used first.
We're a company that evangelises open source software - but only where
it makes sense. For Ireland, the only sense is a commercial accountancy
package running on Windows (in VirtualBox on my Linux desktop :D).
If I had to do it again, I'd try and find an accountancy package with a
wages plugin as I still have to transfer transactions from SAGE QuickPay
to Intuit QuickBooks. I believe Quickbooks has a PAYE module so some
research on that would be advisable.
PS: Seriously, as a company owner, QuickPay / QuickBooks earns its own
keep allowing me to concentrate on earning money.
Thomas Pedoussaut wrote:
>> Just a peep at any self employed/ SME people here. What software are you
> using for invoicing / payroll.
>> Ideally running on Linux or a samba share (to stay on topic).
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