personally i prefer sage as i feel it is more sophisticated for the majority of my clients. also i use the desk top version as my internet isnt always the best.
i go to clients that are on xero, as recommended by the accountants, but i agree with the person below, in that the client thinks they know more than they do.
my main problem is price and i do have one client who has a number of companies and i do the books for them all. some are on Wave, which is free and ideal for very small companies. some are on xero and one was on sage which i encouraed to move them all to. the price was the killer as sage proved to be so much more expensive than xero when it came to multiple companies.
although i am getting to grips with xero it is quite time consuming as there is no batch invoicing for example and it is all cloud based which can be a real pain.
not sure ive been of any help, but good luck with whatever you decide
It's all helpfull. But to be honest it is a real pain isn't it. The sage 50 is as you say professional and has a certain polished feel to it, but the only way to access clients files is to use drive which in itself is confusing. The training establishments claim that sage desktop is still the preferred software in the uk, but this would mean either driving to each customer to do their books or suffer sage drive.
I could be being dogmatic here, but I intend to provide a service to companies that is a complete service, as in we are in control so you don't have to be kind of thing. Now when you want a mobile phone provider you have to put up with what services they are offering or go elsewhere, so as a service provider I intend to try at least to offer a service which I am facilitating and in control of. Being that small business entities are predominantly where a bookkeeper finds their market, the software best suited surely must be one designed for their type of mindset, which is simple and uncomplicated, but boasting great functionality and duality between business and accounting staff.
So whilst it annoys me to come to the conclusion that 50c is not really intended for our use unless working in house, I think I have to conclude sage one is probably the best software for my needs and isn't too expensive I don't think.
Things may change but thats where I think I will start. As I will be especially trying to win over new start businesses.