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How to choose the right computer equipment for your business to increase your productivity and efficiency without it costing the earth.

Business software helps you complete a range of tasks. Choose the right software, provide support and train your staff with our introduction.

It is highly likely that you depend on the internet for some aspects of your business. Find out how you can use the internet more effectively.

Good communication with customers, partners and suppliers is vital for business success. This summary explores business communication methods.

How would you cope if your IT system failed or was breached? We cover the main IT security issues and how to protect against them.

Good IT management can help you choose, use and implement IT. Our overview helps you manage IT in a way that maximises the return on your investment.

IT support is vital if you rely on your IT system. But how can you set up an effective safety net in case things go wrong? We explore the options.

Getting the right IT is just the first step. Appropriate training, policies and working practices can help you maximise return on your IT investment.

The best small business accounting software in the UK

Accounting software designed for small businesses is low-cost and easy to use. The right package will save you time on routine bookkeeping, improve control of your cash flow and make it easier to file tax returns

Here’s our quick guide to what to look for in small business accounting software, and our review of the UK’s most popular accounting software packages to help you choose what’s best for your business.

Your accounting software needs

The first step to choosing the right accounting software is to understand what your needs are, so that you can assess what different solutions offer.

  • Any of the leading packages will make it easier to automate routine bookkeeping tasks and prepare for your accounts. Accounting software providers are continually developing new, clever features like automated bank reconciliation and the ability to scan expenses receipts.
  • Make sure you know what sort of tax functionality you require - for income or corporation tax returns, VAT and payroll (PAYE). With the HMRC rollout of Making Tax Digital (MTD), being able to file returns online is essential.
  • The larger your business, the more likely it is that you will want sophisticted management reporting features and software that allows multiple users.

Other practical considerations include how easy the software is to set up and use, integration with your other systems and cost. It's worth asking your accountants which software they recommend to make it easy to share financial information with them.

QuickBooks

Probably the most widely-used accounting software for sole traders and very small businesses, QuickBooks is a strong all-rounder.

Key benefits:

  • send ‘pay-enabled’ invoices, making it easier for customers to pay
  • links with almost all leading UK banks, plus PayPal, Payoneer and Wise
  • business mileage tracking feature