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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    Does anyone have any accounting software they recommend for a start up?

    Small as in myself... Surveys and project management

    Main client is insurance work so have to be vat registered also

    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2019
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2019
    Partly depends on whether you will be VAT-registered since then you'll have to use software approved for MTD. Otherwise google finds lots of reviews.
    • CommentAuthorphiledge
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2019
    +1 for Excel. If you need to use MTD you can get add on bridging software for Excel that presents the VAT return info to HMRC in the correct format. My accountant reckons the bridging software can be had for free. MTD is optional if your turnover is under £85k
    What about software like this that seems to be construction specific with building regulations and drawings?

    Anyone use anything like this for pricing jobs?
    • CommentAuthorGreenPaddy
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2019 edited
    Have you tried "quickbooks"? My wife's a bookkeeper, and advised against Sage1 (which is simple but too inflexible). She uses Sage50, but too complex for a simple set-up.
    • CommentAuthori_DaveJ
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2019
    My partner is a bookkeeper and generally advises her clients to use Xero. She helps small companies around the country. I even use it to look after my software business (no, that's not how we met).
    • CommentAuthorbogal2
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2019
    I use Xero too for. Its great for a business with lots of entries. You can download your bank statements straight into it. But when I started I just used excel as Tom suggested.
    Over the years I used Quickbooks, MYOB and more recently Xero.

    Xero was the best of them and is under continual development so in the couple of years I was using it kept improving. It's surprisingly expensive for a very small business however.

    Being VAT registered means you need to be a lot more strict about issuing proper invoices and accounting for VAT (wife is a sole trader and a simple spreadsheet is enough).

    The ability of the accounting packages to quickly produce your VAT reports for submitting makes them worthwhile but does depend on the setup being done properly.
    Just as an update I had been using freeagent upon several moneysavingexpert recommendations, however it doesn't handle CIS at all despite claiming to

    Switched over to Clearbooks and find it is perfect and a lot cheaper than Xero, Quickbooks etc
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