accounting software systems for small business

Small Business Accounting Software Essentials

Accounting when you run a small business within your first few years is a tough and complicated process – one that a regular business owner can struggle to keep up with by themselves. There are many accounting software systems for small business, but the question is, will they benefit you and your business!

Looking into accounting software tools can also be a bigger confusion if you are not tech-savvy. The good news is that accounting software is incredibly helpful if you can master how to use it, and professional bookkeeping services like Pebbles provide training on such software using minimal time.

With so many software products currently available, how do you know which are the best for you? Here at Pebbles, we provide training on several solutions to keep tabs on your records with ease.

Choosing the Right Package

Naturally, with so many options, you need to step back and evaluate your business requirements first and foremost. You will also need to consider if the particular software chosen is a benefit or hindrance to your company’s growth.

Most software will offer a free trial so that you can get to grips with a basic version, and you should look into your software to ensure it is making Tax Digital. HMRC will require all self-assessments and VAT returns to be submitted through accounting software to reduce fraud risk and get more accurate tax figures.


If you are a business owner you have no doubt heard of Xero, which is extremely popular accounting software with bookkeepers and accountants also.

Different packages provide different prices. The cheapest has restrictions on transactions posted each month, whereas the most popular is a higher-priced that gives additional extras including payroll, expenses, CIS returns and project tracking. Xero is considered one of the easiest software to use, with everything accessible from a dashboard, from tracking expenses and sales to generating reports that can be exported to Excel.


QuickBooks is among the best accounting software used in the market today. Known for offering more comprehensive accounting solutions and tools, QuickBooks is the software perfect for those small business owners who prefer to save time and money.

When signing up to QuickBooks, you will usually be presented with an introductory offer, or your accountant may even have it within their package. Using the cloud version of QuickBooks provides constantly updated software to store all of your data and can be accessed from any internet connection. It is best to check which package best suits your business from those offered by QuickBooks.

In the understanding of which accounting software systems for small business best suits your needs, you will be able to provide a great sense of organisation within your business. For training on the best accounting software for your business needs, contact the team at Pebbles, the best bookkeeping services in Manchester.

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Sam Phillips, Sam Phillips Builders

“Sean and the team at Pebbles provide bookkeeping services and do everything from processing invoices to payroll and then final accounts to trial balance.  They have put processes and systems in place that have helped the company track our projects and see if they are profitable and to help us generate better profitability and cash flow.  I highly recommend Pebbles Bookkeeping and often pass their details onto my contacts.”

Wayne Dinning, Managing Director, SD Waste Paper Limited

Diane has been providing her services to my company for approximately 6 months now and I can honestly say that due to her assistance, my company is running a lot more smoothly than it has at any time over the previous 30 years that it has existed.

I would just like to say that I would recommend her services to any business, whatever the size, as I can only see that her services would be beneficial to any company that may choose to employ her services.

Anne-Marie Armstrong, Amberry Marketing

I just wanted to thank you both for the help you’ve given me thus far in setting up my new cloud-based bookkeeping system ‘Clearbooks’.

Having used Microsoft Excel for more years than I care to admit, I had more than a few reservations when considering changing the way I managed my books, yet understood that I had to make the change sooner or later.

After an intense training session with Sean, (where I probably asked 101 questions), my fears quickly dissipated and I can honestly say that although it’s likely to take me a little while to really get to grips with the new interface, I’ve no doubt that this simple system will save me so much time and hassle in future.

And less time spent doing my books, almost certainly means more time with the family and an end to rushing around like a mad woman at quarter-end!

Thanks again and I’m looking forward to working with you again soon.

Lisa Heggie, The Gunnery

A massive thank you to Diane at Pebbles Bookkeeping & HR. You took the huge stress away from where do I start, with employee policies etc. You have created us a great, informative employee handbook, covering all necessary policies and risk assessments in a matter of no time and from the other side of the world too. I will definitely be in touch for any future help our company needs.

Sarah Rekia, Site Welfare

“In bringing Pebbles onboard, it has made me wonder why we decided to try and do our own bookkeeping at all. Pebbles came in and sorted 18 months worth of mess we had unwittingly created, and we cannot be more grateful. I wish I had been told about them years ago and I hope every business out there struggling would give them a call to fully see the benefits they are missing out on.”