Accounting in the main is simple arithmetic, add a little here, take a little there, balance to zero, and you’re done. If only it were that simple in practice when applied to the accounting and bookkeeping professions. What started as a simple mathematical solution for making sure you got paid properly, has turned into a monster of epic proportions. With specialised software, functionality and terms that need constant training and re-learning to stay on your game. How did it get so hard, and why doesn’t the software “just do it all for us?”. Wouldn’t it be ideal if you could just plug in your figures, the software does it’s whizz-bang calculations and spits out a report and details to let you know what you need in an instant.
Software however, can’t always do that. Not because the software is more complicated, but because we expect more and more information to be given to us, we keep more records, we want statistics on everything! In return, the software bloats up and starts adding a lot more features, some that you don’t even know what they do or why anyone would use them. There are other features, that supply figures, but not ones that you can use, and you have to enter your own before you can even use the software properly. Depending on where you get your data from, even entering the values can be a nightmare on a simple job with a small business. How many time have you had to make a call to your client to get figures, only for the wrong ones to be sent, and you need to call them again?
Enterprise management software can ease a lot of that burden, because it can record and maintain the databases of a lot more records. Not constrained by the limits of accounting functionality, the business can input data for multiple functions such as payroll, inventory, CRM and more. The General Ledger can be maintained by utilising only the data that’s required to keep everything balanced, and any additional information that might be required can be easily obtained from a report. When a small business out-grows their small business accounting software, where they turn? They need to invest in bigger software applications and sometime, purchase multiple software tools to get their job done. As an accountant, you either need to grow with the business and use their tools, or be left by the wayside as your clients all grow and leave you in the dust.
There is another choice though, and that’s being the source of information to give your clients the tools to continue their growth, and you keep them as a client. If you can master the tools that help them to grow financially, they will give you their custom, and you will have earned their trust. You empower them to grow, and you in-turn will grow with them. This is how Accentis looks at small businesses as they start to set off on their upward trajectory. Accentis is the step that accountants have been looking for, because we allow you to offer your clients the next stage in business software, and we train accountants and bookkeepers for free! That’s right, we give you software options to offer to clients who need a more robust solution, and in turn, you get to learn Accentis Enterprise so you can get the most out of it for your clients. You could say it’s a win/win/win!
Accounting software can be complicated and difficult to use, but if you can get your clients to be on the same page as you, it can be much easier to manage the growth and expansion that will inevitably come. Keep your clients happy, find out more about Accentis Enterprise today!
Adam Schell | Accentis