Business accounting software in the main is basic arithmetic, add a little here, subtract a little there, balance to zero, and you’re pretty much sorted. If only it were that simple in practice when applied to the accounting and bookkeeping industry as a whole. What started as a simple mathematical solution for making sure you got paid properly, has turned into a monster of epic proportions. With software designed specifically for every conceivable situation, functionality and features added, and terms that need constant training and re-learning just so you can stay on your game. How did it get so hard, and why doesn’t the software “just do it all for us”? It would really be something special if you could just enter all of the amounts, the software does it’s super-smart calculations in a split second and then spits out a detailed report to let you know your business finances.
Unfortunately, we’re not that lucky, and the software just isn’t that smart. Not because the software is more complicated, but because we expect it to be able to do more for us as we gather more data than ever before. In return, the software bloats itself and starts adding loads more features, some you won’t even know what they do or, even more frustrating, why anyone would use them. There are features that supply figures, but not ones you can use, and you have to enter your own data before you can even use the software as advertised. Depending on what format your clients send the data to you in, even entering the values can be a nightmare on a simple job with a small business. How many times do you need to make a call to your client just so you can get their figures, only for the wrong data to be sent, and you need to call them again?
Enterprise management software or ERP, eases all of that burden by being able to 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 business out-grows their small business accounting software, where are they supposed to turn? They need to invest in bigger and better software applications and occasionally, purchase multiple software tools to get their job done. A good ERP solution should be easily able to cater for that, and Accentis Enterprise does it exactly. 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.
The best thing you can do is re-educate yourself so you become the wealth of information your clients expect, giving them the tools to continue their growth, and you get to 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 Next best step that accountants and bookkeepers have been looking for, because you can offer your clients the next stage in business software, and we train accountants and bookkeepers for free! That’s right, we provide software options for your 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!