Essentials - an Online accounting package that is suitable for small businesses and allows invoicing. Apart from being able to handle standard bookkeeping for GST and year-end financial information, it has 2 great features that help minimise the data-entry burden, being bank feeds and smartbills, as well as options to help you get paid by your customers sooner, being the PAY NOW button in emailed invoices, OnTheGo smart phone app access and coming soon - PayDirect, a plug-in for your smartphone/ipad that will allow you to take credit card and eftpos payments. Essentials also has payroll processing as an option. This is accessible from smartphones and tablets in addition to computers.
AccountRight Live - a hybrid software that is desktop installed, but allows you to store your data in the cloud if you want, giving you remote access from any anywhere. Apart from being able to handle standard bookkeeping for GST and year-end financial information, it also has bank feeds and OnTheGo smart phone/tablet/ipad app access. The software range covers basic requirements like sales invoicing and bank transactions, thru to more advanced features like inventory, time billing, basic job costing and foreign exchange. There are quite a number of add-on solutions that can extend the functionality of this software beyond its standard features.
AccountEdge - this is desktop software for Apple Mac computers. This software has the same functionality as AccountRight Live did before the "Live", meaning your data is stored on your computer or network drives not in the cloud, and bank feeds are not available in this product as yet. So it handles standard bookkeeping for GST and year-end financial information and can import bank transaction files downloaded from internet banking websites. The software range covers basic requirements like sales invoicing and bank transactions, thru to more advanced features like inventory, time billing, basic job costing and foreign exchange. NB: You can use the free AccountEdge Mobile app on your iphone/ipad by storing your AccountEdge datafile in a Dropbox account integrated folder on your Mac computer. This nifty "workaround" makes it possible to access your data from your mobile devices.
Payroll - you can get this as part of the Essentials product offering, or as a desktop installed solution, to handle calculating your wages/salaries and leave taken, as well as keeping track of your employees' leave entitlement balances. These products produce the reports you need for paying your employees, filing PAYE and fulfilling your employer responsibilities for payroll record-keeping under current payroll legislation.
Atlas - a do-it-yourself low-cost business website service. Websites created using Atlas can integrate with your social media sites on facebook, linked and twitter, can help you purchase your own domain (or you can use your own existing domain) and Atlas can handle email forwarding of domain email addresses for you if you wish. You can display products with an image, price and description, and can take sales thru the shopping cart and can take payments using Paypal. The websites created are optimised for smartphones. Best of all, the first year's hosting is free as is the purchase of one domain name.