Which is the easiest to use and master: Xero, MYOB, Quickbooks, Reckon or Saasu?
What has been your personal experience with these software packages? Are there any better options out there besides the popular ones for a small business?
I'm also interested to know if anyone has done the Reckon courses or QuickBooks training and how useful they were?
You really have to try them all to work out which one suits. Some people love Xero, others hate it and love MYOB, and others adore quickbooks/Reckon. Saasu is probably the least known of them all, but again, it comes down to what you are comfortable with.
Sign up for the free trial they all offer, get some help from your accountant/bookkeeper as to how to use it, and try and process everything you would do using the demo company to see what happens. BUT be aware - don't try and set your data up yourself, get your accountant/bookkeeper to do it. It will save a LOT of hassle down the track.
As Kirsty said, the easiest accounting software package for small businesses boils down to personal preference and what you are using it for. Xero, QuickBooks, Reckon, Sassu (and many other accounting software programs) are designed with small business owners in mind and have excellent resources to equip you with what you need to use the various tools and functions. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, Xero is arguably one of the easiest accounting programs for small business owners.
Some of the features that make Xero such a user-friendly accounting package include:
It’s cloud-based - meaning you can access it from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection
There are 500+ tools available to tailor the program to your business’s requirements
It’s very easy to collaborate with your bookkeeper or accountant
Automatic currency conversion
Automated bank statement feeds
User experience is on point - Xero has one of the prettiest user interfaces which makes accounting far less daunting
It has an award-winning 24/7 email support team
The key is to read comparison guides and user reviews to help you decide on the right package. I would also second taking advantage of free trials to get a feel for different programs and how they work for you. Hope this helps.