Sage Instant Accounts

Sage Instant Accounts is easy-to-use accounts software that's perfect for new or small businesses. It has all the features you'd expect from the market-leading accounts software including cash flow, VAT, invoicing, and insightful reports that give you a true reflection of how profitable your business is.

In-depth information for Sage Instant Accounts

Sage Instant Accounts gives you the help you need to manage your finances, customers and suppliers.

  • Getting up and running

    • Available to download instantly when you buy online
    • Immediately register & activate your software online
    • Free e-learning included
    • Easy set-up wizard
    • User friendly interface and menus
    • In-product video demos
    • Learn in practice more and demonstration data
  • Manage your stock

    • Keep detailed records of the products and services your business offers
    • Easily remove products and services that you no longer sell from your stock list
    • Record the cost and sales for each product and easily report on product profitability
    • View stock levels when raising an invoice or order (available with Instant Accounts Plus only)
    • Easily calculate the value of your stock (available with Instant Accounts Plus only)
    • Import stock take from Excel and CSV files (available with Instant Accounts Plus only)
  • Manage your finances

    • Share information electronically with your accountant
    • Track money going in and out of your business
    • Automatically allocate credits against invoices
    • Choose from a range of financial reports to analyse your business
    • Control budgets for key areas of your business
    • Manage multiple currencies with the our new Foreign Trader module**
    ** Additional cost applies
  • Manage your business

    • Easily find your reports using the report browser
    • Use the Report Designer to customise and tailor reports creating a professional image
    • Never miss a task or meeting using the in-built diary that integrates with Microsoft Office
    • Keep detailed records of your products and services
    • Rapidly find information using the Quick Search feature
    • Manage your time with the integrated diary
    • Use the dashboards for a quick snapshot of your business performance
    • Save your favourite reports to access them quickly
    • Easily correct any mistakes
  • Customer and sales management

    • Store and find customer contact details quickly and easily
    • Easily create professional looking customer invoices and quotations
    • Understand how profitable an invoice will be before you commit
    • See who owes you money and when it's due
    • Apply flexible discounts to quotes and invoices to win business
    • Record till takings, cash sales and card payments
    • Encourage immediate payments by adding the Sage Pay 'pay now' button to your email invoices**
    ** Additional cost applies
  • Supplier and purchase management

    • Store detailed records of your suppliers
    • Find contact details quickly
    • View a breakdown of individual supplier activity
    • Record your purchase invoices in batches
    • Easily identify what's outstanding and who you owe money too
  • Product and service management

    • Integrates perfectly with Microsoft® Excel, Word and Outlook, for further reporting or manipulation of data
    • Integrates with Sage Pay
    • Integrates with Sage Additions
  • Free support for 45 days

    • New customers receive free support for 45 days
    • Free telephone support for 45 days
    • Free email support for 45 days
    • Free access to online support for 45 days
  • Keep your bank records up-to-date

    • Keep track of money going in and out of your bank accounts
    • Record activity for multiple bank accounts
    • Keep accurate bank records with bank reconciliation
    • Reconcile your bank in real time with e-reconciliation
    • Avoid re-keying information - pay your suppliers with e-payments
    • Select from pre-defined Chart of Accounts or customise your own
  • Manage your VAT

    • Enter and process transactions correctly using ‘Show me how’
    • Use the VAT verifier to check your return before you submit to HMRC
    • Submit VAT returns to HMRC online using simple step-by-step process
    • Generate your VAT return, European Community sales list and reverse charge sales list
    • Distinguish between different tax rates with separate tax codes
    • Run Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet reports at the touch of a button
    • Support for various VAT schemes:
      • Standard VAT
      • VAT Cash Accounting
      • Flat Rate VAT
      • Irish VAT Cash Accounting
  • Stay connected

    • Worry free and in control – connected to Sage, HMRC, customers, suppliers, banks and Accountants to help you manage your business
    • Live support through your software
    • Receive live messages about changes to products that can help run your business
    • Reassurance you are compliant with legislation for all submissions
  • Technical specs

    General Technical Requirements
    • 10Gb free disk
    • 2Ghz processor or higher
    • 1Gbps network (minimum 100Mbps)
    Memory (RAM)
    • 1Gb RAM – Windows XP
    • 2Gb RAM – Windows Vista, 7, Server 2003, Server 2008, Small Business Server 2011
    • 4Gb RAM – For all PCs running a 64-bit operating system
    Operating System
    All 32-bit and 64-bit variants of the below operating systems with the latest Microsoft Updates and Service Packs.
    • Windows 7
    • Windows XP
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows Server 2003 *
    • Windows Server 2008 *
    • Windows Small Business Server 2011 *
    • Windows 8 (32-bit only)
    * Running software like Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft SQL Server on a Small Business Server will reduce the performance of Sage 50 Accounts

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Do I need to be an accountant to use Sage Instant Accounts?

A No, this program is designed for people without any prior knowledge of accounts/bookkeeping.

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Last updated: 17/12/2014