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Accounting Software For The Self-Employed

I believe that the above subject has been discussed quite frequently on this forum. I've always had an accountant carry out my tax return etc but I have to say that the costs seem to be going up considerably each year, (there often seem to be hidden extras that appear from nowhere) so I'm wondering about using QuickBooks. I just wondered if anyone else was using QuickBooks or is there anything else that you would recommend using, please? My bookkeeping is pretty straightforward really, as I don't employ anybody or if I do, they are freelancers. I have a colleague who is using QuickBooks and he finds that it works very well for him, I believe he had about 15 people work for him.

All I'm really looking for is something simple, that works and is acceptable to HMRC.

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  • To be honest, if you're a one-man band, it really is incredibly simple to do without any software eg Quickbooks.  I completed my online return last night in about 45 minutes........... I had already added up my figures for money in, money out so it really was so easy....... that was really the more time consuming bit though.... about another hour or so.  So I might not have claimed for the odd thing.... some mobile phone use... a few stamps...... there's always a few bits of income that get missed as well so it all balances out I reckon. I've never been checked by the HMRC in 20 odd years.... all the income is detailed, all the receipts are there, it's all filled in quite honestly.... nothing to worry about in my opinion. 

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      Thank you for taking the time to reply Graham, I do appreciate it.

      I hear what you're saying and in some ways, I agree with you. I think that with QuickBooks it calculates as you go along, I believe that you can photograph or scan the invoices and they are automatically added to your spreadsheet or something like that!

      However, I always think that simple is best, it will be interesting to see what other people have to say as I haven't read the comments yet.



  • Hi Roy,  I too have felt the "pinch" of my accountant and decided to change a year ago. My current accountant charges me £18 each month and does my business and personal tax returns. In comparison to my prevoius accountant this seems veeery reasonable indeed!


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      Hello Mike,

      I hear what you're saying, £18 per month sounds very reasonable, I guess that your accounts are similar to mine reasonably straightforward nothing too complicated. I pay £500 per year, however, there seem to be quite a few extras that almost appear from nowhere, hence why I'm thinking of purchasing software to assist me.

      Enjoy your weekend and thank you for commenting.


  • I use quick books and I don't employ anyone. It makes life to easy, less paperwork involved.

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      i second QB

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        Thank you, Allan, another QuickBooks user, that's interesting.

        Thank you for taking the time to comment, I do appreciate it.


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          Hi Roy , i also dont use an accountant i just use qb reports to fill in tax form and send a copy of accounts report

          • Hi Allan.

            When I sub for a builder I get lumbered with CIS deductions (not being Vat registered myself) it always proves to be a task.  The QB package that will handle CIS is £18 per month so I think I will continue paying the same amount to my accountant each month. Had I not found my current accountant I would have definately gone with QB.

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      Thank you Oliver, that's interesting, especially the fact that you don't employ anyone to do the books. Less paperwork sounds good.

      Enjoy your weekend and thank you for taking the time to comment.


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