There are many accounting software providers, but this article has chosen seven featured providers that have a focus on, or specialism in, small businesses, microbusinesses, startups, sole traders and self-employed.
Some of the accounting solutions in this list are household names such as Sage and Xero and some are quite small, such as Simplifi which is aimed at freelancers and contractors. Some of the largest software providers are not featured here as they are predominantly designed for medium-sized and larger firms.
Most of the offerings outlined here are cloud-based, although some of the below options still offer desktop versions. Whilst desktop versions can be fine if you mainly work from one office, cloud accounting applications mean that you can file invoices and keep track of receipts on the move, and don’t have to power up at home or in the office in order to stay on top of your accounts.
Most of the below you will be able to use from your phone. Most software providers are focusing on their cloud offerings and in some cases, desktop editions are gradually being phased out.