Sage 50 Accounts Training from rkman tiwari's blog

Scary as it sounds, this software can range from £100 right up to several thousand. Which package is the right one for your business? During my time Sage Tech Support Number working for accountancy practices, I found a number of our clients had been badly mis-sold Sage software. Businesses shelling out much more money than they should have done - and not only just for the software.

The problem was also with the lack of training, support and guidance. Sage are a wonderful company, and not many people know that if you buy a low level starter package, you can actually just pay the difference to upgrade? Therefore, the common line of some of the Sage "experts" is "Well, you should get the bigger package for your company to grow into". Total nonsense, but first example of money given away.

Software not installed properly - some customers aren't even aware that they have been sold a network version whilst they are using on 1 pc - another great waste of money.

However, the single biggest financial implication is bad training. Sage is an in depth bookkeeping package, and with the constant onslaught of new versions and features, it is very difficult to always keep up. The Sage 50 Accounts Manual certainly used to be several hundred pages. There are manuals, CD roms, online training schemes, classroom training or even 1 to offerings.

So, how do you pick the right training solution for you? You could read the manual, although without going through it several times, and without someone explaining some of the more complicated areas, it would be a waste of time. You could watch the CD roms, follow online training programs - some of them are from Sage, some are from 3rd party providers.

In reality, for 95% of Sage novices, the best solution is classroom training. Classroom training is always going to be the preferential option - someone their to guide you, answer your questions and keep you focussed on something which, in reality, isn't the most exciting subject - "Accounts and Bookkeeping" - thrilling.

Sage have a number of training courses hosted at a number of locations, which can, in several days (5-10), take you through all the intricacies of the software. Imagine if someone did that with every car you ever bought - a 30 minute lesson on how the rear seat belt pre-tensioners worked, or how to change the pollen filter just in case you dont want to pay a garage to show you. The list could go on and on - and in reality you just need to know if there are any real differences in what you already know and be gone.

Sage are doing exactly as they should - showing off the wonders of Sage 50 Accounts - showing how it can records a customers DUNS number (which just in case Sage Tech Support Phone Number you were wondering, is a 9 digit number used for Zanzibar, the UK Governments e-purchasing portal), how it can record every detail of conversations, memo pads for jotting down useful information and every customisable field you could ever imagine or want. However, in reality, 98% of bookkeepers are never going to record a DUNS number or wonder about which part of their bookkeeping system they can use to record a customers daughters kittens birthday.

So, if you don't want to spend 10 days learning all the ins and outs, who can you go to for training? Maybe you could spend just 5 days with Sage? Maybe 2 days? Sage Courses, for just Sage 50 Accounts Introduction, Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 - a total of 7 days and an approximate cost of £1,800 excluding overnight accommodation, travelling costs and subsistence.So you don't want to spend £1,800 and lose 7 days of your time? What is the alternative?

The country is full of people claiming to be "Sage Experts", so what exactly is a Sage expert? To be Sage certified, you need to complete an exam - which you can have Sage running and have a manual next to you, as well as the online help file, so every answer could be given by someone who has never even used the software before - certainly not what I would consider an expert.Maybe someone in the "Sage Accountants Club"? The pre-requisite is to pay an annual subscription - still not an expert.In summary, you should consider all options when adopting a computerised bookkeeping package. 

Am I being sold the right package for my business or for the suppliers commission? Is the person selling this to me knowledgeable about my business and the software? If I have no training, can I afford to get things wrong and end up the wrong side of the tax man, or face a large bill from my accountant?

Can I afford the time and financial cost of training with Sage and pay for information, 75% of I'll probably never use.

If I am going to be trained by someone other than Sage, do they really know enough to train me? Hopefully this guide and article should be able to avoid you being one of the hundreds, if not thousands of businesses who have been lead astray by these salesmen, experts and even in some cases, their own accountants.

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