Accounting Software UK, Accounting software comparison

Accounting software comparison for small businesses. Accounting software comparison? The sheer amount of programs and providers available can make it hard to compare accounting software, let alone choose a package to suit your needs, but we’ve taken a look at some of the best options for your business.

Modern accountancy software tends to be cloud-based, so it will work fine whether you use a Mac or PC, and most of these programs have been developed to be mobile-friendly, so they should work well on any device.

Many of the paid subscription services mentioned below offer a free trial (usually of one month) when you first sign up so you can try it out to see if it suits your needs. However, if you decide to buy, bear in mind that the prices shown usually don’t include VAT.

Accounting software comparison


QuickBooks is developed by Intuit, one of the very earliest providers of accounting software.

Freelancers can sign up for the basic package that helps you track your self-employed income, while small businesses can use it for things like VAT and payroll. There are lots of reporting and monitoring tools too. Subscription prices start at £6/month, reduced to £2.99/month for the first six months.


Xero is another big player, and it can also help you with things like invoicing, inventory, payroll, and expense claims.

As well as that, it can import your banking, credit card, and PayPal data, and there’s an app that works on both iPhone and Android. Prices start at £10/month, reduced to £7.50 for the first three months.

Zoho Books

Zoho Books is praised for being very customisable, and it can help you issue invoices, sort expenses, and track inventory, although it doesn’t currently have a payroll feature.

It can also connect to your bank account for real-time updates on cashflow, and integrate with a whole host of other apps. Prices start at £6/month.


Benefits of FreshBooks include the user-friendly interface and lack of jargon. It’s designed for freelancers and small businesses with basic accounting needs, so it focuses on things like invoicing and expense tracking. It integrates with apps like PayPal and Zendesk.

There’s no pricing information on the UK website, but the US product starts at $15/month.


Like FreshBooks, FreeAgent is targeted at freelancers and very small businesses, so it focuses on tasks like invoicing, time tracking, and expense management.

You can set invoice reminders and upload pictures of your receipts, and pricing starts at £19/month for sole traders with 50 per cent off for the first six months. Plus, if you’re a Simply Business customer, you can get a 15 per cent lifetime discount. Find out more.

Sage One

Sage is a big enterprise software provider, but Sage One is its accountancy offering for small businesses. It can help you with everything you’d expect, like invoicing, cashflow, and payroll.

Pricing for Sage One Accounting starts at £20/month, currently reduced to £10/month for the first three months.

Free accounting software for businesses

There are also several providers offering free accounting software, including GnuCashand Wave Accounting.

GnuCash is open source accounting software, meaning the code behind it is publicly available and can be shared and modified. You can use it to track stock, income, and expenses.

With Wave Accounting, the free software includes invoicing, accounting, and receipt scanning, and then additional services like payroll are pay-as-you-go.