Sage One: Online Accounting Software

Sage One is one of the big names that tend to be in people’s minds when they’re thinking about cloud computing.

In fact, Sage One, Quickbooks and Xero are arguably the three most common names to crop up for anyone thinking of moving to the cloud for the first time or indeed switching between providers. On this page of our website, we’ll give you an overview of Sage One and how it fares in comparison to Xero, our preferred cloud accounting provider.

Xero and Sage One are both online software packages, so they have a lot in common but here are some of the major features you can expect:

Sage One accounting software

24/7 mobile access

One of the best things about any cloud accounting package is that no matter where you are, no matter what time of day it is, you can keep your finger on your business pulse. With access available from your desktop, your mobile phone or your tablet, this software from Sage, like the other packages we’ve mentioned enables you to stay closely in control with how your business is performing.

Share data with your colleagues and professional advisors

Even the smallest of businesses tends to have people that they need to collaborate with. It may be that there are other members of your team that share the accounting load or it might just be that you need to work closely with your accountant or bookkeeper. Either way, Sage One, like Xero and Quickbooks Online lets you do that really conveniently.

Stress-free on-boarding

The manufacturers of these cloud accounting packages know that you don’t have days and days to invest to get conversant with their system, so Sage One and similar options make onboarding as stress-free as it can possibly be. With a simple to navigate interface and user-friendly updates, you’re constantly learning, yet you feel in control at the same time.


If you’re accustomed to working with a spreadsheet, you’ll know the challenges you face when it comes to compliance. There’s nothing to remind you as you’re going along if you’re making mistakes and when it comes to the end of the month, quarter or year, it might be too late to rectify them easily. The great thing about online cloud accounting packages like Sage One and the rest is that compliance is built in and kept up to date. As the rules change, the platform you’re working on changes to match.

Safe and secure

Acutely aware of the fear that people have when they hand over financial information, security, safety and trust are at the core of any quality cloud accounting solution. With bank-level security, Sage One frees you from the chore of doing backups and provides you with all the peace of mind you would expect.

Sage One Support

Just because you don’t have face-to-face support doesn’t mean you’re entirely alone when it comes to accounting on the cloud. The likes of Sage One, Xero and Quickbooks Online all have a reputation for great online support that speaks the user’s language, so again you know you have that box ticked when you choose any one of these.

Why we choose Xero

To be honest, if you’ve read this far, you could be forgiven for thinking, why should I choose Xero, which is offered by The Smart Accountants and not Sage One or Quickbooks Online? And that would be a good question. Here are just some of the reasons why we think when you choose the clever combination of The Smart Accountants and Xero, you get something really special:

  1. The team at The Smart Accountant are human beings and speak your language. This means that you get to work with someone you get to know, like and trust and who you know is there for you when you need them. There’s No Jargon guaranteed.
  2. Xero has all the features that Sage One has and vice versa, but the reason that we love Xero so much is that, like the team at The Smart Accountants, it’s a real pleasure to work with. It is known as one of the most beautiful cloud accounting packages and in our view, its reputation is spot on. It is beautiful, simple and a pleasure to use. Which means that your accounting chore becomes a whole lot easier in lots of different ways.
  3. We also find that Xero’s Customer Support is exceptional. Yes, some Sage One users will say theirs is too as will Quickbooks users, but our experience is that Xero’s approach to making sure their clients are looked after is second to none.
  4. All of these things, plus its ability to work seamlessly with over 1000 different apps, 160 global currencies, it’s 99.9% uptime and of course, its affordability, scalability and power in our book make Xero a hands down winner.

If you’d like more detail about why we choose Xero over Sage One, why not contact us? We’d be delighted to give you our point of view, and then, of course, it’s up to you.

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