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Sage Instant or Sage 50?

20 March 2014

The two main Sage accounting programmes offered by Total Training Solutions, and two of the most popular Sage products worldwide, are Sage 50 Accounts and Sage Instant Accounts. If you’re planning on adding a Sage accounting qualification to your list of transferable skills, you need to know which course will be the most useful for you. So here’s a quick rundown of the differences between the two programmes to help you find the perfect qualification for your career needs…

In many ways, the two programmes are incredibly similar. Both allow for the management of money, invoicing, VAT, end of year accounts, customer relations and contracts. They also both allow you to easily share information with your accountant, as well as having a huge range of features.

The primary difference between the two programmes is who they are designed for. Sage Instant is for small businesses or sole traders, allowing developing companies to take care of their own finances without the aid of an accountant. For this reason, many new businesses also use Sage Instant while they are getting on their feet financially. No accounting experience is required, and the programme is simple to use once you know how. Our courses will teach you how to make the most of the features that Sage Instant has to offer for new and small businesses, and also how to utilise the programme in a way that complements your business.

Sage 50 on the other hand, is a programme for more established businesses. The programme has a larger range of features and has a less easy to navigate interface, as it is often used by those with more experience in business accounting. It can be used either to manage one larger organisation, or by accountants to manage multiple companies - additional user and company licenses can be added at an extra cost. One of the programmes greatest features is its ability to departmentalise. This means that a company or organisation with numerous factions can run reports for individual stores or branches, or monitor individual teams or salespeople. The ability to produce over 900 reports makes this the ideal programme for analysing performances.

Whether you are an accountant looking for a qualification in one of the UK’s most popular accounting systems, or a business owner looking to learn how to manage your own accounts, Total Training Solutions has a Sage course for you. Browse the list of Total Training Solutions Sage courses or visit our course catalogue to view our entire range. If you have any queries or enquiries about any of our courses, contact us today on 0800 612 1299 or send us an email through our contact page.

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