For some time now we’ve been finding our accounting system (MYOB) just isn’t keeping up. Our business is online, and MYOB isn’t.

saasu-logo-80x80So we are making the move to Saasu (that is our affiliate link).

There were some big reasons for moving.

Like a lot of businesses we don’t just operate out of one office – our book keeper and accountant both need access to our accounting system. Saasu is online, and it is very easy for us operate in our mixed environment. We can raise invoices and record purchases ourselves when and where we need to, and book keeping / accounting access is taken care of as well. We’ve already streamlined our record keeping using GetDropBox to make sure we can all access electronic copies of important documents.

Saasu has a comprehensive application programming interface (API). Once we have the accounting bedded down we will update our website to process sales online, collecting payments, creating / updating customer records and issuing invoices/receipts directly to Saasu. No more double entry.

Saasu have also enabled multi-currency support. As we transact in multiple currencies, this is also a big one. To process multi-currency payments online and orchestrate ‘straight through’ payments (one off and recurring), customer records and invoicing (add inventory if products are involved, not just services) has more than a few moving parts – banks, merchant accounts, payment gateways and of course the accounting system. Without an accounting system like Saasu this was out of reach for companies like us. But not now.

Those factors were the big ones. But now I’m starting to explore more of the detailed Saasu functions I’m struck by how well the software has been put together. It is easy to understand, and that makes it easy to use. And it has the right level of help – short, sharp and to the point, and they are in tune with how our business works – an example is this help note on using Saasu with PayPal – right on the money. Impressive.

We’re going to look carefully at the Inventory module. For an SME who sells products online, there would be a lot of value in having a shopping cart that integrates directly with Saasu for sales and inventory.

When you are running a business online you can’t ignore the back office requirements. Saasu has raised the bar for SME accounting systems, and I’m very pleased that OM4 is joining them as a customer as well as referral partner* and development partner. [*Note: I’ve recently decided to stop participating in all referral programmes for 3rd party products that I use – nothing wrong with them overall, but I figure this way it will be clearer that the only reason I mention a product is because I think it is worth calling out.]