Over the next couple weeks, I am going to do an in-depth review of Sage’s new simple, web-based accounting application for running a small business, Sage One.
While Sage is my client, they’ve really have launched a product that will fulfill my needs as a small-business owner.
While I am Director of Social Media at Unison, I am also doing some consulting through Gerris digital, which is, right now, just me and a few specialists, partnerships, colleagues, and service-providers.
And I need to manage it professionally.
Over the last decade, I have been part of teams who have used Basecamp, Central Desktop, TeamBox, Podio, and Manymoon — in addition to hacking things together using Google Apps, Remember the Milk, Toggl, and a while host of other tools.
One thing that was always missing was banking and invoicing as an integrated service and not just as a third-party add-on.
Another thing that was missing was affordability, both at the base line but also as things scale. Sage One only costs $24/month base but offers unlimited collaborators.
So, I can run a bunch of different projects — as many as I want — and each project can have a whole different team without the price going quickly from $24/month to $240/month and up — something that can quickly happen with other fee structures.
Plus, right now, Sage One is being offered for only $15/month for readers of this blog.
Anyway, I will be going into more detail as I really get my hands dirty and I jump in and start running Gerris with Sage One, from task-management to file-sharing to project management to accounts payable, accounts receivable, and invoicing — especially persistent invoice reminders for those forgetful clients.
Wish me luck!