TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Sage 50 Complete is skillfully designed to anticipate the needs of small-business owners, whether it be creating invoices or managing cash flow. It provides everything required for your CPA as well as tools simple enough for non-accountants to learn quickly. Those who take the leap to using a unified accounting solution like Sage 50 will experience not only greater efficiency, but also more insight into areas that are succeeding and those that could use some adjustment. Sage accounting software continues to evolve and consistently earns a top position in our reviews. Sage 50 Complete this year receives our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for small-business accounting software.

Sage offers four versions of Sage 50. For the purpose of this review, we looked at Sage 50 Complete, which has a few more tools than the introductory version, Sage 50 Pro. It also supports more users than the Pro version. The Pro version includes basic accounting tools. The Complete version also includes customer management, audit trails, inventory tools, job costing, multiple-company support, automated billing and vendor management. Sage 50 Premium adds in advanced accounting tools such as complex budgeting, archiving, change order processing, serialized inventory and departmentalized financial statements. The Quantum version provides in-depth reporting options and analytics as well as a centralized dashboard, role-based security and automated workflows. As the versions advance, more users are supported.

Sage 50 Complete is specifically designed for small businesses and includes the modules most small businesses need, including accounting, billing, customer and vendor management, payroll processing, banking and inventory management. This software can do everything from printing pick lists to generating income statement reports. It can generate more than 140 reports and includes the option to filter and track custom data fields.

This small-business software produces professional-looking invoices, prints checks and manages direct deposits. It has a powerful inventory manager that can handle a wide range of inventory data, including location, preferred vendor, substitutions and assemblies. The payroll and employee module is comprehensive enough to manage numerous employees. It can manage all employee details, such as emergency contacts, accrued vacation time, commissions and overtime. However, note that the payroll module requires different subscription levels based on the number of employees.

General Accounting
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10/10
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Express Accounts
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5

Sage leads the small-business accounting industry. Sage 50 Complete meets all basic accounting needs, including the reports that CPAs require. This small-business accounting software manages customers, vendors, sales, billing, invoicing, payroll and banking. Sage 50 is ideal for small businesses because it includes all accounting modules in one package rather than requiring the separate purchase of each module. However, as with all accounting software, some modules require an additional subscription to obtain full functionality, such as payroll processing, direct deposit and fixed-asset depreciation tracking.

Reporting & Analytics
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Sage 50 provides more than 140 preconfigured reports with customized reporting options and custom data fields. This small-business accounting software can generate reports for your CPA or investors and to illuminate business trends so you can make better financial decisions. Using this software, you can quickly generate and share income statements, journals, ledgers, gross profit reports, audit trails and transaction reports. For further convenience, you can drill down on most report items to obtain the original entry and additional information.

All fields can be altered using Sage 50 or exported to other software for further editing. You can share reports via email and export them as PDF or Excel files. It is simple to create reports using filters, sort methods and dates. You can adjust columns, change fonts and edit print setups before printing a report.

Payroll & Employees
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10/10
QuickBooks Pro
Sage 50
AccountEdge
Cougar Mountain
CYMA
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Business2Go
Express Accounts
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7.5
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6.3

This accounting software includes a payroll and employee module that can manage all types of employees, including hourly, salary or commission-paid employees. Like most accounting software, the ability to process payroll (taxes, deductions and such) and direct deposits requires an additional fee. Sage 50 can distribute payroll via a printed check or direct deposit. Sage payroll services can provide 260 federal and state forms, calculate payroll taxes and deliver W-2s.

Sage 50 manages all payment rates, including special rates and overtime pay. It also tracks time and expense tickets in addition to weekly timesheets. Employee data that this software tracks includes contact information, demographics, emergency contacts, employment status, pay information, withholdings, vacation/sick time, and image and custom fields. Sage 50 Complete includes 12 preconfigured payroll reports such as tax liability, yearly earnings and compensation reports. If your small company has more than a handful of employees to manage, you will quickly appreciate how effortlessly Sage 50 makes managing payroll.

Inventory & Services
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10/10
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Cougar Mountain
CYMA
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Business2Go
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8.8
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2.5

Sage 50 includes a capable inventory and services module that can manage items, assemblies and time-billed services. This module also manages purchase orders, receives inventory (by original PO), tracks shipping, watches reorder points and manages substitutions. Inventory items can have up to 10 price levels and more than one associated vendor. Item file sections include general, custom fields, history, bill of materials, attributes and serial numbers. You can also attach files to an item, such as an image, scanned receipts or scanned packing lists. Using Sage 50, you can print pick lists, assign commissions, align items with associated accounts, monitor locations and assign cost methods.

This small-business accounting software also includes a vendor and purchasing section that manages vendors, purchase orders, time and expense tickets, and bill paying. Vendor files include the ability to store multiple addresses, phone numbers and contact persons. Vendor files can also store terms of credit, history, events such as phone calls or letters, and a log. Time tickets include a built-in timer, and expense tickets can manage billable and non-billable expenses.

Productivity & Integration
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8.8/10
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Sage 50
AccountEdge
Cougar Mountain
CYMA
Bookkeeper
Business2Go
Express Accounts
10
8.8
7.5
7.5
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6.3
2.5
2.5

Sage accounting software is compatible with numerous add-ons and third-party business solutions. As with most accounting software, most of these add-ons require an additional subscription fee. Compatible services include payroll processing, POS software, distribution software, document managers, fixed asset tracking, time-clock software, expense tracking solutions and more. Other add-on services include credit card processing, payment processing and remote access. Sage 50 includes backup and restoration tools. Using Sage's backup tools, you can back up your database to an online storage service and configure it to remind you to back up your database on schedule. Sage also offers a service called Business Intelligence that performs advanced reporting.

Scalability
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AccountEdge
Cougar Mountain
CYMA
Bookkeeper
Business2Go
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3.8
2.5

Sage offers products that support companies from one employee to 499. This accounting software company also offers online versions, solutions for nonprofits and government organizations, and industry-specific solutions. Solutions for larger organizations are offered in modules so that you only have to purchase the parts you need for those that are required to use them. Sage 50 Complete Accounting supports up to five concurrent users and an unlimited database size. Sage 50 supports more than one business and can be configured to support more than one warehouse. Sage 50 Quantum is available for up to 40 concurrent users. For security, this software can manage screen-based security and provide audit logs of all transactions. If you want to migrate from one Sage product to another, Sage provides migration services at a discounted rate to Sage customers.

Sage 50 Summary:
9.9/10

Sage 50 Complete is an excellent choice for small businesses. It is a comprehensive system that handles more than basic accounting. It provides businesses with insight, reporting, payroll processing, customer management and inventory control. Sage also offers helpful add-ons such as credit card processing, POS software, documents management and mobile access. Sage grows with your business, with the ability to manage up to 499 employees and an unlimited inventory database. If you are looking for a product to help manage even the tiny details of your business easily, Sage 50 Complete is a suitable choice.

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Sage 50 Complete

Pros
Sage brings over 30 years of experience to the table. This company supports more than 3 million customers – most of them small businesses. Sage 50 accounting software evolves with the market, and support and updates are included with software licenses. Different versions are available depending on your needs, including cloud-based versions.

Cons
Installing this software is a bit challenging. For example, before installing, you will want to ensure that your Microsoft.Net Framework and Pervasive installations are up-to-date. Also, Sage recommends that you install onto the server first, then the workstations. Paying attention to the installation instructions is recommended.

The Verdict
: 9.88/10

Sage 50 is suitable for small to medium businesses and includes a layout that experienced accountants can navigate confidently. This version includes all the modules required to manage your business with the exception of payroll, which can easily be added. It also includes analytic tools such as "what if" scenarios and intelligence reporting, which many at this level do not include.