[foundation-board] Approval for purchase of accountancy software

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Sat Jul 31 15:43:56 UTC 2010

Hi All,

I think it is clear we need some proper accounting/budgeting software
and I am planning to purchase some online service solution. It will
probably be proprietary because no opensource option looks up to it.

a) any objections on me going ahead and incurring this expenditure
(probably £200-500 in first year)
b) Any suggestions on what to use? (summary of research so far below)
   * At the moment I'm planning to evaluate xero, kashoo and clearbooks

I need to have a decision by Tuesday as Wednesday I start with PA/AA
on sorting out OKF books.


  * Open-source?
  * Not ERP - just personal accounting
  * But reasonably sophisticated:
    * Double-entry
    * Multiple currencies

Detailed Comparison:

Top options (based on looking around and comparison):
  http://www.xero.com/pricing/ ~£24 / month
  http://www.clearbooks.co.uk/pricing/ - £15/£10 / month
    * UK VAT and Companies stuff
  http://kashoo.com/ ~ $10 / month
    * unlimited users
  http://www.brightpearl.co.uk/pricing-c-925.html ~ £20 / month (for
most basic -- 1 user)

Others considered:

  http://www.freshbooks.com - invoicing only

*Nothing* open-source that i can see (some erp solutions but all clunky)


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