Beginners Guide To Cloud Accounting

Posted by Darren Wingfield 03 October 2014 08:40 AM

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What is Cloud Accounting and how can it help me?

Imagine an office without paper, a business where you can issue invoices on the go, a business so efficient that you take a picture of a receipt on the go and have it saved into your accounting system. This is all available in the world we live in today and it’s all made possible via ‘the cloud’.

So what is ‘the cloud’?

‘The cloud’ is a simple enough idea, take all of your information and store it remotely via the internet.  Cloud Accounting uses the same principle, take all of your financial information and applications, and then store them via the internet. This makes it accessible wherever you are in the world. We use ‘the cloud’ almost everyday without realising it. Online Banking, Social Media, Netflix, Apple Products are all on ‘the cloud’ so why not use your accounting system this way?

How can it help my business?

Just last week, I uploaded a picture of my Dog to Facebook using my smart phone, I then replied to some comments using my iPad, before finally making it my profile picture on my work computer. There was seamless integration between them now apply this same model to cloud accounting and you get; a sales invoice raised by your employee on their smart phone, you then check the profitability of the whole contract on your iPad.  This massively increases your efficiency and allows you to use your accounting system as an integral part of your business. There is a vast amount of benefits of cloud accounting for many businesses but the top three I see are;

  •          Seamless integration
  •          Build a better relationship with your accountant
  •          Quick and easy

The way financial information is processed is massively changing by using cloud accounting; no longer do you need to spend countless hours on data entry. The software does all of the hard work for you, so you can focus more on building a better business. We understand that keeping on top of your books can be a tedious job, but it’s also one of the most important to know the numbers in order to make timely business decisions.


Get in touch to find out how Harland’s can help you take control of your current accounting system, along with all the setup and training you need. Pictures of my Dog are available on request.

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