Sage One = Simple online accounting for farmers and their business partners

5 years ago

Sue Harrison, farmer's wife and ex-teacher uses Sage One AccountsFarming is a tough job with long hours. The last thing farmers or their business partners need is a complex accounting system so this where Sage One can help – a simple accounting system designed to make life easier.

Let’s look at how Sage One helped Sue Harrison, farmer’s wife and ex-teacher.

Sue’s story

Sue was just marking some GCSE papers when we rang. She explained that she always had the responsibility for organising the accounts on the 500 acre family farm. The 300 Aberdeen Angus and 500 sheep keep her husband and his brother busy from early morning to late at night so by default she got the farm finance job.

Why did she start using our online, cloud-based Sage One Accounts software? The main prompt was that she wanted to save a bit of money on her accountant’s bill. Maybe she could do the data input herself? So she called Sage. She looked at our desktop solutions but felt they were a bit too complicated for her.

So we suggested, as she calls it, “Baby Sage”. We call it Sage One Accounts, but most importantly it seemed perfect for her needs.

In the past, Sue had done everything on Excel and said “Oh dear, we had information all over the place!”

What does Sue like about Sage One?

Sue said many farmers’ wives do the books as their husbands work very long hours so the challenge for them is mainly lack of time but it’s always nice to save a bit of money for the business too.

Sue’s top 5 benefits of Sage One are:

1. 24hr telephone and email support
2. It keeps things in chronological order when compared to Excel
3. Doing a VAT return is much easier
4. Ability to put in own headings e.g. fuel, livestock
5. Simple and user friendly

What’s next for the farm?

With Sue managing the finances, her husband can focus on the farm and indulge his special interest in breeding horses – they currently have a young horse called Seamoor Secret that they hope will make the grade. Watch this space!

Try Sage One for free!

Sage One Accounts is just £10 + VAT per month and includes free 24/7 telephone and email support. Find out more and sign up for your free 30 day trial today at