Bookkeeping For Garages Using Sage
We can save you a lot of time ...
Posted by Alison Mead on 09/03/2020 @ 8:00AM
Recently, I have been helping a local garage, who do the usual servicing and MOT's for their customers' vehicles, to improve their use of their Sage 50 bookkeeping software ...
Bookkeeping for garages with GSLite and Sage 50 can be complicated, but we can help save you a lot of time!
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They use a bespoke system called GSLite to manage their customers, send reminders for servicing and MOTs and raise invoices for their clients. They use Sage 50 for the rest of their bookkeeping and accounts and VAT returns.
"But they had never worked out how to link the two together!"
In effect, they were keying in all their invoices twice, which of course means it takes more time and there is a larger scope for making mistakes. They were also waiting until the invoices were paid before entering them on the accounts system which meant the accounts figures would always be out of date so they couldn't run management reports to keep a proper eye on their profitability.
I was able to work with my client, who was new to the bookkeeping role, to get a good organised system in place in order to move from the manual system to being able to export all customers from GSLite, including the invoices and payments, in an organised way to prevent the need for double entry in the future. It's not a perfect situation having to download the data into a CSV file then import to Sage50, but it's certainly better than typing everything twice.
So if you are a garage already using GSLite but not linking it to your Sage 50 account package then why not book a handholding session and I can help you make the most of your software too?
Sometimes making changes like this can seem overwhelming and just having someone to guide you through it step-by-step can make all the difference. Think of the time you will save and the increased accuracy you will benefit from if you make this change too.
Until next time ...
Would you like to know more?
If you'd like to learn more about bookkeeping for garages and save yourself from entering everything twice, do give me a call on 01604 420057, leave a comment below or use the Messenger tool you can see in the bottom right of your screen to chat right now.
About Alison Mead ...
Alison loves bookkeeping and supporting bookkeepers. She has been helping clients to be better bookkeepers in Sage 50 for over 24 years and has been Xero Accredited in accounts and payroll for a number of years too.
She specialises in a very unique hand-holding method of training, helping bookkeepers and business owners to use their accounts software as and when they need support in setting up and producing their invoices, reports and financial information.
Alison combines her role at Silicon Bullet with her Forever Living network marketing businesses and is often to be seen at business networking meetings as she likes to keep busy.
You know what they say: if you want something done well ask a busy person!
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