Best Accounting software

Which cloud accounting software and mobile app should you buy?

These days you don't buy a single accounting program, you subscribe to one.

These days you don't buy a single accounting program, you subscribe to one.

Reckon One
Free trial: Yes – 30 days
Price: Between $5 and $30 per month depending on features

Reckon One desktop
Reckon One desktop

Reckon has been in the accounting software business for many years. Its online offering, Reckon One, is hosted on servers operated by Amazon, and delivers an attractive online experience that works on computers and mobile devices.

The pricing is very competitive and Reckon is offering free conversion from competing products.

I started by creating a trial account using dummy data. Everyday tasks such as creating invoices, receiving payments, tracking account balances and outstanding payments were very straightforward. If you’ve used any accounting software before, you’ll find the interface quite intuitive.

Reckon One mobile app
Reckon One mobile app

The main dashboard displays your current financial position, top customers and expenses and bank account balances – you can connect Reckon One to your business bank account and receive live feeds. Every option or command is only a click or two away from the main screen.

On the reporting side, I jumped straight to the GST summary report that’s used to complete my quarterly BAS. The report loaded quickly with all the appropriate data loaded. Profit and Loss, Trial Balance and a Balance Sheet all loaded quickly as well. Reports are categorised but you can easily create shortcuts to your favourites so you need not go digging through the categories each time you need to load a report.

The mobile app – I tested the iOS version on an iPhone 6s, was easy to use. I was able to enter an invoice and email it directly to the customer while in the field. The mobile app doesn’t support the full Reckon One feature set. For example, you can’t generate reports from the app. However, this isn’t a big deal in my view as mobile workers will be focussed on operational tasks such as invoicing, expenses, competing timesheets and looking up customer contacts.

Reckon One does a great job of putting everyday tasks front and centre: 4/5

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