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When beginning your search for an online accounting software provider to suit your accounting needs you may feel overwhelmed with information and wind up with more questions than answers. Which online accounts service provider should you choose? What product features do they provide? How will those features be of use to your business? How much does it cost and what value added services, if any, are provided?

With so much to consider, bear in mind these few tips to help make your search a little easier…

View product tutorials – reputable online accounting service providers should have a good resource of instructional materials on their website, like FAQ pages, video tutorials and product demonstrations. Take full advantage of these How To guides to see how the product works in action. This will give you a good idea of the functionality of their service and whether it matches your requirements.
Talk to the experts – once you’ve done your online research, contact a few service providers to talk about your accounting software needs. They should be able to give you honest advice about what type of service they provide and how it can suit your needs. Talk to your accountant, your local business chamber and business colleagues. Their advice may be conflicting, but at least it will get you thinking about your options.
Try before you Buy – most online service providers offer 30-day free trials with no obligations to buy. Before you commit to a monthly service charge, take advantage of these free trial offers to test run a few different services. Make the most of those 30 days to try out every aspect of the service, then you will learn which service provider offers the best solution for your business.
Try Big Red Cloud online accounting software

Big Red Cloud provides online accounts software to businesses of all sizes throughout Ireland.

Big Red Cloud can offer you:

a free trial service
useful video resources, training and support
honest, expert advice

Marc O'Dwyer

After completing a Graduate program in Marketing, Marc’s impressive sales career began at Allied Irish Banks, Pitney Bowes and Panasonic where he received numerous Irish and European sales performance awards and consistently exceeded targets and expectations. In 1992, Marc’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to set up his own business, Irish International Sales (IIS). Initially, this company was a reseller for Take 5 Accounts and Payroll software. Within four years, IIS became the largest reseller of Take 5 in Ireland, acquiring four other Take 5 resellers. He also found time to set up two mobile phone shops under the Cellular World brand and a web design company offering website design services for small businesses. In 2001, he bought the majority share in a small Irish software business, Big Red Book. At that time, the company was losing money. The company became profitable within two months, and Marc then acquired a payroll company to compliment Big Red Books Accounting products. In 2003, IIS were appointed as Channel Partners with SAP for their new SME product, SAP Business One. Marc sold his Take 5 business and concentrated on developing this new market for SAP As a result, by 2007, IIS was recognised as the largest Channel Partner for SAP in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa). In 2008, the IIS Sales Manager bought the Company from Marc in an MBO. He launched Big red cloud in June 2012, the online version of big red book, to date the company successfully converts 59% of trials into sales and the number of customers is growing rapidly. Marc continues to run both Big Red Book and Big Red Cloud which now support 75,000 businesses. He is a very keen sportsman, having played rugby for 20 years, represented Leinster at under 16 and under 20 levels, and league squash with Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club for 10 years. Marc has competed in 11 Marathons, including the London and Boston Marathons, and has completed several Triathlons and Half Ironman races. He has also completed six Ironman Races in Austria(x2), Frankfurt (Germany), Nice (France) , Mallorca (Spain) and Copenhagen (Denmark)

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