There’s been a long running debate about the benefits of a truly integrated online accountancy service and how it compares to employing the services of a traditional accountant.

The traditional accountant will argue that these pretty online services (and yes Crunch is very pretty) amount to mere window dressing which fails to add any real value for small business owners. Why use online software when you can download an Excel spreadsheet for free? Well, the reasons are numerous…

Please note: we can only speak for Crunch and not any other online accounting services – the majority of which don’t offer the support of expert accountants.

Usability

Crunch offer you incredibly easy-to-use software for drawing up invoices, automatically calculating VAT, entering expenses and monitoring your financial data. Everything is so clearly presented that you really can’t go wrong and your accounts never become a jumbled mess of figures and obscure codes.

Crunch keeps your accounting clean.

Information as and when you need it: For most freelancers, contractors and small business owners, accounting is a dark and mysterious world. Getting the most up-to-date information on your company accounts can be very difficult.

Instead of asking your accountant to collect and put together the required data (which you probably have to pay extra for) with a sophisticated online system you can see it all in real time. No wait, no delay and no extra cost. This means you can monitor the health of your business at the click of a button on a banking-grade secure account.
The perfect synergy of brilliant technology and human expertise: What our customers love most about Crunch is the way in which we combine user-friendly and time saving technology with on-tap accounting advice and human assistance. Each of our customers get their personal own account manager who ensures that their accounts are running smoothly and are there to answer any queries they may have. They do most of the legwork for them.

Meanwhile, for more complex and technical issues our team of expert accountants are always on hand to help. It’s a real team effort.

Negating human error

By combining idiot proof online accounting software with real people we can avoid the possibility of human error.We hear a lot of horror stories from customers who’ve had terrible experiences with their previous accountants who’ve messed up their accounts.

And that’s the problem with the traditional accountancy practices… You entrust your business in their hands and can only hope for the best. With Crunch, your accounts are readily accessible to both you and your account manager. Nothing can go wrong!

Saving your time

With a genuinely user-friendly accounting system, you will ultimately save yourself time. Crunch can practically automate everything which makes doing your accounts a breeze – we do the hard work for you – leaving you more time to get on with running your business. This saves having to gather up sheets of financial data and taking them to your accountant, or trying to make head or tails of archaic spreadsheets – many of which are advertised as user-friendly!

Saving your money

When technology can automate many of the mundane tasks which accountants would otherwise have to do manually, the result is cost-savings passed onto you. That’s why we’re able to offer our fully inclusive service for less than £60-a-month: that’s unlimited access to an account manager and team of accountants, along with your own secure online account.

In truth this list could go on and on and on. For a more objective article on the debate between traditional accountants and online services, industry website Contractor Calculator offers a very insightful assessment.