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Prelude Accounts


I was just wondering, has anyone used Prelude accounts before? It's cloud based, I've just had a look and it seems ok. I was offered it free to use, apparently it's going to be MTD compliant, but I was just wondering if anyone else has had any experience with this software?

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Hi Nicola

It's the first time I've heard of them, but first glance seems reasonable. Seems to have started off as a windows package then changed to the cloud.

Didn't like this bit though.


Working with spreadsheets alone, although fit for purpose for your current operations, will not be MTD-compliant and so you must change to introduce software to your bookkeeping, accounting and reporting procedures.Your clients must also change their procedures to start using MTD-compliant software. Otherwise, you will have to do extra work to process their transactions into MTD-compliant software for no extra remuneration.

Cleverly worded, but spreadsheets are absolutely fine with bridging software. No extra renumeration? Rubbish prelude, we are allowed to pass on the cost you know.



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I took a quick glance before shutting down last night - you obviously read a little more than me, John, because I'd have been fuming at reading that! It strikes me as yet another example of a cloud provided throwing in a little FUD to try and encourage take up of their product.

What did strike me when I glanced was their pricing structure - not tiered at all; instead a flat tenner a month (possibly plus VAT, I can't remember) in all cases. Similarly, I like that their free trial is based on a number of customers/suppliers/transactions - hit the magic number in any one case, and the free trial ends - rather than being time limited.

On the flip side, I didn't spot any screen shots or anything like that to show how the various modules are presented or used - it could be an amazingly brilliant UI, or the worst one yet, they aren't telling people who don't sign up.

And then, of course, is that it's cloud.


Vince M Hudd - Soft Rock Software

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Heard of Prelude but never used it.

It is one of the perks of being a member of ICPA.


Mark Stewart CA

Providing accounting, bookkeeping, payroll and tax services to small and medium sized businesses across Central Scotland and beyond.

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