About Manager

Manager is an accounting solution that caters to small businesses across various industries such as retail, food and beverage, non-profit, education, consumer services and more. Key features include fund accounting, bank reconciliation, expense tracking, fixed asset management and payroll management.

Manager supports multiple languages and currencies and provides users an offline mode that helps to manage their business operations when no internet connection is available. The solution can either be deployed on-premise on Windows, Mac and Linux based devices or hosted in the cloud.

Additionally, Manager provides users with functionalities that include general ledgers, delivery notes, sales orders, bank statement imports, project-based accounting, recur...


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Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Mac OS, Linux, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8, Windows 10

67 Reviews of Manager

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.82 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4.5

Functionality

4.5

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January 2019

Chris from Noéo Solutions, Inc.

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

January 2019

Great alternative to the big guys

Manager saved me from going crazy using one of the big, cloud-based accounting packages. I get much more flexibility, better performance and better support, all while paying NOTHING so far. I would strongly encourage any SMB to take a look at Manager for their accounting needs.

Pros

What's not to love about FREE accounting software?? Yes, that's right...the basic desktop version is free, forever. Now, that means you don't get fancy cloud backups (but you can save your files on OneDrive, DropBox, Google Drive and such) nor do you get multiple user concurrent access. For those, you need to pay. But that's it! No other limitations. All features available to free users. Manager's strength is in the flexibility of setting up the chart of accounts. Unlike other similar software, there are virtually no restrictions on how you set up your accounts. The user interface is spartan, but easy to use. There are many modules which can be turned on or off to meet your needs. This helps keep your accounts and your software experience uncluttered. You can set up multiple business if desired, and each can be configured with unique sets of features as needed. Lastly, the authors update this program ALL THE TIME, like several times a month new features are added and bugs squashed. When using desktop or server versions, you can choose if and when to upgrade....the cloud version updates automatically.

Cons

The importing of transactions from banks is very fragile. You basically must decide to either enter ALL your transactions by hand, or NONE of them. If you try to enter most transactions and then import your bank file to catch any you missed, you are very likely to end up duplicating transactions. No Bueno! Reporting is quite limited and the custom reports feature is quite mysterious and not thoroughly documented.

September 2020

Ebrahim from Agile Accounting Solutions

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Accounting

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

September 2020

The best value for price I have ever got

Never been happier to spend USD 39 a month, ever.

Pros

It's ease of use and it's strong core personality. There are no fancy gimmicks to draw attention to useless dashboards but the core functionality is among the strongest I have ever seen. The fault tolerance of this service is amazing, you can mess thing as much as you want, and any competent accountant could make quick work of fixing it. The custom reports, templates and easy API (which has no complete documentation as of now, but many are using it -- that's how easy it is) gives you the ability to integrate it and automate things that are not originally include.

Cons

Everything has some down sides, or I might just be nitpicking here. There is no way to lock your reference numbers. The billable expenses and manufacturing still need some work.

Reasons for Choosing Manager

Manager is more cost efficient than Odoo and has quicker deployment and training times. Compared to quickbooks, Manager is head and shoulders above that.

Reasons for Switching to Manager

Tally has one of the best database designs, however, it has the worst UI design which makes it harder to sell to clients as an ERP that they use themselves. Manager solves this problem, where the client can use it to do their own billing and document generation, no more giving us paperwork, it is all electronic now.

January 2021

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 1 employee

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

January 2021

No nonsense, feature rich, double-entry accounting

While Manager and I have had our frustrating moments (see Cons), most of the time it just works. You might even call the software BORING. And I think that's exactly what you want your accounting software to be. :-)

Pros

Manager was a breath of fresh air after using MYOB for so long. It has a modern interface which lets you at your data quickly and easily. It's highly modular, meaning you can add in just the modules you need, and it comes with a lot—far more than I need—including staff and inventory management. It supports GST reporting right out of the box. There's a great support forum with expert uses, and the developers themselves, who are mostly very responsive to questions. I remember once reporting an issue which the developer fixed the SAME DAY! And incredibly, this software is free for small businesses and individuals who don't require the multi-user and networking features of the Cloud Edition (which is US$39 per month). The free Desktop version runs on Linux, Windows and (all-importantly for me) Mac.

Cons

Being a cross-platform app build on web technologies, Manager lacks some of the OS integration and polish that you might expect from a native macOS app. There's no integration with the system Address Book, and the Mac menu bar is basically empty (save for some rudimentary window management). No big deal, but there was one feature that caused me a lot of grief: custom HTML themes. The invoice templates that shipped with Manager were pretty basic and didn't meet my needs. I'm a web developer, so building my own template using HTML and CSS didn't faze me, and it worked fine… until Manager changed its whole templating system over to Liquid-based themes and their own home-made PDF generator. The biggest problem was, the new system only supports inline style attributes, and only a very limited number of CSS properties. When I raised these issues, the developer recommended table-based layouts. :-( They could fix these issues by embedding Chromium, but at the cost of 50 MB increase in app size, which they were unwilling to do. I was able to eventually work around the issues and print to PDF using the macOS print window, but the whole process was painful and time-consuming. Another frustration is Manger's insistence on tracking 'Foreign exchange gains (losses)' every time you pay for something in a foreign currency. If, like me, you pay for these up front (no credit) this is totally unnecessary, but there's no way to turn it off—you have to manually update exchange rates.

Reasons for Switching to Manager

I used MYOB for many years, but was increasingly frustrated by the cost of yearly support/upgrades, and the stagnation of the product. So I stopped upgrading until my old version just wasn't supported by macOS anymore. When that happened, I went looking for a more modern alternative.

October 2014

Roger from Pink Elephant Brewery

Time Used: Free Trial

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Customer support

5.0

October 2014

Manager Accounting Free Software

Easy to use and intuitive. Much simpler than others I've tried. Has the odd glitch but Lubos is onto it and willing to implement suggestions. give it a try.

September 2019

Norman from Apparel & Fashion

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Real Estate

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

September 2019

Great tool, depending on your needs

Excellent. Happy enough that i'm taking some time to write a review

Pros

Proper accounting software, with debits and credits. Keeps getting better. Good reporting tools and export. Easy to use once you have the basic. No cost for desktop version.

Cons

Web version seems a bit expensive. Proper accounting functionality is not what everyone wants, especially in small business.(meaning debits and credits)

Reasons for Switching to Manager

import bank statements, reporting. save time. reliability.