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  • Great ease of use
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What is Manager?

Manager is an accounting solution that supports multiple languages and currencies and provides users an offline mode that helps to manage their business operations when no internet connection is available. What is Manager? Manager is an accounting solution that provides key features such as fund accounting, bank reconciliation, expense tracking, fixed asset management and payroll management. Additionally, Manager provides users with functionalities that include general ledgers, delivery notes, sales orders, bank statement imports, project-based accounting, recurring billing, email templates and customizable invoicing. How do you use Manager? Manager can be used on-premise on Windows, Mac and Linux based devices or hosted in the cloud. Users can utilize the custom... read more

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  • icon"Maintaining of all accounting entities and Generation of accounting voucher is very good. The software have flexibility feature so that we can easily on/off required modules."
  • icon"Good reporting tools and export. Easy to use once you have the basic."
  • icon"This software is rich with features, easy to install and setup and very intuitive to use. Everything works, it seems to be a stable platform."
  • icon"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."
  • icon"There is no system checks. Account labels cannot be changed."
  • icon"Inability to enter or manage checks. There is no sync on more than one device."

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Which features does Manager offer?

Core features:

Accounts PayableAccounts ReceivableAutomatic BillingBank ReconciliationBilling & InvoicingBudgeting/ForecastingCore AccountingCustomer StatementsExpense TrackingFixed Asset ManagementShow more features +

People who reviewed this software give it a 4.5 star rating for functionality.

How easy is Manager to use and deploy?

Manager supports multiple deployment options, including: Cloud, SaaS, Web-based, Windows, Linux.

People who reviewed this software give it a 4.5 star rating for ease-of-use.

What do verified users say about Manager

4.83/5 out of 71 Reviews

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Chris

Verified reviewer

Company size: 1 employee

Industry: Computer Software

Time used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
5

Customer support

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

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.

Ebrahim

Company size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Accounting

Time used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
5

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
5

Customer support

out of 5
4

Functionality

out of 5

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.

Roger

Time used: Free Trial

Review Source: Capterra

4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Customer support

out of 5

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.

Anayatullah

Company size: 1 employee

Industry: Computer Software

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
5

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
4

Customer support

out of 5
4

Functionality

out of 5

February 2022

Full accounting functionality even in free version

I am using "Manager" for the last 5 years. During this period I am fully satisfied with it.

Pros

Five years back, when I was searching for free complete accounting software, I researched (rather experienced) many accounting software. I found "Manager" as the best free desktop option. It has all the functionalities which a good accounting software must have. It is flexible in editing chart of accounts, sub-accounts can be created easily, cost center tracking is available, multiple windows can be opened simultaneously, and reports can be generated as needed, moreover editing the transactions are so simple. I can say it is the best free option out there. Regarding the online paid version, all of the functions of the free desktop version, plus multiple accounts and worldwide access is available with a monthly economical subscription.

Cons

Only advanced finance features and not available in "Manager", otherwise nothing is wrong with the software.

Anonymous

Company size: 2-10 employees

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
5

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
5

Customer support

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

March 2021

Best small business accounting software with the most features and free

I have been very happy with Manager. As a small consulting business with a more complicated accounting setup than most small businesses, the small business accounting software do not do what I need. Not so with Manager. It does everything I need including multiple currencies, configuration for multiple counties, and unlimited number of different business accounts. The features are rich and customizable which makes setting up just how I need and want simple and effective. Plus, Manager is actively updated.

Pros

This software is feature rich, customizable at all levels, yet simple and intuitive to use. The help files are the best I've seen for any software of any type and also has the best explanations of basic accounting concepts that I've read including AccountingCoach.com. The chart of accounts is the most useful and easy to design of any software I evaluated.

Cons

The GUI is a little dated looking. No automatic connection to banks (but that is not very important to me).

Reasons for switching to Manager

The other softwares did not meet my needs, leaving me always scrambling to figure out how to do what I needed only to discover I works need to buy the enterprise level software to do what I needed. That was too much for my small business.

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