Sage 50 is a small business accounting program. Originally known as Peachtree Accounting, Sage 50 is one of the most popular, inexpensive, and long-running accounting software options on the market.
Sage 50 is designed to help small businesses:
- Easily pay bills, invoice customers, and track cash availability,
- Spend more time on core business, rather than administrative tasks,
- Avoid costly accounting errors,
- More accurately create budgets and control cash-flow, and
- Monitor all financial aspects of company operations in order to make effective business decisions.
Sage 50 Information Resources
- Quick Facts
- Key Functionality Checklist
- Versions & Feature Support
- Pricing & Licensing
- Supported User Platforms
- Target Company Size
- Recent Product Match Summaries
- Add-On Product Options
Sage 50 Quick Facts Q&A
Q. What functionality does Sage 50 include?
A. Sage 50 is an accounting focused program that provides functionality for key financial tasks like accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger reporting, billing, and job costing. A variety of add-on offerings both from Sage and 3rd party developers are available to extend the functionality of the software.
Q. What’s the difference between the different versions of Sage 50?
A. The three main versions of Sage 50 include Pro, Premium, and Quantum. Sage 50 Pro is a limited functionality version available only for single-user usage. Sage 50 Premium offers more features than Sage 50 Pro and allows up to 5 users. Sage 50 Quantum supports up to 40 users and provides significantly more features than other Sage 50 Versions—including industry-specific functionality for distributors, manufacturers, contractors, and non-profits. There is also a Sage 50 version designed specifically for public accountants. The Canadian versions of Sage 50 differ from the US versions and reviewers looking for more info on the Canadian Sage 50 should check here. A more comprehensive discussion of the differences between the Sage 50 versions appears below.
Q. How much does Sage 50 cost?
A. The introductory, single-user version of Sage 50 is among the least expensive accounting options on the market and starts at $229/annually. Software licensing costs increase with different versions, the addition of multiple users, and add-on functionality like payroll, credit card payment processing, and mobile sales support. Other factors that can influence final pricing include implementation needs, technical support requirements, and training costs. Sage 50 is most commonly reviewed by companies with “low-end” spending expectations. Nearly 93% of companies who consider Sage 50 as a purchase option have set a total software spending range of under $10,000.
Q. What support options are available for Sage 50?
A. The standard support package for Sage 50 is called Sage Business Care. Sage 50 Business Care provides weekday, business hour tech support and access to software updates. Upgraded support options are available from Sage for users who require a higher level of service. Additional support and product consulting services are available through authorized resellers. Advanced support from authorized resellers is recommended for new Sage 50 users and more complex deployment situations.
Q.What are the deployment options for Sage 50?
A. Sage 50 is only available as an on-premise product from the developer. Authorized vendors sometimes offer hosting services for the program, which allows for the use of remote access technology to support it as a cloud option.
Q. What user platforms is Sage 50 available on?
A. Sage 50 is designed for use on Windows OS workstations.
Q. Is Sage 50 mobile compatible?
A. Sage 50 does offer mobile device support for sales order functionality via an add-on product called Mobile Sales.
Q. What size companies use Sage 50.
A. Sage 50 is most commonly reviewed as a product option for companies under 20 employees.
Q. When was Sage 50 first released?
A. The original release date for Sage 50 was 1978, when it was offered under its original name, “Peachtree Accounting.”
Q. What is the current version of Sage 50?
A. The current version of Sage 50 is Sage 50 2016.
Sage 50 Functionality Checklist
|Accounting||Small biz accounting with AP, AR, GL|
|Asset/Equipment Management||Available in other developer products|
|Bank Reconciliation||Requires Internet connection|
|Billing||Includes standard & recurring billing|
|Budgeting||Basic budgeting in all versions|
|Business Intelligence||Sage Intelligence provided with Sage Business Care support|
|Commissions Management||3rd party software available for integration|
|Credit Card Processing||Requires additional licensing & usage fees|
|Customer Relationship Management||Available in other developer products|
|eCommerce||3rd party connectors to 3rd party shopping carts available|
|Estimating||Available in other developer product lines|
|Field Service Management||No full field service, but mobile sales module available|
|Fixed Asset Tracking||Asset depreciation supported|
|Inventory Control||Average/LIFO/FIFO costing supported|
|Job Costing||Phased & coded costing in Premium & Quantum only|
|Order Management||Sage Mobile Sales available to extend standard order capabilities|
|Payroll||Requires additional licensing fees|
|Point of Sale||3rd party software available|
|Project Management||Quantum only|
|Purchasing||Purchase orders supported in all versions|
|Quotes||Basic quoting capabilities included in all versions|
|Warehouse Management (Advanced)||3rd party software available for integration|
|Work Order Management||Quantum only|
Sage 50 Version Comparison
In order to meet individual licensing and functionality needs, Sage offers Sage 50 in multiple different versions. The three main versions of Sage 50 are Pro, Premium, and Quantum.
Sage 50 Pro
Sage 50 Pro is the entry-level version of the program. Sage 50 Pro includes basic functionality for accounting tasks such as receivables, payables, and general ledger. It also provides invoice creation capabilities. Sage 50 Pro is limited to a single user license.
Sage 50 Premium
Sage 50 Premium builds on the capabilities of Sage 50 Pro, but allows for licensing up to five individual users. Sage 50 Premium also offers extended features, offering more opportunities for efficiency and automation than what is found in the Pro version of Sage 50.
Sage 50 Quantum
Sage 50 Quantum is more robust than either the Pro or Premier versions. Sage 50 Quantum can support up to 40 users. A larger database provides faster performance and is an important program attribute for companies with larger transaction volumes or increased records quantities. Sage 50 Quantum comes in manufacturing, non-profit, construction, and distribution oriented editions, which provide support for many of the business tasks common to each industry. Quantum also provides additional accounting, billing, and job costing features for improved financial management control.
Sage 50 Versions Feature Comparison Chart
|Attach documents to records|
|Average/LIFO/FIFO inventory costing|
|Conversion from QuickBooks|
|Change order management|
|Open multiple company files simultaneously|
|Bill of materials revisions|
|Consolidated financial statements|
|Increased database capacity|
|Industry editions (manufacturing, distribution, non-profit, construction)|
|Inventory location & bin tracking|
|Multi-level bill of materials|
|Under 1 second reporting w/minimum requirements hardware|
Sage 50 Pricing & LicensingPricing on Sage 50 depends on a number of factors, including: the software version chosen, the number of users licensed, the support plan selection, and the presence of product add-ons.
Pricing & Licensing Version Comparison
|Supported users||1||1 to 5||5 to 40|
|Annual pricing (developer published, applies to minimum user count, support included)||$229+||$249+||$999+|
|Additional per user pricing||NA||$150+||$175+|
|Subscription licensing (leased software, must be renewed annually)||Via developer or resellers||Via developer or resellers||Via developer or resellers|
|Traditional licensing (purchased program, continues to works w/o annual payment)||Via authorized resellers only||Via authorized resellers only||Via authorized resellers only|
|Available refund period||60 days||60 days||60 days|
Minimum Annual Cost to Add Payroll to Sage 50 by Version
|For 1-10 employees||$120+||$150+||$150+|
|For 11-15 employees||$140+||$180+||$200+|
|For 16-30 employees||$170+||$200+||$250+|
|Add payroll users||NA||$135+/user||$170+/user|
Average Total Sage 50 Project Costs
Beyond licensing and technical support/update costs, Sage 50 buyers may have total project costs that include:
- Implementation services (install, data conversion, system configuration)
- Services related to integrating Sage 50 with other business applications
Companies who review Sage 50 as a purchase option most often have total project cost expectations under $10,000 for licensing and implementation.
Portion of Sage 50 Reviews by Spending Range Expectation
|Under $10,000||$10,000 to $40,000||Over $40,000|
Sage 50 Tech Support
Sage offers tech support through its Sage Business Care program. Sage Business Care offers the following benefits:
- Maintenance updates and fixes
- Product updates
- Sage 50 Intelligence reporting
- Unlimited access to phone support, between 9am and 8pm ET M-F
- Unlimited access to online support tickets
- Remote access assistance
- In-product support chat
Sage 50 customers using the subscription licensing plan will automatically receive Sage Business Care and do not have the option to unsubscribe. Sage 50 users licensed under the traditional plan will be automatically enrolled in the Sage Business Care annual program, but can cancel and continue to use their program, unsupported.
A network of authorized Sage 50 resellers is available to provide more in-depth support services including:
- Business and technical consulting
- Program configuration advice and services
- Technical assistance integrating Sage 50 with other software
- Personalized training
Sage 50 User Platforms
Sage 50 is available for users on Windows workstations. Limited order entry functionality is available via web browser through the add-on Sage Mobile Sales product.
Sage 50 Key Attributes
A keyword analysis of online discussions of Sage 50, reveals that it is most frequently described as “efficient,” “simple,” and “flexible.”
Other terms used to describe Sage 50 include: easy-to-use, convenient, accessible, affordable, streamlined, comprehensive, modular, intuitive, organized, scalable, and cost-effective.
Target Company Size for Sage 50
Sage 50 is marketed as an accounting program for small businesses and is most commonly reviewed by businesses with under 20 employees.
Portion of Sage 50 Reviews by Company Size
|Under 20 Employees||20 to 99 Employees||100 or More Employees|
Recent Companies who Reviewed Sage 50
- A newly opened automotive repair service looking for their first accounting software package. This 2 employee business will have just a single software user. They are looking for a basic financial management program that includes payroll. The contact hopes to keep upfront licensing costs under $600.
- A distributor of building materials interested in alternatives to their current QuickBooks software. The owner of this company is an entrepreneur who also owns a few other ventures. He has been using QuickBooks to do the bookkeeping for all of his businesses, but is looking for a new program he will use specifically for this wholesale company. The contact needs basic accounting features along with a billing program that can help him with roughly 400 sales transactions monthly. The contact is reviewing options priced under $2,000 for a total project cost.
- A non-profit organization using a 2008 version of Sage Peachtree complete. This non-profit organizations has 7 employees and is looking for a basic program to handle accounting, budgeting, and invoicing. They are open to purchasing software for under $800, or would consider software that costs up to $150/mo, if they can be billed on a monthly basis.
- A property owners association looking to update an existing version of Sage Peachtree 2010. The older version of Sage Peachtree 2010 that this organization has been using is not compatible with the new treasurer’s computer. As a result, they are looking to purchase new software. The organization has 150+ properties in the association and they need to be able to easily create annual invoices for their members. This organization is targeting software under $500 annually.
- A contract warehousing business that has been using Dac Easy. This business is looking for a program to provide them accounting, payroll, and invoicing capabilities. They need a program that will allow them to create recurring invoices for the basic monthly storage costs, as well as invoices for usage based billing when clients contract with them for their picking/kitting services. The contact is targeting options under $700/annually.
Extending the Functionality of Sage 50
Sage 50 is one of the most popular small business accounting programs on the market. While Sage 50 is primarily focused on providing functionality for core financial management and billing tasks, a number of 3rd party add-on products have been designed to augment the software with support for other key management tasks.
Add-On Products for Sage 50
|Sage 50 Accounting Certified Payroll||JCS||Payroll|
|TrueCommerce EDI||HighJump Software||EDI|
|Sage Alerts and Workflow||Vineyardsoft||Utility|
|ProTrack Warehouse Solution||Inner-Net, Inc.||Warehouse Management|
|AccuCOUNT Inventory||Attitude Positive||Inventory|
|Ace Retail POS 3000||Advanced Computing Edge||POS|
|Aegis Business Optimization System||Aegis Commerce Solutions||Warehouse Management|
|Anytime Collect||e2b Teknologies||Accounts Receivable|
|ArcFreight and ArcFleet Trucking Dispatch||Arcline||Dispatch Software|
|AvaTax||Avalara||Sales Tax Management|
|BizOps Distribution||Aegis Commerce Solutions||Warehouse Management|
|Commission Report||Phase One Computing Services, Inc.||Commission Management|
|Exactor Sales Tax Compliance||Exactor||Sales Tax Management|
|Inventory Pro||Computerized Inventory Systems Specialists||Inventory Software|
|Projector PSA||Projector PSA, Inc.||Professional Services Automation|
|QuoteWerks||Aspire Technologies||Quotation Software|
|Web Timesheet Software||OfficeClip||Time and expense|
The product information presented on this page is based on information provided by the developer and from previous software buyers who considered the software. Last update: 10/15/2015.
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Reviews of Sage 50 Write a Review
Mary from Fire Protection says…
It is an eary accounting program to use. I never had any problems with it or the upgrades until this past year. It seems as though it is getting very commercialized and they are nickel and dimimg customers.
The good: I have used Peachtree Accounting for over 15 years and never had a problem until this past year. It has always been very easy to use.
The bad: The fact that there is a yearly fee to use their software and they keep terms and conditions hidden from customers until it is too late to get out of the contract.
Peter from Precision Computer Methods Inc. (since 1979) says…
Few packages in this price range present a consistent user interface to payroll, manufacturing, sales and purchase orders, job cost, and the usual suspects of GL,AP,AR, Bank recs. Lots of bang for the buck
The good: You can do many things and only have to learn one user interface. Also, they implemented importing from external files to automate data entry a long time ago. (E.g. import 50 sales orders from a spreadsheet)
The bad: Monthly close is awkward and unlike a lot of other packages. Its a good discipline once you understand it.
The good: More for the accounting person, than a person unfamilar with accounting
The bad: Peachtree by Sage use to be an awesome product and I would have highly recommended it in the past, but now that they have implemented a yearly fee, we are currently looking for another software system. Not my 1st choice, but it will have to do.
Very versatile and can have many add-on’s
The good: Ability to do trending, and overall cost
The bad: Having yearly fees after purchasing the software.