Q: Getting Started with BAS-I.C?
1.Open BAS-I.C http://bas-i.com. Initially a Welcome overlay page is presented with main navigation icons Join , Plans and Pricing , Profile , Help , , Privacy on the top left. The overlay Close is on the top right. 2.Click Join to set up an account. For BAS-I.C Plus select the term (Monthly or Annually) or for BAS-I.C Free input your email address and click the button. Plans and Pricing provides full features and details. 3.An Account Code link email is sent when you join. Click the link in this email to activate your account. To retrieve a lost Account Code link go to Resend. Close the overlay and you have account access. The Message Line at the top right provides help and information as you mouseover items. You can close the overlay at any time for account access. 4.Click Business Name and input the name of your business, press enter on your keyboard or click outside the input to save. Financial year data is set automatically. If required you can change it by clicking the Start Month button and selecting the month or the Start Year button and inputting the year using 4 digits. 5.Click a Month button to activate (an active button glows), click Revenue or Expense, click a current account button. Account buttons are the green (revenue) or red (expense) buttons beside the New Account button. This adds a transaction. Transactions can also be added using Import (top right) to load bank account or other CSV data. Shared transactions can be loaded by opening a shared file and clicking the button. 6.Input the Total for a transaction. Other values will be automatically calculated. Only the transaction Month, Note and Total can be directly edited. Transaction control icons Delete , Copy and Repeat are on the left. You can insert text directly in the note field. Repeat for other transactions. 7.Initially Global set up is applied. You can apply a location option by clicking . You can add a New Account, Delete or Search by account. More displays the Tax settings which have similar functions. 8.Display is set as the active Month, by Quarter (Q1 to Q4), Half Year (H1 or H2), Full Year, ALL or by Search term. 9.Summary View displays Account and Tax totals for the current display transactions. List View lists current display transactions. In List View you can Print displayed transactions, Replicate transactions, select Edit Mode to change transaction Month or Account and Sort . 10.Data is automatically saved to your local system when you have an active account. The icons Share , Backup , Archive , Restore , Export , Import at the top right below the message line provide data functions allowing you to save and share data including importing CSV bank account files. Reset clears all data and settings.
Q: Why should I use BAS-I.C small business accounting?
BAS-I.C is different to other accounting systems in structure, layout and functions. It is designed specifically to be easy for sole traders and small business with a simple layout and display.
- BAS-I.C is easy to use and quick to set up. Saving you time and reducing stress. - BAS-I.C saves your data on your computer. It is secure and can easily be shared keeping you in control. - BAS-I.C keeps your computer safe. There is nothing to download or install BAS-I.C runs directly in your browser providing the highest level of security. - BAS-I.C costs less. Saving you money. - BAS-I.C is better value.
Q: Is BAS-I.C suitable for my business?
BAS-I.C is a streamlined accounting system designed for sole traders and small business. It only includes the basic accounting functions required to easily record, manage and report revenue, expenses and tax. It does not include advanced inventory, payroll, multi-currency or reporting functions. However if you need a basic recording system that will easily allow you to meet your reporting and taxation requirements BAS-I.C could be for you.
If your business:
- has no more than around 100 transactions to record per day. - recognises and records revenue and expenses when received or paid (ie operates on a cash based accounting system). - prefers to maintain control of its data and does not want to be locked into a specific software application. - does not require advanced reporting systems. - would like to be able to easily share data with others. - is looking for an easy to use and economical accounting solution supporting global taxation. then BAS-I.C will provide better value for you.
Q: How can BAS-I.C pricing be so much cheaper than competitors?
- focuses on delivering the basics, minimising operational and development costs. - limits marketing expenditure and builds business through customer referrals and value based word of mouth. If you think we offer value please let others know. - maintains a streamlined business structure with minimal overheads (we are a local small business). - leverage technology in service development, delivery and support. - minimize infrastructure requirements and costs with local data storage. - keep it simple to minimise costs, enhance flexibility and maximise responsiveness. - support small business by keeping margins low and passing savings onto users. Please consider supporting BAS-I.C.
Q: Can use I use BAS-I.C with my accountant?
Yes. BAS-I.C allows you to easily Share your data for use by your accountant (or anyone else you choose). Shared data is valid for the current session only but can be edited and re shared to include changes.'
Q: I am an accountant can use I use BAS-I.C with my clients?
Yes. Your clients can easily Share data with you for review. Shared data is not saved to your local system but can be edited and re shared allowing multiple sets of data to be used without maintaining local data. Alternatively client data can be archived to a text file saved locally and easily restored . The same approach can be applied to set up and distribute a standard chart of accounts for your clients to use. Saving the local files with a client identifier in the name or saving in a specific client directory allows multiple client files to be independently managed.
Q: How do I manage my data?
Data is automatically saved to your local system when you have an active account. The icons at the top right below the message line provide a range of data functions allowing you to manage and share your data.
- Share saves all transactions and set up data in a html (web page) file that can be shared with others as a saved file or email attachment. The shared file opens as a local web page. Click the button in the shared web page to open BAS-I.C with the shared data. When share is active data is not saved locally and is valid for the current session only but can be edited and re shared, archived or exported. No saved data is changed. To exit shared mode click the logo at the top left to re-open BAS-I.C. To save any changes you must share, archive or export before you exit shared mode. Shared data provides a simple and streamlined method of sharing data with anyone. It allows multiple sets of data to be isolated in fully independent files and is ideal for providing data to accountants or other professionals. Saving the archive files with a unique file name or in a specific directory allows multiple data sets to be independently managed. - Backup saves all transactions and set up to a local text file. Data can be fully Restored from this file. Regular backup is recommended. - Archive saves active period transactions (revenue and expense) and set up to a local text file and removes transactions from current data. Data can be Restored from this file. Saving the archive files with a unique file name or in a specific directory allows multiple data sets to be independently managed. Using Archive and Full Restore to manage multiple data sets maintains data integrity and independence. - Restore previously saved Backup or Archive data. Transaction Restore adds the restored transactions to your data. Full Restore replaces all existing transaction and setup data. Cancel aborts the restore. Any existing data should be backed up prior to a Restore. - Export active period transactions to local CSV file. CSV files are displayed in a spreadsheet i.e Excel. - Import transactions from a local CSV file. This can be a previously Exported file or a Bank Account CSV file. Bank Account CSV file data columns should be in the order Date, Amount, Description. Importing a Bank Account allows all transactions to be automatically recorded, reviewed and saved. - Reset clears all data and settings.
Q: Can use I use BAS-I.C without an account?
Yes. Simply Close the overlay and you have unactivated account access. This allows you to explore BAS-I.C functionality without saving any data. To save data an active account is required. Join BAS-I.C Plus or BAS-I.C Free to set up an active account and save your data.
Q: What do I need to use BAS-I.C?
BAS-I.C is a web based application that runs in your browser. It requires:
- A computer with a current browser. Current versions of Google Chrome (recommended), FireFox or Internet Explorer are suitable and can be downloaded for free. - An internet connection.
Q: I have a suggestion?
Great. Contact Us to send us your ideas and suggestions. BAS-I.C is continually being improved and refined. If there is something that would add more value for you please let us know.
Q: Can I get more help?