How to Learn Simply Accounting for Free

Simply Accounting is a full-featured accounting program produced by Sage Software and designed for those with little or no accounting knowledge or experience. Although originally designed for Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs, the application has gained an ever-increasing number of users in the United States. The application is relatively easy to learn and use but has many advanced features that require more in-depth study and practice to master. For the novice, many resources provide free tips, tutorials and examples on using the program.

Review the “Simply Accounting Quick Start – First Step” guide to learn how to install the application, set up a new company and begin adding basic transaction data. For many users, this covers most of the steps needed to use the application effectively for simple, day-to-day accounting tasks. This should be your first step in learning Simply Accounting, as it covers everything you need to know about creating bank accounts, creating invoices and entering inventory or supply purchases.

Visit the Sage Simply Accounting Support Hub blog. Here, Sage support staff professionals provide tips and tutorials for basic and advanced features, as well as for requests made by readers of the blog. Many of the posts made by the Sage employees are informative and provide step-by-step instructions on accomplishing tasks with Simply Accounting.

Join a Simply Accounting user group. Online user group forums allow you to post questions on using the application or how to use features in Simply Accounting. Many user group members have used Simply Accounting for many years and can often provide valuable insight on the best way to solve a problem with the application, or on using the program more effectively.


  • If you would like a more traditional approach to learning Simply Accounting, visit the Sage University website, Sage provides on-demand course instruction for both beginners and advanced Simply Accounting users, although the courses are not free.