I know that Sage is highly recommended by Accountants, but to my mind it is a very poor substitute for MYOB, Quickbooks or Access.
Principally, transactions are not sorted in date order (only the date of entry), the Bank Reconciliation facility is a joke and essential reports (such as Nominal Ledger details) do not have a running balance.
The first of these (not sorting in date order) is a considerable handicap. Often you need to examine transactions to a Nominal Account in order to answer a particular query. It also means you have to wait for the whole file to be scanned when producing, say, their pathetic version of a Bank Reconciliation.
MYOB and Quickbooks allow you to reconcile any Nominal Ledger Account. This is extremely useful with, for example, PAYE Control, Net Payroll and other Control Accounts. Not so with Sage.
I believe Sage needs to be completely rewritten in order to take advantage of new ideas of working. Why do the Sales and Purchase Ledgers require Account Codes whey they ought to be accessible alphabetically ( a failing that Access shares)? Why not have the ability to change the Nominal Ledger structure as you can with MYOB?
Similar criticisms to the above also apply to the Payroll Package, it is tedious and cumbersome. Much better use Iris PayMaster; there is an excellent program that really helps those fearful of payroll.
The only good thing about Sage is it is cheap, but cheap comes at its' own price. You have been warned! For the small business, try MYOB or Quickbooks. A much better choice.