01- Chart Of Accounts

How to Create a New Company

Creating a new company

This tutorial will take you through the steps of how to create a new company.


Load Sage 50 program and from the list choose Create a New Company and click ok.

sage 50 creat new company


your now in the New company setup screen. click Next.

new company setup


This is the company setup and products. Choose the version of Sage that you want to use. In our office we run the Accountant Edition version because of its capability to open all other versions of Sage 50.

EX: If at any given time the client requests for a backup of Sage 50 data to be installed on their home office computer, the programs have to be compatible. I normally keep the data in Sage 50 Pro version even though I have the Accountant Edition installed.


In that case choose Sage 50 Pro Accounting and click Next.


company setup product



In the Name and Address section input any information about the client. You can always edit after company has been created. if you don’t have any information yet click Next.

Company setup Name address


This section is for the company fiscal year. If the company’s legal entity, registered with CRA, is sole proprietorship or partnership, the fiscal year will be January to December (calendar year) for income tax purposes.

If the legal entity is Limited, Nonprofit, or Corporation, the fiscal year end can be any time within the year but cannot go over 365 days.

Ex: March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021. Usually if you take the start date of your business, from the first transaction, and go 365 ahead and that will be the fiscal year end. Note: if your business start date is September 14, 2019 than choose a month end cut off of August 31, 2020 and not August 13, 2020. will be easier for income tax filing as well as bookkeeping.

This sample company is set up as a sole Proprietorship so the fiscal year is the same as calendar year (January to December.) Click Next.

company setup dates



To choose a method best fits to create the chart of accounts. The chart of accounts is a list of the accounts used by your business.  It can be used to analyze your income, expenses, assets, liabilities, and capital when running reports. This helps you to see how the business is performing at any moment in time. So, it is important for each account created to reflect the business activities. In this tutorial we will build a list of accounts from scratch after the company has been created. Go ahead and choose that option and click Next. A confirmation screen will come up, click Yes.


Option 1 is also available (Have Sage 50 create a list of accounts based on your business type) But for further customizing, there is always the chance that some accounts need to be removed or added.

company setup accounts


next screen is to select the industry. Go ahead and choose the one that best fits the clients business or you can choose Other. and click Next.

company setup industry

In the next screen the system wants a file name and a location to save the file. The file name is the company name and the location is where you have all your client files saved. Normally under Documents folder.

Our files are saved under Documents – SA Data – Sage Data – ABC Company.

Press Next.

You will be prompted that the folder and file does not exist, press Yes to go ahead, and create.

company setup name

You are now at the finish line. Press Finish. This will take a moment to create all the data you have imputed.

company setup finish

Congratulations you have created your company. Press Close.

company setup close


Once the data is created and saved on your hard drive, it’s good to know that Sage 50 creates a file and a folder that work together. you can not have one without the other. every time you create a company, Sage 50 creates a folder with extension .SAJ and a file with extension .SAI. in the picture below the file does not show the .SAI extension but if you right click on the file and choose properties it will specify it in the Documents Properties window as a .SAI file.

company saj and sai file


The home page of ABC Company shown in Enhanced view. A few items to note. Sage 50 has a Classic view and a Enhanced view. We will switch to Classic View. Also at the bottom right-hand corner is the version your working in. so, even though the software is Accountant Edition, the data is in Sage 50 Pro Accounting.

home page


Go ahead and choose Classic view.


classic view

This section of Creating a Company is complete. next section will be how to create a chart of account and all the integration of linking the accounts.



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Link Account & Integration P1.

For this tutorial Sage Simply Accounting 2019 Accountant Edition is being used.

If you are a beginner to Sage 50, you might want to allow it to create the chart of account for you and link the accounts for integration purposes automatically. It will work ok except each company is different and needs its own unique and customized chart of accounts.

for how to build a chart of accounts from scratch and  gear it to your company’s needs follow the link below. Otherwise this tutorial is what to do after the chart of accounts has been built.

Accounting Chart

lets get started. drop down the setup menu from the home page and choose settings. this is what you should see.

settings company informationwe are going to integrate these settings into the chart of accounts that you built.

The sections going to be covered are:

Company, General (Account), Vendor & Purchases, Customers & Sales, Payroll, Inventory & Services and last is Departments.

keep in mind that what we do here is not written in stone and can be changed at any given time.

you are already on Company – Information. this section is pretty self explanatory except maybe the fiscal start and end dates.

If you are a Sole Proprietorship or a partnership your start date is when ever you began having transactions and your fiscal year is always December 31. EX: if your first business transaction is April 12, this is considered as the fiscal start date and the fiscal year end is December 31. Your first year will be a short year but the following year will have 12 consecutive months.

If you are a shareholder of a Limited, Crop, or Non-profit, you can choose your fiscal year end.  The fiscal start date is the incorporation date, The date your company is registered with the province and the fiscal end date can not exceed more than 365 days. Ex: is your incorporation date is April 12, than your fiscal end date should be March 31. you can choose a calendar year end, Ex: Dec 31. in this way you will have a short year (April 12 – Dec 31) and the following year will be 12 consecutive months.

Next: click on System.

Settings company system


From the top, Cash Basic Accounting. CRA does not look positively on Cash Accounting. This means that if your fiscal year end is December 31 the accounts payable is zero (you don’t owe any money to suppliers) and accounts receivable is zero (your customers don’t owe you any money).

But in reality, and normal course of business you will have accounts payable and receivable balances.

let’s say on December 15 you send out a sales invoice. your customer has 30 days to pay. so, on December 31 this amount is owed to you. and same with your suppliers or utility bills. you might receive the bill in December, but you will pay it in January so at the end of December it will be owed and outstanding to be paid.

CRA wants all sales and expenses to be recorded regardless of whether or not they have been paid.

The rest of this section is your preference if you like to use cheque number or enter transaction in the future. keep in mind you can always change and update these settings.

Next: click on backup

company backupThis is the backup options. How often and how to remind you to backup. Its very important to have a regular backup.  Get into the habit of backing up. only takes a few minutes and can save your hard work.

Next: Office 365 Integration

company office 365This is a cloud option. It’s the office you know, hosted on the cloud, plus tools to enhance how teams work together and manage your company across devices. this is up to you if you need this option.


Next: Features

company featuresAll the different modules are listed here. you can check off the ones you need. For example if you do not have payroll yet, you can disable the payroll module. the check marks indicated the ones you need for your business.

Next: Payment Processing

company payment processinghere you have the option of choosing Direct Payment (cheques) or EFT Direct (Electronic funds Transfer)

there are standalone companies who work well with Sage and you can register with them to pay your supplier or employees via EFT.

Next: Bank Transactions

This is to connect your bank account through Sage Bank Feed where you can automatically download bank transactions and post entries off of the downloaded transactions. I do not use this option but if you like to use it please let me know how it goes.


Next: Credit Cards (Used, Accepted and Processing Service)

Credit Cards Used is the company or your personal credit card setup for ease of recording transactions.

company credit card usedThis section is for credit cards accepted. you can also use this section of customers pay via EFT.

company credit cards acceptedThis final section of Credit Cards is for Processing Services. This is a stand alone payment processing service that works with Sage and you can register with them.

company credit card services

Next: Sales Tax

This section has been covered and I will give the link below for your convenience.

GST Tax Table Setup

Next: Company Currency

If your company deals in US funds this is where to indicate it.

company currencyNext: Forms

Here is a list of all the forms and the numbers that they start with.


company forms

Next: email

this section is nice because you can choose a small write up that would automatically show up when your sending an email through Sage. click on each section and write up an appropriate dialog pertaining to that section.

company emailNext: Date Format

I like to use the long date format where it shows the month as June instead of a number (06)

it is easier to find documents with the long date format. But this is totally up to you.

company date formatNext: Sage Accounting Connection         

this is the cloud connection of Sage.  If your bookkeeper is in another town this system might work for reviewing transactions and financials.

company sage accounting cloudNext: Shippers

This is great for your shipping department. here you can add the most popular shipping companies that you use and include them on the sales invoice. no guessing game how the product will be

company shippersNext: Logo

Company logo can be set in this section and it will reflect on your invoice

company logoNext: Names

This is Additional information title. choose your language to appear.

company names

This tutorial concludes the Company section the next part is General (Accounts) section and the link is below.

Linked Accounts & Integration P2

Link Accounts & Integration P3

Thanks for viewing and if there are specific question please drop me a note.













































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