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Sage Amazon Integration: How To Get Started [Full Guide]
May 18, 2021

Sage Amazon Integration: How To Get Started [Full Guide]

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Sage Amazon and A2X

In 1981, David Goldman wanted to streamline the accounting process for his own business.

With few accounting automation options available at the time, he decided the best way to do this was to create a platform of his own.

Thus, Sage was born.

40 years later, Sage is now one of the largest tech companies in the UK. A brand defined by its premier resource planning software, and a charitable side to boot.

A great option for any ambitious Amazon seller, Sage can be integrated with your Seller Central account for instant data transfer. But whilst this pairing is strong, there’s a major gap too. One that can be filled by just one more app.

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What is Sage Business Cloud Accounting?

Sage Business Cloud Accounting allows business owners, bookkeepers, and accountants to manage their finances more efficiently, giving them more time to focus on growing their business.

Sage’s eye-catching dashboard and simple-to-use functions make bookkeeping a breeze, whether you’re a financial expert or a complete accounting novice. Here’s a simplified view:

Sage dashboard

Source: Sage.

Sage integration for ecommerce sellers provides an excellent way to save time reconciling your accounts. It also provides clarity and security through visual forecasting and safe cloud storage.

Are you wondering if Sage is the right software for your business?

Let’s find out.

Who can benefit from Sage cloud accounting?

As software that enables business owners to see cash flow and updated financial reports instantly, Sage can benefit accountants and ecommerce sellers alike.

Whether you’re managing your books manually or outsourcing them, having reliable accounting software is crucial.

By using Sage, you’ll have:

  • Secure books, updated instantly when integrated with your Amazon account.
  • Financial reports and analytics available any time, anywhere.
  • Remote access that you can open to others, with controlled levels.
  • Automated records so that nothing gets missed.
  • The ability to create invoices and manage payroll if needed.
  • Access to a wider ecosystem of products and Sage partners.

Sound goods, doesn’t it. But what’s the cost, you ask?

Let’s take a look.

Sage cloud pricing

With plenty to offer sellers of any size, UK users (there are US options too) have the following subscription options:

Sage pricing plans

Source: Sage.

The main types of Sage cloud accounts are:

  • Accounting Start (best for single-user, minimal-requirements operations).
  • Accounting Standard (unlimited users, permits forecasting, provides advanced reporting).
  • Accounting Plus (all the benefits of Accounting Standard, with a bonus allowance for multiple-currency invoicing and inventory management).

These plans begin as low as £12/m* (Accounting Start) and max out at £30/m* (Accounting Plus). However, the most popular choice is their Accounting Standard program, which comes in at £24/m*.

*NB: These prices were accurate at the time of publishing. Please check Sage’s website for the most up-to-date information.

Sage’s flexible pricing options mean that ecommerce sellers of all sizes can find a plan that’s best for them, and upgrade accordingly.

What Are the Benefits of a Sage Amazon Integration?

More and more businesses are seeing the immediate benefits of using cloud accounting software to automate their accounts.

To help you better understand the reason for this sudden switch from hard drives to the intangible world of cloud computing, we’ve made a list of some of the biggest benefits of Sage integration.

These essentially come down to three things: easy access, security and automation.

  1. Ease of Access

Cloud accounting means no need to install, update, download, or save your files. It’s all backed up in the cloud so you’ll never have to worry about losing your stuff.

Remote access from anywhere in the world makes it super easy for anyone in your business to update and download files no matter their location.

  1. Security

Sage allows business owners to set user-access levels, limiting who can view and edit specific data.

Cloud-based software has barriers in place to protect your data from viruses and theft that other accounting methods, such as hard-drive storage, are more vulnerable to.

  1. Automation

You’ll save time on transferring data over from your ecommerce store because Sage will do it for you.

Worry less about the risks of human error as most of the number crunching is done automatically.

Easily view and understand your profits, taxes, and cash flow thanks to Sage’s visual dashboard.

These are only a few benefits of cloud accounting that Sage integration offers Amazon sellers.

This article is all about going a step further and helping you get the most out of your Sage Amazon integration. That’s why this next section is so important.

Optimising Your Sage Amazon Integration with A2X

Sage Amazon and A2X

As we’ve already discovered, Sage provides ecommerce sellers with a tidy, efficient solution to many of their accounting needs.

However, to fully optimise your Sage Amazon integration, there is a missing link to be added.

The gap between Amazon sales and Sage integration

Because of the way Amazon’s settlement summaries are presented to sellers, accounting software requires a little help when it comes to translating sales and tax data into a digestible format.

Your bank deposits represent a number of line items. Your Amazon seller statement doesn’t always break these down for you in a clear, usable way.

How much did you pay in fees and which fees were taken before you ended up with that amount? How much sales tax is in there that you need to pay back? Any returns or reimbursements received? Hello, late nights of manual calculations.

Or, not. This is the problem that A2X solves.

What you get by integrating A2X with Sage and Amazon

A2X breaks down these bank deposits in neat journal summaries which are posted to Sage. This prevents it becoming clogged up with individual orders, and helps you understand exactly where your bank deposits came from.

A2X also organizes your books via the accrual method for more accurate forecasting, has a COGS function for you to keep track of inventory and can map your taxes and chart of accounts over from Sage making integration simple, easy and effective.

Like Sage, A2X is also designed to scale alongside your business. Once you’ve set up your business with us, you’ll never need to worry again about automating your accounts no matter how large you grow.

No more stressful nights laying awake, dreading another day of manually slogging through your accounts one-by-one. With A2X, you’ll have fully automated your Sage Amazon integration so that there’s nothing left to worry about.

In short, optimising your Sage integration with A2X will:

  • Free up more hours in your day.
  • Accurately record your sales data.
  • Automatically lump your ecommerce transactions into neat and tidy summaries.
  • Keep up with your business as it continues to grow.

Check out these real testimonials from A2X users before you invest in A2X for Sage.

What are people saying about A2X?

We know you’ll love A2X for your Sage Amazon integration. But we also know how important it is to know that for yourself before you sign up.

That’s why we’re going to let some of our previous customers speak on our behalf:

“A2X is an absolute no-brainer for anyone selling on Amazon marketplace.”

“This software is magical. What used to take my team hours to do each billing cycle now takes a few seconds. Accounting for Amazon is a nightmare, but A2X turns it into a dream.”

“A total godsend. Saves us hours of accounting reconciliation.”

For more testimonials, here’s a link to our case studies, plus some more reviews from real accountants on our website.

Ready to set it all up?

Sage Integration with Amazon and A2X: Step-by-Step Guide

Before we begin, make sure you’ve already set up your accounts with Sage and Amazon.

Ready to connect Amazon and A2X with your Sage accounting cloud?
Let’s get started.

Step 1: Get your free A2X for Sage trial

Head on over to the A2X signup page. You’ll see the Amazon logo among the list of ecommerce platforms. Click the Try A2X for free below it.

You’ll be given three ways to sign in:

If you have ownership of a pre-existing account with A2X, you can either continue with that account or select “Continue with New Account” to start your new one.

Once you’ve entered your basic details on the next screen, select “Save and continue to your account”.

This will take you to your shiny new A2X dashboard. From here, you’ll be able to begin your Sage Amazon integration.

Step 2: Amazon integration with A2X

Now it’s time to get your A2X account hooked up with your Amazon seller’s account so you can begin importing your settlements.

In the corner of your A2X dashboard, click where it says “Connect to ecommerce”.

A2X dashboard to connect accounts

Next, you’ll need to grant access to your account by API. This will begin your A2X Amazon connection.

Amazon connection

You’ll be taken to the screen pictured above. If you’re the seller account owner, select “I’m the owner of an Amazon Seller account.”

Now just choose the region for your primary Amazon market and you’ll be taken to the Amazon Seller Central login page.

Log in, accept the API agreement, and get ready to grin as A2X begins importing your transaction data for you.

When you return to A2X, there should be a green circle with a tick (pictured below) indicating that the connection has been made.

Amazon connected

Great work! Your Amazon settlement files are already being imported and you’re all set to begin the next step: Sage integration.

Step 3: Sage integration with A2X

Here comes the easy part (just kidding, it’s all easy).

In the upper-right-hand corner of your A2X, you’ll notice a few software integration options for you to choose from.

Click the big green button that says “Connect to Sage”. Or, if you’d rather integrate your accounts manually, you can select “Custom Integration” down the bottom.

Connect to Sage

You’ll be asked to allow A2X access to your Sage account. After giving your consent, you will be brought once more back to the A2X dashboard.

A2X dashboard

Nice work, you’ve successfully begun your Sage Amazon integration with A2X!

Step 4: Set up your A2X for accounts and tax mapping

While this step is optional, we strongly recommend you take advantage of one of A2X’s best features: tax mapping.

A2X will access your Chart of Accounts and taxes in Sage. This way, when it captures the Amazon settlements moving forward, it can automatically map these for you.

To set this up, click the “Accounts and Taxes” tab, as pictured below.

A2X Accounts and taxes

You’ll see a screen with all of your accounts and taxes. It may take some time for your settlement data and bank deposits to load.

As this populates, you’ll be able to select accounts from the drop-down menu; simply click the ‘x’ symbol, or create your own by typing in the blank spaces.

Chart of accounts

You can also gain access to your taxes from Sage, by opening the menu under Tax Rates (see below).

A2X tax rates

When you’re all done checking out your mappings, remember to click Save.

If, at any point, you need to refresh your cache, go to Settings > Connections.

And… That’s it!

You’re all set. Jump over to the Home tab to test out your connections.

Happy accounting!

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