Sage North America has opened an online portal for small businesses that provides them with free online invoicing and other services.

The portal, known as, includes Billing Boss, to help small businesses handle customer invoices. The overall portal also allows small businesses to sign up for paid services from Sage, including an online help desk for their technology needs, online marketing services, employee recruitment and business performance measurement.

Sage is also providing social networking features in SageSpark to allow users to connect with other small business owners, find new customers and share advice. Other services include a jobs board and an area where users can find a local accountant.

The virtual help desk provides on-demand IT support for small businesses, as well as services such as making sure a business' antivirus software is up to date through remote control features. The IT help desk service costs $60 per month. Sage is also providing a service that will allow a small business to market itself better through localized search engines.

Billing Boss currently integrates with Sage's Simply Accounting, but Sage plans to integrate it in the future with its Peachtree line and with other accounting software, even from other vendors.

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AccountantsWorld has begun selling unlimited payroll processing to accountants for $997 per year.

The company's Unlimited Payroll initiative allows accountants to use AccountantsWorld's Payroll Relief service for a full year to process unlimited payrolls of any size for their business clients for under $1,000. Pricing for the second year costs $0.50 per paycheck.

Payroll Relief is privately labeled as the accountant's own service, but processes clients' payrolls with the same level of automation as larger service bureaus. For more information, visit


Practice management services concern Commercial Logic has entered into a U.S. distribution pact with Advanced Professional Solutions Pty. Ltd., a global supplier of practice management software and services. Under the agreement, Commercial Logic will market and resell APS practice management software to CPA firms throughout North America.

"We liked the fact that everything [in APS' practice management suite] comes out of a single database, instead of multiple databases trying to talk to one another," said Commercial Logic president Peter Coburn.

Headquartered in Australia, APS also has locations in the U.K. and New Zealand.

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