Blogs

Say No To The Spreadsheet

The finance chief at tech company Adobe recently said that the widespread use of spreadsheets mean that his teams struggle to keep on top of their jobs. In South Africa, I’m always interested to find out which accounting firms still depend entirely on spreadsheets to manage their practices, and how this impacts growth. When we…

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Xero awarded SaaS Vendor of the Year

International growth consulting company Frost & Sullivan has awarded Xero the Australian Financial Accounting SaaS Vendor of the Year. The Australian Excellence Awards is now in their twelfth consecutive year . It recognises companies which have demonstrated market-leading increase in revenue and business innovation in their respective markets. The award acknowledges Xero’s outstanding performance and contribution…

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Xerocon Austin: Journey to the cherished advisor

In an age where technology is automating the dull and dirty work of accounting, relationships are more important than ever. Accounting professionals are trusted advisors by nature. In her keynote at Xerocon Austin today, Amy Vetter, Chief Relationship Officer – Partner Channel, Xero Americas, detailed how important it is to establish a cherished advisor relationship…

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Insider’s Guide to Xerocon Austin

Xerocon Austin is fast approaching, and with three days packed with exclusive content, networking events and a long lineup of inspiring speakers, it pays to have a plan for what you want to get out of your Xerocon experience. 1. Meet the exhibitors Allow yourself plenty of time to check out the Xerocon exhibitor space.…

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New Release 26-Nov-2017 – Deprecating Locations, Publishing to eBay & new on-boarding experience !

Locations can now be deprecated – This will allow locations to be deprecated rather than deleted; locations with transactional data associated with them cannot be deleted and previously had no option for them to be removed from the system. The deprecated status can only be assigned to a location if it has no allocated/on hand/on order stock…

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GEW2017: Celebrating women in business

Last night I was honoured to host a women in business event as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week with an incredible panel consisting of Simeon Burnett, CEO and Co- Founder, Snowball Effect; Makaia Carr, Founder, Motivate Me NZ; Bridget Coates, Seasoned investor and Co-Founder of Kura; and Jess Daniell, Founder, My Underground Kitchen. With varied…

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How to plan for selling your business

By Marnus Broodryk, Shark Tank SA Investor and Xero Gold Partner Selling a small business can be a difficult undertaking. As well as working out how you’re going to get the right price, the preparation can be a huge strain on time and resources. That’s before you’ve actually gone out and found someone to buy…

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Release 05-Nov-2017 – Amazon Publishing, DEAR POS report enhancements & simplified unit of measure conversions!

Amazon Publishing: We have enhanced catalog management in DEAR which now allows you to publish individual products and variants for existing ASINs on Amazon. For more information please see here DEAR POS: We are continuing to improve functionality in our POS and have now added a detailed register closure report. Additional Unit of Measures: Some…

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Receiving Inventory Made Easy: 6 Best Practices

Successfully receiving inventory requires a well defined system and organized environment Receiving inventory effectively is the first step towards successful warehouse management. If you screw it up, everything else will be screwed up with it. This is true in any warehouse or industry, from food inventory management to retail inventory management and even online wholesale – receiving sets…

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What’s new in our app marketplace

From CRM to expense management apps, say hello to the exciting newcomers to Xero’s app marketplace. BriteBiz – CRM BriteBiz is advanced CRM,  Sales and Workflow Management Software app that connects seamlessly to Xero. Revolutionise your sales and accounts with our two way Xero sync. It’s simple, beautiful and powerful. Available: Globally Curve – Expenses Spend from…

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Get what you need with Xero HQ Ask

Earlier this month at Xerocon London, we announced Ask in Xero HQ. Today, we’re excited to announce that the feature is now available to all practice users. We’ve also transitioned all practice users into the Xero HQ environment where you can enjoy all the benefits of the platform. Read this blog to learn more about…

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Celebrate Global Bookkeeping Week!

Celebrating Global Bookkeeping Week is a timely reminder to reflect on the significant impact “number crunchers” have on New Zealand small businesses. Bookkeeping is one of the world’s oldest professions, dating back to the days when the financials were kept in order with barter and manual systems. I’m talking about as far back as the…

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How to break through your own business barriers

John Knight is managing director of businessDEPOT, a marketplace of business specialists working together to help SMEs reach their goals. An accountant by trade, John shares some shortcuts to help business owners stay on the right side of their numbers, and get out in front, faster. As accountants and bookkeepers, we see more than just…

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Cycling for a cure

For the second year running Xero staff will don their best lycra shorts and head to the hills in an effort to raise vital funds for Can4Cancer. The three-day cycling event aims to raise money for cancer research, support and prevention. It was initiated by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and they run it in…

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9 Tips for Better Retail Inventory Management

Effective retail inventory management can save you loss revenue and even your business Retail inventory management isn’t fun. You don’t get the thrill of interacting with your customers or the excitement of setting up marketing materials for the new brand you just rolled out. Instead, you get late nights performing your stocktaking process and sorting piles…

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Helping Denver startups start-up

Denver is home to a community of smart, eager and hard working small businesses and accountants, and a thriving tech scene. They’re just some of the reasons why we’re proud to call the city home. Last week, we joined nearly 20,000 members of the local community at Denver Startup Week, one of the largest free…

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Stepping into the digital world

The world in which we live is becoming more and more digital with every passing day, and it’s clear that digital accounting is starting to gain momentum. However, the revolution is still ahead and not behind us. According to our recent Digital or Die report, almost one quarter of advisors (23%) say they are ‘ahead…

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Xerocon lands in London with a wave of products to simplify the demands of digitisation

It has been incredible to be back in London to see 2000 accountants, bookkeepers and ecosystem partners representing 24 countries come together for Xerocon. These are the people who actively help small businesses navigate the serious demands of digitisation – and that’s a community that deserves to be celebrated. As technological transformation unfolds across the…

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The facets of frictionless finance

“What is fintech?” David Brear, the founder and CEO of consultancy firm 11FS, asked the 2000-strong crowd of accountants, bookkeepers and ecosystem partners gathered at Xerocon London. “It’s the intersection between finance and technology, and the future of that relationship. And it’s a line that’s becoming increasingly blurred.” His observation introduced a panel session featuring…

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Introducing Ask in Xero HQ

We hear time and time again that collecting information from clients is a real challenge for accountants and bookkeepers. Given the amount of information you need to ensure you’re doing your job right, particularly when it comes to period-end accounts, this can have a significant impact on your workflow. In fact, 30% of the accountants…

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The Farming Team

In an endeavour to help make Aussie farmers more profitable, Xero has collaborated with Figured to launch the Farming Team. The initiative aims to educate farmers on how to run their farms more efficiently and effectively using eight integrated cloud-based apps in conjunction with a network of trusted advisors. One of the key drivers behind…

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Practice Ignition + Xero: Reimagine your practice

Practice Ignition is a system that allows forward-thinking accountants and bookkeepers to use digitally signed proposals to onboard clients, process payments, automatically raise invoices, and deploy workflow. It’s everything a modern, cloud-based digital practice needs to grow and scale. With Practice Ignition’s new Xero HQ integration, there are now endless opportunities for Xero partners looking…

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Xero: A Different Feeling Workspace

Walking in the front doors of the Xero Denver office, you’ll notice that Xero is different. The workspace is alive with interest and accounting puzzle solving, with a layout that’s open and collaborative. Agents and leadership are interwoven, like the threads of a new pair of Allbirds. Just as comfortably, too. This feeling is the…

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How we’re helping businesses affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

The recent severe weather events that were Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, have brought devastation to parts of North America. The communities in Houston, the northeastern Caribbean and the Florida Keys are going through a particularly challenging time. Livelihoods and businesses have been disrupted, homes and infrastructure destroyed, and tragically, lives have been lost. For the…

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My top 5 business apps

Marnus Broodryk is a Shark Tank SA Investor and Xero Gold Partner We’re in the golden age of small business. Gone are the days when you needed expensive desktop software and servers to house it on, to do business. For less than R1000 a month, South Africa’s small businesses can now use cloud-based apps and…

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