Store Your Files in Xero!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Blog, Cloud Computing, File Attachment, Start-up, Xero, Xero Advisor, Xero Consultant | 0 comments

Published in Company News, Technology on 21 October 2013 by Andrew Tokeley Today cloud accounting moves beyond transactions and reports to include files and documents as part of the full financial data picture. Welcome to Files in Xero. Traditionally, the files you create and receive as part of your business have been stored away in filing cabinets, shoe boxes or in some hidden folder on your computer. While many of these are directly related to your business, it’s not always easy to locate them when needed. With all your business data in Xero, it no longer makes sense to store your financial data and files separately – and this will make collaborating with your advisors even easier. Files lets you attach multiple documents to almost anything in Xero and have them right at your fingertips, exactly where you expect to find them. Files can be associated with invoices, transactions, expense receipts, fixed assets, contacts, chart of accounts, bank accounts and even manual journals. Xero has had single file attachments on bills and receipts for a while – but that was really only the beginning. How will Files change the way you work? What about attaching contractual documentation associated with one of your clients, loan documents for a bank account, or a picture of a fixed asset. Or even attach a photo of a client? Store company incorporation documents for easy access by your accountant or bookkeeper. If you’re a startup looking for funding or to be acquired, why not create a contracts register so you’re always ready for Due Diligence? Accountants with not-for-profits, how about encouraging them to upload their source financial documents for you to make the audit process more cost effective? Bookkeepers – win new clients by making Accounts Payable processing central to your service offering. If you’re a franchisor, ask franchisees to upload their full business reports each month so all performance information is available. We know you’ll find plenty of reasons to bring all your important business documents into Xero. We’ll let you store 1GB to begin with – that’s about 20,000 typical Word docs and enough to keep the average small business going for many years. We’ll provide for increased storage in the future. Behind the scenes we’ve worked with leading providers to deliver the same security, reliability and availability you’ve come to expect from Xero. Your files are fully encrypted and using geo-replication, are stored in multiple locations so you can rely on them being available when you need them – anywhere, at any time. You can also look forward to being able to email files directly into your Files inbox – for example, you will be able to create a forwarding rule whenever any of your suppliers email you...

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Xero Makes Leaving QuickBooks(R) Easy With Free Conversion Service

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Accounting, Blog, Bookkeeping, Cloud Computing, Quickbooks, Start-up, Uncategorized, Xero, Xero Advisor, Xero Consultant | 0 comments

From Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal PRESS RELEASE Oct. 8, 2013, 8:04 a.m. EDT SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Oct 08, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Xero, the global leader in online accounting software, today announced a free QuickBooks(R) Conversion Service to convert QuickBooks data directly into its powerful cloud accounting solution. The service untethers over four million small businesses and accounting professionals from Intuit(R) QuickBooks, providing them easy access to a disruptive five-star online accounting experience, as noted by CPA Practice Advisor. A service long in demand, Xero’s QuickBooks Conversion platform is the first service to resolve the industry hurdle of comprehensive data migration to a non-Intuit system. The service will be demonstrated nationally during an upcoming roadshow, beginning October 21 in Baltimore and spanning 20 cities over the next month. For more details on when Xero will be in your town, visit Continue to full article at Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal   ____________     submitted by:   Suzy Payne Rabb Xero Certified Advisor New Day Consulting Group...

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Free Xero Setup for One New Startup

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in Accounting, Blog, Bookkeeping, Cloud Computing, Start-up, Xero, Xero Advisor, Xero Consultant | 0 comments

This month we are offering to setup Xero for one new startup business for free. (Please share this post.) Are you a startup business in need of a modern approach for accounting and management needs? Do you want instant access to your books from anywhere via smartphone, pad or computer? Do you want to collaborate easily with your accountant and others on your team without having multiple copies of your company data in circulation? Do you want to avoid the upfront time/cost of setting up and maintaining a computer network, desktop software? Do you need up-to-the-moment financial and management reporting to run your business successfully? If you answered yes to one or more, Xero may be a good fit for your business. Xero was built from the ground up to work in the cloud and is one of the most popular cloud accounting solutions today. Easy to use, easy to keep your books up to date and accessible from anywhere, Xero allows unlimited users at one low monthly cost and no up front costs, contracts. Your whole team can be up and going on Xero in less time, at less cost than you could ever imagine. So if you are starting a business now or in the near future, get started right and register here for free setup help. (Offer limited to new startups in the US, with little or no transaction activity.) First Name Last Name Email...

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5 Marketing Tools that Won’t Break the Budget

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

From Business 2 Community, by Catrina Sharp Let’s face it, marketing on a shoestring budget can be a challenge, and trying to find valuable tools with little or no overhead can be even worse. The good news is that there are really great marketing tools with free versions available. And if you’re a new marketer, they are just the right introduction to the more complex marketing tools that you’ll run into with the growth of your company. The bad news is that you will have to carve out a few hours a week to nurture your marketing strategy. Since we are saving you the time-consuming search of sorting through reviews and listening to hours of sales pitches, we hope that it will be an even trade in your favor. Today, we’d like to share some of our favorite freemium tools to help effectively communicate with your audience, tell your brand’s story, and better understand your community. These mobile-friendly tools have little or no overhead, attentive support teams, and measurement tools so you can determine what works best. 1. WordPress WordPress is a user-friendly content management system (CMS) that lets you create quality content optimized for both people and search engines. WordPress can be utilized as a website provider or a blogging platform. For this snippet, we will be focusing on the benefits of using it as a blog platform in your content marketing efforts. People love WordPress because technical ability is not required and it genuinely benefits the content marketer on a budget. WordPress offers thousands of easy-to-use customization options, a loyal support community, and a scheduling feature that allows you to write a quick post and publish it in the future. If readers like what you have to say, they can easily share your content to their social media profiles with the click of a button. We love WordPress for many, many reasons, but the most notable would be the various plug-ins that make SEO much simpler and the analytics that help you to better understand your readers. You can track how many people visited each post, where they are from and how they found your blog. Tip: Need inspiration for future blog posts? Look for ideas in this Copyblogger post: How to Find More Content Ideas than You’ll Ever be Able to Create. 2. MailChimp MailChimp has an impressive brand personality. Their support rocks and they love to give away free stuff. MailChimp has an easy to use interface, various templates to choose from, a library of resources, and an enthusiastic monkey helping you along the way. What else could you ask for from an email marketing solution? My favorite part is the analytics. I’m a little obsessed with the real-time analytics that...

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Get Found Online: 8 SEO Tips

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Blog, Marketing, SEO, Xero, Xero Advisor, Xero Consultant | 0 comments

From Grasshopper Marketing by Shannon Kenner     It is important to have your website “spider-friendly.” Your site needs to make it easy for the search engine spiders to find you, categorize you and then raise your organic search engine ranking. That first Google page gets more eyes looking at it than any other. Here are a few things to do to help ensure your company appears on the first page whenever a potential customer uses a search engine. 1. Home page headlines Your first page, the home page, should have readable text (not imbedded images of words) containing words describing your company and service. Try to integrate keywords someone might type into Google to find a service like yours. Remember, you are writing for a human audience and the spiders will scan these words. 2. Page titles This is one of the most important on-page factors. Page titles are text on the top of your browser when you’re viewing a website. This is the first thing presented to search engines. The titles help Google spiders find you and categorize your site’s pages. The easier it is for them to find you, the higher the ranking in Google. You can and should use different titles for different pages. 3. Meta tags and short description These keywords are not as important as most people think. You should obviously include them on the website, but they are not heavily weighted by the search spiders. However, the short description is important to your prospective customer. This paragraph of copy is what shows up in search results in Google and if you have an engaging 2-3 sentences, it can increase traffic to your site. 4. Images Because search engines can’t see photos on a website, it is important to have the HTML attribute, ALT text (associated text) added to the images. This text allows the search engines to replace your image with associated keywords. As we name each image, separate different keywords in the file name with a dash. 5. Site map This page organizes all the pages contained in the website and makes it easier for the spiders to easily move through the website, identify keywords in the content and index these for search engines. The site map page is usually just one page that is linked to from the bottom of all the pages and contains a listing of links to the other pages. 6. Domain ownership For a quick boost to your SEO, make sure your site is registered for at least 3-5 years. A longer period of time means you’re more likely to be taken seriously by search engines. 7. Fresh content If you want Google spiders to crawl...

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