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 http://www.xero.com/us/roadshow. 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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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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The Ultimate List: 50 Local Business Directories

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

From Hubstop, by Eric Vreeland   As a local business, attracting new customers can be a major challenge. Quickly disappearing are the days when people go to the Yellow Pages to find local businesses. Today, people are turning to the internet as a way to find trusted business recommendations. One way local businesses can get found is through inclusion in online directories. Adding a listing to these online directories is easy, but if you only list in a few, you’re really missing a huge opportunity to get found by online searchers. Every individual directory that you submit to is another chance to get found online, so it’s important to make sure you’re listed in every directory possible. I have compiled a list of many popular local directories available on the internet. Filling out the forms over and over again can be a big pain, so here’s a link to an autofill add-on for Firefox that should help prevent carpal tunnel.   50 Business Directories For Local Marketing 1. Google 2. Bing 3. Yahoo! 4. Yelp 5. Merchant Circle 6. LinkedIn 7. YellowPages.com 9. Whitepages 10. Supermedia 11. Yellowbook 12. CitySearch 13. Mapquest 14. Biznik 15. Local.com 16. Foursquare 17. ThinkLocal 18. CitySlick 19. USYellowPages 20. SuperPages 21. Outside.in 22. Dex 23. BizJournals.com 24. TeleAtlas 25. JustClickLocal 26. Discover our Town 27. Metrobot 28. EZ Local 29. twibs 30. LocalEze 31. Kudzu 32. CityVoter 33. Manta 34. Zipweb 35. MatchPoint 36. UsCity.net 37. Local Site Submit 38. InfoUSA 39. Axciom 40. Infignos 41. Yellow Assistance 42. Get Fave 42. My Huckleberry 43. GenieKnows 44. MojoPages 45. Brownbook 46. Magic Yellow 47. CitySquares 48. TeleAtlas 49. Navteq GPS 50. Judy’s Book  Making sure that you have a presence everywhere your potential customers might find you is critical to any local marketing plan. Don’t wait! Add your local business to these directories today! Are there any local directories I missed? Let me know in the comments below! From Hubstop, by Eric Vreeland ____________ submitted by: Suzy Payne Rabb Xero Certified Advisor New Day Consulting Group suzy@newdayconsulting.biz    ...

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Xero for Franchises

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Accounting, Blog, Bookkeeping, Franchise, Start-up, Uncategorized, Xero, Xero Advisor, Xero Consultant | 0 comments

From Franchising Expo, Directory and News for Business Opportunities and Franchises    Repeat the winning formula Get the tools you need to successfully run your franchise, with an online accounting system that makes it easy to report, share and compare your numbers. Franchising is about replicating and selling a proven business model. Many franchisors provide great brand guidelines and a consistent product offering, yet when it comes to accounting, each franchisee is off on their own. Xero allows you to add those important back office processes to your franchise offering and gives you total visibility of what is happening in your franchise network.   Franchisors love Xero because… Xero can be used anywhere at anytime – Franchisors can easily review their franchisees numbers in real-time without waiting for them to be sent through. Xero connects to banks – Xero imports all live transaction data from their banks so franchisors always have an up-to-date and accurate picture of their finances. Xero has reporting templates – Franchisors love that they are comparing apples with apples with across their entire franchise network, helping them identify real business problems, not ones caused by inconsistent reporting. Xero connects with KPI and benchmarking apps – Franchisors love the deeper insight they get into their franchise network’s financials by using add-ons like Spotlight Multi or Fathom Reporting.   Franchisees love Xero because… Xero is simple – Franchisees love that Xero is so easy to understand and easy to-use with no software to install or maintain. One less thing to worry about when managing a franchise. Xero connects everyone – Franchisees and their franchisors can easily collaborate and the franchisor can provide immediate advice and coaching based on real-time data. Xero helps with benchmarking – Consistency in reporting means franchisees can benchmark their business against others in the network with confidence. Try Xero for free at xero.com   From the customer: “Having real-time information allows us to deal with issues immediately before they become problems. It allows us to have our finger on on the pulse.” See more of Tony’s story here. Tony Melhem, Coco Cubano   ____________ Contact me to schedule a free consultation about using Xero for your franchise organization.   Suzy Payne Rabb Xero Certified Advisor New Day Consulting Group suzy@newdayconsulting.biz...

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