Accounting for small business with Xero

Do you run a small business? What are the tasks you find most boring? Accounting for small business can be a pain.

I am a writer, blogger and social media consultant. For me, it is all about ideas, words and passions. It won’t surprise you to know therefore that I find accounting mind-numbingly tedious. My legal training and common sense tell me it is important but I want an easy way to manage it in a stream-lined fashion.

My brother is a self-employed music and singing teacher and kindly introduced me to the amazing Xero. I am so pleased he did. It saves me time and even I can work out how to use it.

So if you sell products, provide services, have to take secure payments, or a combination of the three, check out Xero. It allows you to access your financial information anywhere anytime with its mobile accounting app. Another thing that is very important for the success of a business is managing the work schedule of employees and their work time tracking. There is software available for that too.

If you are in the early days of business, it can be a pain when someone asks you for an invoice. How much easier when you can tap into beautiful customised online templates for invoices.

What if you were able to check when your invoice was opened by your client or customers? That’s got to be a good thing right?

Cash flow can be a nightmare for small and start-up businesses but with Xero you can get on up to the minute view of your finances from your online dashboard.

If you have a team, a partner or have the services of an accountant or book-keeper, it is super-easy to share your information with them from anywhere at any time. You can decide how much access they have to your details so you are always the one in control.

You can sync Xero seamlessly with third party apps for time tracking, quotes, billing and more.

Wave goodbye to paper-based accounting systems that are in one place where you might not happen to be just when you need a vital bit of financial information

So the system itself comes highly recommended but Xero offers more. One of my favourite areas of the Xero website is the one that gives so many great articles on how to successful run small businesses. As well as the old-school topics around marketing invoicing and so on, it tackles more modern topics such as SEO, content marketing and social media. I think Xero is great for any business and that certainly includes the numerous bloggers who are now monetising or trying to learn how to monetise their online presence.

So usually when using Xero I do it from my laptop but if you are out and about a tablet or smartphone might suit you better. Xero is so good because it is so flexible to an individual business’ needs. You don’t have to pay a small fortune to use Xero and can choose the plan that best suits your business circumstances.

In conclusion, why get yourself in a tizz about accounting for small business when a small investment via Xero can make it all so simple. Check Xero out today and sign up for a free trial.

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Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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