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Do I love Xero?
Oh let me count the ways!
I didn't want to give my position away until the end, but hey, why not?!
Xero is my FAVORITE bookkeeping software! So let's jump to it, what do I love so much about Xero?
Coming from Quickbooks Online where you have to search through options to find transactions you haven't categorized, Xero displays them front and center.
Xero has also made it very easy for you to see if you have overspent in the past few months or stayed within your means.
Find and Recode
You accidentally categorized all your SquareSpace expenses to Office Expense.
Now you want to move them to Website Expense.
On most softwares you have to change each transaction
ONE. BY. FUCKING. ONE.
You have no idea what a pain that is when you have more than 1-2 to fix!
But Xero actually listen to their users and said heck with that one-by-one nonsense! All you've got to do is search for SquareSpace and recode them all in ONE FELL SWOOP to Website Expense!
Oh look at the time! That just saved you 15 minutes...you're welcome!
You know those expenses you pay every month that happen like clockwork?
Then every single month you have to categorize that transaction. Put time and mental energy into picking the right account and adding the name.
In Xero, you can create a rule.
For instance, if I want Xero to ALWAYS put SquareSpace expenses in Website Expense so I don't make a mistake like I did up there ⬆️ , I can create the rule:
If details contain SquareSpace then vendor is SquareSpace and account is Website Expense.
Oh, but let's say you buy G-Suite through SquareSpace for $5/month and you want that in Online Subscriptions.
Then we would create two rules:
RULE 1 :: If details contain SquareSpace AND amount is greater than $5, then vendor is SquareSpace and account is Website Expense.
RULE 2: If details contain SquareSpace AND amount is equal to $5, then vendor is SquareSpace and account is Online Subscriptions.
When these rules are triggered, all you have to do is hit 'OK'.
No data entry!
Oh dear sweet reports!
All reports are listed (under subheadings) on the SAME PAGE and there are many different types.
If you've ever tried to navigate Quickbooks Online report section you know how awesome this is!
PLUS they have the most amazing report.
Say what? You want to see all 12 months of the year's income and expenses side-by-side?
It just got seriously easy to see how you did each month this year!
1099-MISC for Easy Contractor Tracking
I found this feature last year and almost cried, I was so giddy!
>> Step 1 Tutorial <<
>> Step 2 Tutorial <<
>> Step 3 Tutorial <<
The gist of it is you can create a list of contractors who will need a 1099-MISC filed.
Then at tax time all you have to do is export to Track1099 following the instructions and file.
So you may or may not actually stick to a budget, but Xero at least makes it easy to create a budget and then see how you did in comparison.
Honestly, I don't use this feature as much as I should...but maybe I'll start because it's freakin' awesome!
So yeah, Xero is the bomb!
It is a complete system with MANY integrations that will grow with your business and help you get in and out of your books quickly and easily each month!
>> Want to open an account? <<
Setting up an account can be a bit tricky and getting off on the right foot is so important!
That's why I created the
FREE Zero to Xero Account in 7 Days email course
I've broken each step down super simple so there is no guess work involved.
Here's what you'll learn:
- Day 1: Sign Up for Your Account
- Day 2: Set Up Bank Feeds
- Day 3: Conversion Balances (don't freak out, I explain it very simply!)
- Day 4: Add Payment Processors
- Day 5: Add Income Streams
- Day 6: Customize Expenses
- Day 7: Customize Your Dashboard