Author: Xero Advocate

  Xero Product Updates - February 2021   Welcome to our blog: Xero Product Updates February 2021!   February has been Xero Education Month - a series of webinars, factsheets & videos, all designed to help both advisers & businesses to optimise their use of Xero.   This month has also seen the latest Quarterly Xero Product Updates, so let's dive straight in!   Here are our  TOP TIPS from the Xero Product Updates for February 2021, as well as takeaways from Education Month...

  Xero Product Updates - May 2020   The Xero Product Updates this quarter have been mainly around supporting businesses through the Coronavirus Pandemic.  There have already been many changes to Xero Payroll over the past month around furlough leave.  And at the time of writing (13 May 2020), we are still waiting for the last parts of these updates to go LIVE.   Catch up with last quarter's product updates here...

  COVID-19 - What's Currently Available To Small Businesses   We've had a few questions today regarding what's currently available to small businesses. To make sense of things, we've have put together our top information from the last couple of days!   Here is the guidance on what's currently available that we are aware of.       Support for businesses in terms of business rates   First of all, there will be a £10,000 grant available to businesses that currently pay either no or little business rates. This is because they already claim small business rates relief. This is designed to cover other business costs.   Similarly, there will be a £25,000 grant available to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses. This is for businesses that operate from premises with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.   The mechanism for this will be released in the coming weeks, and it will be administered by your local authority (District/Borough Council).     Support for businesses who are paying...

  Quarterly Xero Product Updates - February 2020   The Xero Product Updates February 2020 webinar started by saying: "we've been working on LOTS & LOTS of updates over the last 3 months, it's been busy!"   Read all about the November 2019 Product Updates here.   So, with my pen racing to jot each down before the next one came along, here are our  TOP PICKS from the February 2020 Xero Product Updates webinar...

  Xero News - key things for 2020   Wondering what's on the horizon during 2020? Here is our Xero News - KEY THINGS FOR 2020 - from Xero's recent "accounting trends for 2020" blog, as well as from last November's Xerocon event.     Taking Care Of Cash Flow   This year will see Xero build on their in-product cash management reports & tools (which is currently in beta). We signed up for the beta program back in November last year, and are now Xero Cash Flow Specialists.   Cash flow forecasting & management has always been an important process for any business. Not only in terms of meeting costs from suppliers & taxes, but also in terms of being able to invest in business growth (for example, new equipment or taking on staff).   We hope that this functionality will soon be able to provide you with some much needed data on your cash flow movements. However, if there are gaps in...

  Xero Product Updates - November 2019   I love tuning in to the live quarterly Xero product Update webinars!  There's usually so much going on - updates & tweaks to benefit business owners, as well as tools to support book-keepers & accountants.  Brilliant!   This quarter was no exception to the rule.  Fresh from Xerocon London mid-November, there are many quite big developments on the horizon for cash flow reporting & making bank payments straight from your Xero screen.  Expect lots more on this going into 2020.   For now, here are the best Xero Product Updates from the November 2019 quarter ...

  Xero Expenses - How To Make Expense Claims Easier   Do you currently spend too much time getting expense claims processed?   Or do you leave it to the last minute, then forget what you spent & where?   Xero Expenses will make the whole process quicker & easier!   Xero Expenses is an invaluable tool for those who regularly submit expense claims, or are currently spending too much time locating & collecting paperwork.   The key to getting simple processes done quickly & correctly is to utilise automation.  By making the whole process quicker to do & easier to manage, you can then spend your time doing more important things instead.  Like growing your business, taking on more work, or having free time back with family.   The benefits of Xero Expenses:   Business owners, managers & employees can all enjoy the benefits that an efficient expense claims process can bring.   Never forget or lose receipts ever again - capture expenses & receipts,...