LivePlan is a cloud based solution from Palo Alto Software – veterans in the business planning space. It can help you with everything from pitch creation and business planning to ongoing financial management. By connecting Xero to LivePlan, you can analyze your accounting information in real-time in order to keep your business on track.
Business planning is a great tool for any business. In fact, a Cranfield University study proved that those who write and track their business plan experience 30% more growth potential than those who don’t engage in planning.
Who is it for?
LivePlan is for both established business owners and entrepreneurs who are just getting their ideas off the ground. Its functionality allows you to:
- Write a complete business plan
- Deliver a professional pitch to investors/lenders
- Monitor your progress and track your growth
How LivePlan works with Xero
Connect LivePlan with Xero to import your financials into the LivePlan Scoreboard. This integration will allow you to track how your business is doing, in real time, and compare your progress against your forecast.
Where you can use LivePlan
LivePlan works for users in over 172 countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Try out LivePlan for free
You can sign up to try out LivePlan with Xero for free. Find out how here.
Re-Leased is a cloud-based property management software which is making life easier for property owners and managers across the world.
Re-Leased provides powerful tools to automate and simplify much of the tenant and property management process allowing landlords and managers to spend less time on administration, and more time growing their property portfolio.
Who is it for?
Re-Leased is suitable for two key groups: property managers and property owners. This can include private investors, real estate agents, family trusts, government agencies, syndications, accountants and lawyers.
Re-Leased has been built specifically for commercial and larger residential property companies. Typically, users manage between $1 million and $500 million dollar property portfolios.
How it works with Xero
Re-Leased pushes and pulls all invoices, contacts, tax types, accounts and tracking categories from the Xero API. It can automatically generate rent and property expense invoices and send them to Xero via the API. “Our integration has allowed our users to reduce their administration time by up to three days a month. We are about to hit $500 million dollars of invoices synced in the past 6 months.” – Tom Wallace, Re-Leased Founder & CEO.
Where can you use it?
Re-Leased is 100% cloud based and can be used anywhere, anytime through any browser based device. Being cloud based, Re-Leased enables you to be mobile. They also have iPhone and Android applications in development which are due to be launched this year.
Try Re-Leased today, for free.
Over the years we’ve built up a great collection of videos – how-to videos, videos covering Xero essentials, and case studies. But the videos were sometimes hard to find, as they were spread all over our website, blog and other places. So we created Xero TV to bring it all together.
Xero TV is (xero.com/tv) a one stop shop for all video content on Xero.com. We now have all our videos in one convenient place that gives you a powerful learning tool at your fingertips, offering engaging video-based learning journeys and exciting updates.
We want it to be the fastest and easiest way for you to access our range of video content.
But we think Xero TV speaks for itself. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Squarespace is an all-in-one website publishing platform featuring a completely integrated commerce solution that makes selling online easy.
The platform provides everything you need to begin selling physical goods, digital goods – or even services right from your custom website. Squarespace’s flexible platform and their commerce integration with Xero are specifically designed to grow with your business needs.
Who is it for?
Squarespace’s commerce offering is for anyone who wants to start selling online. Checkout their awesome website builder here:
How Squarespace works with Xero
The integration allows you to easily connect your Squarespace account with Xero and automatically sync every component of every incoming order. Setup is quick and easy, and makes use of some of Xero’s latest API enhancements – including syncing of tax rates and configuration of your chart of accounts. Your sales will be automatically mapped to the appropriate place within your Xero account, making it easy to keep track of your revenue, expenses, and tax liabilities with Xero.
Where you can use Squarespace
Squarespace’s website builder works globally, however their commerce tools work only in markets where Stripe’s payment gateway operates. For the time being, the Xero integration is only live in the US. It will roll out soon in the UK, and then Australia once Stripe leaves Beta.
Xero integration included with Squarespace’s business package. See current pricing.
A special Squarespace’s offer for Xero customers
You can save 10% off your first Squarespace purchase by using offer code XERO upon checkout.
In this interview with London’s Cloud Channel TV, our UK managing director Gary Turner doesn’t think we need to see mobile as a separate thing – or at least he thinks the distinction between mobile tech and general tech is quickly disappearing.
We’re all used to having mobile at our fingertips. There’s no longer a real difference between being in or out of the office; we can work wherever we are. But the line between mobile smartphone and office-based PC is now almost redundant – all we’re really interested in, as businesses, is having instant access to the data and systems we need to get the job done. And the tech we use adds value purely by making things quicker and more efficient.
So, your choice of device is increasingly irrelevant. What’s important is the software you use, the relationships you have with your clients and the way you work with them.
In November I delivered the keynote for the Clayton Christensen seminar at the Business Influentials day. It also provided a great opportunity to chat for a couple of hours with the “world’s number 1 business thinker”.
Themes from that conversation continue to be reported as Xero was called out on Forbes this week as a leading cloud disruptor.
Clayton writes about how industry disruption has historically followed the same pattern: a new business comes to market with a product, based on a new technology, that simply and elegantly solves a customer’s problem, is easily accessible and affordable. The disruptor not only sneaks up on the competition to become the leader, but grows the market by meeting peoples’ needs who found the incumbent’s product too expensive and complex.
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At Xero we are proud to sponsor Young Enterprise Trust, a non-profit organisation aiming to create entrepreneurial students with a “can do” attitude. Young Enterprise Trust is dedicated to growing a more prosperous New Zealand through enterprise. They work with schools all over the country and connect with around 50,000 students each year.
Encouraging young entrepreneurs
Programs encourage students to be business literate. By helping young people gain these skills, the Trust seeks to make a difference to the lives of the individual, their family and society.
Recently a competition through Whitcoulls bookstore tied in with the exciting launch of the publication ‘The Young New Zealander’s Guide to Entrepreneurship’. This was written by best-selling author, academic and entrepreneurship specialist Dr Ian Hunter and endorsed by the Trust.
Student wins a day at Xero
The winner of the Whitcoulls competition was Alice McFall from Tauranga. She goes to St Cuthbert’s school and was one of three lucky winners who won a day with a business leader. She won the opportunity to spend the day at Xero with CEO Rod Drury at the Xero HQ in Wellington.
This week’s launch of Enspiral Dev Academy is great news for Wellington businesses looking to hire developers and might just work.
A recent comment on our Community site illustrates why and put a smile on my face (which, on this particular thread was something). I had mentioned that Xero have resource constraints like most companies. A contributor replied,
Not an unreasonable reaction (by the way, we did deliver Purchase Orders in November. Phew!) but it assumes money is the primary constraint to hiring people rather than the availability of the appropriate talent. I don’t know anyone in Wellington (or anywhere for that matter) saying, “well, if only I had the money, I’d be able to hire just the right person”. The right people are incredibly hard to find and hiring the wrong people is expensive.
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Today we’ve released a WIP ledger in Practice Manager. This will make it much easier for accounting firms that prepare timesheets to keep track of their jobs and billable hours.
The challenge with releasing a WIP ledger was to do it without reducing the invoicing flexibility that Practice Manager users currently enjoy. So you’ll be delighted to know you can keep track of the exact amount of unbilled time and costs on each job no matter what types or combinations of invoices you use – even quote-based invoices and invoices prepared in Xero.
The introduction of the WIP ledger makes it much easier for all practices to calculate the true profitability of these services, even those that send regular fixed-fee invoices. You can also see the exact amount written on or off as each invoice is approved.
Direct feeds from our partner institutions such as ASB are some of the most beloved features of Xero. Data comes in daily, you can finish your reconciliation in a few minutes, and your financial reports are all up-to-date. It’s a beautiful thing.
If there’s been a drawback to direct feeds, it’s been the requirement to complete a paper application form to get a direct feed in place. Whether you used a competitor product or Xero – this has been part of the process of getting things up and running.
Not any more. Recently ASB and other financial institutions have worked with Xero to create a new process for setting up bank accounts to deliver data to Xero.
Now, once you have set up your bank accounts in Xero, you can log into ASB’s FastNet Business online banking service, and under ‘Administration/Client/Accounting Set up’ go through a quick process where you’ll select your accounts and then be redirected to Xero to connect your chosen bank account feeds. No waiting – no fuss. Your first feeds will arrive the next morning. And if you have historical data you want to bring through, you can do that too. More information is available on ASB’s blog.