A group of New Zealand’s top media and accounting partners joined Rod Drury, Amanda Armstrong and Stuart McLean for an intimate fireside chat (minus the fire, ‘cos it’s mid-summer in Auckland) at Generator last night, following day one of Xerocon New Zealand 2014.
Accounting partners Edwin Read from Rightway - an innovative, 100% Xero firm based in Martinborough, and Neil Sinclair from Winstanley Kerridge joined the group for a chinwag, as well as Dr Michael Fraser from NZICA and Russell Jones from ASB.
More than 900 accounting, bookkeeping and add-on partners flooded into the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland this morning for Xerocon New Zealand 2014. The line was long, but we got everyone inside eventually!
MC Petra Bagust kicked things off this morning. She was excited, talking about our values – love, beauty, transformation, fun. She described the atmosphere as majestic, magnificent, amazing and life-changing. “This is the kind of conference I want to be involved in!” she said. Same!
Update – May 12, 2014
Manilla recently announced they will be closing their service on July 1, 2014. For those looking for an alternative, check out another Xero add-on partner HubDoc.
Manilla is bill management software – manage and organize all your bills and accounts in one place online. Integrated with your Xero account, it allows you to export upcoming bills, saving you the time you’d normally spend manually entering bills into Xero. And with Manilla, you only need one password to securely access all of your accounts and bills. No more lost or forgotten passwords; no more hassle. Plus, it will automatically post a reminder for upcoming bills.
Who is it for?
Manilla is for US-based business owners looking to securely organize and manage incoming bills.
How Manilla works with Xero
Simply select an account in Manilla to export, map it to the appropriate chart of accounts in Xero and you’re done. Each new bill will automatically sync to Xero. Scott Scharf, owner of Catching Clouds, has written an in-depth review of the Manilla integration on the Sleeter Group Blog.
Where you can use Manilla
Manilla works for US customers and business owners.
Try out Manilla for free
It’s here! The all-new version of Xero Touch for Android is available today for download from Google Play. We have completely rebuilt the application – it’s fast, slick, and awesome and we can’t wait for you to try it out.
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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