If you’re a small business operator, and thought purchase orders were just for large business, check out our video explaining how they could help you too.
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.
Xero is growing quickly in the UK. After operating as a start-up with people working from home and carrying out a whole range of activities to grow the business, we’re now an SME in our own right and part of a global organisation with astronomic aspiration and potential.
In common with many new, fast-growing companies there are some big challenges that we face in the HR team. How best to hire the right people? How can we retain our core talent? What are the best HR systems and processes to deliver on our business strategy?
Of the many potential issues and opportunities, keeping our employees engaged is one of the most important.
In the first of an ongoing series exploring these HR challenges, we’re going to look at the problem of keeping the natural energy, engagement and positive culture of a start-up alive as the business grows and takes on new people.
Going on the HR journey together
First off, an admission. I’m new too – I’ve not yet been in the role three months, so this is a journey that the business and I are going on together. I’ve joined Xero UK at an incredibly exciting time in its development. We’re growing fast and, as the UK’s HR Manager, I’m going to be involved in hiring a lot of new ‘Xero Heroes’ over the next few months. It’s a brilliant opportunity, both for me and anyone else who’s recently joined or who is about to join the team.
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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!
I’ve been on many road trips in my life, but never one as big as this. The Xero Roadshow for Australia covers 20 cities – from Bendigo, all the way up to Darwin. It has an audience of over 5,000 accountants and bookkeepers in attendance, so it’s no wonder the nerves have kicked in a little!
With more and more businesses heading to the cloud, it’s an exciting time to be getting up in front of so many people to chat about cloud technology, market updates and other exciting news from Xero.
Of course, I won’t be the only one speaking. You’ll also get to hear from Xero product, Tax and partner specialists – plus we’ll have 38 exhibitors (across the 20 events), giving you ample opportunity to explore the App ecosystem that is continually evolving. And we encourage you, as always, to ask questions, network and start a dialogue.
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We are excited to announce that our “Developer Lunch Box” series, aimed at giving prospective employees a taste of what it’s like to work for Xero, will be up and running again soon at Xero in Auckland and Wellington.
We ran our last session in October last year and had lots of interest – more than we had space for! In the end, 15 attendees were selected to come and have lunch on us where they got to meet and speak with CEO Rod Drury, and heard from early Xero employee Kirk Jackson who provided great insight into the development of the Xero platform.
Here’s some of the feedback from last year’s session:
“I loved the expression of interest gathering! It was a wonderful way to get insights into what makes Xero a great company to work for. To an outsider, it provided a meaningful perspective by having key people involved with its success share their stories.” – Dirk
“Firstly, thank you for having me yesterday. It was great to get some insights into Xero. I, along with two other attendees got a bit of a guided tour around the office and I found this extremely helpful. “ – Jie
We have since hired Jie and Dirk!
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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.
Production Performance issues: 27th Jan GMT – current
Xero’s performance monitoring has indicated slowdowns within the Xero App. This will result in occasional but widespread slowness loading pages within Xero. The performance degradation appears to be related to load, with performance returning to normal after peak load times (9pm-5am GMT).
The Operations and Development teams are investigating this as our highest priority. We will continue to update this blog with more developments until performance is returned to normal. The next update will be at 8:30pm Weds 29th Jan GMT.
Our apologies for the delay in posting this notification. We have been actively working on a fix for the issue since noticing it yesterday and hoped to have it resolved this morning. This afternoon it became apparent that our initial fix had not worked and the issue may be on-going.
We acknowledge the frustration this may be causing for users, and thank you for your support while we pull out all the stops to get this fixed.
Performance Issues Update: 8:30pm Weds 29th Jan GMT
The team has been working overnight on the performance problem. We’re following several leads about what could be causing slowdowns in web page load times and we’re working closely with our technology partners for diagnostics.
At this point we do not have an ETA for a fix but will update with more progress by 12am Thurs 30th Jan GMT.
Performance Issues Update: 12am Thurs 30th Jan GMT
We have made changes in the Xero environment and performance has improved compared to the same time yesterday.
Performance is still not as good as we would like so we continue to focus on this issue as our highest priority.
The team is preparing more changes to bring performance back inline with our expectations and we’ll be applying these through the day.
We will update the blog again at 4:30am Thurs 30th GMT
Performance Issues Update: 4:30am Thurs 30th GMT
The changes made today have improved performance. We are still seeing some slowdowns though. The team is continuing to chase them with deep diagnostics and help from our technology partners.
We’ll be working through the evening on improving performance, and will update the blog with more news at 8:30pm Thurs Jan 30 GMT.
Performance Issues Update: 8:30pm Thurs Jan 30 GMT.
The team’s work overnight has resulted in substantial performance improvements. However we are still seeing very occasional slowdowns.
We are continuing to investigate and will make performance improving changes throughout the day.
The blog will be updated again at 2am Fri 31st Jan GMT.
Performance Issues Update: 2am Fri 31st Jan GMT
We have rolled out further changes which have improved Xero performance overall. We’re monitoring these changes to ensure that they have made sufficient improvement. The team is on standby to continue diagnostics if performance drops again.
We will update the blog 9:00pm Sun, Feb 2 GMT at the latest, earlier if performance worsens.
Performance Issues Update: 9:00pm Sun, Feb 2 GMT.
We have implemented changes that have improved application performance across the board. We are continuing to monitor the system but at this stage we believe the performance issue is resolved.
If you are seeing on-going issues, please contact Customer Care with details and we will investigate.
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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.