Great to be back

There’s nothing like leaving what you know to pursue other opportunities – in my case some enterprise level consultancy with salesforce.com and running my own coffee roasting business Little Tin Drum on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula.

Twelve months went past really quickly and I was having a lot of fun, but when Xero called I couldn’t resist the urge to get back to helping small businesses prosper. Having my own gig really put a new perspective on it. I know the pain points, but there’s also an amazing feeling when you get to make your passion a reality.

My decision to become part of the Xero team again was really cemented over the last two weeks while on the road at our first Australian Education Roadshow for Xero partners.

We hit five cities, ran 20 individual sessions and connected with 1000 accountants and bookkeepers at all levels. The idea being that the partnership with Xero is like the product – ever evolving. So instead of being left to it, we’re there to help. Be it an introduction to the software, how to convert clients from legacy applications or talking through initiatives such as the Modern Practice or what’s coming up on the product roadmap. Getting feedback is important too.

Certainly the excitement and hunger for change in the way accountants and bookkeepers connect with their small business clients and run their practices was both overwhelming and inspiring.

This from Debbie says it all:

“Thank you for a great day, I learnt a lot. Walked into the partner’s office this morning and told him that I want to move all the clients to Xero and about Leanne’s great spreadsheet that showed the possible savings to a practice (said I could even get a pay rise). He agreed that we should move the clients across and has asked me to draft a letter to the clients. Exciting times ahead!”

Debbie Schubert MIPA, MCom(ProfAcc), Accountant, VIC.

Demand for the education sessions now means we’re planning more. We’d love to know what you liked and/ or what you’d change. Leave a comment below.

7 Comments

Guy Pearson
October 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

Welcome back Joel.

We’re very excited to see what you have got in the works for Xero in Oz/The World. Watch his moves closely… you won’t be disappointed, Joel has it down pat.

Beers next time your in Sydney.

Cheers.
Guy

Accountancy
October 10, 2011 at 11:18 am

Well done Joel! Great Pleasure met you in Brisbane!

Jerry

Andrew Haynes
October 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Great to have you back Joel! You’re a very gifted trainer and a fantastic communicator.
:]

Does Little Tin Drum ship to Newcastle?

Tim from FGS
October 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Hi Joel
You rocked Adelaide this week!!
The feedback we have received from many attendees was awesome

Well done mate

Manpreet Singh
October 10, 2011 at 6:26 am

I joined today and works little bit, it looks simple & fine

Gillian Rossouw
November 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

So good to see Joel back again & fired up, bursting with energy – and he sure knows how to illustrate in his presentations to bookkeepers & accountants how #Xero is taking accounting beyond the limits. Thanks Xero for the fabulous Roadshow.

Offshore Outsourcing Development
November 11, 2011 at 1:48 am

Welcum back joel!!!

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