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Xero For Dummies – in bookstores downunder

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Guest post by Xero For Dummies author Heather Smith

Xero for Dummies Front CoverOn May 30, 2012 at 8:54am I received a message via twitter from Rod Drury that changed my life.

“Hi Heather. When are you going to do a Xero book? We’d love to get something into the Amazon and Apple stores. Can we help?

Over a year later here we are, Xero For Dummies is in Amazon and Apple stores and hitting the bookshelves this week in Australia and New Zealand. It’s been a long journey and I am pinching myself that we are now actually here, launching Xero For Dummies – all 110 000 words, and 400 pages!

Writing Xero For Dummies was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, to help small businesses globally embrace cloud computing technology. It was also my first time working with the Dummies brand; Dummies books are written in a modular fashion, you can dip in and out of the book as required. If you just need to know how to do something there are concise explanations that walk you step by step through the process. If you need more in-depth understanding, there are heaps of times saving tips, tricks and side-bar explanations. Plus everything has been thoroughly checked by the keen eyes of the Xero training team – they were an amazing support on this project.

I was really excited to have the capacity to push content further. Through Xero For Dummies I aim to help users understand how they can exploit accurate and timely accounting information in their decision making processes which in turn assists them to strategically manage their business. I encourage small business owners to look at their Xero dashboard on a daily basis, to confirm they are on track to achieve goals set and recognise on a timely basis if they need to adjust something in their business.

Xero For Dummies empowers the small business owners to  implement, understand and utilise Xero fully which in turn can dramatically improve the performance and scalability of their business.

So a few people have said to me ‘Why write a book on Xero – it’s so easy?’ The bottom line is that people learn differently – listening, watching, reading and doing. Reading is an important part of the learning process for some people and whether that is online or in print is a personal preference – we have Xero For Dummies in both print and e-book format. For those who benefit from reading, Xero For Dummies is for you – I hope you find it a useful resource.

The Dummies team told me my writing reminded them of Marsha Collier, the best-selling author of the “For Dummies” series on eBay and eCommerce. Like Ms Collier, I look forward to a long association with Dummies and Xero – she’s written 42 such books!  We have another 3 Xero for Dummies In A Day books coming out soon … so I have a long way to go! If you’d like to see a particular topic covered in the Xero for Dummies format, let me know.


Kirsten Barrie
July 1, 2013 at 3.13 pm

This is really exciting! Thank you for writing this Heather! I can’t wait to read it as well as have my clients do the same!

July 1, 2013 at 3.28 pm

Is this edition for Australia/New Zealand or can it be applied to Global editions as well?

July 1, 2013 at 3.34 pm

Awesome stuff Heather, can’t wait to have a read.

Richard Wood
July 1, 2013 at 5.54 pm

@Lisa – This is an international book – applicable wherever you are in the world.

July 2, 2013 at 2.06 am

Payroll in the book is non existent. If you are going to make a manual or guide include all the features in it!

Sue Pak
July 2, 2013 at 3.45 pm

Hi Lisa and Daniel. This is an international book and as Payroll is only available in Australia at present, we thought it was better to address this separately and provide comprehensive and region specific training. Totally understand that Payroll is a vital and major part of the Australian product. The AU payroll e-book will be available in 2 weeks. I’ll post a link once it’s available.

July 2, 2013 at 8.20 pm

Thank-you everyone for your kind words. It was a privilege to be involved in this project. Yes as Sue has said Australian Payroll is really important and has been covered in a completely separate In A Day Dummies guide. Global Payroll has also been covered. Both shall be released shortly.

July 26, 2013 at 3.30 am

Hi guys, just bought the book- fantastic! Has given me much more confidence in the software! Could you let me know if you have any similar information on the wages/ payroll aspect as this is where I am struggling? Thanks again, Mike (Australia Xero version)

Heather Smith
March 10, 2015 at 6.33 pm

Thanks for sharing Graeme – you are a star!!

Yes the second edition is now out

Xero For Dummies Second Edition is available in March 2015

and it looks like Officeworks are now stocking about four copies of the book, and Dymocks are regularily stocking the book – which is great for new Xero users and to raise the awareness of Xero in the community.

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