Guest post by Xero For Dummies author Heather Smith
On 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.