In December, we published “introducing a better way to invoice”, our first blog on the development of your new, better way to invoice – being more intuitive, reducing clutter, and saving time by automatically taking care of accounting information for you.
We’ve been listening to feedback from beta users ever since, which has helped us enormously to improve and refine our invoicing. For example, we found that you really value being able to enter an invoice from start to finish using just a keyboard – especially when you’re busy doing lots of invoices in a row – so we will be incorporating that into your new invoicing workflow.
As you explore and get used to the new invoicing experience in Xero, you’ll find that it ticks these boxes:
- Better user experience: more intuitive and easier-to-use invoicing.
- More efficiency: simplified and automated workflows and the use of machine learning save time and effort, creating less cleaning up for the accountant. One of the super handy features of new invoicing is Auto-save. You’ll no longer experience lost time over repeated invoice entries, making your business day just that little bit easier.
- Increased flexibility: show and hide entry fields for those with less complex invoicing needs.
At the same time, we’ve been busy building out the multi-currency capability for you – a crucial component for many of our invoicing customers – making sure that security and user roles are fine-tuned and in place. Under the hood we’ve been fine-tuning the performance of the new invoicing, so you’re not slowed down – and so far, we’ve had some encouraging feedback from early users about the improved layout and ease of use.
How can I get started?
Over the next week, those of you in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Singapore will be able to try and see the benefits for your business of the new invoicing experience. We know that everyone is busy, so we’ve made it easy for you to test drive new invoicing when it’s convenient for you.
Soon after, we’ll be staggering the release to our UK and global users to help us understand the various challenges that exist in different parts of the world. This feedback will allow us to learn and improve the experience for everyone. Once we are comfortable that you are happy with your new invoicing experience, we will look to phase out classic invoicing sometime in 2019. You’ll hear from us before this happens, and don’t be alarmed – you’ll have plenty of time to get used to the new experience.
We’ll regularly release features to your new invoicing pages, to make sure it really is a better, more seamless and quicker way than ever to invoice your customers. Additional features coming soon after the initial launch include a slicker way to add discounts, a refreshed history and notes section, and performance improvements behind the scenes.
Jump in today and try out the new invoicing: On your regular invoicing page, you’ll see an option which will take you to a new screen. Once there, this will be your default invoicing experience, however you will still be able to change back to the classic invoicing screen – whatever works best for you.
As always, your opinion matters to us and we encourage you to take the time to tell us what you think.