Watch the ‘Xero Dashboard’ video
The first step to learning how Xero works is to watch the ‘Xero Dashboard’ video, which can be found in the top left corner of your Xero dashboard.
Xero is great and easy to use, to get a better handle on your finances.
Go to Settings > Organisation Settings to input or update your business’s contact details, including: Display name, Legal / Trading name, Email, ABN Number, Business Description, Physical and Registered address, Phone and fax numbers, Logo and Website
If you are switching from another accounting software, then you can import your chart of accounts into Xero, or modify the default chart of accounts. If you have an accountant, you can seek their help with this decision.
However, if you are your own bookkeeper then we recommend using Xero’s default chart of accounts. You can add, customise, or delete these accounts to match the needs of your business. To make changes to your accounts, go to Accounting > Chart of Accounts.
For more information on customising your chart of accounts, click here.
As Xero is connected to your bank, transactions are pulled through automatically. Xero remembers the last time you categorised a transaction, so you can simply click ‘OK’ if you want it to go to the same category.
You should reconcile weekly, if not daily, to ensure that your accounts are as accurate as possible.
Regularly updated invoices give you a clearer picture of cash flow. With a clear picture of your cash comes the ability to make better business decisions and avoid falling behind on outstanding payments.
Another benefit of regular reconciliation is that you’ll be able to use Xero add-on apps much more easily, as your data will be up-to-date.
The payroll overview is a comprehensive guide to take you through each step of the setup.
If you are transferring payroll from another system in the middle of the financial year – don’t forget to add the opening balances.
This can be found at Payroll > Payroll Overview
With a larger variety of payment options, it is easier for customers to pay you.
This help video shows you how to set up a payment service that will allow you to create a ‘Pay Now’ button on your invoices:
To do this, go to Settings > Invoice Settings > Payment Services
Only set up payment reminders when you get into the habit of reconciling receipts daily. Chasing payment from customers that have already paid can tarnish your reputation. You can come back to this step once daily reconciliation is part of your routine.
It’s important to learn how basic Xero reports work. Initially, when you’ve input some data, look at your Balance Sheet, Profit And Loss, Aged Receivables, and Aged Payables.
Go to Accounting > Reports to see the options available to you.
Using Xero’s wide range of apps and add ones is a great way to streamline repetitive processes and save yourself some time.
Xero offers apps with a wide range of functionalities from cash flow forecasting, to document management, and many more.
The Xero app marketplace is the best way to explore your options.
Finally, if you work with one, ask your accountant to check your set up. They may need to add year-end conversion balances and can ensure that your year-to-date figures are as expected.
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