About Xero

Xero is a global small business platform with 3.95 million subscribers which includes core accounting, payroll, workforce management, expenses and projects. Xero also has an extensive ecosystem of connected apps and connections to banks and other financial institutions, helping small businesses access a range of solutions from within its open platform to help them run their business and manage their finances. Xero is a FIFA Women’s Football partner.

About Xero accounting software

Xero provides small business owners, accountants and bookkeepers with powerful online accounting software and access to up-to-date financial data. It’s designed to make life better for small businesses, their advisors and communities around the world. It connects businesses with their bank, their advisor, accounting tools, payment services and third-party apps, so everything is securely available at any time, on any device.
Benefits for small businesses
Xero’s beautiful, easy-to-use small business accounting software automates and streamlines many day-to-day tasks, including bank reconciliation, quoting, invoicing, making and collecting payments, tax, managing employees, expenses, projects and payroll. Businesses can view up-to-date numbers on the Xero dashboard, in reports, and in analytics. It’s easy for businesses to see how they’re tracking, stay in control of cash flow and make informed decisions.
Because Xero is cloud-based, businesses can work with their data easily from anywhere as well as collaborate with their accountant and bookkeeper. Many features are available on mobile, so people can run their business on the go.

Support and learning

Xero’s offers free 24/7 support, learning, and discussions at Xero Central, backed by a team of expert support staff. Customers are also invited to put forward and vote on product ideas.

Responsible data use commitments

Xero takes a defense-in-depth approach to protecting its systems and customer data. Data is protected by multiple layers of security, including encryption when it’s transferred and stored, and subject to strict privacy controls. Xero uses multi-factor authentication; software updates are free; and Xero does regular data backups.

Xero is certified as compliant with ISO/IEC 27001:2013, complies with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, and produces Service Organization Control (SOC 2) reports.

Xero App Store

Xero connects with more than 1000 third-party apps designed to solve everyday business challenges, get data flowing between Xero and other apps, and provide a more complete view of how a business is performing. The Xero App Store is the place to easily find, try and connect apps that are certified by Xero and reviewed by users.

Pricing plans and free trial

Xero offers a free trial of its accounting software for 30 days, and a range of pricing plans designed to suit different needs. Subscriptions to Xero are invoiced monthly.
Accountants and bookkeepers get free access to Xero online accounting software and to Xero HQ when they sign up (for free) as Xero partners.
Xero for accountants and bookkeepers
Accountants and bookkeepers gain access to smart practice management software with tools for streamlined workflows, efficient compliance, and a cloud-based single accounting ledger for every client. They can collaborate within Xero with their colleagues or with clients, automate manual tasks, and access client records at any time.
Xero’s integrated practice management software includes Xero HQ, Xero Practice Manager, Xero Workpapers and Xero Tax.

Xero the company

Xero is a global company with offices in seven countries and over 3.95 million subscribers. It’s a leader in online accounting across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, and has won multiple awards for its software and services. Xero is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).


Key benefits of Xero

  • Keep accounting data safe and secure.
  • Access accounts online anytime from anywhere, even on the go using mobile devices (iPhone/iPad/Android) or tablet.
  • Get better visibility on cashflow with real-time data.
  • Reduce the time spent keeping accounts up to date.
  • Software updates are free and available when users log in.
  • Collaborate with the whole team and an accountant. Users decide what each person can see.
  • Seamless accounting and payroll in the US (selected states), UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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    Rino
    Rino
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    • Industry: Accounting
    • Company size: 201–500 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Xero - The Cloud Based Software of the future

    Reviewed on 24/6/2022

    Fantastic product with fantastic support and really meaningful input from the actual company staff

    Fantastic product with fantastic support and really meaningful input from the actual company staff

    Pros

    Xero's main benefit to us as a mid tier accounting firm is the ease of importing information. It supports multiple bank feeds on a reliable basis and its open API allows for the support of many add in apps

    Cons

    Being a non-technical software, it does sometimes give the impression of not being as robust in terms of ease of change of prior information. This can be overcome by locking down periods, one just has to remember to do this though.

    Alternatives Considered

    Sage 50cloud Accounting

    Reasons for Choosing Xero

    The capital development expenditure and size of Xero simply mean that it is outpacing other software in terms of speed of development, effectively future-proofing our practice.

    Switched From

    Sage 50cloud Accounting

    Reasons for Switching to Xero

    The main factors were cost and engagement with the Xero South Africa team
    Shayla
    Shayla
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    • Industry: Internet
    • Company size: 1,001–5,000 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    My accounting issues have been resolved by Xero

    Reviewed on 20/6/2023

    It aids in keeping track of expenditures to prevent overspending and in identifying unpaid...

    It aids in keeping track of expenditures to prevent overspending and in identifying unpaid invoices. By automating routine accounting processes like billing and invoicing, Xero has made my bookkeeping far more efficient and streamlined.

    Pros

    We really like that it can work together with other apps to improve business insight. There are many reports that provide all the information you may ever need. simple to keep tabs on the company's financials in preparation for tax filing.

    Cons

    Wish the linked bank accounts will stay connected and hope that more free integrated apps become available for use with Xero.

    Simon
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    • Industry: Telecommunications
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    A great cloud product

    Reviewed on 25/1/2024

    Pros

    Flexible, always available and easy to navigate without detailed accounting knowledge

    Cons

    Needs specific setup to ensure you get the most out of it's reporting

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    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
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    • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

    Pretty good, but in the end, more complicated than needed for two person practice

    Reviewed on 21/1/2021

    largely positive, but when they got rid of payroll, given my business of 2 employee/owner s-corp in...

    largely positive, but when they got rid of payroll, given my business of 2 employee/owner s-corp in a medical practice, with no retail/inventory, it made things a ton easier to just do my accounting in Excel. It was really the payroll that made this a no brainer for me.

    Pros

    I loved the usability of this software. It was super easy to set up relatively sophisticated accounting with no accounting background. I thought the bank reconciliation was dynamite, and while they still had it, I loved the payroll. When I would eventually get triaged to tech support, the person was so patient, and so helpful it was really great, and they never seemed to mind spending a long time helping to fix some oddball problems that I'd made. Oh yes, loved it that they did the quarterly tax filings for me, but that also went away with the payroll

    Cons

    One thing about this accounting software - when you have a question their first response is to tell you to have your accountant look at it. I was using this software as a replacement for an accountant, in order to save money, so that advice didn't help much. When you do a google for help, you run into a problem: Xero seems to be doing accounting software for all the english speaking countries,e.g. new zealand, australia, UK, USA and canada. each of these countries has different business formations/corporations, different taxation rules, etc, as well as meaningfully different accounting vernacular. I would end up mnost of the time getting somewhere only to realize I'd pulled up the UK instructions to solve a problem.

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    Xero FAQs

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    Xero offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$7.50/month
    • Pricing model: Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

    Early: $5.50/month Growing: $16/month Established: $31/month

    Xero has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500

    Xero supports the following languages:

    English

    Xero supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    Xero integrates with the following applications:

    Accelo, Actionstep, ActiveCollab, Acuity Scheduling, Administrate Training Management, Adobe Commerce, Agile CRM, ApprovalMax, AroFlo, AutoEntry, Batchbook, BigCommerce, BlueFolder, BookingBug, Buildertrend, Capsule, Chargebee, Chargify, Chaser, Checkfront, Checkmybooks, Chrometa, Cin7 Core, Cin7 Omni, ClicData, Clio, CollabSpot, Constant Contact, Copper, Corecon, CreditorWatch Collect, Current RMS, CustomerSure, Cyfe, Datamolino, Deputy, Dext Prepare, Dryrun, EZRentOut, Ecwid, Emburse Tallie, Entryless, Epos Now, Everhour, Expensify, Exsalerate CRM, FUTRLI, Fathom, Fergus, FieldAware, Financial Driver, Fishbowl, Float, Float Cash Flow, FreshBooks, Freshdesk, GeoOp, Google Workspace, Grow, Handshake, Harvest, Hike, Hotelogix, Hubdoc, Ignition, Insightly, InvoiceSherpa, JobAdder, Kickserv, Klipfolio, Lightspeed POS, LivePlan, MRPeasy, Mailchimp, Manu Online, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Power BI, Mindbody, MinuteDock, MyBuys, Nexonia Expenses, Nobly, OnePageCRM, OneSaas, Onsight, Operations Hub, Panalitix, PandaDoc, PayPal, Payment Evolution, Payoneer, Pepperi, Plooto, Podio, ProWorkflow, ProfitSee, Proposify, QuickBooks Time, QuickBooks eCommerce, Quickbooks Online, Quoter, Quotient, Qvinci, Qwilr, RESULTS.com, Re-Leased, Rydoo, Sage 50cloud Accounting, Sage Accounting, SalesSeek, Sapaad, Satago, ServiceM8, Shoeboxed, Shopify, Simple Salon, Simpro, Solve CRM, Spotler CRM, Spotlight Reporting, Square Point of Sale, Starshipit, Streamtime, Stripe, SugarCRM, Synchroteam, Synergy, Tabology EPOS, Tidy, Time Tracker, TimeCamp, Timely, Tradify, Trigger, Unleashed, Veeqo, Vend, WORKetc, WooCommerce, Workato, WorkflowMax, XEDI Web EDI, XO Cashflow, ZENOTI, Zahara, Zapier, Zendesk Sell, Zoho Analytics, Zoho Books, Zoho CRM, authorize.net, ezyCollect, ezyVet, vWorkApp, webexpenses

    Xero offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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