About Xero

Xero is a cloud-based small business accounting software with tools for managing invoicing, bank reconciliation, inventory, purchasing, expenses, bookkeeping and more. Xero is an alternative to QuickBooks. It is a modern, small business accounting software that lives in the cloud. It's accessible from any computer or mobile device, making for a smarter and easier accounting process, with features including cash flow tracking, payment processing, bank reconciliation, expense tracking, inventory management, financial reporting, and more.

The Xero dashboard presents users with a clear and concise overview of their financial situation. It provides small business owners with a greater understanding of their cashflow by highlighting bank balances, outstanding invoices, upcoming bills and expense claims in a visually appealing way. Daily bank and credit card transactions are automatically imported into Xero and matched to their corresponding accounting transaction. Doing bank reconciliation is as easy as confirming the match is corrected and clicking "OK."

Xero integrates with over 1,000 third-party apps commonly used by small businesses including Stripe, PayPal, Capsule, HubSpot, and more in order to streamline workflows and synchronize data such as sales invoices, client data, cashflow reports, payroll data, and more. Data flows directly into the Xero ledger, removing the time and effort required for manual data entry. Every Xero plan comes with unlimited users, so there's no need to pay for extra licenses. Collaborate with colleagues or invite financial advisors to view data remotely and get valuable real-time advice.

Pricing starting from:

US$12.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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.
  • Typical Customers

    • Freelancers
    • Small Businesses (2-50)
    • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
    • Large enterprises (500 and more)

    Deployment

    • Cloud-based
    • On-premise

    Markets

    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany , United Kingdom, Guernsey, Ireland, India, Jersey, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    US$12.00/month

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of Xero: 173

    • "What If" Scenarios
    • 401(k) Tracking
    • ACH Payment Processing
    • API
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Accounting
    • Accounts Payable
    • Accounts Receivable
    • Accrual Accounting
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Activity Tracking
    • Ad hoc Reporting
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Approval Process Control
    • Approval Workflow
    • Asset Accounting
    • Asset Tracking
    • Audit Trail
    • Automated Quoting
    • Automatic Backup
    • Automatic Billing
    • Bank Reconciliation
    • Benefits Management
    • Billing & Invoicing
    • Billing Portal
    • Budgeting/Forecasting
    • CPA Firms
    • Calendar Management
    • Case Management
    • Cash Flow Management
    • Cash Management
    • Cataloging/Categorization
    • Check Printing
    • Check Processing
    • Check Writing
    • Client Management
    • Client Portal
    • Compliance Management
    • Consolidation/Roll-Up
    • Construction Breakdowns
    • Contact Database
    • Contact Management
    • Contingency Billing
    • Contract/License Management
    • Core Accounting
    • Cost Tracking
    • Credit Card Processing
    • Cross Ledger Posting
    • Currency Conversion
    • Customer Database
    • Customer History
    • Customer Statements
    • Customizable Branding
    • Customizable Invoices
    • Customizable Reports
    • Customizable Templates
    • Data Import/Export
    • Direct Deposit
    • Discount Management
    • Document Management
    • Document Storage
    • Document Templates
    • Drag & Drop
    • Due Date Tracking
    • Dunning Management
    • Duplicate Payment Alert
    • Electronic Payments
    • Email Management
    • Email Templates
    • Expense Claims
    • Expense Management
    • Expense Tracking
    • Fee Calculation & Posting
    • Financial Analysis
    • Financial Management
    • Financial Reporting
    • Fixed Asset Management
    • For AEC Industry
    • For Accountants
    • For CPA Firms
    • For Government
    • For Real Estate
    • For Religious Organizations
    • For Restaurants
    • For Schools
    • For Small Businesses
    • Forecasting
    • Fraud Detection
    • Fund Accounting
    • General Ledger
    • Hourly Billing
    • Income & Balance Sheet
    • Inventory Control
    • Inventory Management
    • Inventory Optimization
    • Inventory Tracking
    • Invoice Creation
    • Invoice History
    • Invoice Management
    • Invoice Processing
    • Job Costing
    • Kitting
    • Mobile Access
    • Mobile App
    • Mobile Payments
    • Monitoring
    • Multi-Channel Management
    • Multi-Company
    • Multi-Country
    • Multi-Currency
    • Multi-State
    • Nonprofits
    • Online Invoicing
    • Online Payments
    • Order Management
    • Order Processing
    • Order Tracking
    • Overpayment Processing
    • Overrun Reporting
    • Partial Payments
    • Payment Collection
    • Payment Processing
    • Performance Metrics
    • Price/Margin Management
    • Pricing Management
    • Pricing and Cost Calculations
    • Product Identification
    • Profit/Loss Statement
    • Progress Tracking
    • Project Accounting
    • Project Billing
    • Project Management
    • Purchase Order Management
    • Quotes/Estimates
    • Real Time Data
    • Real Time Reporting
    • Receipt Management
    • Receivables Ledger
    • Recurring Invoicing
    • Recurring/Subscription Billing
    • Reimbursement Management
    • Remote Access/Control
    • Reorder Management
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Requisition Management
    • Retail Inventory Management
    • Revenue Recognition
    • Sales Reports
    • Sales Tax Management
    • Search/Filter
    • Self Service Portal
    • Shipping Management
    • Sourcing Management
    • Spend Management
    • Staff Management
    • Status Tracking
    • Stock Management
    • Supplier Management
    • Task Management
    • Tax Calculation
    • Tax Management
    • Template Management
    • Third Party Integrations
    • Time & Expense Tracking
    • Time Tracking
    • Transaction History
    • Trust Accounting
    • Vacation/Leave Tracking
    • Vendor Management
    • W-2 Preparation
    • Wage Garnishment
    • Warehouse Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5
    (2,460)
    Value for Money
    4.2/5
    Features
    4.2/5
    Ease of Use
    4.3/5
    Customer Support
    4.0/5

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    Adam
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Customer Support
    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Absolutely love Xero

    Reviewed on 03/11/2019

    Xero has allowed us to get a real, detailed view on the financial situation within our company from...

    Xero has allowed us to get a real, detailed view on the financial situation within our company from one place. With a comprehensive setup, it can provide real value from day one.

    Pros

    Xero has transformed our financial management and provides us with all the real time data we could imagine, and where it lacks, integrations take over. While more "accountancy" friendly than some of the more simple products, once you work with your accountants to get this right, you won't regret it. The detail, features and holistic approach to managing company finances means that we are using this every day and with pleasure.

    Cons

    The interface is being updated, and it is needed as it is a little old fashioned in its design. That said, it is clean and clear and otherwise we love everything about Xero.

    Alternatives Considered

    Sage 100 and FreeAgent

    Reasons for Choosing Xero

    FreeAgent was a little too simple and too many things were "locked in". We have much more flexibility and a wider range of integrations with Xero.

    Switched From

    FreeAgent
    Faisal Shafi
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    • Industry: Financial Services
    • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
    • Review Source

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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Customer Support
    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Make Your Accounting Automated

    Reviewed on 02/09/2022

    Xero is cloud-based accounting software that connects banks, accountants, management, and advisors...

    Xero is cloud-based accounting software that connects banks, accountants, management, and advisors from anywhere with any device with active internet. It performs all accounting tasks from preparing ledgers, accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial statements to the management of payroll, taxation, bank reconciliation, and inventory. Online billing enables to send bill through email.

    Pros

    Xero manages the whole accounting of business straight forward. Particularly automating the process of bank reconciliation is amazing time saver, it connects to banks and credit cards. Moreover, it effectively and easily integrates with other cloud based software which enhances usability of Xero.

    Cons

    Process of bank reconciliation has been automated but the process got glitches causing bank feeds stopped and entity has to restore to importing bank statement manually which takes time and attempts more than once. Inventory management needs improvement. Customer support is not perfect comparatively. It is not user friendly for those who have little accounting knowledge.

    Emma
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    • Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
    • Review Source

    Overall rating

    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Customer Support
    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    I adore this software and recommend it to anyone

    Reviewed on 01/12/2022

    Pros

    Easy to use and has everything needed to keep your business finances in good shape

    Cons

    The details taken for clients and the interface on the client records isn't the best but the other features make up for this

    Alternatives Considered

    Quickbooks Online

    Switched From

    Quickbooks Online

    Reasons for Switching to Xero

    Better features, looks better, easier to use
    Samuel
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    • Industry: Accounting
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Monthly for 1+ year
    • Review Source

    Overall rating

    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

    Challenging to Use

    Reviewed on 28/12/2022

    Overall I find Xero very difficult to use, it doesn't seem to reconcile well and the reports are...

    Overall I find Xero very difficult to use, it doesn't seem to reconcile well and the reports are hard to customize or run properly

    Pros

    I currently cannot think of anything that I like about Xero, I always have things that I am wanting to do but either cannot do, or find it very hard to do with Xero (such as reconciling properly or pulling different reports)

    Cons

    I find this software very challening to use. I primarily use QuickBooks Online and Desktop with my clients, we have one client on Xero, and find that Xero is very difficult to use, and does not have the functionality that I am used to with QB.

    Mitchell
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    • Industry: Investment Management
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    The BEST Small Business Accounting Platform

    Reviewed on 31/10/2022

    Having used Xero since 2013, I am yet to find a better product. The software and the overall...

    Having used Xero since 2013, I am yet to find a better product. The software and the overall company have never missed a beat. They are continually adding features (see Hubdoc integration, transparent, have competitive pricing, and connect accountants with business (refer to Xerocon events).

    Pros

    Xero has everything for startup companies and small businesses. Their software is 10 out 10 on user interface. It was born in the cloud and continues to exceed Quickbooks by a long shot. Most everything Quickbooks has added to its software in the past 10 years, is because Xero did it first.

    Cons

    The software does not have a tax add-on when compared to Quickbooks (Intuit). They are plenty of integrations to solve this issue but it would be nice to have. Integrating bill payment is more difficult compared to Quickbooks as well.

    Reasons for Switching to Xero

    Xero has better pricing, pricing options, features (fixed assets module), reporting, integrations, reconciling than its competitors. For example, if you import 500 transactions into Quicks incorrectly, you have to delete them all one by one. You can batch delete data in Xero. Quickbooks also does not have cash vs accrual basis accounting. You literally cannot make accrual journals in Quickbooks.
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    Xero FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Xero.

    Xero offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$12.00/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, 501-1,000

    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, Authorize.Net, AutoEntry, BarTab, Batchbook, BigCommerce, BlueFolder, BookingBug, Buildertrend, Capsule, Chargebee, Chargify, Chaser, Checkfront, Checkmybooks, Chrometa, Cin7 Omni, ClicData, Clio, CollabSpot, Constant Contact, Copper, Corecon, Current RMS, CustomerSure, Cyfe, DEAR, Datamolino, Debtor Daddy, Deputy, Dext Prepare, Dryrun, EZRentOut, Ecwid, Emburse Nexonia Expenses, Emburse Tallie, Entryless, Epos Now, Everhour, Expensify, Exsalerate CRM, FUTRLI, Fathom, Fergus, FieldAware, Financial Driver, Fishbowl, Float, Float Cash Flow, FreshBooks, Freshdesk, GeoNext, 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, 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, Really Simple Systems CRM, Rydoo, Sage 50cloud Accounting, Sage Business Cloud Accounting, SalesSeek, Sapaad, Satago, ServiceM8, Shoeboxed, Shopify, Simple Salon, Solve CRM, Spotlight Reporting, Square Point of Sale, Starshipit, Streamtime, Stripe, SugarCRM, Synchroteam, Synergy Practice Management, 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, ezyCollect, ezyVet, simPRO, vWorkApp, webexpenses

    Xero offers the following support options:

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

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