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$5.50/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.
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    Business size

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    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$5.50/month

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of Xero: 169

    • "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 Religious Organizations
    • 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
    • Payroll Management
    • Payroll Reporting
    • 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
    • Reorder Management
    • 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 Compliance
    • Tax Management
    • Template Management
    • Third Party Integrations
    • Time & Expense Tracking
    • Time Tracking
    • Transaction History
    • Vacation/Leave Tracking
    • Vendor Management
    • W-2 Preparation
    • Wage Garnishment
    • Warehouse Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5
    (2,153)
    Value for Money
    4.2/5
    Features
    4.2/5
    Ease of Use
    4.3/5
    Customer Support
    3.9/5

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    Amanda
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    • Industry: Hospitality
    • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    AP and AR Automation System

    Reviewed on 13/06/2022

    Recurring billing and expense reporting.

    Recurring billing and expense reporting.

    Pros

    Xero offers unlimited accounting tools at affordable rates unlike alternatives.
    I like that Xero matches POs, accounts and invoices to detect disparities when paying vendors.

    Cons

    I have never come across any issue and I regularly use Xero.

    Elena
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    • Industry: Entertainment
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Xero has helped us transform and streamline our processes

    Reviewed on 13/06/2022

    Xero has streamlined our operations, and simplified our record keeping, and notification of when...

    Xero has streamlined our operations, and simplified our record keeping, and notification of when bills are due for payment or invoices due for collection. The dashboard is fantastic for an overall picture. The reporting tools are excellent, and the ease of use is so logical and straightforward, that it's simple l to self-teach even for a beginner. On top of that when you have any questions the how-to guides are thorough in themselves, and support is excellent and very quick to come back to you with an in depth answer.

    Pros

    The ease of use is fantastic, and a beginner is able to self-teach quite easily with the fantastic guides and webinars that are available from Xero. The support is also exceptional and I have always had my queries answered in great detail and very quickly.

    Cons

    My main issue was that I would like to be able to create different delivery addresses on invoices that have one invoice address but different delivery locations, as it's important to specify. To workaround we write it in the body of the invoice, however with previous systems we have been able to enter multiple delivery addresses, for one invoice address and select the required one each time.

    Alternatives Considered

    Quickbooks Online

    Reasons for Switching to Xero

    We watched several comparison videos but it was the ease of use that sold us. I had used Sage and Zoho books in the past and knew that I didn't want to use either of them again, and I was so pleased that we chose Xero as has been fantastic for us.
    brennan
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

    spend time setting it up

    Reviewed on 26/06/2022

    Positive overall, there are no specific features for the construction industry, but standard...

    Positive overall, there are no specific features for the construction industry, but standard functionality is great for the smaller scale companies

    Pros

    very granular options for detailed reports

    Cons

    like with most accounting software you get out what you put in. If you spend time working out your chart of accounts and financial processes, Xero can be a very powerful tool for reporting and analyzing finances

    Cody
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    • Industry: Entertainment
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Easy to Implement and Manage Global Business, Low Customization Options

    Reviewed on 19/05/2022

    Kanopy has found Xero to serve its needs well, but ultimately we moved on and migrated to NetSuite...

    Kanopy has found Xero to serve its needs well, but ultimately we moved on and migrated to NetSuite years later. We still keep Xero though for 1 international subsidiary that we found to be advantageous not to migrate. The mature business with complex operations may not find all needs are met with Xero, especially if the desire is to integrate many other tools/software with the ERP in a bi-directional data flow.

    Pros

    Xero serves well as an "out of the box" accounting system, not unlike Quickbooks. It also has more functionality and use internationally, making it a superior choice to QB if your business operates on a global, multicurrency basis. There are some solid automations which can be implemented with Xero as well, and the canned reporting generally suffices for the majority of basic financial needs.

    Cons

    Xero lacks the open customization options that software like Netsuite or Dynamics offers. For a small business this will often be fine, but a scaling operation looking to automate many functions based on unique business needs may someday find they have outgrown Xero and need to undergo an (often painful) ERP migration.

    Alternatives Considered

    QuickBooks Online Advanced

    Reasons for Switching to Xero

    International features are superior, and ability to manage multiple subsidiaries based in different countries is more manageable in Xero.
    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 24/06/2022

    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
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    Xero FAQs

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    Xero offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$5.50/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, 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, ClicData, Clio, CollabSpot, Constant Contact, Copper, Corecon, Current RMS, CustomerSure, Cyfe, DEAR Systems, 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 Commerce, QuickBooks Time, 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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