Xero Accounting Software

Xero Accounting Software offers a free trial of its accounting package, and free trials always attract my attention, so here are the details.

Online accounting

See your cashflow in real-time. Just login anytime, anywhere.

Financial reporting

Up-to-date reporting with quick links to all the original transactions.


Do pay runs and track wage expenses or connect with your payroll system.

Pay bills

Manage your spending and make bill payments in bulk to creditors.

Xero Accounting Software for DummiesFree online support

Unlimited, around the clock email support and detailed online help center.
There is also the Xero for Dummies book in Australia, USA or UK. (more details at bottom of page)

Bank reconciliation

Automatically import and code your bank transactions.


Create and send invoices automatically and get paid online.

Expense claims

Handle personal expenses – just review and approve receipts.


Track stock movements and make invoicing easier with Inventory Items.


Reconcile foreign currency accounts. Gains and losses are calculated for you.

Free trial: www.xero.com/freetrial

Xero was founded in July 2006, is one of the top 20 companies on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

 Xero for Dummies (The Book)

Need to get the most out of the world’s simplest accounting software?

Easy. Xero has revolutionised the world of accounting software. Completely cloud-based, it lets small business owners monitor their finances in real time and promises to reduce the need for endless back-ups, data entry and software upgrades.  Full description

  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Published: 12 August 2013
  • Format: Paperback 400 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9781118572559
  • ISBN 10: 1118572556

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 Table of Contents

Foreword xv
Introduction 1
Part I: Getting Started with Xero 7

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Xero 9
Chapter 2: Getting Organised: Setting Up Xero from Scratch 21
Chapter 3: Converting to Xero from Another System 51
Chapter 4: Finetuning Your Set-Up 75

Part II: Daily Activities 93

Chapter 5: Managing Your Contacts 95
Chapter 6: Managing Your Sales 107
Chapter 7: Managing Your Payables 139
Chapter 8: Reconciling Your Bank Accounts 163

Part III: Making the Routine, Routine 189

Chapter 9: Generating Reports 191
Chapter 10: Mastering Your Weekly and Monthly Tasks 205
Chapter 11: End of Financial Year Reporting 227

Part IV: Getting the Most Out of Xero 241

Chapter 12: Monitoring Your Business 243
Chapter 13: Managing Your Inventory Items 267
Chapter 14: Working with Fixed Assets 277
Chapter 15: Working with Multi-Currency Transactions 289
Chapter 16: Xero Online Network 301

Part V: The Part of Tens 311

Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Long-Term Success with Xero 313
Chapter 18: Ten Common Mistakes Made in Xero and How to Avoid Them 317


A: Converting from MYOB to Xero 323
B: Converting from Sage to Xero 351
C: Converting from QuickBooks to Xero 361

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