Xero connects at US Sleeter Conference
The 9th Annual US Sleeter Accounting Solutions Conference is over for 2012 but what an event for Xero! This was the second year mingling with the huge range of accounting professionals, consultants, developers, and software application providers that gather to learn about the latest tech innovations in the accounting world.
Over half the attendees were Certified Professional Accountants (CPAs), and attendee firms employ over 5,000 tax and accounting professionals who provide services to over 500,000 businesses.
Adding to the fun, the event was hosted in Anaheim, California just minutes from DisneyLand, so Rod and James from Xero had a chance to meet the locals in the flesh – so to speak.
Sleeter is three days of accounting heaven. The first day opened with a bang as Xero picked up the coveted “Awesome Application Award” and closed with a verbal shootout involving Rod on the main stage pitted against Sage and Intuit. Rod outlined a 5-year vision of the accounting industry and the journey that accountants will go for the next few years as the cloud allows them to work alongside their small business customers.
Yapstone Announce 120 new jobs in Ireland
I was delighted to hear the news that Yapstone International have decided to open offices in Ireland. It’s great to see growth and foreign investment coming into our country during this economic climate.
Yapstone is an Ecommerce success story, with their ePayment system already popular in the US, espically for rental payment. Their choice to open offices here highlights the payoff of Irish corporate tax breaks in drawing location-independant business into Ireland.
The business, and the product itself, emphasize the evolution of our everyday finances. In future all our transactions, reconciliations and accounts will all be managed online. Many people already manage their finances completely online and it will no doubt become more common in future.
For more information on Yapstone and ePayment at http://www.yapstone.com/
Information on online accounting and reconciliation at www.xero.com
PaddyUnderstanding Xero in under Two Minutes
Meet Arthur Wei Treehouse Architect
This concise video is for anyone interested in using Xero or just curious to know what it does. Over 200,000 people now use Xero to carry out all of their financial transactions and accounting reconciliations over the internet -whether by PC, iPhone, Android or iPad. If you’ve got two minutes to spare it is well worth a watch.
More information at www.xero.com
Paddy.The Five Questions you Should Always ask Your Accountant.
The Five Questions you Should Always ask Your Accountant.
Typically, small to medium business owners seek out accountants in a consulting capacity, with business efficiency and financial optimization as crucial as advice with legal obligations. The advice you get, therefore, can only be as good as your chosen accountant’s merit. Outlined below are the critical questions that can help you to select the right vendor.
At the initial consultation, be sure to enquire about the following -
1 Background Information – The size, establishment, years experience, qualifications, regulators and high profile clients of the firm.
2 Account Manager - Enquire if your account will be managed by one or more accountants. What are their qualifications? Are they up to date with tax and legal changes that directly affect your business? What will your most common form of correspondence be? What is their typical turn-around time?
3 Fees - Ask for a break down of the fees. The cost of software/packages and accountant’s time should be listed here. Check what is included and, importantly, what is excluded and possible fees incurred.
4 The Accountant’s Procedures - Ask about the specific accounting package they use and how the accountant requires you to keep your records. Enquire into legal deadlines and whether formats are kept constant or require changes before being sent through the appropriate channels.
5 Bespoke Service - Ask how they would tailor their service to your business. What finance model do they recommend based on your size? How would they alocate your pay, profits, dividends, tax credits and expenses based on your unique needs.
Lastly, a note on how you facilitate the consulatation. Spoken communication may be more time-intensive than electronic alternatives but it really is your trump card in the selection process. You will get a greater insight into your potential accountant’s investment in your time/business, their confidence in their own ability and their level of expertise in your area. Additionally, it also allows you to foster a more personal working relationship.
I hope this tips are useful to you in your endeavours,
Are Small Businesses Waking Up To The Cloud
Xero Accounting professionals are telling us that there is a new kind of client emerging. This client wants their accountant to move at the pace their business is moving. Fast. They want a technology savvy accountant that will do things online and make their business paperless. These clients understand the value in moving to the cloud and are looking for a strong, dedicated partner to lead them through the transition.Receipt Bank Wins Top Award
Two weeks ago Receipt Bank were honoured to be awarded ‘Add-on Partner of the Year’ at Xerocon 2012 in London! This was only eight months after being nominated for the ‘Emerging Add-on Partner of the Year’ at Xerocon in Auckland.
Xerocon is a conference hosted by Xero and attended by accountants and bookkeepers. In the evening, at the gala dinner, there are a number of awards given to forward thinking practices and other valued partners.
We are absolutely delighted to see Receipt Bank have won their first ever award. On top of that, the audience recognition was fantastic.
Are you Interested in learning how to achieve Top Rankings in Google.ie ?
Having your website rank highly in Google is perhaps the most effective form of marketing there is. A high rank ensures that potential new clients click on your website and not your competitors! Gahan Xero Chartered Accountants are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with DPFOC, a reputable online marketing agency, to provide a FREE webinar on search engine optimisation (SEO).
This webinar will take place on the 9th October at 2pm.
To register for the webinar, please click here:
The webinar will be given by Eddie O’ Driscoll, Managing Director of DPFOC, who is an expert in the field of online marketing.
This is a must for business owners and those in charge of marketing businesses and best of all, the webinar is totally FREE!
- Keyword research: How to identify the key-phrases that relate to your business that people are searching for the most on Google.
- How to group key-phrases into themed clusters with associated targeted landing pages.
- On-page Search Engine Optimisation: How to set up the pages on your website to get the most relevant pages on your site ranking for their targeted key-phrases.
- Off-page SEO: Link Building.
- What is a link and why are they important.
- How to assess the value of a link.
- How to build relevant, high value links to your website.
- Google Maps
- How to analyse visitors to your website: Google Analytics
Register Now – Places Limited so act fast!
Paddy GahanLunch Xerocon London Live
Lunch time! Sandwiches and cakes in the beautiful ICAEW Main Reception.
More great presentations coming later.Xerocon Live London
Stephen Paul from Valued Accountancy Services has come up onto stage to answer some questions about his 18-month old firm, starting from scratch using Xero, how it was adopted and accepted by his clients. Stephen is talking about the time savings they’ve discovered using Xero, a phenomenal reduction running a management report for example. They’re now offering Xero complimentary to their clients – and his staff have stopped doing timesheets thanks to fee-based pricing.Xerocon London Live
We’ll be live blogging throughout the day with speakers from Xero and special guests and you can follow along here so bookmark this page or the already very busy xerocon Twitter stream.« Previous 1 … 3 4 5 6 7 … 13 Next »