There are some really simple tips for getting the most out of Xero.

1. Xero Log in Shortcut

If you have a long email address it can be quite time-consuming to keep typing you address in each time you log on.

Bookmark the link below and never have to type your email address in again.

https://login.xero.com/?username=name@youremail.co.uk

When the login screen pops up on screen, bookmark the address in your Browser (Our example below uses Chrome, so if you use a different browser your bookmark may look a little different).

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2. Dual Screens

The more paperless you want to go, the more you can get done with dual screens. One screen to read the document and another to edit Xero, or one to be looking at the bank reconciliation and another to be looking in payables or receivables for matching documents.

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3. Split screens

Almost as good is a dual screens, split screens on a wide monitor can shave hours off your processing time!

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4. Multiple tabs

When we are reconciling or reviewing a set of accounts – we like to have the screen we are working from in the main tab and then open multiple tabs to drill down into the account we are looking at. Say you are reviewing a profit and loss account at month end, you might want to interrogate advertising, training and vehicle expenses. Rather than keep drilling down into the account and going back to the Profit and Loss account you can simply right-click on the hyperlink and open in a new tab.

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5. Incognito Windows

An incognito window is the ideal way of staying in your Xero account if you need to work on more than one business (should you have more than one). You can have one of your businesses open in one window, and then open up a new incongito window to remain in Xero whilst working on your other businesses. This is great if you need to transfer funds between businesses or reconcile intercompany accounts.

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6. Recurring invoices for sales

If you have customers with regular charges – set up recurring invoice templates. If the charge is a regular fixed fee – you can set the invoice up to repeat and issue automatically. No more manual intervention.

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After you have done this, you will be presented with the screen shown below

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If you choose to approve for sending every month you’ll be presented with screen displayed below

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This screen itself is fairly self-explanatory – but this is the screen where you enter the address of the recipient, the message you wish to send and then you can choose to send a pdf copy of the invoice, whether to set the status as sent (this is done automatically) and whether or not you want to send a copy of the invoice to yourself.

7. Collecting online purchase invoices with recurring invoices

Many of our recurring purchases – broadband, landline phone and mobile phone charges are paid by direct debit and you have to log onto an online account to retrieve the invoice. You need the actual invoice to prove that the spend is business related and to evidence the input VAT if you are VAT registered.

Set up a recurring purchase invoice for £1.00 that coincides with the date the invoice is usually raised. Have this setup to repeat as a draft so that the draft invoice is ready for you to add the actual costs once the invoice is downloaded.  Save time searching for the login details – include a link to your account login page – so save time with the login process. Login, collect your invoice, enter the invoice details and attach the PDF copy.

Delete the logon details line when you approve the invoice if you don’t want your logon details saved with your purchase invoice – you only need it on the recurring template when you have to retrieve the online document.

Super simple.

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