There’s nothing wrong with you!

confused Joey“Everyone keeps telling me Xero is awesome but every time I try to use it I just get confused and can’t figure out what I need to do. What’s wrong with me?”

There is NOTHING wrong with YOU!

The problem isn’t you. The problem is the fact that most accounting products – including Xero – were designed by accountants and if you don’t happen to know anything about accounting, then you are naturally going to be a little bit confused when you’re using something that is meant for your accountant.

FOR DUMMIESCan I just use a self-help book?

Sure – there’s one of those “for dummies” books which, if you’ll pardon the insult to your intelligence – once again, assuming there’s something wrong with YOU – is only going to cost you an additional $30 on top of what you’re paying to use Xero, in the first place.

Rod Dury asks nicely

Xero was having a usability problem

The creator of Xero actually asked the author to write it! I guess there were a lot of other people out there, like you, who couldn’t figure out how to use his product…

Why does all this cost so much?

Well… it depends what you need.

You might be able to get away with Xero’s basic entry-level product, BUT you are extremely limited by that product and you might not be able to get everything you need done with it. This is no small coincidence! Xero hasn’t yet made a profit since they began in 2006 – they get their money from shareholders and rounds of investor funding. They need to maximise the amount of money they can squeeze from their customers, so they can turn around those losses and start making those shareholders happy.

Make no mistake:

they want you to upgrade to the $50 a month version – and then pay extra for other things you need, maybe even a self-help book they helped to write!

Here’s a quick comparison with eLEDGER:

comparison chartNotice the lack of green arrows on that $25 a month plan? Even if you upgrade to the $50 a month version, you still need add-ons to access some features – features which come standard on the “Executive” plan with eLEDGER, at less than their limited, basic package – features which will cost you extra and complicate your accounts because they come from third party providers that charge you separately!

What if my needs are simple?

Good news – you can get away with the most basic package from Xero! You might want to take a moment to consider what you are paying, for that. If you don’t need all those fancy “Premium” features, do you really need to pay what you might call a “Premium” price?

If your needs are simple, there’s no reason your accounts need to be complicated.

If Xero is not really helping you to cut down the confusion and save time with this stuff, try a “Leanaccount with eLEDGER – it’s going to cost you less than half the price and you can try it FREE for 30 days to see if it works for you.

 

The best part is there’s no such thing as “eLEDGER for Dummies”!

 

Sterling Smith

Sterling has extensive experience in important sounding stuff and something about his opinions and blablabla are you seriously reading this right now?

 

 

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Is your BAS due and you haven’t even STARTED?

tax nightmareDealing with the Tax Office can be painful and, as with any kind of pain, your first instinct is to delay that pain as much as possible…

But you can’t delay it any further – that BAS is due today and you haven’t even started to work out all the details you need to fill in all those boxes!

It’s OK – you can get it sorted in a matter of minutes, by using just 3 simple steps:

STEP 1: THE BIG GREEN BUTTON

Big Green ButtonSign In to your eLEDGER account an click on the big green button to enter your SALES – remember this is for the previous quarter, so we’re entering in money that you’ve received in the last three months – not including this month.

incomings

Go back to your Home Screen and use the same button as many times as you need to, in order to get them entered. If there are a lot of them, you can import your transactions from PayPal or your internet banking and get them in that way instead.

STEP 2: THE BIG RED BUTTON

Big Red ButtonNow use the big red button in your Home Screen to enter your PURCHASES – again, this is for the previous quarter so we’re entering in expenses that you’ve paid in the last three months – not including this month.

outgoings

If you imported your transactions in STEP 1, this is really just the same process but the records will go against your PURCHASES instead of SALES.

STEP 3: THE BIG BLUE BUTTON

Big Blue ButtonNow use the big blue button in your Home Screen to see a GST SUMMARY – again, this is for the previous quarter so remember to change it to the last quarter and not this one, which it automatically defaults to.

GST Summary

 That’s it! You’re done – now that you have all the information you need, go ahead and lodge that BAS statement…

 

Sterling Smith

Sterling has extensive experience in important sounding stuff and something about his opinions and blablabla are you seriously reading this right now?