About Xero

Xero is a global small business platform with 3.95 million subscribers which includes core accounting, payroll, workforce management, expenses and projects. Xero also has an extensive ecosystem of connected apps and connections to banks and other financial institutions, helping small businesses access a range of solutions from within its open platform to help them run their business and manage their finances. Xero is a FIFA Women’s Football partner.

About Xero accounting software

Xero provides small business owners, accountants and bookkeepers with powerful online accounting software and access to up-to-date financial data. It’s designed to make life better for small businesses, their advisors and communities around the world. It connects businesses with their bank, their advisor, accounting tools, payment services and third-party apps, so everything is securely available at any time, on any device.
Benefits for small businesses
Xero’s beautiful, easy-to-use small business accounting software automates and streamlines many day-to-day tasks, including bank reconciliation, quoting, invoicing, making and collecting payments, tax, managing employees, expenses, projects and payroll. Businesses can view up-to-date numbers on the Xero dashboard, in reports, and in analytics. It’s easy for businesses to see how they’re tracking, stay in control of cash flow and make informed decisions.
Because Xero is cloud-based, businesses can work with their data easily from anywhere as well as collaborate with their accountant and bookkeeper. Many features are available on mobile, so people can run their business on the go.

Support and learning

Xero’s offers free 24/7 support, learning, and discussions at Xero Central, backed by a team of expert support staff. Customers are also invited to put forward and vote on product ideas.

Responsible data use commitments

Xero takes a defense-in-depth approach to protecting its systems and customer data. Data is protected by multiple layers of security, including encryption when it’s transferred and stored, and subject to strict privacy controls. Xero uses multi-factor authentication; software updates are free; and Xero does regular data backups.

Xero is certified as compliant with ISO/IEC 27001:2013, complies with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, and produces Service Organization Control (SOC 2) reports.

Xero App Store

Xero connects with more than 1000 third-party apps designed to solve everyday business challenges, get data flowing between Xero and other apps, and provide a more complete view of how a business is performing. The Xero App Store is the place to easily find, try and connect apps that are certified by Xero and reviewed by users.

Pricing plans and free trial

Xero offers a free trial of its accounting software for 30 days, and a range of pricing plans designed to suit different needs. Subscriptions to Xero are invoiced monthly.
Accountants and bookkeepers get free access to Xero online accounting software and to Xero HQ when they sign up (for free) as Xero partners.
Xero for accountants and bookkeepers
Accountants and bookkeepers gain access to smart practice management software with tools for streamlined workflows, efficient compliance, and a cloud-based single accounting ledger for every client. They can collaborate within Xero with their colleagues or with clients, automate manual tasks, and access client records at any time.
Xero’s integrated practice management software includes Xero HQ, Xero Practice Manager, Xero Workpapers and Xero Tax.

Xero the company

Xero is a global company with offices in seven countries and over 3.95 million subscribers. It’s a leader in online accounting across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, and has won multiple awards for its software and services. Xero is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

Pricing starting from:

$13.50/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.
  • Typical Customers

    • Freelancers
    • Small Businesses (2-50)
    • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
    • Large enterprises (500 and more)

    Deployment

    • Cloud-based
    • On-premises

    Markets

    Australia, Canada, Hong Kong SAR China, India, Indonesia and 8 others

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    $13.50/month

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of Xero: 172

    • "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
    • Cataloguing/Categorisation
    • 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
    • Cost Tracking
    • Credit Card Processing
    • Cross Ledger Posting
    • Currency Conversion
    • Customer Database
    • Customer History
    • Customer Statements
    • Customisable Branding
    • Customisable Invoices
    • Customizable Reports
    • Customizable Templates
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Visualization
    • Delivery Management
    • Direct Deposit
    • Discount Management
    • Document Management
    • Document Storage
    • Document Templates
    • Drag & Drop
    • Due Date Tracking
    • Dunning Management
    • Duplicate Payment Alert
    • Electronic Payments
    • Email Management
    • 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 Legal Professionals
    • For Real Estate
    • For Religious Organizations
    • For Schools
    • For Small Businesses
    • Forecasting
    • Fraud Detection
    • Fund Accounting
    • Fund Management
    • 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 Tracking
    • Overpayment Processing
    • Partial Payments
    • Payment Collection
    • Payment Processing
    • 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
    • Remote Access/Control
    • Reorder Management
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • 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
    • Supplier Management
    • Task Management
    • Tax Calculation
    • Tax Management
    • Template Management
    • Third-Party Integrations
    • Time & Expense Tracking
    • Time Tracking
    • Transaction History
    • Transaction Management
    • Trust Accounting
    • Vacation/Leave Tracking
    • Vendor Management
    • W-2 Preparation
    • Wage Garnishment
    • Warehouse Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5
    (2,888)
    Value for Money
    4.2/5
    Features
    4.3/5
    Ease of Use
    4.3/5
    Customer Support
    4.0/5

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    Adam
    Adam
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: 11–50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Absolutely love Xero

    Reviewed on 03/11/2019

    Xero has allowed us to get a real, detailed view on the financial situation within our company from...

    Xero has allowed us to get a real, detailed view on the financial situation within our company from one place. With a comprehensive setup, it can provide real value from day one.

    Pros

    Xero has transformed our financial management and provides us with all the real time data we could imagine, and where it lacks, integrations take over. While more "accountancy" friendly than some of the more simple products, once you work with your accountants to get this right, you won't regret it. The detail, features and holistic approach to managing company finances means that we are using this every day and with pleasure.

    Cons

    The interface is being updated, and it is needed as it is a little old fashioned in its design. That said, it is clean and clear and otherwise we love everything about Xero.

    Alternatives Considered

    Sage 100 and FreeAgent

    Reasons for Choosing Xero

    FreeAgent was a little too simple and too many things were "locked in". We have much more flexibility and a wider range of integrations with Xero.

    Switched From

    FreeAgent
    Faisal Shafi
    Faisal Shafi
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    • Industry: Financial Services
    • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Make Your Accounting Automated

    Reviewed on 02/09/2022

    Xero is cloud-based accounting software that connects banks, accountants, management, and advisors...

    Xero is cloud-based accounting software that connects banks, accountants, management, and advisors from anywhere with any device with active internet. It performs all accounting tasks from preparing ledgers, accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial statements to the management of payroll, taxation, bank reconciliation, and inventory. Online billing enables to send bill through email.

    Pros

    Xero manages the whole accounting of business straight forward. Particularly automating the process of bank reconciliation is amazing time saver, it connects to banks and credit cards. Moreover, it effectively and easily integrates with other cloud based software which enhances usability of Xero.

    Cons

    Process of bank reconciliation has been automated but the process got glitches causing bank feeds stopped and entity has to restore to importing bank statement manually which takes time and attempts more than once. Inventory management needs improvement. Customer support is not perfect comparatively. It is not user friendly for those who have little accounting knowledge.

    Steve
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    • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Great tool to help Create Financial Docs for Business

    Reviewed on 23/03/2024

    Overall I liked the idea of the tool. The fact it pulled data into a P&L and Balance Sheet helped...

    Overall I liked the idea of the tool. The fact it pulled data into a P&L and Balance Sheet helped give me the status of the business.

    Pros

    Linking it to my bank accounts and credit cards allowed it to pull in data to create some financials. This was very helpful early on in our start-up journey

    Cons

    It would pull data into our financials which after closer review was incorrect. This caused us to spend extra time modifying the financial reports.

    Alternatives Considered

    QuickBooks Online
    ian
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    • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

    Pretty good, but in the end, more complicated than needed for two person practice

    Reviewed on 21/01/2021

    largely positive, but when they got rid of payroll, given my business of 2 employee/owner s-corp in...

    largely positive, but when they got rid of payroll, given my business of 2 employee/owner s-corp in a medical practice, with no retail/inventory, it made things a ton easier to just do my accounting in Excel. It was really the payroll that made this a no brainer for me.

    Pros

    I loved the usability of this software. It was super easy to set up relatively sophisticated accounting with no accounting background. I thought the bank reconciliation was dynamite, and while they still had it, I loved the payroll. When I would eventually get triaged to tech support, the person was so patient, and so helpful it was really great, and they never seemed to mind spending a long time helping to fix some oddball problems that I'd made. Oh yes, loved it that they did the quarterly tax filings for me, but that also went away with the payroll

    Cons

    One thing about this accounting software - when you have a question their first response is to tell you to have your accountant look at it. I was using this software as a replacement for an accountant, in order to save money, so that advice didn't help much. When you do a google for help, you run into a problem: Xero seems to be doing accounting software for all the english speaking countries,e.g. new zealand, australia, UK, USA and canada. each of these countries has different business formations/corporations, different taxation rules, etc, as well as meaningfully different accounting vernacular. I would end up mnost of the time getting somewhere only to realize I'd pulled up the UK instructions to solve a problem.

    Alternatives Considered

    QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise

    Reasons for Switching to Xero

    good recommendation from another provider who had a similar size busness. Was SUPER easy to set up, and the account reconciliation was a godsend.
    Quentin
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 2–10 Employees
    • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

    Great Software for the Price

    Reviewed on 16/01/2024

    Pros

    Xero is generally a great software package at the price point. It does all of the functions it needs to for a small to medium business to operate

    Cons

    The functionality of the software is sometimes limited and can hamstring business or mean that workarounds have to be found. As an example alternate softwares allow the administrator to assign levels of authority to each user so that you can have multiple layers of users with varying degrees of access, which is something Xero does incredibly poorly, there is one level of authority to adjust which conveys next to no permissions to the user meaning the software cannot be used.

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    Xero FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Xero.

    Xero offers the following pricing plans:

    Early: $13.50/month Standard: $26/month Premium 5: $33.50/month

    Xero has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500

    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, AutoEntry, Batchbook, BigCommerce, BlueFolder, BookingBug, Buildertrend, Capsule, Chargebee, Chargify, Chaser, Checkfront, Checkmybooks, Chrometa, Cin7 Core, Cin7 Omni, ClicData, Clio, CollabSpot, Constant Contact, Copper, CreditorWatch Collect, Current RMS, CustomerSure, Cyfe, Datamolino, Deputy, Dext Prepare, Dryrun, EZRentOut, Ecwid, Emburse Tallie, Entryless, Epos Now, Everhour, Expensify, Exsalerate CRM, FUTRLI, Fathom, Fergus, FieldAware, Financial Driver, Fishbowl, Float, Float Cash Flow, FreshBooks, Freshdesk, GeoOp, 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, Nexonia Expenses, Nobly, OnePageCRM, OneSaas, Onsight, Operations Hub, Panalitix, PandaDoc, PayPal, Payment Evolution, Payoneer, Pepperi, Plooto, Podio, ProWorkflow, ProfitSee, Proposify, QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Time, QuickBooks eCommerce, Quoter, Quotient, Qvinci, Qwilr, RESULTS.com, Re-Leased, Rydoo, Sage 50cloud Accounting, Sage Accounting, Sage Construction Management, SalesSeek, Sapaad, Satago, ServiceM8, Shoeboxed, Shopify, Simple Salon, Simpro, Solve CRM, Spotler CRM, Spotlight Reporting, Square Point of Sale, Starshipit, Streamtime, Stripe, SugarCRM, Synchroteam, Synergy, Tabology EPOS, 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, authorize.net, ezyCollect, ezyVet, vWorkApp, webexpenses

    Xero offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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