Getting your Personal Finances in order with Xero

By |2021-10-24T09:53:15+00:00November 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Have you ever thought of using Xero to manage your personal finances? Well you are not alone. I have a few clients who have loved Xero so much that they have decided to us it to manage their personal finances as a personal finance app. If you have decided to do this, I have a few recommendations on how to optimize what you are getting from it. Talk to your accountant about a reduced price plan. Xero partners have access to accounts not available to the public which have reduced functionality but may fit your needs. The basic Xero account is [...]

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Going Paperless through Cloud Accounting 

By |2021-10-24T09:53:15+00:00November 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Go paperless in your small business. Set it up the right way using cloud accounting software you will come to love.   Step 1) Get off the desktop solution and sign up to a cloud accounting software like Xero and Quickbooks Key advantages: Access invoicing on the go and connect your bank accounts for an automated download of your transactions. You can also easily add a pay button to your invoices. This will get you paid faster and save you time while also getting better clarity on your business. Step 2) Stop using cheque’s - Look for other payment methods like credit [...]

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The new CIBC Smart Banking Platform and the new Xero bank feed connection (as well as other benefits)

By |2021-10-24T09:53:15+00:00October 28th, 2019|Uncategorized, Xero|

We in the Xero community have been waiting years for a direct bank feed. Many other countries around the world already had this and we were jealous. For the average business owner and user of Xero, there are a few key things they may like to be aware of. These include: multi-user options; domestic EFTs; and Xero direct bank feed. There are many other services offered in the platform but we have focused on these as the most beneficial. Multi-User Well the new platform offers some benefits (other than the bank feed), including multi-users which allows for permissions and better process. The [...]

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A Letter to My Kids – 3 Things I Hope to Teach My Kids About Debt and Finances

By |2021-10-24T09:53:15+00:00May 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

A letter to my children on what I see wrong in the world with finances and debt and how I hope to teach them to do better. Dear Kids, I realize now I was lucky. Grandma and Grandpa taught me a lot about finances without really realizing it. They taught me how to save and how to never spend more than you can afford. Grandpa hated any kind of debt (still does!). That rubbed off on me in a big way. Now I see and chat with a variety of people who weren’t as lucky and are learning finances the hard [...]

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Xero for the Amazon Seller – FBA Accounting in Canada

By |2021-10-24T09:53:16+00:00January 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Are you an Amazon seller looking to streamline your accounting for your Canadian corporation? There are a lot of great cloud accounting software to choose from. As a Canadian cloud accountant based in BC, I have seen Xero work great for a variety of online retail companies.  It is a great choice for the Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) Seller. Why Xero for Amazon Sellers? Xero integrates with A2X – A2X provides simple automated Amazon accounting by importing your Amazon transactions directly into Xero for easy reconciliation. Xero has multi-currency to satisfy your reporting requirements in Canada if you have both [...]

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What is ERP?

By |2021-10-24T09:53:16+00:00October 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

When explaining the benefits of cloud accounting, I often tell people that with cloud accounting you can build your own ERP system as you grow. So the obvious next questions is what is ERP? ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning and is the systems in place that facilitate the processes that make your business work as you grow and scale. When I implement an ERP system for a client, I start with the accounting software. Then I incorporate other systems and processes based on the needs of the business. For example, maybe you require a project management software for your business [...]

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How to Make Yourself More Productive (and Happy): A Review of Jeremie Kubicek’s Book called 5 Gears

By |2017-05-26T19:05:16+00:00June 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|

My husband is in an executive leadership training program and introduced me to the book 5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There is Never Enough Time. The author is Jeremie Kubicek and the book is essentially a work/life balance book. There are a lot of these types of work life balance and productivity books out there but I liked the way it expressed the ideas and think he (the author) offered some very easy ways to follow the mantra. Here is a summary of the gears he explains: 1) Recharge 2) Connecting Deeply 3) Social 4) On Task [...]

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The Best Strategy – Turning Passion into Profit

By |2021-10-24T09:53:18+00:00March 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Many small business owners get involved in the day to day operations of their business and fail to step back and consider their strategy. This can lead to additional stress, overwork and reduced profits. Strategy is the key to success in both “big” and “small” business. At some point you of course have to jump in and "do" but make sure you step back to ensure that you are "doing" the right things for you and your business. What is Strategy? Michael Porter, a Harvard business professor, and a reputed “Strategist”, often explains strategy as “how the organization is going to [...]

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What is a business coach?

By |2021-10-24T09:53:19+00:00March 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|

What is a business coach and why do I need one? When you start a business you hear a lot of recommendations to get a business coach. I have run into a lot of independent business coaches in my years as an Accountant. Many business owners do not really know what they do and thus I have decided to explain a little bit about business coaching (at least how I see and do it). As a business coach, I help business owners take their ideas and put them into practice. We define steps they can take and ways to measure those steps. I also [...]

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