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Xero For Dummies – a guide to cloud accounting

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Sue Pak

Jun 3, 2013
Xero’s Sue Pak is excited to get her hands on a copy of Xero for Dummies

We’re excited to announce that the first Xero For Dummies e-book is available in Australia and will be progressively rolled out to other regions. The print version of this guidebook on Xero’s cloud-based accounting software is available for pre-order and will arrive in Australian and New Zealand book stores from 1 July and in the UK and US soon afterwards.

Pre-order the book, or if you are in Australia, use the iTunes link to download an electronic copy.

Xero is easy to use, however we still get numerous requests from customers for a Xero ‘manual’. We know that everyone learns differently and while we offer video tutorials, webinars, comprehensive help, even training partners for personal assistance, some people prefer to reference a printed book.

With more than 250 million books in print and more than 1,800 titles, For Dummies is the most widely recognized and highly regarded reference series in the world. Their educational books are written with a fun, practical approach and I’m sure many of us have read one at some stage. We’re thrilled to to be involved with Xero For Dummies and know it will be a great way for people to learn about Xero and accounting software in the cloud.

You may be interested to learn the story behind the first Dummies book DOS For Dummies which was released in 1991. Wiley recount it as follows:

“New technologies were popping up all over the place. But computer manuals were dull and difficult to understand. A frustrated customer in a computer store, was looking for a simple, basic book about the DOS operating system. ‘Something like DOS for dummies,’ he suggested. We knew the man’s frustration was shared by many other computer users so we set out to do something about it. Thus, the For Dummies phenomenon began.”

I remember learning some basic DOS commands to install desktop accounting practice software, and it felt like I was learning another language. Xero is so much more intuitive and easy to learn!

The Author, Heather Smith, is a writer, speaker and advisor on all topics small business. She is a Xero Certified Advisor and Chartered Certified Accountant. Heather says Xero for Dummies covers all you need to know to sign up and use this cloud-based accounting software solution – from the basic set-up to implementing daily routines, end of period procedures and generating useful reporting information. Understanding what you can do with Xero – how you can use its many features – can enhance the productivity of your business and give you a clearer idea of exactly what is going on within it.

Xero For Dummies is a perfect gift for friends and family – even those who haven’t yet made the switch to online accounting. We’re sure that many people will love having this resource to help them up-skill and learn about Xero. Pre-order or purchase here.

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