Alex Hartley


Out with the Old Software, In with Xero Cloud Accounting: A Guide for UK Businesses

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Xero: A Paperless Cloud Accounting Alternative

Introduction: The Paradigm Shift in Accounting Software

Welcome to JacRox, a brand division of Jack Ross Chartered Accountants in Manchester. We are dedicated to offering expert Xero services to a wide variety of clients, from sole traders to large corporations. If you are in need of state-of-the-art cloud accounting software, use the contact form on the right and one of our JacRox team will be in touch to discuss next steps.

Welcome to the era where traditional accounting software takes a back seat to more efficient and accessible online accounting solutions. If you are using “old” desktop software like Sage or QuickBooks, it is time to consider a switch. In this guide, we will delve into why Xero, a leading cloud accounting software, is the perfect accounting solution for your needs.

Why Choose Xero for Cloud Accounting?

Real Business Benefits of Cloud Accounting with Xero

  • Accessibility: Data and software accessible online anytime, allowing you to manage your business on the go.
  • MTD Compliance: Xero UK makes it easy to comply with Making Tax Digital (MTD) regulations.
  • Automate Bookkeeping: Say goodbye to manual data entry; Xero automates many bookkeeping tasks.

Transitioning to Xero: The Migration Process

Moving from traditional accounting software like Sage to Xero is straightforward. Our specialist team at JacRox can guide you through the migration process, ensuring that your historical data gets transferred seamlessly.

Cost-Efficiency: Monthly Subscription Model

Xero operates on a monthly subscription basis, making it a cost-effective solution for small businesses. You can even start with a free trial to get a feel for the software.

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Jack Ross is based in Manchester and provides tax planning and Xero accounts. They are a long-standing and well-regarded firm with an excellent reputation. They provide their clients with exceptional service and a wealth of advice. I have no hesitation in using their professional services.

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Jack Ross has been my accountants since I set up my business in 2016. From the outset I was helped with advice, support and encouragement. I cannot commend them highly enough. Always on hand to answer any question and responsive to any changes in the economy which might concern their clients. I don’t have to worry about the financial side of my business as all of that is taken care of and dealt with by Umar and the brilliant team. If you are looking for a top class accountancy firm which maintains the personal touch they are for you!

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I can confidently recommend Jack Ross Accountants. They are continually improving their service, greatly benefiting our company as well as me personally. The team at Jack Ross have helped suggest and set up innovative accounting software, adding training and support. This alone has been a massive step towards having more control and understanding of our company finances.

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We have been working with Jack Ross for over two years and the service has been fantastic. They have a great and knowledgable team who have taken good care of us and our accounts.

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Following a recommendation, I have used Jack Ross for all my accounting needs (including payroll) since the inception of my business over 12 years ago. The relationship has been completely hassle free and I greatly value their service, which goes well beyond preparation of accounts. Their tax planning advice has been really helpful and I have always felt that they have ‘got my back’. Can’t recommend them enough.

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Excellent service; very helpful people and work done much quicker than I expected.

Paul Clark 29/09/2017

I have used Jack Ross as my accountants for a number of years. Their service is professional and accurate. They deal with queries promptly and I can always get hold of the person I need to speak to. Their digital product has made a big difference to the efficiency of my business. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

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Fee Munshi 16/02/2017

Excellent advice and an understandable explanation of a very complex area of tax and corporate law which other (so called) advisors managed to totally confuse me. Thank you.

I have had a relationship with Jack Ross for several years and continue to be impressed by the proactive support and diligent advice received across the breadth of the firm. Excellent at signposting.

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Comparing Xero with Traditional Accounting Software

Sage vs. Xero

If you are using Sage, particularly Sage 50, you will find that Xero offers a much more user-friendly experience. The transition from Sage to Xero can be aided by a conversion service, making the turnaround time minimal.

QuickBooks vs. Xero

QuickBooks Online does offer cloud-based options, but when it comes to a comprehensive accounting solution, Xero takes the cake. The move from QuickBooks to Xero is also straightforward.

Xero’s Features: What Makes it Stand Out?

User-Friendly Interface

Using Xero is a breeze. Its intuitive design makes life easier for both the seasoned accountant and the business owner new to accounting.

Real-Time Financial Data

The cloud-based system ensures that your financial data is up-to-date, which can significantly improve your business’s profitability.

VAT Returns and Invoicing

Xero simplifies the preparation process for VAT returns and allows for easy invoice generation, saving you time in the long run.

Security: How Safe is Xero?

Your data is stored on secure servers and the service runs with minimal downtime, making Xero one of the most reliable online accounting software options.

Conclusion: Make the Move Today

Switching to cloud accounting software like Xero can revolutionise the way you run your business. With features designed to save you time and provide real-time insights into your financial health, Xero is the accounting software of choice for modern UK businesses. Get in touch with our team at JacRox to find out how we can help you make the switch seamlessly.

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The key benefits of using Xero include secure access to your data anywhere and anytime, comprehensive real-time dashboards, full visibility of all financial information in one place, time savings with automatic bank feeds and invoice reminders, powerful budgeting and forecasting tools, free self-service conversion from Sage or QuickBooks.

Xero is a powerful cloud accounting solution that offers users a range of benefits over traditional desktop solutions like Sage and QuickBooks. Our online software provides small business owners with seamless imports from most existing systems, real-time analytics and access their data anytime on any device.

Cloud accounting software provides small businesses owners with a range of advantages compared to traditional desktop software. These include anytime, anywhere access from any device; automated updates; lower upfront costs; better visibility into business performance; improved collaboration between business partners & advisors; improved security; automated backup service.

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