Are you looking to start your e-commerce business? A solid accounting system can make or break a business, giving access to up to the minute figures on an international scale. The best accounting software for e-commerce 2021 remains Xero, and here’s why.
E-commerce has never been hotter; the combination of stay at home messaging and non-essential shop closures mean that the general public has become increasingly comfortable with the concept of shopping online and using smaller merchants for the first time. This increase in demand has driven accounting systems to up their game too as they fight for their slice of the e-commerce pie.
The big things
Xero ticks all the boxes for accounting in general, as do many of the most popular alternatives. It is MTD compatible for both VAT and the incoming Personal Tax requirement (2022/23). It feeds in transactions from bank accounts and online payment systems such as PayPal and Stripe. And it is very intuitive and easy to use. Now onto the interesting stuff…
Built for you
Xero’s online accounting system was built with e-commerce in mind. This single fact makes it the best accounting software for e-commerce 2021 or any other year. Xero is at the forefront of changes to e-commerce legislation and even assisted HMRC with MTD rollout. If something is coming down the pipeline that will affect your e-commerce business, Xero will have the tech in place before you even know you need it.
Xero knows that e-commerce has no borders, so it makes working with multiple currencies as easy as working with GBP. You can set default currencies for vendors and platforms and Xero will do the heavy lifting for you, automatically creating unrealised gains and losses with exchange fluctuations and realising them when transactions complete.
Works with your platforms
Whether through its inbuilt integrations or its app marketplace, Xero can save you a tangible amount of time but doing the hard work for you. Hook up integrations to your selling platforms, your payment systems, and simply scan receipts on your phone to have everything end up in the right place on autopilot.
Some of our favourite integrations:
BookKeep is a new alternative to A2X and we will be covering it in more detail soon.
Global access to your data
Xero is available on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows, so you can take it with you wherever you go. Additionally, the real-time updates mean your e-commerce accountant has access to your figures at their fingertips whenever they need it, which means no more meetings and phone call relays to get your accounts sorted!
Robust cash flow forecasting
With the complexities of international VAT and seller fees, staying on top of your cash flow is an essential part of tending to your e-commerce business. Xero always supported cash flow forecasting through integrations, but in 2020, they rolled out a user-friendly cash flow tool directly into the dashboard. Of course, if you want more detail, you are welcome to integrate with Float, a cash flow specific app.
The best bit
The best e-commerce accounting software doesn’t have to be the dearest. Xero subscriptions start at just £10 per month or are including in your monthly subscription when you sign up for our e-commerce accounting services.
Will you help me set up Xero?
Our team are happy to help you set up Xero, whether it is your first accounting system or you are looking to convert your existing accounts. We’ll also recommend the right integrations for your e-commerce business so you can hit the ground running.
If you are considering Xero as your e-commerce accounting system, please heed our advice. It is the best accounting software for e-commerce this year and every year. If you would like help converting to Xero or making the most of your existing subscription, please get in touch with our team.
The best time to act is now.