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Jun 20

Tired of slogging through monthly accounting and dealing with constant software updates and backups, but nervous to make the leap to cloud-based accounting solutions? Accounting Anywhere can help!

We understand that business owners work hard and want to make sure they don’t end up losing precious work and personal time adjusting to a new accounting system. You can count on our team to expertly navigate this journey for you with skill and precision.

As a Global Trainer for XERO and the founder of Accounting Anywhere, Carol-Ann Brouwer has helped many Canadian businesses leave desktop accounting software behind and embrace the myriad benefits of XERO, the beautiful accounting software in the Cloud. 

Leveraging her years of experience in accounting, banking, and taxation, Carol-Ann is passionate about offering businesses convenient options to convert to cloud accounting. You can hire Accounting Anywhere to train your team, work with your accountant, or handle your bookkeeping for you. We offer a free initial accounting consultation to recommend a customized solution for each client. (Click here to schedule your free cloud accounting consultation with Accounting Anywhere.)

And now, after years helping business professionals make the switch to Xero - the beautiful accounting software, we’re pleased to offer our new roster of Accounting Anywhere Online Live Webinar Cloud Accounting Courses so you can start the transition to cloud accounting. 

Our online webinars are designed to walk business owners like you through everything they need to know about Cloud Accounting and transitioning from existing accounting software

So if you’re looking for an introduction to cloud accounting and are ready to get started -- or even if you have been using Xero for a while but want to take your mastery of cloud accounting to the next level -- we can help! And don’t fret if you’re still stuck on desktop software such as Sage 50 or Quickbooks, we have great informative sessions for you to choose from.

Don't forget our free monthly cloud accounting webinars, great for business professionals of all levels of experience. This month we’ll be reviewing Wagepoint’s Cloud-Based Payroll System, “the all-in-one payroll solution” that’s already the choice of countless business owners like you.

Not entirely sure if you’re ready to make the leap from the familiar into Cloud-based accounting? 

Take Accounting Anywhere’s Intro to Cloud Accounting.  This comprehensive overview examines the benefits of using cloud accounting for your business (and it’s true - no more downloads, installs, updates or conflicts generated by different versions!), time saving features, accessibility, setting up different users, the choices available for cloud accounting, and next steps. 

Ready to take the plunge and switch to Xero?

In Xero 101 - Taking Your First Steps, Accounting Anywhere introduces you to the basics of using Xero. In addition to overviewing the benefits of Xero, topics include using the Xero Dashboard, organization settings, chart of accounts, invoice settings, bank accounts, bank reconciliation, invoicing and billing, setting up contacts, and generating common reports. This webinar will boost your confidence and skills when you first start using Xero.

Is knowing the basics enough? We don’t think so!

Once you’ve got our Xero 101 course under your belt, sign up for Xero 201. Accounting Anywhere has designed Xero 201: Daily Transactions to help businesses ensure they’re handling all those daily business transactions optimally. In this webinar we cover managing users, importing bank statements, setting up payment services, managing inventory, and running month-end and year-end reports. We also discuss more complex information regarding bank reconciliations, bank rules, and managing contacts. 

Keen to keep learning? Xero Advanced is coming soon!

One of the highlights of working with Xero cloud-based accounting is that there are so many opportunities for businesses to use additional apps and services to streamline their accounting processes. 

Every month, Carol-Ann will be offering a Free Webinar on one of her featured apps or services. Register now for her Free June 2016 Webinar and learn how you can automate your payroll for employees and independent contractors easily with WagePoint Cloud Payroll (and keep CRA happy by staying compliant with payroll regulations!).

Learning how to switch from desktop accounting to Xero cloud-based accounting solutions has never been easier or most cost-effective. Contact Accounting Anywhere for a free, no-obligation consultation and get your business moving forward today.

Jan 28

A Medical Miracle: How cloud accounting works for Canadian medical professionals

Posted by Carol-Ann Brouwer at Thursday, January 28, 2016

Happy Doctor!
Image courtesy TheGuardian.com

We have something to prescribe for Canadian medical professionals who want to avoid a headache during tax season and enjoy simple accounting efficiency all year long: cloud-based accounting solutions.

You might feel comfortable with your current system and the thought of change makes you want to run for the hills. We get that. But Accounting Anywhere can help you make the switch to Xero - the beautiful accounting software and the benefits to cloud accounting are worth a few minutes of consideration.  

Most medical professionals go into the healthcare field because they want to make a difference for their patients, but along with the practice comes the need to manage the financial day-to-day and that annual year-end tax return. We understand that doctors have different accounting needs than other business owners. 

Here’s how using cloud-based accounting solutions will help your medical practice and let you stay focused on your patients:


Accurate details, easily recorded and kept up-to-date 

Xero tracks expenses, income, billing, and even payroll - so you can keep an eye on your cash flow and be ready to file an accurate tax return (imagine: no penalties or interest charges for mishandled tax information - and when we help medical professionals make the switch to cloud accounting it’s truly painless)

Secure, timely, affordable, and flexible

What you need to know about Xero cloud accounting versus desktop software will make you smile because cloud-based accounting offers security, real-time bank feed information, competitive pricing (even for more than two users!) and a range of intuitive and practical reporting features

Highly functional

Accounting Anywhere’s Xero training, conversion, and set-up services include setting you up with cloud apps (like real-time online appointment booking) that improve the efficiency of your practice

Updates and Upgrades

The "beautiful accounting software" is always evolving - with new Xero updates and upgrades that make cloud accounting better and more functional for medical professionals and other small business owners

Easy and efficient

...or what we like to consider the antidote to crazy time-wasting (the reason why cloud-based accounting is growing in popularity across Canada) because with Xero there is nothing to install, upgrades are free, backups are automatic, and multiple users can have real-time access to accounts from any device

For the health of your business and for your own work-life balance, transition your medical practice to cloud accounting and reap the benefits. As they say, the pain of taxes and financial record keeping is inevitable, but the suffering is optional. 

Give yourself more time amid the constant appointments, phone calls, and personal or professional demands, and contact Accounting Anywhere for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Dec 02

Cloud Accounting: Prescription for Canadian doctors

Posted by Carol-Ann Brouwer at Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Doctors take note! The cloud-based accounting solutions that have made lives easier for more than half of all Canadian small and midsized businesses (SMBs) work well for medical practices, too. 

We understand that doctors have different accounting needs than other small business owners and that patient confidentiality makes security worries an important concern. 

As a business helping SMBs, Accounting Anywhere can help you make the switch to Xero - the beautiful accounting software without taking your focus away from your patients. 

Carol-Ann Brouwer, founder and CEO of Accounting Anywhere, has extensive experience in accounting and taxation using cloud-based accounting solutions. She has helped other Canadian medical professionals make the switch to cloud accounting, all designed to suit the unique needs of a medical office.

Reluctant to leave your familiar desktop accounting software? Here’s what you need to know about Xero cloud accounting versus desktop software. And that’s not all:

Consider also that Accounting Anywhere offers medical clients some very innovative products and apps to make their lives much easier. Contact Accounting Anywhere for a free consultation appointment to find out how it’s possible for you and your Medical Office Assistants (MOAs) to easily pull the information needed for expense reports and spreadsheets from invoices or receipts so that you can spend your valuable time focusing on your patients! 

Seems like magic, but it’s not. It’s good business sense. 

Accounting Anywhere can also offer solutions that will help to amalgamate all of your financial records into one handy, highly functional form that can be instantly shared and manipulated as required for audits or statements. Oh, and with the same security that you’d expect from a major banking institution. 

So don’t waste anymore time on desktop software. Have your information accessible anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

If the thought that you won’t have to madly collect statements and receipts in a panic at the end of each month isn’t enough to make you investigate Accounting Anywhere’s Xero training, conversion, and set-up services, we have even more good news to share: We can help Canadian doctors and medical professionals with so much more than just cloud accounting. We can set you up with cloud products that allow your clients or patients to book appointments online in real time, freeing up your staff to take care of other business for you.

Ready to try our prescription for less stress and increased productivity? 

Contact Accounting Anywhere now for a no obligation consultation and move your medical practice to cloud accounting painlessly.

Oct 22

Cloud Accounting Coast to Coast: A Canadian industry snapshot

Posted by Carol-Ann Brouwer at Thursday, October 22, 2015

In just a few short years roughly half of Canadian small and midsized businesses (SMBs) have started using some cloud-based services, including cloud-based accounting solutions. 

Accounting Anywhere - Cloud Accounting Canada

As a business helping SMBs make the switch to Xero - the beautiful accounting software, Accounting Anywhere can’t stop sharing the good news about the benefits of converting to cloud-based accounting in Canada.

When SMBs convert from another accounting and payroll system to Xero, there is nothing to install, upgrades are free, multiple users can access an account in real time, Xero connects to many popular business apps available on the market, and Xero performs automatic backups and you can use it from any device.

Telecommunications firm Primus recently surveyed 300 decision makers about Embracing the Cloud. What they uncovered is that while roughly half of SMBs have started using cloud-based business solutions, only 27% use cloud-based finance & accounting and 26% use cloud-based human resources & payroll solutions. That’s interesting feedback for the Canadian cloud accounting industry!

Among those who 86% of those surveyed who use cloud-based services reported improved business processes and 94% see at least one benefit. (For accounting and finance the benefits are countless - and Xero keeps introducing new updates and upgrades to make it better and better!)

So what about the nearly 75 percent of Canadian SMBs who have not yet embraced Xero cloud-based accounting solutions? Why are they hesitating to use bookkeeping and payroll services for Canadian businesses in the cloud? 

According to IT World Canada, security worries are a common concern and not many SMBs fully understand the potential offered by cloud-based services.

If you are wondering about the Canadian cloud accounting industry and what making the switch could do for your small business, Accounting Anywhere is ready to tell you what you need to know about Xero cloud accounting versus desktop software. Long story short: It’s secure, affordable (especially for multiple users!), and offers many accounting solutions with ease.

After a career with many years training businesses to use desktop software in Canada, Carol-Ann Brouwer, Global Trainer for XERO and CEO of Accounting Anywhere realized that cloud accounting is a game changer for small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada. She can quickly bring you up to speed on the world’s most popular cloud-based accounting software!
Contact Accounting Anywhere now for a no obligation consultation and learn how you can master Xero with Accounting Anywhere’s Xero training, conversion, or set-up services.

And if you would like resource materials for independent learning, Accounting Anywhere’s practical and comprehensive XERO training guides will help you move your business forward in the cloud.

Tip: Medical Professionals and Doctors have unique accounting and bookkeeping needs. Accounting Anywhere + Xero can help. Learn more about cloud accounting for doctors here. 


Oct 21

Accounting Anywhere and Kelowna Chamber of Commerce

Posted by Carol-Ann Brouwer at Wednesday, October 21, 2015

On November 5, 2015, Accounting Anywhere's founder and Global Trainer for Xero Carol-Ann Brouwer will be in Kelowna, British Columbia for a fun and informative morning with business owners and professionals at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce

Accounting Anywhere and Kelowna Chamber of Commerce

The focus? Cloud Accounting in Canada! 

Here's an excerpt from the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce recent blog post about "taking your business to the cloud". 

"A common question posed by business owners like you to accounting professionals here in Canada: What’s the best way for a small business owner to generate business income / expense statements and file tax returns efficiently? The answer? It depends: Some people are comfortable working in Excel spreadsheets and use these to start, while others endeavor to learn some sort of desktop accounting software. As your business grows or your financial reporting requirements change, you might find yourself exploring other, more advanced, options or perhaps hiring an accountant to help manage your books. If you decide to make a switch in accounting software, it can be overwhelming..." 

In Kelowna and interested in participating? Sign-up quick; space is limited! 
Want to know about Accounting Anywhere and Carol-Ann? Click here. 

Oct 08

The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and Accounting Anywhere: Cloud Accounting in Canada

Posted by Carol-Ann Brouwer at Thursday, October 08, 2015

Accounting Anywhere is looking forward to joining the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce at the World Trade Centre Edmonton on November 3, 2015 at 8:30am for a presentation on Cloud Accounting in Canada. Here, from the Edmonton Chamber Blog, is more information and an excerpt of the post they graciously allowed us to contribute:

"If you are running a small business in Canada, in order to create income statements and file the appropriate tax returns, you need to organize business income and expenses.

How Canadian business owners choose to manage this varies. Some look to accounting software but it’s not uncommon for some to start with something as basic as an excel spreadsheet, moving perhaps to a desktop accounting software as they grow.

Making a switch in accounting software can be daunting. In Canada, the most popular small business desktop accounting software programs are Sage 50 (formerly Simply Accounting) or QuickBooks.

The challenges with desktop software don’t end with downloading or installing it: Learning to use the program includes creating invoices, entering expenses, and running reports. If you need to use the program to manage inventory, you may struggle with functionality. Users need to figure out how to do things like execute program updates and backups, and how many small business owners worry they are using a different software version than their accountant at year end? Adding more than two users will cost more; desktop software costs anywhere from $500 or more, and is dependent upon payroll functionality as well.

After going through all of this, you will still face challenges: waiting for the month-end bank statement and hoping everything you entered reconciles, and keeping track of each and every receipt in case of an audit!

This process in today’s world seems out-dated.

Could there be a better, easier, faster way to be on top of your business on a daily basis? There is! Move your business forward with XERO and find freedom “in the cloud.”

Imagine: No more downloads, installs, updates, or backups. No need for a server or an IT Department. Not only that, but the ability to login from any device anywhere in the world and see at a glance what is happening in your business, to empower you to make better informed decisions.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not.

As CEO of Accounting Anywhere, I realized that the choices for cloud accounting in Canada were going to shake up the market in the accounting industry. After having spent many years training businesses to use desktop software in Canada, I had many questions about cloud accounting as an alternative. After answering my concerns around security, users, and accessibility I have to say that cloud accounting is a game changer for small and medium-sized businesses in Canada.

Curious to know more about moving from another accounting system to the Cloud?

Join us on Tuesday November 3, 2015 at the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Education Event on Cloud Accounting, featuring Carol-Ann Brouwer, Accounting Anywhere. Carol-Ann will demo the highlights and answer your questions about making the switch. Register early as seating is limited."

There will be other opportunities to hear Accounting Anywhere's Carol-Ann Brouwer speak this year in Canada. Click here to learn more


Sep 02

Upcoming Events: Accounting Anywhere on the move!

Posted by Carol-Ann Brouwer at Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Not sure what to think about Cloud Accounting in Canada? Secretly unclear what the cloud even is or means? Carol-Ann Brouwer, a Global Trainer for XERO and the founder and CEO of Accounting Anywhere is speaking this fall at a number of events across the country. 

Accounting Anywhere

If you’ve ever wondered if the cloud is right for your business, bring your questions to Carol-Ann’s talk and get ready to see Xero - the beautiful accounting software - in use at her free demo.

Who should come to hear about Cloud Accounting in Canada?

If you are tired of desktop software’s downloads, installs, backups, different versions (why is it that accountants never have the same one as business owners?!), and limited users then this event is for you.

Ready to convert to the cloud and not sure where to start? With Accounting Anywhere’s assistance you can have an easy transition to cloud accounting. This event is your opportunity to learn more about Accounting Anywhere’s Xero training, conversion, or set-up services.

Already using Xero cloud accounting but need training? Come and find out more about our training services at your place of business or online and Accounting Anywhere’s practical and comprehensive XERO training guides.

Here are the places Carol-Ann will be speaking about Cloud Accounting in Canada. (Be sure to check back from time to time as the calendar of speaking engagements is updated.)

ONTARIO

ALBERTA

Edmonton Chamber of Commerce - November 3, 2015, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at #600-9990 Jasper Avenue (World Trade Centre Edmonton). Register early as seating is limited.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce - November 5, 2015, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Location TBC. Cost is $20 for members and $35 for non-members. Register early to reserve your spot. 

Would you like to hire Carol-Ann to talk about Cloud Accounting in Canada? 
Contact Accounting Anywhere to make arrangements

Aug 25

Xero vs. Desktop Accounting: What you need to know

Posted by Carol-Ann Brouwer at Tuesday, August 25, 2015

When clients or accounting firms want to switch from desktop to cloud accounting Xero, the most common questions I’m asked are about security (short answer: it’s secure), cost (very affordable - especially for more than two users), and does it work to do any number of accounting tasks (yes - and then some). 

We love this Cloud Accounting graphic from Tailored Accounts in Australia.

After I discuss all the reasons to move from another accounting system to Xero, I also explain about the many opportunities for time and cost savings -- things like no more wasting time waiting for downloads, installs, and backups. Oh, and bid farewell to all the time-consuming issues that arise when you are on different version of software than your accountant (a big time waster for way too many small business owners).

And how about saving on computer hardware? Because when you use Xero, the beautiful accounting software, there’s no need for a server. Or tech support to keep a server functional! The good news for business owners doesn’t stop there. There are many benefits using Xero offers business owners, all with even greater transparency than desktop. Consider these features:

  • Real-time bank feeds top the list -- for Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, and PayPal.
  • Ease of use. No, really. With Xero the business owner can login at any time and see what is happening in the business, things like cash flow, o/s receivables and payables, and can even create an invoice for a customer from any device.
  • Security. There is detailed accountability, which lets business owners see which user was in the system including date, time, and if the Advisor role is held, a list of transactions handled by each user.
  • A complete audit trail that is never turned off. This can be a report prepared and renamed, published and exported if the user so chooses.
  • Instead of being designed for the accountant like traditional desktop accounting software, Xero is designed for the business owner. This is what makes Xero so intuitive for business owners to use.

Excited by what you’ve heard so far?
There’s still additional functionality that Xero offers: 

  • You can choose to send invoices out automatically by email. 
  • Create one invoice for an entire group of customers (that’s right - one!).
  • Have a contact who also uses Xero? Great! Send each other invoices without re-entering all the information and simply approve from the draft tab (more time savings!).
  • Collect complete history and notes on each and every invoice.
  • Skype with a click to call a contact.
  • Simple setup for foreign currency with the premium pricing plan - just select your currency and that’s it!
  • Foreign currency rates are automatically updated hourly via .XE.com so rates are not only correct, but also allow for edits and even calculates the gain or loss for you at the time of the transaction. This means the books are always accurate when using Foreign Currency. No more time wasted calculating adjustments, at month end, or year-end, or whenever. Simple, easy and accurate.
  • Need to correct previous entries? No worries. Xero makes it so simple that you really won’t believe it. The Find and Recode feature is incredible. 

These are just a few of the highlights, but enough to demonstrate that Xero is indeed a great choice for those looking to make the switch to cloud accounting.

If you would like to learn more or if you’re ready to move to Xero, contact Accounting Anywhere. Our founder and CEO, Carol-Ann Brouwer, is a Global Trainer for XERO. She leads Accounting Anywhere’s Xero training, conversion, or set-up services and is available for hire as a cloud accounting mentor or speaker.

Jul 23

XEROCON 2015 in Denver: Everything you want and need to know!

Posted by Carol-Ann Brouwer at Thursday, July 23, 2015

You may have heard of Comic-Con, the huge comic book convention that draws thousands of fans, or any of the other massive fan conventions for everything ranging from science fiction to manga or anime. But did you know there’s one for accountants?

Xerocon 2015 with Accounting Anywhere

With a slightly more targeted fanbase, XERO draws its own huge audience to XEROCON -- “the world's most beautiful and innovative  accounting conference for leaders in cloud accounting”.

This year’s XEROCON saw more than 650 cloud accounting professionals meet in beautiful Denver, Colorado for two intensive days of learning, networking, and fun at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The beautiful surroundings and exceptional venue were overshadowed only by the incredible workshops, announcements, and previews. 

And while convention participants didn’t dress in space-age attire like Star Trek fans do for Comic-Con, the enthusiasm at XEROCON for the latest news about Xero cloud-based accounting solutions easily equaled that of any Dr. Who or Marvel Comic fans. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Xero is the world’s most popular cloud-based accounting software and the momentum continues! There are now over 500,000 subscribers around the globe using its platform. If you haven’t already, now is the right time to make the switch to Xero.

  • Work with an iOS platform? Xero is working with Apple on fantastic new solutions for small businesses who use Xero on iPhone® and iPad®.

  • More Apple news included Xero for Apple Watch and push notifications for bank feeds to iPad, iPhone, or Apple Watch. That’s not all! There’s a handy new iOS app called Xero Me, which is designed to help employees access details about their pay slips or request time off.

  • If your small business is retail-focused, stay tuned. Xero is partnering with Vend and Deputy to enhance mobility via iOS devices.

  • Xero announced several new product capabilities, including a new dashboard for business performance that is automated and easily customized, Google Gmail integration for accounting, new payroll product features, billable expenses (useful for small businesses to handle managing and billing for expenses incurred), streamlined management and year-end reporting via a great new powerful practice reporting engine.

Curious to learn how these new Xero features can work for your small business? Contact Accounting Anywhere for a no obligation consultation or to find out more about Accounting Anywhere’s Xero training, conversion, or set-up services

And if you understand the need to transition to cloud accounting to streamline and simplify your business bookkeeping, but simply don’t have the time, Accounting Anywhere can help. 

As a full-service cloud accounting agency, Carol-Ann and her team also offer bookkeeping and payroll services for Canadian businesses so that you can worry less about the numbers and focus more on finding success in everyday! 




Jun 01

Xero Updates and Upgrades Make “The Beautiful Accounting Software" Even Better!

Posted by Carol-Ann Brouwer at Monday, June 01, 2015

Accounting Anywhere Xero Conversion Services

Have you made the switch to Xero - the beautiful accounting software? The world’s most popular cloud-based accounting software just gets better and better, with several frequent cool new features already released in 2015.

If you are starting a business or want to convert from another accounting and payroll system to Xero, there are so many benefits. There is nothing to install, upgrades are free, multiple users can access an account in real time, and Xero connects to many popular business apps available on the market. Plus Xero performs automatic backups and you can use it from any device.

With a continual focus on quality and functionality, Xero is constantly offering new and dynamic upgrades to make the cloud-based accounting software even more useful. Here are some of the latest updates we’ve seen in the last few months:

  • Notifications: Xero made it easier to keep track of what’s new and ensure you don’t miss out on what you need to know

  • Apple iPad Mobile App: If you love your iPad this native iPad app makes managing your business accounting easier

  • Inventory: Now you can track the value of the stock you have at any one time and oversee stock control (with all the information you need at your fingertips!)

  • Side-by -Side Files: Enter transactions with ease now that you can update a record from on-screen files you can consult as you work

  • Online Quotes: Especially useful for small businesses, sending online quotes is now easier and faster (which is always good news for business!)

  • Practice Reports: Xero’s world-class reporting engine facilitates compliance and management reporting

  • Workpapers Redesign: Xero and Practice Manager now offer more tightly integrated workpapers with an all-new look

  • Find and Recode: Take the headache and tedium out of year-end cleanup now that you can easily find and recode transaction items

Carol-Ann Brouwer, a Global Trainer for XERO and the founder and CEO of Accounting Anywhere’s Xero training, conversion, or set-up services, is always up-to-date on the latest improvements and innovations offered by Xero. (Accounting Anywhere is a Xero Silver Partner, and Carol-Ann Brouwer is an expert cloud accounting speaker, so you can trust that you are getting the most complete and comprehensive Xero training and services available.)


If you are ready to make business accounting and payroll easier for your small- or medium-sized business, Accounting Anywhere’s practical and comprehensive XERO training guides will help you quickly get up to speed on the world’s most popular cloud-based accounting software.

Contact Accounting Anywhere for a no obligation consultation and to find out more about how you can master Xero with Accounting Anywhere’s Xero training, conversion, or set-up services.