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How to get started with Xero Practice Manager

By February 29, 2016April 4th, 2024No Comments

IT projects often miss the mark. Why? Because they’re not actually IT projects – they’re business projects. Implementing Xero Practice Manager is no different.

At Abacus Business Solutions (now Business Continuum) we work with accountants and bookkeepers to take their expressed desire of ‘getting better accounting practice management software’ and developing it into clear business objectives. Without clear business objectives, many projects will falter.

How to set up Xero Practice Manager the right way

The list below is a simple set of steps to help focus the project and avoid some common pitfalls.

  1. Don’t start with what the solution can do! Start by identifying the core business processes, key metrics and desired outcomes (for the firm, the staff and clients).
  2. Explore which of the current business processes are slow and not as effective as they should be.
  3. Analyse the reasons and determine what can be impacted by a software solution, process or staff behaviour. Software is not a panacea, it’s just an enabler, so it is vital to focus on the mechanics of good change management.
  4. Involve your staff – early and often! They live and breathe the processes and problems on a daily basis. They usually have the best idea of what processes need fixing.
  5. Set realistic and pragmatic project plans. Don’t rush either the decision or implementation. Changing infrastructure is not a trivial exercise, so be cautious and thorough.

If you’re struggling to come up with your business objectives or feel like you don’t have enough time, bringing in a Xero Practice Manager implementation partner can be helpful. They can work to guide you through the design and implementation process so that you have a sustainable and highly valuable practice management solution at the end.

This post is part of a series about the benefits of Xero Practice Manager for accountants and bookkeepers. Click here to read the other posts in this series.

Who is Business Continuum?

Business Continuum are experts in connecting businesses to the cloud. We help our clients set up customised, integrated systems that link together the software they use each day. Based in Australia, we take a personalised approach to diagnosing potential issues and solutions, so that you can achieve your business goals. For more information, visit our website.

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