In Part III, we'll continue to focus on Xero apps — specifically, how to choose the right ones for your business.
How to decide which Xero apps are best for you
Just because we (or someone else you know) uses a particular App, then you shouldn't necessarily use it. What works perfectly for one business can be a nightmare for another business — even if they're in the same industry as you.
For us, it comes down entirely to your business profile.
What your business is trying to achieve over the short and long-term? Do you want to increase efficiency, grow their business, or do both?
Are you looking to address a specific problem within their business? For example, tracking project time, increasing margin or managing customers?
Assess the financial health of your business. Are you able to carry the cost of installation, and (most importantly) the time commitment to get it off the ground?
Number of employees
How many employees do you have? Are you looking to grow employee numbers, downsize or stay the same?
Job & sales types
Do you undertake mainly smaller high-frequency jobs/sales, or larger project-based jobs/sales that take longer to complete?
What systems and processes do you currently have? How can they by optimised, connected or replaced?
How experienced are you and your team with technology? Can you manage a steeper learning curve, or would you prefer slow and steady change?
With this understanding, a recommendation for the best selection of apps can be made for you and your business.
These depend on if you're growth or efficiency orientated. Whether managing customers or staff is your issue. Whether profit or cashflow is keeping you awake at night.
Which Xero apps are best for your business?
As a starting point, here are some Xero apps for different issues and industries as identified by Xero. Note — we don't necessarily recommend all these apps. It's Xero's list, but it's a good starting point.
Xero apps by function
From managing jobs to paying staff on-time, find apps based on your particular need:
Xero apps by business type
Find apps based on your particular industry, sorted by what's most often used by other businesses.
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