I'm a home based accountant and have used Xero now for about 5 years. It's been my "go to" recomendation for clients who are looking for online bookkeeping. That said, I maybe only have 12 or so clients on it and I hover around just qualifying as a Bronze partner.
In light of the recent changes Xero has made to it's partner relationships, my discount has recently dropped from 15% to 5%. As I am not VAT registered I used to use my 15% discount to allow me to "sell" Xero to clients at £22.00 without VAT and the discount used to more or less cover the VAT element. The difference isn't a huge amount in cash terms, but it does irk a little.
I recall a couple of years ago on the old site when Gary used to post regularly, he stated that if we chose not to jump through hoops and become certified etc, this was absolutly fine as far as he was concerned and would not impact us financially. This seems to be no longer the case. I could spend several hours going through their courses and webinars etc, but again, being home based and working alone, I struggle to find the time!
With that ramble post made, I have received an excellent offer from Quickbooks. They too have promised they will continue to support small accountants but I appreciate this may well change in the coming years.....
Any thoughts on Xero vs Quickbooks in useability and function before I spend time figuring it out. Trying to decide whether to hang on with Xero and find the time to "qualify" or to try the alternatives? Obviously clients who are happy with Xero will continue if it suits, just wondering where to push new work, especially in light of MTD. I've had a quick play with Quickbooks in the past as I have a couple of clients who use it, but only enough to print off a TB and list of debtors etc.