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June 7, 2021
Bill Kimball

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If we used the “copy invoice” feature we’d have to maintain a “offline” list of what invoices needed to be issued monthly. By setting these up as recurring invoices we have a method of keeping track of what invoices need to be raised. We have a many recurring invoices which are raised as drafts monthly. Line items and quantities are updated and then the invoice approved and sent. A really handy feature would be to do bulk changes to text fields in repeating Invoices, or any group of invoices or contacts or whatever. To import draft invoices, go to invoices, select Import, then download the template.

You still need to hit “ok” on the bank rec screen, but it is the quickest option. We have a few minor fixed-amount fees (such as $4.99 for our online fax service, or the monthly Xero subscription, come to think of it) which is automatically billed against our Visa debit card. In other words, it’s an automatic draw against checking. The draw and the pay-outs happen without any input or interaction from us.

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I have a feeling that the manual cleanup process will be more work than just entering the transactions and reconciling by hand. But a lot of my questions have been answered by bank-rule suggestions, so further investigation is definitely on my to-do list.

There should be an option to find customers by email. This is generally more accurate and helps when there are multiple contacts under one customer. Creating a new contact each time is not acceptable for us. Really needs more actions, “update invoice” necessary for customers on a monthly account for example. On the next screen, tell the Invoice to create the exact same way that you told WorkflowMax to create the job for example, repeating every week/month. The Budget in $ or Hours can be filled in along with the State of the job for when it is created.

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You’ll have to do this for each invoice, so it’s a bit manual unfortunately! Right now in Oct 2019, there aren’t active plans for developing the ability to import repeating templates. Not that we don’t see it as a good addition, but with so many ideas being sort after here in the community and through other means of feedback, the team do have to prioritise all work. What’s better than an online payments site that works with popular eCommerce platforms? How about one that is also optimized for mobile – the way most people shop. You will have three options here, ‘save as draft’, ‘approve, or ‘approve for sending’ .

These could be files in yoru Xero system, such as terms of business, or from your computer, such as project overviews. Branding – this refers to any preset invoice templates you may have set up. Most companies may have one style, but if you are an umbrella company with subsidiary revenue streams you may wish to design templates relevant to individual sectors of your business. Invoice reference – You can then add a reference. Best practice is to make sure iot is something that is easily identifiable to your client. In most cases this could be a purchase order number, or a client job number for example.

  • These could be files in yoru Xero system, such as terms of business, or from your computer, such as project overviews.
  • Xero is 1000% better and more powerful except we now are having to raise at least a dozen bills manually each month and pay them immediately for these trival transactions.
  • Quickly check overdue invoices and who owes you the most money.
  • I used iMacros for Firefox add-on which is a free add-on.
  • Depending on your organisation’s needs you may need to save the invoice as a draft for someone else to review and approve.
  • If you sort both CSV and Repeating Invoice List alphabetically, you can loop the macro to go down the CSV line by line to update each template in Xero.

No way to bulk update repeating invoices right now, but we do have a similar request for this that I’m going to merge to. But Xero doesn’t allow export of repeating invoices so I’m not sure a similar solution is an option. Not sure how we get the data out at all from a repeating invoice. I also desperately need this export so that I can forecast for the remainder of the year my expected revenue from the repeating invoices templates . An invoice template is used to quickly and easily create an invoice when a sale of a service or good is completed.

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You can copy the last invoice you sent a customer and just update the parts that need changing. Use the Xero mobile app to create and send invoices from your phone or tablet. Give customers an extra nudge and take the work out of chasing payments. Send invoices from your phone or desktop, as soon as the job is done.

Invoice for all the items in your quote or just choose some of them. We’ve automated the creation of new customers between Hubspot and Xero with Zapier . The result has been our customer lists between the systems are in sync. It would be a useful start for Zapier to enhance the invoice and bill creation to be ‘create/ edit’.

That ends up being a fair amount of time spent manually saving the 40 invoices as repeating. You could import the 40 invoices for the first time you have to create them and then you just manually save them as repeating invoices. This video tutorial shows you how to create repeating invoices and bills in Xero accounting software. Rather than creating a brand new invoice or bill every time, Xero does the work for you. Use online invoice payments to automatically collect payments from repeat customers. For example, automatically collect bank-to-bank payments from your customer on the due date using GoCardless.

It would be handy to either export the Repeating invoice tab. Even better would be to have a report that shows the number of invoices that will automatically be generated by month. That would allow us to figure out the cash flow coming in through Rotessa or another payment processor automatically each month so we can better predict cash flow. I have a client which requires about 40+ invoices to be sent out monthly.

The only solution I can see is to manually enter 12 different monthly transactions at the start of each financial year or something. I need my recurring payments in Xero to accurately reflect future cash flow. Every suggestion here seems to simply affect the debit at reconciliation. Yes bank are not perfect , regardless of software – monthly checks to the trained eye are part of the back end in any business. Thanks forth the reference Gayle, and @JM let me know if you’d like some help.

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Sometimes there will be projects that we run with clients where there may be multiple invoices to raise and pay along the project’s life. You can link these together on your open Xero invoice, by selecting the ‘assign item to project’ link next to the ‘add new line’ button. Adding a file – You can also add files to your invoice if this is relevant, using the button next to ‘preview’.

Xero is 1000% better and more powerful except we now are having to raise at least a dozen bills manually each month and pay them immediately for these trival transactions. This costs time we don’t have for transactions we don’t want to interact with.

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If you have several repeating invoices to create, I have provided a iMacro as well as instructions on what to install and how to run this from your browser to assist with this process . I would also like the export/import function on repeating invoices. I have thousands to do so it is a nightmare doing a bulk update. Surely this feature would not take much to implement.

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That’s a good point about accrual , but even so, both the bill (e.g. when we incur the expense) and the payment are as regular as clockwork. Best practice would suggest that entering the bill and then applying the payment against it is preferable, particularly if you are on accruals. We currently use a feature like the one you describe with freshbooks. It may not be all that you require, but quite simply, it works on a merge field basis. A sample period could be simple “Payment for August” or “Payment for the 3 month period ” or “Payment for 2014”. Thought will need to be given as to what user rights are required to update a master recurring transaction, if granular user control is in use.

Frankly, the amount of extra time we spend in Xero is not worth the effort. These should all just automatically transact in our bank account in Xero and we had this in MYOB.

xero recurring invoices

Yeah, I’m just so amazed, that after trialing like 20 inventory and invoice add-ons, none of them are capably of doing such a basic thing. I could dirty code this feature in a couple of hours. Right, sorry, I forgot to mention why Xeros’ recurring invoices doesn’t work for me. Sorry for posting numerous postings about recurring invoices, but I guess I was too specific. An example is the line item wording on a recurring invoice may be “Month 3 of 36” – so this month I would want to see that the last invoice was 3, and I should update the wording to “Month 4”. Next month I will want to see that the previous entry was 4, and so on. It can be thought of as a recurring transaction that learns.

Each year the values on repeating invoices need to increase by the company’s % increase to customers, right? Well, there’s currently no way to export the repeating invoices, amend them to increase by say 5% for the annual increase, and to re-import. Easily set up recurring payments like subscriptions, memberships, repeat services, and more to build long-term relationships with customers. Want to offer an introductory price for a service and then automatically bill at the normal rate after the trial period? How about automatically billing a customer every 90 days for a 3-month supply?

Rerun allows you to accept credit cards or bank transfers from customers for your products or services, making it easier to manage your business. Create custom payment streams to match the services or products you offer, and let Rerun automatically bill your customers. Let customers pay you straight away from online invoices using third-party payment services. As far as I can tell, I can’t set this up in Xero to be recorded without manual intervention. The “repeating bill” feature will only create approved bills, at best, and I still have to enter a payment against it. We need a recurring feature to do recurring invoices or to notify us there’s recurring for x month/twice a month/annual. I agree with Matthew “copy invoice” is not the solution.

So, let us say you decided there will be times where your invoices need to be paid in 7, 15, or 30 days, then you can type ‘+7’, ‘+15’, or ‘+30’ and Xero will work out the relevant due date for you. Contact details – In the ‘To’ field, start typing your contacts details. If the client is an existing client the system will pre-determine options you can select from. For most of us when it comes to entering invoices we may batch the process, or have a dedicated member of staff to do this. If this is the case Xero has made invoice creation very easy. Using the ‘+’ sign at the top right of your dashboard menu you will see a drop down menu that allows you to create a new invoice. Your banking, PayPal and credit card transactions are automatically imported and categorised.