I’m trying to convince my mother to switch to Xero from MYOB. The unfortunate problem is that all of her history is stored in MYOB, and so switching requires re-keying of invoices and the like.
The solution to this is to commence using Xero at the start of a financial year, which leads to a spike in Xero sales at the end of each year, but means a discontinuity in systems. Moreover the end/start of the year is a particularly busy time for bean counting, and is therefore the worst time to try to change your modus operendi.
To me this is a pretty simple “just do it” for Xero, and there are three powerful reasons for doing so:
- Encourage switching throughout the year, increasing speed of adoption and word of mouth sales through the year
- Increases sales by letting customers have test drives using live data – customers can upload their MYOB data to Xero and just start playing. It’s pretty hard not to notice the difference in usability when your own numbers are displayed.
- Provide a better product to customers by importing history and thus being able to report comparative results versus previous financial periods
How about it Xero? Sure this is a non-trivial task, but surely it is possible?
If not, then let us know, as there is a market gap here and a new company (let’s call it NewXco) could help.
NewXco would simply provide a (semi-)automatic MYOB upload to Xero service, charging a fee or taking a commission on Xero sales. The repetitious work could be done out of a cheaper location, such as India or rural New Zealand, and the cunning code provided by some smart locals. Anyone in?