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Why A2X for Xero Is A Great OneSaas Alternative

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes. There are thousands of ecommerce apps and integrations on the market today all trying to solve problems for sellers. Whether it’s accounting, fulfilment, customer management, marketing or tax compliance, business owners are able to design a tech stack that perfectly services their unique needs and goals, and removes much of the requirement for human input. As much as a customized infrastructure is an incredible resource, having numerous separate apps poses a tricky challenge: How do you get them talking to each other?

How To Sell On eBay For Beginners [The Definitive Guide]

Estimated reading time: 22 minutes 30 seconds. This year, eBay will be 26 years old. A lot has happened in 26 years. With technological advances taking trillions of dollars off the streets and into the digital space, ecommerce has exploded. And going into 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic keeping us indoors, the ability to buy online has never been more essential. With a wealth of tools now available to beginners, it’s difficult to know where to start and how to get the best out of the eBay platform.

Amazon Income Tax Guide: What You Need To Know

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes. Most Amazon sellers bring in around $1000-5000/month in revenue, with around 6% making upwards of $250,000. Even after the costs and fees hidden behind those figures, that’s some substantial income. “Income” doesn’t just mean “salary”. A one-off garage sale worth $200 is technically income. It is simply money received, usually in exchange for goods and/or services. Selling on Amazon very much qualifies as an income source.

How To Save Time With eBay Automation [Sellers Guide]

Estimated reading time: 13 minutes, 30 seconds. Time is money, and when you’re a one-(wo)man band running your own eBay store, you need to take control over both as early in the game as possible. This is where eBay automation comes in. Humans are typically not good at lots of complicated, repetitive tasks - but software is designed for it. Best of all, it’s designed to handle these tasks at high volumes, scaling with you on your journey.

34 eBay Tips To Help You Sell More Products [Guide]

Estimated reading time: 20 minutes 30 seconds. The internet is full of helpful eBay tips for sellers, so in this guide, we bring the best of them together in one place. Our eBay selling tips range from general dos and don’ts, to the nitty gritty details for the most ambitious, dedicated seller. Here’s what we’ll cover, at a glance: Beginner tips for eBay seller success: Areas to focus on at the start Automation and accounting for beginners eBay seller tips and tricks to sell more: Store tips Listing and fees tips Description and pricing tips Fulfilment and supplier tips SEO tips Tips on what not to do on eBay Selling on eBay: Tips for Beginners If you are new to selling on eBay, use our tips below but focus on the following areas first.

Best Things To Sell On eBay In 2021

Estimated reading time: 12 minutes 30 seconds. Any Tom, Dick or Sally can sell almost anything on eBay. With 1.3 billion listings on the platform alone, competition is fierce, and knowing the best things to sell on eBay to make money has become an art in itself. To be a successful eBay seller in 2021, you should have a handle on where eBay has been, where it’s going, and how this translates to buyer behavior.

eBay Shipping Fees: Everything You Need To Know [Guide]

Estimated reading time: 12 minutes 30 seconds. Successful ecommerce businesses rely on efficient shipping processes. Without them, selling online is neither sustainable nor scalable. With many online retailers offering same-day or even 2-hour delivery options, consumers now expect their purchases to arrive quicker than ever. Being smart about your shipping is crucial to striking the right balance between good customer experience and realistic fulfilment on your end. The question is, can you both afford and manage the options you are offering?

eBay Global Shipping Program: Everything You Need To Know

Estimated reading time: 12 minutes 30 seconds. The eBay Global Shipping Program makes selling overseas a breeze. By taking care of packages on the behalf of sellers and sending them across the world, eBay opens up its entire global marketplace for trade. What’s in it for sellers? Millions more customers without the hassle of customs and imports paperwork. And for buyers? Access to more products with transparent shipping fees and processes.

How To Open An eBay Store [Step-By-Step Guide]

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes 30 seconds. Opening an eBay store is an excellent portal into the world of ecommerce. As one of the simplest, no-fuss selling platforms available, eBay is full of possibilities, and open to anyone. eBay has been around for a good while - since 1995, to be precise - and has positioned itself as a ‘selling partner’ in the ecommerce space. The platform is designed for sellers, whether you’re selling unwanted items, or scaling a full-time ecommerce business.

Announcing the Launch of A2X for Sage

Sage began life as a startup in 1981. Founded by David Goldman to automate the accounts of his own business, Sage now has 13,000 employees worldwide and millions of customers across 23 countries. And, in 2018, Sage took their offering to the cloud. Today, we at A2X are excited to announce that Sage Business Cloud Accounting customers will now be able to integrate with our software for seamless ecommerce accounting. Truly a world-class software match made in heaven.

The Ultimate Guide To Amazon Sales Tax [Full Resource]

Estimated reading time: 18 minutes 30 seconds. In 2020, the US is estimated to have spent over $370 million on retail ecommerce sales. By the end of 2021, this figure is expected to surpass $400 million. When Amazon was founded, the internet was relatively new and sales tax was something cemented in bricks and mortar. People shopped on streets - not online - so a physical address was enough for states to keep tabs on businesses.

eBay Business Plan Template [Highly Actionable]

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes 30 seconds. There are over 25 million sellers on eBay. No matter what you sell, with competition like that, you need to have a plan. Fortunately, with around 182 million users, there’s plenty of opportunity to grow and thrive. The purpose of an eBay business plan is to articulate your idea and figure out how to make it feasible. To do this, you will need to explore the different aspects of your business which define what it is and how it will operate.

eBay SEO Guide: Tips, Tools & Strategies for Success

Estimated reading time: 15 minutes. As an eBay seller, you’ve got some competition. With 182 million users and over a billion listings, you need to leverage every free tool at your disposal in the quest for that lucrative, competitive edge. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) isn’t just for Google. A free driver of organic traffic, eBay SEO just might be your new marketing best friend - it’s certainly not one to ignore.

What We Learned Analysing 1000 Shopify Payment Gateways

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. Shopify offers payment gateway options for over 100 providers across the world. Why? So that you can provide your customers with the options most likely to suit them. A2X supports thousands of Shopify sellers with their accounting. No matter the payment gateway used, A2X interprets bank deposits and ensures that sellers have all the information they need to be able to manage their finances properly. With access to this kind of data, we can help sellers determine which gateways are proving most popular among our subscribers.

[Ultimate Guide] Profit First for Ecommerce Sellers

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. Accountants might be comfortable with P&Ls and balance sheets, but not all ecommerce sellers are. When it comes to a quick reference point on the health of their business, sellers often look at their bank accounts. With bank transactions being almost instant nowadays, nowhere else offers them the same real-time viewpoint as those balances. Simple, quick and easy. But as we know, simple, quick and easy can often lead to poor quality.

Accounting for Amazon Business Loans [How to]

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. Updated January 2021. Merchants who sell through Amazon can now secure dedicated ecommerce loans, but what does this look like in the books? In this article, we’ll explain eligibility, Amazon lending transactions, and how to record Amazon loan repayments. Lending for Ecommerce: Amazon Loan or Bank Loan? In 2017, Amazon announced that they had funded 20,000 businesses through Amazon lending. In 2020, they partnered with Goldman Sachs to provide lines of credit of up to $1 million for merchants selling on the Amazon platform.

eBay Taxes: Answers to Your Questions [FAQ]

Estimated reading time: 22 minutes 30 seconds. Find all the answers you need to your burning eBay tax questions in this guide, along with additional resources available. We have divided these questions into General Queries, eBay Sales Tax Queries, eBay VAT Queries, eBay Income Tax Queries and Accountants and Other Tax Resources: General Queries 1.1 What is the key information about tax that eBay sellers need to know? 1.2 Why is eBay charging tax now?

Business Intelligence and Summary Accounting: Part 2 [Interview]

Interview series with Conrad Rohleder: Part Two Traditionally, you’d wait till the end of the month to review your business’ progress and outcomes. This can leave you chasing your tail. To keep on top of the day to day, you need a way to track your business in real-time. Understanding the differences between business intelligence and accounting is one way to achieve this. In the second part of this series with Conrad Rohleder, we discuss: The difference between summary accounting and business intelligence.

The Velocity of Ecommerce and Insight: Part 3 [Interview]

Interview series with Conrad Rohleder: Part Three Everyday efficiency and clarity surrounding your business outcomes is optimised when you can integrate and review data effectively. However, not all programs are created equal when it comes to integration. Often businesses become pigeon-holed or bogged down using multiple programs that do not communicate properly. This can inhibit the growth and success of your ecommerce business. The solution? Learning to leverage business intelligence in ecommerce.

How to Reconcile Your Amazon Seller Statement

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes. Updated December 2020. If you’ve ever reviewed an A2X settlement summary, you’ll know Amazon has some very creative ways to charge Amazon sellers money. But what do ShippingChargeback, GiftwrapChargeback, and SalesTaxServiceFee really mean, and how do you reconcile them to the Amazon Reports > Payments section of Seller Central? To help this make sense, we’re going to walk you through reconciling your Amazon seller statement. We’ll use an example that matches low-level transactions in an Amazon settlement report to the corresponding high-level transactions Amazon considers in their report summary.

Amazon Bookkeeping for Sellers: The 3 Mistakes You’re Probably Making, and How to Avoid Them

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. In this short video, Patti Scharf, Co-Founder and “Chief Accounting Tech Geek” at Catching Clouds breaks down the most common errors made in accounting for Amazon sellers. Inaccurate or incomplete accounts can cause a multitude of problems, and make bookkeeping for Amazon sellers a nightmare. Nurturing a successful business is virtually impossible without solid numbers on which to base your strategy. Check out the video below or our summary to find out why, according to Patti, these mistakes are easy to make, and discover the best Amazon accounting services out there to help you avoid them.

Comprehensive List of Amazon Seller Transactions

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes. Amazon Seller Transactions and Transaction Fees As an Amazon seller, you’ll need to have your finger on the pulse when it comes to your Amazon seller transactions. But with such a broad scope of potential transactions, it can be difficult to keep track of everything. We’ve already broken down the FBA Seller Fees. In this article, we’re giving you a comprehensive list of each transaction type to help you understand what’s going in and out of your account, regardless of whether you’re selling with FBA or fulfilling your own Amazon products.

How A2X Handles VAT in All European Ecommerce Marketplaces

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes.  Anyone who runs an online store will know that the beauty of ecommerce is that its capabilities are limitless. It’s a fantastic way for retail stores of any type and size to reach a new community of customers – enabling you to expand your sales worldwide without the extensive costs of setting up a brick-and-mortar store. Ecommerce has levelled the playing field, making it possible for small businesses to compete with corporate giants on an international stage.

Xero eBay Integration Guide

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes. Automating some parts of your business can majorly simplify the way it operates. You can save time and money by streamlining processes, increasing the efficiency of your business, and leaving less room for error. Sounds like a recipe for success - what’s not to like? Accounting must be done accurately in order for a business to thrive, so it makes sense to automate this part of your operations.

Future-Proofing Your Amazon Business for Sale

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes. Like all business owners, Amazon marketplace merchants may one day weigh up the prospect of selling their business. And what will prospective buyers want to see? Accurate accounts demonstrating a healthy business. Even if you’re not considering this anytime soon, it’s sensible to behave as if this will be your goal one day. If you do this from the beginning, not only will your business operations be organized and transparent for you, but it will be much easier to go into the sales process prepared for success.

Accounting and Sales Tax: What do Amazon Sellers Need to Know?

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes. Please note: ecommerce sales tax is still evolving and changing. These guides are correct at the time they are written but please consult official government pages or accounting professionals for the most up-to-date information applicable to you. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of South Dakota, granting the state authority to impose sales tax obligations on out-of-state transactions. Online sellers will have a new set of obligations and challenges ahead of them, while states could potentially gain billions in revenue.

Google Cloud Features A2X for 'Innovative Use of GCP'

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes. A2X has been built to scale up to support accounting for hundreds of thousands of Amazon sellers, including the largest who deliver in excess of 100,000 orders every month. At A2X we’re incredibly proud of the architecture we’ve built on top of Google’s Cloud platform (GCP) and delighted to have been recognised in a recent Google Cloud case study: “A2X: turns to Google Cloud Platform to help eliminate accounting complexity for Amazon sellers”.

A2X, Amazon, and the Future of Accounting with HPC

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes. How HPC accounting uses A2X to help solve its clients' problems HPC Accounting is something of a trendsetter among US accounting firms. The business started in 2011, and unlike most firms at the time, focused on providing value-based services, rather than charging clients hourly rates. Since 2016, they have abandoned time tracking altogether, preferring to give their clients personalized service and in-depth advice. As Accounting Manager Catherine Fogarty explains, HPC was also an early American adopter of Xero.

A2X Setup & Mapping: A Real-World Accountants Guide from Catching Clouds

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. Catching Clouds is A2X’s first guest blogger, and we are proud to be a part of the growth journey of the A2X ecommerce accounting innovation. As an accounting firm specializing in ecommerce accounting, we have dozens of clients using A2X’s services and use it for all of our Amazon clients, and love it. Since we are avid A2X app users, here are some pointers on the process we use for setting up and mapping the exhaustive list of Amazon fees to Xero’s chart of accounts.

12 Days of Christmas with A2X and Honua Bars

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes. We consider ourselves very lucky at A2X, because we get to work with some pretty awesome brands. The companies that we work with have been started by a diverse range of passionate business owners throughout the world, all with big ideas and plenty of determination. They inspire us all the time and so, this Christmas, we wanted to share some of that with you. In this 12 Days of Christmas series, we will be spotlighting a few of these brands and talking to them about their story, top ecommerce tips, and apps they like to use to help with running their businesses.

A2X Welcomes First UK Partner, AVASK Accounting and Business Consultants

Estimated reading time: 30 seconds. [Announcement made August 2017]. We are delighted to announce the introduction of our first UK partner AVASK Accounting & Business Consultants. AVASK and A2X have been working together since 2015. A2X has been essential in streamlining AVASK’s services, allowing their tax advisors and accountants to automatically fetch their clients’ latest Amazon settlement transactions and post summarised transactions directly to their accounting system. “A2X is an essential part of our day-to-day operations.

A2X Wins Xero Americas Industry Specific App of the Year 2018

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. We’re thrilled to announce that A2X has been granted the Industry Specific App of the Year award at the Xero Americas Awards 2018. This award recognizes the fact that accountants and bookkeepers in North America (and throughout the world) are gaining significant amounts of value out of using A2X to automate their Amazon accounting. “The niche focus of A2X has really paid off… no other tool on the market nails Amazon payout reporting like the tool they’ve made.

How-To Guide: Easily Integrate Walmart With Xero

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes 30 seconds. Ensuring that your accounts are reconciled, accurate and up-to-date is easier said than done for most ecommerce sellers. It’s tricky enough for those selling only on Walmart Marketplace, but if you have a more diverse portfolio with multiple channels and potentially locations, balancing those books can be a real minefield. Unfortunately though, it is a crucial part of the business. Automating your accounting makes good business sense.

How-To Guide: Easily Integrate Walmart Seller Center With Quickbooks

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes 30 seconds. Accounting is a time-consuming necessity for all ecommerce sellers - large and small! Automating your accounts is a great way to eliminate the need for (potentially erroneous) manual data entry. Transactions are sent automatically as soon as orders complete, tallying up in your accounting software ready for you to reconcile. When it comes to accounting for ecommerce sellers, there are still some crucial parts missing in this tech stack.

What Happens When You Owe Amazon Money? Negative Balance Invoices in Xero

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes. So you owe money to Amazon, and you know this because there’s a negative balance on your Amazon seller account. What happens if you owe amazon money, and how do you correct it? The good news is that an Amazon seller negative balance is usually nothing to worry about. What is an Amazon seller negative balance? An Amazon seller negative balance is what happens when your business’ fees and costs are higher than the revenue.

The Velocity of Ecommerce and Sales: Part 1 [Interview]

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes 30 seconds. Interview series with Conrad Rohleder: Part One If you’re selling on an ecommerce platform, you want to do it right. Integrating intuitive, automated systems to handle your accounting and inventory is a must for your business. Programs such as Clearinity and A2X will save you time and money, paving the way for accelerated success. Clearinity is a cloud-based inventory management and operations optimization system, designed to make running your ecommerce business simpler and more successful.

eBay Sales Tax: Everything You Need To Know [Full Guide]

Estimated reading time: 19 minutes 30 seconds. Ah, sales tax. The ultimate Pandora’s box has come for ecommerce sellers. In 2019, US online retail sales of physical goods reached an astronomical $343 billion. By 2024, they are forecast to reach $476 billion. Physical presence in a state used to be a parameter for tax, but times have changed. With billions of dollars floating in the digital space, governments everywhere, not just in the US, have needed to change tack.

eBay Managed Payments: Everything You Need to Know

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes. Since its inception in 1995 (just one year after Amazon), eBay has capitalized on the obsession we have for both online shopping and selling. But for those who run a business buying and selling items on eBay, reconciling accounts can get messy at the best of times. For eBay, all payments and purchases were previously routed via Paypal, a subsidiary of eBay. Reconciling all transactions across the two platforms was time-consuming, causing inaccuracies, challenges with dispute resolutions, and delays in funds.

Introducing A2X for eBay

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes 30 seconds. It all started with a broken laser pointer. In 1995, Pierre Omidyar saw potential. The internet was still fairly new, but perhaps this giant network could be a good opportunity for commerce. He tried it out, listing a laser pointer for $1 on his originally-named Auction Web, which was soon driven up to sell for $14.83. Perhaps there was something here. By early 1996, eBay had become a million dollar company.

7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Use A2X for Ecommerce Accounting

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes. Oh yeah, that’s right. We’re not for everyone. What? Why?! We’re excited about our customers, and what they’re working to achieve. These are people who want to focus on their businesses, and not waste their time doing things that could easily be automated. The fact is, everything we do is designed to provide you with a wonderful customer experience - something we really value. Speaking of values, other things that are important to us include innovative solutions, trusted relationships, and razor-sharp accounting accuracy.

Introducing A2X for eBay Beta Programme

You spoke and we listened. Over the last few years, we have been asked many times if A2X can be used to connect eBay with your accounting system. And while there is a manual workaround that can be put in place to connect your accounts, we haven’t offered a dedicated eBay accounting integration - until now. Introducing A2X for eBay: beta programme Today, we are proud to announce the launch of our A2X for eBay beta programme in advance of the official rollout later this year.

A2X and QuickBooks Online or Xero for Amazon Sellers

Updated October 2020. Estimated reading time: 4 minutes. Like all business owners, Amazon marketplace sellers make dozens of decisions every day. Some are minor, while others will affect the business for years to come. One significant decision is selecting an accounting system, or for those operating in the cloud, choosing between Xero and QuickBooks Online. These are the most widely-used and best-known cloud-based accounting systems most Amazon sellers will go for.

A2X for Walmart Launch | Seamlessly Automate your Walmart Accounting with A2X

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes. Today is an exciting day for everyone here at A2X. That’s because today, we are thrilled to announce the launch of A2X for Walmart. While Walmart has traditionally been a big box retailer operating megastores throughout the world, they recently entered the online shopping industry in a big way - by creating the Walmart Marketplace and acquiring a number of smaller online shopping platforms to fuel their growth.

Accounting for Facebook Shops with A2X for Shopify

Learn how A2X can integrate with Facebook Shops in order to give you automated and accurate accouting for your business. There’s no other digital marketing opportunity quite like social media. It’s one of the easiest ways to spread the word about your brand, engage potential local and international customers – and ultimately grow your e-commerce business. Facebook has dominated the social media market for a decade. Not only is it the platform of choice for connecting with family and friends, but it’s also the go-to marketing tool for most business owners.

The Ultimate List of Tools for Amazon UK Sellers

Streamline your operations and get ahead of the competition. Here are the top tools you need to be using if you’re selling on Amazon UK. In 2002, Amazon launched its UK marketplace, allowing third-party sellers to sell their products to local and international Amazon customers. Over the past 18 years, Amazon UK has grown to be the second-largest marketplace in Europe, and thanks to Europe’s version of Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) – called the European Fulfilment Network (EFN) – over 280,000 UK sellers use the online marketplace.

The Ultimate Guide to Shopify Accounting with A2X

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes. Like all good things, building and running a Shopify store takes time and effort. The process can feel overwhelming and you might even ask yourself whether it’s all worth it. If you’re reading this, and you’re a Shopify seller struggling to stay on top of your accounting, you’ve come to the right place. Think of your business as a human body, with accounting one of its vital organs essential to both your day-to-day operations and long-term business goals.

How to get reconciled Shopify POS accounting

As a busy retail shop owner, your time is spread across a wide range of activities every week. Whether it’s looking after customers, managing staff or setting up your systems for success, the last thing you want to do is create unnecessary work. And while simplicity is a virtue in any business, the retail landscape has grown much more complex thanks to the prominence of the internet. Customers expect us to be present on social media, have an online store, and provide a range of shopping options to suit their preferences.

Amazon Pay accounting and reconciliation with A2X

Finally a way to accurately automate your Amazon pay accounting and reconciliation with A2X for Amazon. Here’s how. When customers check out with Amazon Pay, the sales proceeds arrive in the merchant bank account up to two weeks later. They are batched with other transactions and various fees are deducted. Often the merchant has no way to account for the fees or to reconcile the funds received with the sales orders they see in Shopify or other sales channels.

eBay Bookkeeping Made Simple With A2X

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes. It’s official! A2X for eBay is here, and we are excited to be a part of this ecommerce giant’s journey. Now, sellers on eBay’s global marketplaces can benefit from A2X’s award-winning ecommerce accounting offering and integrate it directly with Managed Payments and Xero or Quickbooks. And that global marketplace is rather large: Source. Any ecommerce seller will know that bookkeeping is an essential, albeit time-consuming, part of running their business.

Amazon FBA Sellers Get Better Accounting with A2X

Accurate accounting thanks to seamless integration With the number of apps and technology available today for e-commerce sellers, manual accounting processes can be – and should be – a thing of the past. There are few other business tasks as essential, yet labour-intensive, as accounting. It can both drive the growth of your business forward, and at the same time, completely overwhelm you. There is a time and a place for manual spreadsheets and processes, often best used at the start of your Amazon FBA journey when order numbers are low.

The Authentic Buyer’s Guide to Shopify Automation

Estimated reading time: 12 minutes. Shopify is one of the biggest names in ecommerce, so big that it’s hard to remember a time when the platform didn’t exist. Over the past 15 years, Shopify has well and truly carved its name into the web application hall of fame, offering traditional retailers and entrepreneurs alike the freedom and wealth of ecommerce. With a myriad of different ecommerce platforms available to today’s keen entrepreneurs, there are many reasons why Shopify’s star shines so bright.

The authentic buyer’s guide to Amazon automation

Why, how and with what apps Every online retailers’ dream is to grow a successful business, and while it’s not the reality for some (some products just won’t sell), it has been and can be attainable for many. Since its inception 25 years ago, Amazon has evolved to become the largest online marketplace in the United States. Amazon’s customer base by far exceeds that of its competitors, with 12 marketplaces worldwide generating US$280.

The 10 Ecommerce Accounting Principles

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. As bookskeep CEO Cyndi Thomason puts it, “ecommerce businesses are really data businesses” – and we couldn’t agree more! While most ecommerce sellers don’t get into business for the accounting, it’s important to understand your numbers if you’re to grow not only a profitable business, but a healthy one too. bookskeep started like most other ecommerce businesses, out of necessity. As ecommerce specialist bookkeepers, Cyndi and her team help clients towards financial freedom through efficient and smart financial management.

Keen to hear from QuickBooks Online experts discussing e-commerce?

Join Hector Garcia LIVE when he interviews Brittany Brown of LedgerGurus tomorrow 2/20/2020 1pm-3pm EST Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3115536351662/WN_cyfZbUStQgy4y8ywVm_W6g Brittany Brown of LedgerGurus specializes in e-commerce accounting for US-based businesses and advocates for A2X. Using A2X gives you confidence in your e-commerce financials because you know the numbers are right when it reconciles to the cash in your bank account. She’ll include a demo which shows how A2X automates important steps in Amazon and Shopify accounting.

Where To Find An Ecommerce Accountant or Bookkeeper

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes. Introducing the ecommerce accountant directory. Find your new ecommerce accountant here. It’s a complicated beast, accounting, and as an ecommerce store owner, you’ll have had first-hand experience. Ecommerce has grown at a tremendous rate, and with this growth comes a new wave of ecommerce experts. A2X works closely with a fantastic network of ecommerce accountants from all over the world, who are highly experienced with A2X and more importantly, understand the accounting complexities experienced by ecommerce sellers.

A2X in London, Singapore and Toronto

The A2X team is currently spread out far and wide for a very busy end of year. Whether you are in London, Singapore or Toronto, there will be an event nearby. Giving you plenty of opportunity to meet the team and check out firsthand the new Shopify integration and the new VAT features for Amazon accounting with A2X.  A2X in London After a successful QuickBooks Connect 2019 in San Jose.

The Best Accounting Software and Tools for Shopify

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes. As a Shopify seller, having a good set-up is crucial for business growth and maintenance. If you’re an ecommerce seller on the hunt for the perfect accounting system, this article will explore why Xero and Quickbooks with A2X for Shopify are the best solutions on the market. Quickbooks Online See pricing plans. Intuitive Quickbooks Online is rated by many as the gold standard software for small business accounting – and they wouldn’t be wrong.

A2X named Emerging App of the Year finalist in Xero Awards 2019

Thanks to your incredible support over the years, A2X has been named a finalist in the 2019 Xero Awards in the Emerging App of the Year category for the release of our Shopify accounting tool, A2X for Shopify. The Xero Awards 2019 are all about recognising and celebrating diverse partner firms, apps and small businesses. Basically, it celebrates those who are doing extraordinary things in the life of their businesses.

The Best Apps to Fully Automate Your Shopify Store

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. As a seller, you’ll know the beauty of ecommerce is that you can run your business and sell your products from anywhere, to anyone in the world. While that creates accessibility and flexibility, it doesn’t necessarily make business any easier. Automating your store functions is the best way to streamline your ecommerce business, removing the manual work, so you can concentrate on more valuable tasks; the ones necessary to growing your business.

Accounting for Shopify - The Best Shopify Apps for Accounting

Cloud-based apps and software have revolutionized the digital landscape for businesses and consumers alike. By removing the need to store everything on physical drives, and making information available at all times through the cloud, a new world of possibilities have emerged that simply weren’t possible 20 years ago. When it comes to accounting for your store’s transactions, cloud-based apps offer a wide range of ways to simplify your activities and free up more time to focus on higher value tasks.

A2X named Xero's App Partner of the Month for September 2019

A2X, the worlds leading Shopify and Amazon accounting connector has been named by Xero as it’s App Partner of the Month for September 2019. A2X has been helping thousands of you across the world to automate, streamline and accurately account for all of your, or your client’s e-commerce sales for over 5 years now. The launch of our new product, A2X for Shopify is now helping Shopify stores all across the globe to accurately account for their Shopify sales inside of Xero.

Join A2X and special guests at Xerocon Brisbane 2019

The A2X team are very excited to be attending Xerocon with the main focus being the recently launched, A2X for Shopify! This week, on the 4th and 5th of September, A2X is heading along to Xerocon at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. As well as the usual Xerocon excitement, we have a jam-packed schedule planned for you. If you’re an accountant with Shopify clients or you are interested in the e-commerce accounting niche, come by the A2X booth with all your pressing questions.

The Top 10 Best Shopify Apps to Increase Sales

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes 30 seconds. You’ve set up your Shopify store and now you’re ready to grow your business, and that means increasing sales. Shopify’s App Store is full of free and paid plugins you can easily integrate and use to your advantage. Too much choice, though, makes it hard to know where to invest your time – and sometimes money. So, we’ve done the research for you, compiling a list of the top ten apps you need to grow your turnover and revenue.

How-To Guide: Seamlessly Integrate Shopify with QuickBooks

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes 30 seconds. Automating the accounting side of your ecommerce business is a smart step. Not only are you ensuring accuracy and consistency over the lifeblood of your business, but you are gifting yourself the time to invest your resources elsewhere. When you integrate Shopify with Quickbooks, your store transactions are uploaded and stored automatically. When you add A2X into the mix, the details within these transactions are captured and displayed for you, ensuring that you have all the information you need, as an ecommerce seller, about your financial activity.

How to leave a review of A2X on the Amazon Appstore

Amazon apps now have a home for reviews, and A2X is front and center here. Reviews mean a lot to us at A2X, but they also mean a lot to you, all the new customers that are looking for solutions to their e-commerce accounting. The thousands of positive experiences our customers have helps to guide new customers to our solution so that it might help them too. The proof is in the pudding, as you can see from the hundreds of reviews that you, the person accounting for your e-commerce sales, have taken the time to share on the independent app websites that are most relevant to you and your colleagues, from Capterra, Shopify, Apps.

How-To Guide: Seamlessly Integrate Shopify and Xero

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes. Automation is all about working smarter. It allows you to hand the repetitive tasks of your business, that demand accuracy and consistency, to software designed to handle this. As a result, you have more time to up-skill, learn and grow your business. If you are here, you have probably figured that much out already. Using Xero for Shopify brings you as a seller a host of great benefits and functionality options, so here, we will explore what these are and how to get started.

The Definitive Guide to Shopify Accounting

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes. You’ve finally decided it’s time to open an ecommerce store, and you’ve chosen Shopify as your sales platform. Great job – you’ve made the first step! It’s more than likely you now find yourself smack bang in the middle of a whirlwind of activity: Developing product/s, building a business plan, devising a marketing strategy – all incredibly important parts of starting and running your own business.

Peace of Mind with A2X and TaxJar

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes. If you’re getting serious about your Amazon ecommerce business, you’ll already have yourself dedicated cloud-based accounting software, like Xero or QuickBooks. Hopefully, you’ll also have integrated A2X so you have timely, usable sales data and reporting at your fingertips. The next thing you need? Sales-tax software. The cold hard truth is that if you’re selling via Amazon FBA, at some point you’re going to be paying sales tax – and that’s when your accounting can get complicated, especially if you’re selling in the US.

LIVE RECORDING: Sales tax in a post-Wayfair world: Where are we now and what you need to know

Over the past 10 months, United States sales tax laws have changed dramatically for online sellers (both domestic and foreign) that supply customers in America. On June 21st, 2018, the US Supreme Court discarded the physical presence requirement sales tax nexus in their landmark Wayfair ruling. Since then, we have experienced a great deal of changes to how states calculate and collect sales taxes. Many of these changes have been negative, but you may be surprised to hear that some of them are positive.

A2X for Shopify is here to help you simplify your Shopify accounting!

You asked and we listened. After many months of development and hard work behind the scenes, we’re thrilled to announce that our latest integration is here: A2X for Shopify. During the past four and a half years, we have helped thousands of Amazon sellers and accountants to simplify their bookkeeping by automating the process of importing financial information into Xero and QuickBooks Online. Through accounting for settlements rather than individual transactions, A2X provides a highly accurate and scalable method of recording transactions.

How the US Trade Tariffs Will Affect Amazon FBA Sellers [Part One]

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes. An Interview with Paul Grey of ExportX [Part One] with Karen Brady  Part Two here. ExportX is an international ecommerce business representing more than 50 brands of products from Australia and New Zealand, selling with Amazon and FBA since 2008 in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. ExportX has been importing goods to the USA for more than 10 years and has long experience with customs clearance and tariffs in dozens of product categories.

The Amazon FBA Secret Recipe for Success in 2021

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes 30 seconds. Every year, the Amazon marketplace grows and morphs into something new. What was once an obscure online bookstore has come to dominate online retail throughout much of the world, so it’s no wonder that new sellers are flocking to get a piece of the pie all the time. In this article, we look at the ecommerce landscape for Amazon sellers, how to get started, and what they need to succeed.

The Lazy Entrepreneur Podcast Features A2X

A2X was featured on the Lazy Entrepreneur Podcast this week. Where long time business owner and A2X user, Sam Priestley showed his listeners the details of the day-to-day of his Amazon FBA accounting. He goes into depth on how he combines a traditional accountant, bookkeeping software and A2X to handle a large international Amazon FBA business. Explaining it all to his wife and business partner Emma who has no experience whatsoever with accounting or bookeeping.

QB Appy Hour features A2X

A2X was featured on the QB Appy Hour last month. Ellen and I showed how A2X can automate Amazon accounting as part of an overall ecommerce accounting workflow. Check out the recording below:

Using Spreadsheets for your Amazon Accounting? Here's How it Compares to A2X

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes 30 seconds. Still using a spreadsheet for your Amazon accounting? In this video from 2019, Patti Scharf from Catching Clouds gives a great summary of the benefits and problems with spreadsheet-based accounting for Amazon, and why a specific Amazon accounting solution like A2X can make it more automated and accurate.  Accounting for Amazon Sellers We think that Amazon sellers’ time is better spent on value-adding activities in the business such as new product development, or sales and marketing, than on spreadsheets.

Happy Holidays from A2X

Happy Holidays! Our teams are taking some time away for the holidays and reflecting on the year. We wanted to let you know that there’ll be some changes to our usual availability over the next 10 days. Our support team will be available on reduced hours over the holiday period, so please be patient with us, we will get back to you, but instead of the usual speedy 30 minutes, it might take us until the next day to get back to you.

QuickBooks Firm of the Future Finalist, Reconciled, chooses A2X

A2X is used by Firm of the Future finalist, Reconciled, for their Amazon accounting automation. Intuit has published the finalist videos - A2X gets a special mention as a tool that helps Reconciled with Amazon accounting. We’re thrilled to be in such great company - thanks for the shout out, Reconciled! Check out the video here:

Introducing A2X for Intuit Quickbooks Desktop and Enterprise

Estimated reading time: 1 minute. You’ve asked, and we’ve listened. Today, we are pleased to announce that A2X will be adding support for Quickbooks Desktop into our core A2X product! With more than 2.8 million subscribers, Intuit’s Quickbooks product is the largest self-serving accounting system in the world by users, and Quickbooks Desktop makes up a large chunk of that. What Does This Mean for Users? Well if you’re a Quickbooks Desktop user, that means you can export your Amazon settlements from A2X, and then automatically import them into Quickbooks Desktop.

A2X Asks UK Accountants: How Can Amazon Sellers Prepare for the UK’s MTD?

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes 30 seconds. MTD, or Making Tax Digital, impacts all aspects of the way Amazon sellers in the UK account for VAT to the HMRC. Despite the initial and rather urgent push for sellers to start their transition to compliant digital systems early, many delayed. This means that many UK Amazon sellers are still trying to catch up and understand this shift to MTD. When I first planned to write this blog, I never imagined that I’d actually get to be in the UK as it approached this transition.

Amazon FBA in the UK and how A2X makes accounting so much easier

This article is has been written with our good friends at OD Accountants in the UK. It discusses the growth of Amazon FBA in the UK and how OD Accountants have been working though the challenges of Amazon accounting with the help of A2X. During recent years, online marketplaces have transformed the way we shop. Amazon brings together sellers, merchants and businesses in almost every industry into a highly competitive marketplace.

Options for Filing Sales Tax Returns [Part 3 of 3]

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes 30 seconds. This article is a guest post from our good friends at MuseMinded - The Amazon Accounting Specialists. They have teamed up with The Tax Butler to offer a free sales tax starter kit for US-based Amazon sellers. As the third and final article in our three-part series, this blog post takes a look at filing frequencies, and some of the ways that you can file your sales tax returns.

Sales Tax: Understand Your Obligations and Make a Plan

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes. Sales tax for ecommerce sellers is relatively new and continually evolving. When bricks-and-mortar stores were the only retailers, knowing where to pay your taxes and to whom was straight forward. You had a physical location which gave you “nexus” in a particular state; a link strong enough that you needed to pay tax, and that was pretty much the end of the story. With millions of dollars moving into the cloud space and no physical locations to pin them to, governments faced two problems:

Join A2X at Xerocon Brisbane and our Brisbane Amazon Accounting Meetup!

The team at A2X will be heading to Brisbane, Australia early September for Xerocon Brisbane 2018! We will be there in full force with plenty of your favourite A2X Swag. Be sure to come and visit our booth on the exhibitor’s floor to come and say hello to the team! We will also be hosting another one of our popular Amazon accounting meetups - this time will be a little different.

Xero Awards 2018 – A2X is a finalist

Our trip to Xerocon Brisbane next month just got a little more exciting with the news that A2X has been shortlisted as an Award finalist in the category of: ‘Industry specific app partner’ As an app partner, A2X solves a very specific problem for Amazon sellers and is recommended by Accountants and bookkeepers as a necessary tool to automate the reconciliation of settlements paid by Amazon to its Sellers. We’re looking forward to being in good company on September 4th at the awards event.

Product update: Free trial available for Amazon cost of goods sold and FBA inventory valuation, plus new cost management tools

In the latest release of A2X you’ll notice a few changes that we’ve made to cost management, cost of goods sold and FBA inventory. We’ve been hearing your feedback, so thank you for the input and suggestions, we hope you like the new tools. Cost of goods sold (COGS) is now integrated into the A2X free trial, so you can set up and preview cost of goods before choosing your plan.

It's a wrap - Xerocon Atlanta 2018

We are back from another fabulous Xerocon. A complete contrast to the snow Ashley, Paul and Rachel had in Austin, Texas. Atlanta put on a fine show for us weather wise and in many other aspects as well. We sampled the many delights of southern cuisine, managed to spend some time outside the conference visiting the cities many attractions such as the CNN building, the Center For Civil and Human Rights and of course we could not pass up the opportunity to visit the World of Coca-Cola.

A2X joins the Amazon Marketplace Appstore

Amazon just launched the Marketplace Appstore, which has been developed specifically with marketplace sellers in mind. The Appstore will function as a central interface for merchants to browse and discover plugins and software integrations that interact directly with their Seller Central accounts. We’re excited to announce that A2X is listed on the Appstore, under the category ‘Accounting and Tax Remittance’. A2X is automated accounting for Amazon Marketplace Sales, fees, cost of goods sold, and FBA inventory.

Sales Tax, Historic Data, and Multiple Channels: Understanding Taxes in Pennsylvania

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. This post was written and published in 2018. Tax obligations for ecommerce sellers is constantly evolving, so for the most up-to-date information on tax legislation, please consult the official governing body websites for your location. Our blog How-To Guide: Collecting Amazon Sales Tax is also a good source of additional information and relevant sources. Like many states, Pennsylvania is in the process of introducing new tax legislation aimed at ecommerce retailers.

New taxes, new issues - understanding Washington’s Marketplace Facilitator Tax

If you’re an Amazon seller with sales in the state of Washington, you may have noticed some changes to the way your sales tax appears in your A2X reports. This is the result of the new ‘Marketplace Facilitator Tax’ that was introduced in January this year. While this specific tax only applies to sales in Washington State, other states are introducing similar taxes of their own, which will affect Amazon sellers in the future.

A2X and the GDPR - changes to our privacy policy

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will set a new standard for how companies use and protect EU citizens’ data. It will take effect this month on 25th of May 2018. A2X takes security and privacy of your data seriously and will be meeting these new standards with changes in user consent and privacy policy. You will notice several changes in A2X to ensure we are meeting our obligations.

How A2X Lets Acuity Do More for Their Clients: Automated, Accurate, Affordable

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. Acuity is a US-based accounting firm that specialises in bookkeeping and accounting for small businesses. They are tech leaders in the accounting field, and are always looking for ways to make their work more efficient and save money for clients. A2X does just that, by helping them to automate some complex processes, get accurate numbers, and speed up their results. After implementing A2X and seeing the difference it made, the team at Acuity recommends it to all their Amazon clients.

A2X is heading to Xerocon Atlanta and hosting a meetup!

Early June the team at A2X will be heading to Georgia for Xerocon Atlanta! As a regular at Xerocon now, we’re very excited to meet with clients, partners and accounting firms who have clients selling on Amazon. Xerocon is being hosted at the Southern Exchange in Atlanta Georgia from June 6-7th 2018. Find out more info and get tickets here. We’ll also be hosting an Amazon Accounting Meetup on day one of Xerocon.

A2X is officially a member of the Amazon Marketplace Developer Council

A2X is going to be attending Prosper Show 2019 – March 17-19 - Feb 4, 2019 […] members of the Amazon Marketplace Developer Council, we are always very interested to learn about the best ways that the Amazon ecosystem can improve […]

A2X is officially a member of the Amazon Marketplace Developer Council

We’re excited to announce that A2X will be participating in the new Amazon Marketplace Developer Council. The developer council consists of a group of developers and organizations that extensively use the Amazon Marketplace APIs to create useful software apps for Amazon sellers. Through participation in the Amazon Marketplace Developer Council, A2X will be offering input towards the roadmap and future development priorities for the Amazon marketplace APIs. What does this mean for the future of Amazon?

A2X, bookskeep, and backdating the books

bookskeep is a US-based bookkeeping firm that specialises in ecommerce businesses. They’ve been around since 2014, and have been an A2X partner since 2017. bookskeep has a high number of clients using QuickBooks Online, although they’re seeing an increasing number of Xero users too. Recently, the bookskeep team helped a client who needed to rebuild their financial records in order to sell their business – and they realised the true value of A2X.

A2X & Xero present the Amazon Accounting Meetup in Las Vegas

Our previous Amazon Accounting Meetup in Austin, TX at the previous Xerocon was a huge success! To follow suit we’re bringing another one, this time in conjunction with our sponsor Xero to Las Vegas, NV for the PROSPER Show on March 12-14 2018. If you’re in town for the PROSPER Show, please do join us at Gordon Biersch, LV for an informal get together for a drink and a chat about all things Amazon marketplace accounting!

PROSPER Show 2018 Sponsor Round-Up

PROSPER show is next week - the place to be for Amazon sellers, A2X will be there and we’re hosting an Amazon Accounting meetup, so if you’re going to PROSPER, we can’t wait to meet you there. This year the show is big, with over 100 sponsors, there’s an intimidating wall of logos. We hadn’t heard of many of these companies and didn’t know what they all do for Amazon sellers, so we thought it might be helpful to provide a quick round-up of each company, what they do and where to find them online.

US event update: Catch up with us on the road as we head West to East

Palo Alto - Las Vegas - Atlanta. It’s a new season of events for the A2X team. This week we’ve been on the Intuit stand at Startup Grind in Palo Alto exhibiting as part of Intuit’s sponsorship and talking to other entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley’s hub for startup networking. Next month A2X will be with the Amazon seller community exhibiting at the Prosper Show in Las Vegas over March 12-14.

Amazon, sales tax and accounting for the "Marketplace Facilitator" tax transactions

It’s 2018 and if you caught the news last year, you’ll have seen that Amazon is starting to charge and collect Sales Tax on behalf of all sellers in the state of Washington. You’ll start to notice a few new transactions in A2X: MarketplaceFacilitatorTax-Shipping and MarketplaceFacilitatorTax-Principal, these will offset and ItemPrice Tax and Shipping Tax that Amazon has charged the customer, so that it results in a total of 0 to your overall settlement.

Happy Holidays from A2X

Wow, what a year it’s been! Thanks to all our customers and partners for their support this year - we couldn’t do it without you. The A2X support team wishes you a very happy holiday and new year, we’ll be taking some time away with our families and so you can expect reduced support hours and slower response times than usual for the next few days. We’ll be keeping an eye on things so if you need help, just ask via the blue in-app messenger (shown below) or by email on contact@a2xaccounting.

A2X and Amazon Australia Accounting with Xero and Quickbooks Online

Amazon Australia launched Amazon.com.au at the start of December and hit, what has been reported as, a record first day of sales in any Amazon marketplace. A2X is excited to report that we are able to support Amazon Australia sellers to thrive on the new platform and nail their ecommerce accounting. If you’re an Australian business selling on Amazon in Australia, or an international firm opening an Amazon.com.au selling account, A2X will give you the reliable, accurate accounting of sales and fees you need to reconcile your Amazon settlements in Xero and Quickbooks Online.

An Insight into the Catching Clouds Academy for Amazon Sellers

Our good buddies at Catching Clouds have created a masterpiece. Something Amazon sellers and their accountants will love. It is an end to end Amazon accounting course that outlines the hows and whys of Amazon accounting. It is the course for you if you’re using Xero or QuickBooks Online to track Amazon sales, either in the US or internationally. Tips and Challenges There are many aspects of the course I respect but the biggest one has to be that Patti and Scott have learned by doing, and often the hard way, and they share these experiences throughout the course.

On the road again: A2X at QuickBooks Connect, San Jose, 2017

QuickBooks Connect kicks off this week and the A2X team is in San Jose primed for another week of quality conversations with customers and partners in the heart of Silicon Valley. While the main stage events start on Thursday, we’re getting into town a few days earlier. It’s not just to shake off jetlag, but also to make our pitch in the Intuit App Showdown on Wednesday night. A2X was shortlisted with nine others for the best Small Business App and we will be demonstrating to the judges how A2X solves the accounting problem Amazon sellers have reconciling sales data.

Xerocon London: Highlights

This year A2X exhibited at Xerocon London, in the ExCel convention centre and it blew us away! We had such positive feedback talking to over 100 UK accounting firms who go through the pain and hassle of manually accounting for their client’s Amazon sales, in spreadsheets, every month. Here’s a few highlights and photos from the event. If you came to see us, thanks for stopping by! We had a great booth, right at the main entrance.

Taking Eagle & Fox to the world on Amazon

Eagle & Fox had big plans for their business, but their accounting was holding them back. _Here’s how A2X helped the Amazon retailers simplify their VAT reporting, speed up their accounting and grow their business. _ Fergus and Emma Macdonald run Eagle & Fox, a creative online retailer based in the old sea port of Leith, Scotland. They merged their two brands, Kilt Society and The Tartan Blanket Co, into one dream company – a smart and efficient move.

Understanding the Cost of Goods Sold for Amazon

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes 30 seconds. Part of running a successful Amazon ecommerce business is making sure you always keep an eye on your margins. This includes more than just knowing how much Amazon deposits into your account. You also need to know what your actual gross margins are each month so you can track trends, plan for growth, and spot potential problems. The key to calculating your true monthly gross profit and keeping an accurate set of books is understanding your costs of goods sold.

Raffingers Accountants feature A2X for Summer 2017

I’m excited to share that A2X is the featured Xero Add-on in the Summer 2017 Tax Tips publication from Raffingers. Raffingers is a chartered accounting firm and Xero partner in the UK, having offices in Essex and London, and a keen focus on cloud-based solutions such as A2X.

Release Notes: July 2017

Big news this month, we’ve released a new easier to use and faster Accounts and Taxes mapping screen, it looks like this: It might not look that different to the old screen, but there’s several important changes: A2X will now offer to automatically create generic accounts in your accounting system chart of accounts, for example we’ll make Amazon Shipping for the shipping amounts Amazon charges. You can (of course) choose any account you like, or make any new account you like, but if you’re happy with generic options, these can save you some time.

A2X blog now on WordPress: same great content, new location!

If you are reading this, you are looking at our new blog, now proudly running WordPress and hosted on Google Cloud. We’ve moved from a hosted Ghost blog at https://blog.a2xaccounting.com to our own self hosted WordPress at https://www.a2xaccounting.com/blog/, please update your bookmarks. Any old links should automatically direct you to the new site. If you spot anything missing, please let us know, we’re expecting the comments migration to take around 24 hours via Disqus and the domain name changes may take a few hours to propagate for everyone.

How Ecommerce Accounting Firms Use A2X to Automate their Amazon Clients' Businesses

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. A2X has been working with Jeremiah Kovacs since 2014. Jeremiah is the founder and owner of MuseMinded, an ecommerce accounting firm for small to medium-sized Amazon sellers. Today, MuseMinded is a thriving accounting business helping Amazon sellers conquer the financial corner of their business. MuseMinded does this, in part, by teaching sellers how to automate their accounting tasks. Empowering Customers Jeremiah is passionate about entrepreneurship, family and living with intention.

Selling on Amazon? Here's How to Spend Less Time on Accounting, and More on Your Business

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes. If you’re an Amazon marketplace merchant, you’ll know that selling through the platform isn’t all smooth sailing. In fact, when it comes to balancing your books, there are some serious headaches to deal with. Sales data from Seller Central is delivered in an overly complicated format, which doesn’t mesh easily with most accounting systems. This means reconciling sales numbers with the actual amounts that land in your bank account can seem nearly impossible, and cost you hours or days every month.

Amazon, accounting, and A2X

Why e-commerce accountants love A2X. The apparent simplicity of selling through the Amazon marketplace can be deceptive. Although the Amazon Seller Central portal provides details of each transaction in reports and file downloads, as businesses grow and sales increase, accountants and sellers start to find these reports unhelpful – to say the least. Amazon’s sales reports don’t provide a breakdown of sales tax, don’t date sales accurately month by month for accrual accounting, can’t be exported to accounting software without huge issues, and include extremely confusing fees and charges.

Bookkeeping: No Longer the Bane of a Booming Amazon Business!

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes. The story of how one Amazon seller used A2X to solve his bookkeeping issues and to prepare his business for a successful sale. For Nick Losciuto, the boom in his Amazon sales was becoming a double-edged sword. Just before he sold it this year, Nick’s business, Compatible Parts, was processing tens of thousands of orders every month – with turnover in the millions of dollars.

A2X Talks Nerdy on Xero Developer TV Episode 10

Last week Xero released their 10th episode of Developer TV, and I got to be in it! Regan and I met at the Xero offices in Auckland and talked about the A2X tech stack, the Xero ecosystem and my advice for getting started with a Xero integration. Check out the full interview below (starts around 1:33). Also worth checking out Dan’s fancy bike riding skills right at the end.

A2X is coming to QuickBooks Connect Sydney in May 2017

We’re very excited to say we’ll be attending QuickBooks Connect on 18 May 2017 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. For accountants attending the event, we’ll be available for meetings throughout the day to talk about how A2X helps to automate and streamline your Amazon seller client accounting. If you’re an Amazon seller using QuickBooks and would like to talk about how A2X works, or if you have general Amazon accounting questions, we’d love to help you.

A2X for QuickBooks, Our first app review is 5 stars!

Today we received our first review for A2X on the Intuit QuickBooks App Store, 5 stars, and we’re very proud to share it! “These guys have blown all other services out of the water!” The addition of Quickbooks support for A2X has been only a recent addition and it’s proving popular for Amazon sellers who already use QuickBooks Online to streamline and automate their Amazon accounting. If you would like to save time with your Amazon sales, consider giving A2X a try.

A2X is the Xero ecosystem partner of the month

We have some exciting news to share! This month A2X has been named Xero’s Ecosystem partner of the month for the “great work [we’re] doing to help small businesses thrive”. It’s incredibly rewarding to be recognised by Xero. We’ve worked very hard to maintain our 5-star rating in Xero’s marketplace and offer what we consider to be the best Amazon to Xero integration available. As part of the announcement Paul gave the Xero team some tips for selling on Amazon, and some advice for accounting for Amazon sales and fees using A2X and Xero.

Prosper Show 2017 - Our 5 Must-See Sessions

Prosper Show is starting in just over a week and we’ve been poring over the agenda these last few days trying to decide what our top picks for sessions are. It’s tough to decide as the calibre of speakers at the event is high, but we’ve narrowed our list to our top-5. Presented in no particular order, the top 5 speakers/presentations we’re most excited to see at Prosper next week.

A2X is going to Las Vegas! Prosper Show, 22-23 March

We’re coming to Las Vegas this month and we’re excited to meet you! We’ll be attending Prosper Show on 22-23 March at the Las Vegas Convention Center. If you’re going to be there, let’s meet up! If you’re not, you should come. There’ll be 100’s and 100’s of serious Amazon sellers there, apps and services like A2X and some fantastic speakers. If you’re not already booked to go, but want to, A2X has a discount code: “A2XA17” to save $100 on your ticket price.

Amazon Reserve amounts: what to do when Amazon withholds your settlement payment

In this post we want to cover two often confusing transactions you will see in your Amazon settlement files that A2X imports. The first is the Current Reserve Amount and the second is the Previous Reserve Amount Balance. Firstly, a bit of background to these transactions. Why does Amazon withhold payment? Sometimes Amazon withholds some or all of your settlement payment for various reasons. Some examples of why we have seen Amazon do this to sellers: you’re a new seller with no history, your credit card on file with Amazon is expired, or there’s a bank account validation problem in your seller account.

Delays processing Amazon.fr settlements in A2X

This is just a quick note to advise we’re experiencing delays receiving Amazon.fr settlement data from Amazon. We have escalated the issue to Amazon tech support and will update this post as we determine the causes for the delays. In the meantime, the Amazon.fr financial data is not lost, it will be available in your A2X account as soon as we can properly receive it from Amazon. You may see a partially processed settlement in your account while we await the data.

Amazon Promotion and Sponsored Products Accounts

Specific Amazon codes in Xero The other day I was going through my amazon seller fees for the month. I recently launched my first effective Amazon promotion and wanted to see what it looked like in my accounting software. Mostly, I wanted an overview of how much I have given away in order to create the recent promotion related sales. I use A2X and when I did my initial mapping “Amazon Promotion” was not mapped.

What are Amazon FBA Transaction Fees and Fee Breakdowns

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. If you use Amazon’s FBA (Fulfilment by Amazon) service, you’ve probably seen a few extra FBA fees pop up on your statements. In this article, we’ll explain what those fees mean (in real life), and how to record them in your books. So, what are Amazon FBA Transaction Fees? And what do they mean for your business, and for your accounting? Read on. Looking for a comprehensive list of Amazon seller transactions?

Release Notes May 2016

They say Better late than never! A number of users have been asking us for updates on new features and changes in A2X as they happen, so allow us to present you the changes and improvements in the May release of A2X. Better handling of invitation errors A2X supports inviting multiple users to each account, and also allows users to access multiple accounts. Invitations are sent by email and accepted by clicking through to the A2X website.

Release Notes June 2016

Busy month for us! Here are the changes and improvements in the June release of A2X. Bulk actions on the settlement list This was a bug fix, since this feature was not working in certain situations, it is now and we thought we’d take the opportunity to tell you about how it works. STEP 1 To enable the bulk actions, click on the tool sign and choose “Enable Bulk Actions” After enabling bulk actions, the following little sub-menu will appear: STEP 2 Choose one of the bulk actions that you want to use (Refresh, Delete, Send to Xero) and select settlements you want to apply the chosen bulk action by clicking the checkbox on the right of the settlement.

Grouping Sales by Product Type in A2X

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. A2X software offers different options for the grouping of Sales, Refunds, Promotions, Shipping and Gift Wrap charges. We also have a Grouping by Product Type option. Grouping by SKU is fairly obvious; grouping by product type is a little more complicated. In this article, we’re going to show you how grouping by product type works. We’d like to say upfront, product types are generally an extra-for-experts setting that not all users are going to want or need.

How to link multiple Amazon accounts to one Xero account in A2X

We have received a number of inquiries from users that want to link multiple Amazon accounts to one Xero account (called an ‘Organisation’ in Xero), we decided to make this step-by-step guide in order to walk you through the set up process. The example setup is as follows: Amazon Account 1 <–> A2X Account 1 <–> Xero Account (direct connection) Amazon Account 2 <–> A2X Account 2 <–> Xero Account (shared access)

Missing Amazon Settlement Files

Several A2X users have been in touch with our tech support team about Amazon settlement files missing from their A2X account. This is a known issue affecting some Amazon sellers. The symptom of the issue is the new settlement files in your Seller account will have a ‘Request Report’ button showing under Reports > Payments and will require you to manually click the button in order for A2X to access the report.

A2X is going to Xerocon in Denver next month!

If you’re an avid Xero user like us, you may already know about Xerocon, happening in Denver next month. It’s taking place from June 2 – 4 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and we think it’s going to be pretty cool. You’ll hear from Xero about upcoming product plans, accounting experts on best practices for your own business reporting and meet developers of all the add-ons you use, including A2X!

Reconciling Amazon payments in Xero

In this post we’ll cover how the invoices from A2X reconcile to the payments from Amazon. There are 3 main scenarios outlined below. Single invoice, single payment This is the simplest scenario for reconciling. Xero will see the invoice that A2X creates and the payment from Amazon and offer to reconcile the payment against the invoice, most of the time completely automatically. Xero can match the invoice and payment automatically based on the due date and the amount.

Upcoming changes: speed improvements!

Welcome to the A2X Accounting blog! We’ll post here periodically with articles to help you use A2X, tips for doing your accounting with Amazon and also any product updates. In this post, I wanted to let you know about some upcoming changes to A2X that address the speed issues. We have been hearing your feedback and we have improved the way we access the Xero data to make some big improvements in page load times.

A2X now has the 'Sign in with Intuit' option

A2X is now even more convenient for you to use. A2X/QuickBooks users can now safely sign in with Intuit. A button that you will see on the A2X ‘Sign in’ and ‘Sign up’ screens labelled ‘Sign in with Intuit’ will allow you to sign in with your Intuit login details. Here is how it is done: Step 1 -Select ‘Sign in with Intuit’ After pressing this button, what you see next will depend on whether you are already logged into QuickBooks in your browser, and whether you have already granted A2X limited access to your basic QuickBooks details.