Automation

Etsy Accounting Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes. Etsy sellers, arguably, have more to account for in their books than other ecommerce sellers. Keeping track of all the costs involved in creating a product, and then selling it, is essential to ensuring you make a profit in the end. If you want to grow, that is. In this Etsy accounting guide, part of our Etsy accounting hub, we’ll be covering all the key things that sellers like you need to know, and do, to successfully manage your books.

Accounting for Shopify Sellers: The 8 Setup Steps

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. Selling on Shopify is all about freedom of expression for your brand, and that’s pretty exciting for an ambitious entrepreneur. With Shopify’s unique customization offering, it now powers millions of ecommerce stores and some of the biggest brands in the world including Kylie Cosmetics, Heinz, Lindt, RedBull, Tesla, Sephora, and more. But the road to growth and success isn’t without bumps, and planning as early as possible for these is the best way to minimize damage.

10 Ways to Grow Your Amazon Client Base

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes 30 seconds. If you’re an accountant trying to establish your niche, serving Amazon sellers is a great way to get your name out there. In 2021, there are 1.9 million active Amazon sellers, with the site selling around 4000 items per minute! That’s a sizeable pool of potential clients for an accountant. And currently, around 34% of them are looking for new opportunities, so that’s a good indication that they’ll be able to outsource their accounting and bookkeeping to a professional such as yourself.

The Ultimate Guide To Shopify Accounting And Automation

Estimated reading time: 16 minutes. Just about anyone can start selling online, but not everyone will be successful. Those success stories are founded on talent, creativity, and passion - but they also depend on excellent management of the money that drives them. Cash flow is like blood flow. It powers every organ of your business and if it’s not nurtured, maintained, and regularly vetted, it can cause serious, compounding issues. In the first part of our Shopify accounting hub series, we looked at the 8 setup steps to help you set the scene for your new venture.

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.

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.

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.

Accounting for Shopify: The Best Apps For Accounting | A2X

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes. 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.

How-to Guide: Xero eBay Integration

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.

QuickBooks eBay Integration Guide: How to Get Set Up

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes. By automating the accounting side of your business, you’ll save time, make fewer mistakes and stay on top of your numbers. These are all critical components of running a successful, scalable online business. Connecting your ecommerce platform with accounting software just makes good business sense. When connecting your Quickbooks and eBay accounts, you need to be aware that without a third party to offer insights about your business performance, you may be limited in what details you can see.

The Best Amazon Seller Tools To Grow Your Business In 2021 [List]

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes 30 seconds. Selling on Amazon takes time, money, and effort. Like any business, you get out what you put in. But if you want to grow your Amazon store and increase its annual turnover, you need to find ways to simplify and streamline your sales process. So, what’s the solution? Amazon automation tools are here to help. So whether you’re looking for the next app to add to your business stack, or the ultimate Amazon FBA toolkit, you’re in the right place.

How To Set Up Your Shopify Facebook Pixel [Tutorial]

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. Facebook advertising can be confusing, especially if you’ve never done it before. Many features and a huge audience make for an effective marketing platform, but also a complicated one. However, there is one feature that makes tracking and understanding the data from your ad campaigns super simple: Facebook pixel. Here, we’ll explore the Shopify Facebook pixel integration – its benefits, how it works, how to set it up, and a few expert tips to help you make the most of your Facebook ad campaigns.

Etsy Fees UK: Understanding The Fees For UK Sellers [Guide]

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes. If you’re an Etsy seller in the UK and want to better understand its fees, then you’re in the right place. You won’t just be charged for listing items on Etsy. Depending on which services you use from the platform, you could be paying numerous fees to run your business. There are ways to manage and reduce them, but you need to know exactly what to expect and how to track them to do this.

How To Grow Your Sales With Amazon Feedback Automation

Estimated reading time: 13 minutes. ​​Amazon is competitive. It gains a new seller every minute, and with that kind of competition, you need to provide excellent service every time - and shout about it. Positive reviews are a huge driving force for great performance on Amazon. Your Amazon feedback rating impacts how visible you are in search results, and whether people will try you out. But it’s far from simple to build and maintain great feedback on Amazon.

​​The Ultimate Guide To Shopify Inventory Management

Estimated reading time: 14 minutes. Bad inventory management costs retailers trillions of dollars a year. Inventory listed but not available, available but not listed and preventable returns are all the sources of staggering losses for retailers both on and offline. And with such intense competition, can you afford to lose the customers that find you? In this guide to Shopify inventory management, we’ll be talking about how you can manage your stock efficiently and what you can learn to improve your systems along the way:

Etsy vs Amazon Handmade: How Do They Stack Up?

Estimated reading time: 15 minutes. Listen up, talented artisans. If you’re eager to share your creations with the world but unsure whether Etsy or Amazon is the right space for you, don’t go away. Etsy is an established marketplace of similar sellers that saw a growth of 160% in its habitual buyers last year (2020). The ecommerce giant that is Amazon has a dedicated section for handmade products, giving sellers like you access to its unparalleled visitor numbers.

How To Find The Right Shopify Apps For Your Store [2021 List]

Estimated reading time: 12 minutes, 30 seconds. Applications are designed to level up your tech. They add to, elevate and expand on the tools you’re using, giving you the ability to customize how you run your business, and how customers engage with it. With apps for live chat, interactions, VR, AR, social media sharing, email marketing, accounting, and more, the potential is hugely exciting. But with over 3,000 apps on Shopify’s app store, how do you choose which of these areas to invest in?

Shopify Fulfillment Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes, 30 seconds. “Immediacy, convenience, and speed are top consumer demands. This is the new normal.” Shopify’s Future of Ecommerce Report, 2021.  More than 70% of consumers indicate convenience and free shipping are their top reasons to shop online. With such a large majority of your customers depending on you for these things, your Shopify fulfillment method has to be top-notch. If it’s not, you could be losing out on a huge chunk of your audience.

Expand Your Business Seamlessly With A2X Multi-Channel Plans

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes. Are you an ecommerce seller (or accountant) running more than one sales channel and A2X account? Or perhaps you’re considering expanding and will need to do this soon? A2X offers multi-channel plans so that you can integrate and manage your accounts seamlessly across your business. This guide will take you through your plan options and how to set this up. Table of Contents A2X Multi-Channel Plans How to Connect Your A2X Accounts with a Multi Plan For any ecommerce seller on multiple platforms For premium Amazon and Shopify sellers using the same platform Accounting for Multiple Channels A2X Multi-Channel Plans The plan levels are based on your combined sales volume per month.

How To Create A Shopify Pinterest Marketing Strategy

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes, 30 seconds. Pinterest is the digitized version of the corkboard above your desk. It’s that vision board that holds all the ideas and inspiration you want to save for later. Today, that often involves wishlist products, and as such, Pinterest has become a marketing tool for ecommerce sellers. Forget judging a book by its cover. In 2021, people are judging books by their pins. So let us share with you a template for getting your Shopify store on Pinterest, and everything you need to know about rich pins, buyable pins for Shopify, how to use Pinterest for business in 2021, and how you can sell on Shopify and Pinterest without a website.

Etsy Tips To Grow And Improve Your Business

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes, 30 seconds. So you’ve got an Etsy store, and it’s doing ok - maybe even well, but you’re keen to grow? Great, you’re in the right place. There are plenty of ways to make your store bigger and better, and not all of them cost you money. That’s what this blog is about: our top Etsy tips, both free and paid, for improving your business and taking it to the next level.

The "Hidden" Costs of Running An Ecommerce Business

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 30 seconds. This is a guest post from our friends at MerchantSpring, a tool for managing your ecommerce business. Whether you run a small start-up or a major enterprise, there’s no question that your online presence is a crucial investment for your business. The trick is knowing where to spend your money for the best results with the greatest return. In this blog, we’ll be looking at the expected and unexpected costs that come with ecommerce.

How To Sell On Amazon in 2021 [The Ultimate Guide]

Estimated reading time: 38 minutes. In 2020, it became official: Amazon is worth $1 trillion. Sharing its name with one of the most biodiverse forests on the planet, Amazon’s seemingly infinite footprint and product offering are similarly expansive. And Amazon.com is the tip of the iceberg. From music streaming to healthcare, gaming, entertainment, cloud computing, and more, Amazon is so much more than an ecommerce platform - though it still holds the top spot for that, too.

Are Your eBay Fees Too High? Here's How To Lower Them

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes 30 seconds. Your eBay fees are unavoidable, but it’s within your control to manage and plan for them. If you feel like your eBay fees are too high, there are a few indicators you can look for to find out whether this really is the case, or something else is going on. That’s what we’ll explore in this guide: how to tell whether your fees are too high, what to do about them, and what else might be wrong.

Sage eBay Integration Guide: How To Automate Your Accounting

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes. Integrating eBay with cloud accounting software is a great way to save you time, make sure nothing is missed in your bookkeeping, and give you access to financial information anytime, anywhere. Sage is a fantastic option for any eBay seller, with plans that can grow with you and an internationally-acclaimed reputation. But whilst integrating eBay and Sage is a smart first step, it won’t get you the optimal accounting stack for ecommerce - that’s the same for any other platform and accounting software provider, too.

Why Multi-Channel Ecommerce Sellers Need A2X

Selling on multiple sales channels should mean more sales, not more admin. Here’s what A2X, the leading ecommerce accounting software, can do for your business. What’s Challenging About Ecommerce Accounting? Ecommerce is not like brick-and-mortar, where the majority of transactions occur directly through the bank. With ecommerce, transactions are occurring through the sales channel and businesses receive lump deposits net of fees. When you start selling on multiple sales channels, these difficulties compound.

A Tour Of Amazon Seller Central

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes. For Amazon sellers, Seller Central is mission control. Everything you need to run your business is there in one centralized location, but some aspects have greater tools and resources available to help you than others. That’s what we’re going to explore here. In this blog, we’ll take you through the elements of your Amazon Seller Central account and how you can use them to your advantage.

The Ultimate Guide to eBay VAT

Estimated reading time: 17 minutes. When you sell online to a global market, you’re opening up your business to a world full of consumers with disposable income. You’ll also become subject to meeting tax thresholds in multiple economies with different rules (sigh). And with ecommerce being the lucrative beast that it is, tax authorities in those multiple economies are onto you. But don’t close up shop just yet. In this guide, we explore all things VAT in the UK and Europe - what it means for eBay sellers like you, and how to get started.

Xero Amazon Integration Guide [How To Set It Up]

Estimated reading time: 14 minutes. As a financial hub to help you record, crunch and analyze your sales, Xero is a great software option for Amazon sellers. Designed to grow with you, whatever size or stage you may be at in your business journey, Xero has your accounting covered. But whilst automating the transfer of your financial data from Amazon to Xero is a core step, it’s not the end of the road.

Sage Amazon Integration: How To Get Started [Full Guide]

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes, 30 seconds. In 1981, David Goldman wanted to streamline the accounting process for his own business. With few accounting automation options available at the time, he decided the best way to do this was to create a platform of his own. Thus, Sage was born. 40 years later, Sage is now one of the largest tech companies in the UK. A brand defined by its premier resource planning software, and a charitable side to boot.

Everything You Need to Know About Migrating to A2X for Shopify from Bold (and Why You Should)

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes. As connector apps, A2X and Bold are important parts of optimized ecommerce accounting automation. These apps ensure that your Shopify data is calculated accurately and organized. But the way they each do this and the resulting outcomes are quite different. One of them has a few additional features to offer - features that can transform the way you do business. And you might be surprised to hear that switching is not only easy, but books can be backdated, so it’s almost like the migration never took place at all.

Quickbooks Amazon Integration Guide [How To Set It Up]

Estimated reading time: 12 minutes, 30 seconds. Amazon first opened its digital doors to sellers worldwide in the early 2000s. But back then, people only had the option to sell either books, CDs, or DVDs. Nowadays you can find and sell just about anything on Amazon. From groceries and toy cars to bonsai trees and mobile phones; if it can fit in a Fed-Ex van or be downloaded as a PDF, you’ll find it on Amazon.

How To Set Up An Etsy Seller Account [Tutorial]

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes. So you’re thinking about joining the Etsy family? Exciting! Etsy is the platform for creatives, where imagination comes to life and buyers love personal touches. It’s all about the hand-made, human feel, but it does need to start with some techy steps first. Setting up your Etsy seller account is very easy, and this article will show you exactly how (as well as the crucial next step).

Etsy Business Plan Template: Prepare For Selling On Etsy

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes. Are you considering turning your hobby into a business using the Etsy marketplace? Well, you’ll be joining a platform that gets around 81.9 million buyers these days looking for handmade goods just like yours. Before you dive in though, we invite you to lower the tools for a moment and funnel that creative flow into a top-notch Etsy business plan. It’s crucial to understand exactly what your business does, its identity and how it’s going to function so that when it comes to making costly decisions, you have a road map to guide you.

Amazon Automation Guide: How To Simplify Your Business

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes 30 seconds. Automation is the process of letting the technology we’ve created do the leg work for us. Machines can do so much that we don’t need to do ourselves, and often better than us. By automating those tasks, we get to preserve our time for the things human beings can add value to with experience, intuition, and nuance—the strategy part of the business. But like most things today, the options of technology out there can be a little overwhelming.

How To Integrate Etsy and Sage Business Cloud Accounting

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes, 30 seconds. Time is one thing you can’t buy and if you’re an Etsy seller, it’s probably safe to assume that you already need as much of it as possible to create. Bookkeeping is fundamental to the survival and growth of your business, so it needs your attention and your investment. Fortunately, neither of those things need to be significant - not with the technology that allows you to work smarter, not harder.

How To Integrate Etsy And Xero With A2X [Automation Guide]

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes, 30 seconds. If you’re an Etsy seller, you’re likely driven by creativity and probably didn’t get into business to manage bookkeeping. Accounting might not be in your comfort zone, but even if it is, there are quicker and more accurate options for managing it besides manually inputting data. This way, you can get back to what you do best: Making. Apps and integrations are beautiful things, but you need to understand how they work with, and optimize, one another to get the best out of them.

What Is eBay Selling Manager And Should You Get Pro?

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes. Not all eBay sellers have the same goals when they sign up to the platform. When eBay started back in 1995, it was primarily an auction site used for selling the odd pre-loved item from around the house - a sort of online garage sale. As ecommerce grew and more sellers flocked to run full-fledged businesses on eBay, the platform needed to change tack. These sellers required a backend that would give them the visibility, reporting tools and resources necessary to run their business.

The Story Behind eBay Valet And Alternatives You Can Use

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes. So, you’ve created amazing, optimized listings on eBay, and they’re starting to get attention. Suddenly, you need to make sure that your items are getting to the buyers quickly and painlessly - one of the key drivers of customer satisfaction on the eBay platform. For some, getting a large volume of items from storage into the mailboxes of the buyers in a timely manner is a logistical nightmare.

The Ultimate Shopify Sales Tax Guide [Full Resource]

Estimated reading time: 13 minutes 30 seconds. In the mid-1990s at the dawn of ecommerce, online sales weren’t worth enough to garner the attention of tax authorities. Sales tax was something paid by businesses with a fixed, physical address, and back then, most had that. This isn’t the case today. Since Shopify’s inception in 2004, US ecommerce sales revenue has skyrocketed from $75 billion to $787.9 billion in 2020. In the last decade alone, the industry has multiplied itself almost five times over.

How To Hire And Vet The Right Bookkeeper For Your FBA Business

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes. This is a guest post from our friends at specialist ecommerce accounting firm Bean Ninjas. When you’re first starting out, you might be tempted to do your own bookkeeping and accounting. However, as your business grows, it is rarely a good idea to keep DIY’ing it. Every minute that you are spending on bookkeeping is time you aren’t spending on growing or running your business. If this resonates with you, then read on to learn how to hire and vet the right bookkeeper for your FBA business.

eBay Growth Guide: How To Increase eBay Sales

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes. There’s money to be made on eBay. In 2020, eBay sales revenue grew 22% - and that’s not the only thing that grew. With more sellers joining eBay every day and approximately seven million in the US alone, competition is rife. Growing on the platform takes work. But that’s why you’re here - to find out what your options are and how to leverage every available tool at your disposal.

Amazon Pay Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes. Online shoppers like choice. And they prefer businesses that give them choice. In fact, Business Insider reports that limited payment options could account for a quarter of abandoned shopping carts in the US. But with no shortage of payment gateway options for ecommerce sellers, how should they pick which ones to offer, and do buyers have a resounding preference? Is Amazon Pay the obvious choice for Amazon sellers, for example, or are there better alternatives?

Shopify Sage Integration: Here's How To Set It Up [Guide]

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes 30 seconds. When Sage began life in 1981, Shopify didn’t exist. Sage founder David Goldman wanted an automated accounting software solution for his business, so he built it himself. In 2006, Shopify founders Tobias Lütke and Scott Lake didn’t like the ecommerce software available to them at the time, so they built what they wanted themselves. Both Sage and Shopify were conceived by entrepreneurs that wanted the freedom to customise, automate and grow their businesses.

Amazon Tax Canada: What You Need To Know

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes. Canada’s sales tax is a bit of a mutt. It’s not quite the same breed as the US, or as Europe, but almost a cross between the two. Canada’s sales tax is called GST (goods and services tax), and is a value-added tax, meaning it is added onto the value of an item at each stage in its manufacturing journey. Although the GST rate is consistent across Canada, the story barely begins there.

How To Sell On Shopify in 2021 [The Ultimate Guide]

Estimated reading time: 13 minutes. Shopify was started in 2004. Canadians Tobias Lütke and Scott Lake wanted to sell snowboarding equipment, but found the existing tools for ecommerce sellers too restrictive. So, they built their own. By 2007, the company was bringing in around $8,000/month. Now, monthly revenue is closer to $20million. As an industry leader, Shopify is constantly evolving to give customers the best experience, exceed their expectations and help sellers push boundaries.

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.

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.

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.

How To Find An Amazon Accountant Or Bookkeeper [Full Guide]

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes 30 seconds. Accurate Amazon accounting is a must. The best thing you can do for your ecommerce business is to build an accounting framework that scales and nurtures your success. What does this look like? Great accounting software and the support of a specialist Amazon accountant. Whether your accountant just helps you get set up or supports you full time, their help and advice can be invaluable to the growth of your Amazon store.

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.

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.

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.

The Best eBay Accounting Software for Online Sellers [Guide]

Estimated reading time: 12 minutes 30 seconds. Accounting and taxes are often two of the biggest hurdles for ecommerce sellers. This is especially true for small businesses or those just starting out. Accounting for eBay sellers may be particularly complex, due to the fact that eBay operates 26 international sites which sellers can leverage, spreading their reach to customers across the globe. Understanding your cash flow, inventory and tax obligations at all times is critical, not only to your success and growth as an ecommerce business, but to your survival.

Amazon Accounting Meetup Summary: Sydney, Australia May 22nd

Estimated reading time: 25 minutes 30 seconds. On May 22nd, 2018, we organized a meet-up in collaboration with Intuit Quickbooks (referred to as QBO throughout this article), where a range of topics related to Amazon accounting were discussed. We were privileged to have three Amazon accounting and app experts present at our meet-up: Jeri Wambeek from Which AddOn. Michael Fleming from Sales Tax and More (via video link). Arnold Shields from Dolman Bateman Accountants.

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.

Scaling Your Walmart Seller Business: Walmart Marketplace Knowledge Base

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes 30 seconds. As a business owner in the ecommerce sector, you’ll be well aware of the benefits of online market platforms. Rather than deal with the expense and the time-consuming process of building your own ecommerce platform, it makes sense to leverage ones that are already thriving. You might already be an aficionado on Amazon and Shopify, so perhaps it’s time to diversify and join the Walmart Marketplace.

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 [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.

12 Day of Christmas with A2X and EmuJoy

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes. If there’s any year worth celebrating early, it is 2020! Here at A2X, we get to work with ecommerce businesses (and their bookkeepers) from such a diverse range of backgrounds. While our conversations are usually around helping these people to automate their accounting, we are often amazed by the ideas we hear about and the passion behind them. So, this Christmas, we wanted to share a little bit of that magic with you.

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.

Get Better Accounting for Shopify with A2X for Shopify

Shopify sellers have better accounting with A2X for Shopify integration Updated October 2020. Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 30 seconds. In today’s technology-driven world, there is no real excuse for poor accounting. While most businesses and Shopify sellers find it a monotonous and time-consuming chore, it’s essential for tracking, managing and optimizing the growth of your business. Say goodbye to spreadsheets and invest in user-friendly and effective accounting software. Having a robust system in place will help you manage your cash flow and taxes – simplifying your finances.

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.

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.

How-To Guide: Fulfil Orders On Shopify

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes 30 seconds. Congratulations! If you’re here, it’s probably because you have most of the building blocks in place for your Shopify store. You’ve chosen an in-demand product, you’ve set up your Shopify account and listed your products for sale. Now, you want to understand fulfilment options. This guide will give you an overview of fulfilment so that you can choose the best option to suit your business.

The Authentic Buyer’s Guide to Amazon Automation

Estimated reading time: 11 minutes. See our updated guide for Amazon automation in 2021 here. 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 11 Best Shopify Apps for Dropshipping Stores

Estimated reading time: 13 minutes. Have you always wanted to start your own dropshipping business? Perhaps you’re already an online entrepreneur looking for ways to better manage your dropshipping processes. There’s no shortage of apps for Shopify sellers, but there’s a handful that stands out from the crowd for dropshipping, specifically. When you are looking for the best for your business, consider the following: Does the app let you choose your products and instantly sync your selection to your Shopify store?

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.

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.

Register for the QB 'Appy Hour with A2X for Shopify

The QB ‘Appy Hour is a fun monthly webinar series dedicated to the QuickBooks Apps ecosystem. This month, experts Heather Satterley and Liz Scott will be discussing the latest Shopify and QuickBooks integration, A2X for Shopify. Register for the QB ‘Appy Hour, Aug 27, 2019 04:00 PM EST This Webinar is a must attend for accountants who have clients using the Shopify platform or those wanting to learn about the opportunities around Shopify accounting.

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.

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.

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.  In this guide about using spreadsheets vs. A2X for your accounting: Table of Contents Accounting for Amazon Sellers Accounting Before A2X Pros and cons of spreadsheet accounting Accounting with A2X Pros and cons of A2X for Amazon  Step into the Future of Ecommerce Accounting with A2X Also on the blog 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.

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.

Intelligent Automation for the Amazon Seller

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes. It’s a reality. Our world is becoming more automated every single day. Integrations connect different apps, plugins are able to handle large amounts of information with ease, and businesses are turning to automation for a competitive edge. At first glance, automation might seem out of reach for many Amazon sellers. What was once the domain of large organizations with deep pockets is now accessible to anyone with a laptop and a ‘can do’ attitude.

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.

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.

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.