Start Up

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.

How to Sell on Walmart Marketplace in 2020: The Definitive Guide

Estimated reading time: 13 minutes, 30 seconds. Walmart exists to make life easier for consumers. This is clear in everything from their branding to the layout of their physical stores - it’s a one-stop-shop; it’s the most affordable stuff all in one place; it’s trusted, recognizable brands that consumers know and can depend on. Walmart’s fast growing online marketplace is an opportunity for business owners and entrepreneurs to get all the benefits of having their products in a department store, with the convenience and increased reach of ecommerce.

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.

The ultimate guide to Shopify accounting with A2X

Running a business is often a flurry of admin tasks and never-ending to-do lists, coupled with some testing setbacks and lots of rewarding milestones. Creating and growing a successful e-commerce brand is no different – but don’t let that scare you. When the hard work pays off, the feeling of accomplishment is even sweeter. Like all good things, building and running a Shopify store takes time and effort. At times, the process can feel overwhelming and you might even ask yourself whether it’s all worth it.

Shopify vs WooCommerce: Picking a winner

Choosing the right e-commerce platform for your business At some point, every new e-commerce entrepreneur will ask the same question: which platform should I use to build my store? Both WooCommerce and Shopify have multiple strengths (and weaknesses) and could be the perfect solution for building your online business. Whichever one you choose, you’ll certainly be able to build a powerful and functioning e-commerce store. But here’s the thing – it’s not about which one is the best, but rather which one is right for you.

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.

Shopify accounting for dummies - Get your books set up for accounting success

Most people don’t start a Shopify store to spend hours dissecting financial data, but it doesn’t take long for this to happen. Even if you have accounting experience, e-commerce comes with certain nuances that make the job more complex. Although Shopify offers one of the easiest ways to open and manage an online store, lots of business owners struggle to keep on top of their books. With Shopify, this is mostly due to a clunky flow of financial data.

A basic How-To Guide To Fulfil Orders On Shopify

Now that you’ve chosen an in-demand product to sell through your Shopify store, you’ve set up your Shopify account and listed your products for sale, you need to know how to fulfil orders. This basic how-to guide for fulfilling orders on Shopify from A2X will help you choose a fulfilment process that best suits your business, get set up in Shopify, and ensure your customers receive their items well-packaged and in a timely fashion.

How to set up Shopify Payments and Link To Your Accounting

Get all your accounting systems working together Entrepreneurs love Shopify – it’s the full package. One platform has all the e-commerce and point-of-sale features you need to build, grow and run your business, including its very own payment gateway – Shopify Payments. Shopify Payments was formed in 2013 through a partnership between Shopify and payment provider Stripe. If it’s the right fit for your business, you can start accepting credit card payments quickly and easily, and it means you don’t need to pay for and integrate a third-party option.

How to Add Google Analytics to Shopify

A super simple guide for new e-commerce store owners The best way to improve your Shopify store is to learn as much as you can about your customers – like how they find and browse your store. For traditional retail stores, that information is relatively easy to come by – you can simply ask your customers in person. But for e-commerce store owners who never come face-to-face with their customers, this can be a challenge.

E-Commerce Accounting: What Makes It So Different?

What makes e-commerce accounting different and how using an e-commerce accountant will help You’ve started an e-commerce store, and you’re slowly getting the different parts of your business sorted – suppliers, inventory, sales and marketing. Then you get to the not-so-simple matter of sorting your accounting. You remember taking a couple of accounting classes way back in high school, so you could try and muddle your way through if you had to.

How to remove ‘Powered by Shopify’ from your store

Simple instructions for removing Shopify’s branding By default, when you create a new Shopify online store, the branding ‘Powered by Shopify’ is automatically added in two different places: the first, your store’s footer, and the second, on your store’s password page (if your website is password protected or not yet live). This is to let customers know that you have used Shopify to build your online store. For some Shopify sellers, the ‘Powered by Shopify’ brand isn’t a bother.

A2X’s Idiot-proof Guide to Making Money with Amazon FBA

Build a successful business that turns a sweet profit Let’s be frank, most people don’t start an Amazon FBA business to simply break even. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a hobby, your side hustle, or full-time income – you want your Amazon FBA business to be making you money. With that in mind, there is no secret recipe, no guaranteed fast-track to the top of the Amazon golden hill of success.

How to Change Your Store Name on Shopify

How to change your Shopify store name: A quick and simple guide As a new Shopify store owner, choosing the right name for your business can be a mammoth task. When you do finally decide on a name and set up shop, it’s natural to consider a name change. Maybe you’ve found a name that better aligns with your brand than the one you first chose. Perhaps you’ve decided to shift into a different niche market – or, you simply changed your mind.

How to Sell Used Books Amazon FBA

Selling used books on Amazon FBA: How to start a successful used-book business on Amazon Maybe you have a bunch of old books lying around home collecting dust, or perhaps you’ve contemplated starting an Amazon business, but aren’t 100% sure what to sell. Selling used books on Amazon is a great way to get started. If you’re apprehensive about financial risk, selling used books can be a way to launch your business without spending your life savings on inventory.

The 11 Best Shopify apps for drop-shipping stores

Create a successful business using e-commerce apps Have you always wanted to start your own drop-shipping business? Perhaps you’re already an online entrepreneur looking for ways to better manage your drop-shipping processes. There’s no shortage of drop-shipping apps for Shopify sellers, but there’s a handful that stands out from the crowd. When looking for a drop-shipping app to use, there are a few things you should always consider: Does the app let you choose your products and instantly sync your selection to your Shopify store?

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.

How-To Guide: Seamlessly Integrate Shopify with QuickBooks

Integrating Shopify with QuickBooks. Step-by-step instructions using A2X Good, accurate accounting is fundamental to the growth and compliance of any business. For small e-commerce sellers, crunching numbers, while essential, is one of those back-office admin tasks that chews up a lot of time and effort. For that main reason, e-commerce sellers often turn to third-party accounting software like QuickBooks to help them automate their business financials. Lots of Shopify sellers currently use QuickBooks, and if you’ve stumbled across this article, we’re guessing you’re in that boat.

How-To Guide: Seamlessly Integrate Shopify and Xero

Integrating Shopify with Xero. Step-by-step instructions using A2X You have your Shopify store, and your accounting software Xero – and now you’re looking to integrate the two. No problem. This how-to guide includes step-by-step instructions on how to sync them up – including using an accounting connector app. “No! Not another app to add to the mix!” we hear you say. But, it’ll be worth it, promise. This guide will take you through how to easily integrate A2X with both Shopify and Xero and why your e-commerce business will benefit tremendously from using an accounting connector.

The Best Amazon FBA Podcasts you need to be listening to in 2019

Expand your knowledge, grow your business Whether you’re a podcast virgin or an in-the-know regular, there’s no denying podcasts are a great tool for Amazon FBA sellers. In a matter of minutes you can learn about the latest update or a new marketing tactic, get inspiration and advice – all while working at home or driving the kids to school. We’ve put together a list of the podcasts you should be listening to in 2019 to expand your knowledge and grow your Amazon FBA business:

The Definitive Guide to Shopify Accounting

You’ve finally decided it’s time to open an e-commerce store, and you’ve chosen Shopify as your sales platform. Great job – you’ve made the first step. More than likely you’re now smack bang in the middle of a whirlwind of activity – developing product, building a business plan, devising a marketing strategy – all super important parts of starting and running your own business. You’ve been told the first couple of years in business will be hard – and we won’t lie, it is.

How To Pack Your Products for Amazon FBA

You have decided to use Amazon FBA for your business fulfillment requirements and now you have arrived at the point where it’s time to package your first shipment. You want to make sure that there are no delays, no unforeseen costs, and that your goods arrive at their destination in the same condition they left your business. Why does correct packaging matter? It is not just a matter of packing your products into a box and sending it to Amazon.

Amazon FBA Business Plan Template

So you’ve ticked off everything on your business plan checklist down to a T. All products are ready to be listed, supply arrangements sorted, distributor partnerships signed, all packages properly labelled, and Amazon system records on point. Great! So you’ve got an FBA business. Or do you? If you’ve made it to this stage, the good news is that you’re off to an excellent start. The bad news? Listing products on Amazon is just the tip of the iceberg.

Tips for getting started with Amazon FBA, Accounting and doing things the right way

Starting a business is a whirlwind of activity that involves a wide range of different tasks, and presents a unique set of challenges for every startup. Amazon makes it easier to reach paying customers by providing an advanced online marketplace with millions of active shoppers, and offering fulfilment warehousing (FBA) to simplify the logistical side of things. Whilst it is tempting to dive into development and focus on action, some prior research, planning and self-education can make the journey of entrepreneurship much less challenging and significantly reduce your chances of failure.

The Amazon FBA secret recipe for success in 2019

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. Here’s some interesting facts and figures: Amazon’s share of the US e-commerce market is now 49%, or 5% of all retail spend - July, 2018. Amazon operates marketplaces in 13 countries and ships worldwide. Amazon entered the Australian market at the end of 2017.

Ecommerce options: whether to sell through Amazon or your own website

Amazon is an e-commerce behemoth. It started as an online bookstore in 1994, and is now the world’s largest online retailer. If you’re a small company, the decision to sell through Amazon can seem obvious – after all, you won’t be able to compete with it – but it’s not automatically the best decision for every business. With Amazon Australia set to open early next year, it’s a good time for Australian and New Zealand retailers to think about their choices – take advantage of the Amazon platform, or stick to their own website.

A brief guide to VAT obligations for Amazon merchants selling in Europe

There’s no denying that automation drives efficiency and reduces cost. In the long run, the most efficient players in any given market have the best chances of winning market share and building long-lasting businesses. For eCommerce, warehousing and fulfilment, Amazon has positioned itself to take full advantage of the coming automation era by implementing the latest technologies and creating a highly automated eco-system. Amazon’s offering makes it much easier for merchants to sell internationally than ever before.

Amazon Bookkeeping tips from Patti Scharf, Catching Clouds

Patti Scharf from Catching Clouds has published this fantastic video on the Catching Clouds Academy YouTube channel introducing the many challenges and mistakes Amazon sellers make when accounting for their Amazon sales, and how you should be doing it (with A2X). Here’s the video, I highly recommend checking it out: Patti is putting out a ton of great videos, so if you like this one, subscribe to their channel.

Understanding Amazon FBA Seller Fees - an A2X Guide

The Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program is a great way for entrepreneurs to grow an e-commerce business while minimizing their initial investment. There is no better e-commerce partner in the world than Amazon. However, before you dive into setting up your FBA business, you need to make sure you understand how the program works and the different costs involved. What is FBA? FBA is a program Amazon started several years ago that lets you leverage Amazon’s shipping infrastructure.