O’Flynn Plumbing: moving from Excel to Xero accounting software
Ryan owns a small plumbing business in Melbourne, O’Flynn Plumbing. Like many tradespeople, the size of his business depends on his workload from week to week.
O’Flynn Plumbing is a small plumbing business. I mainly do high end domestic renovations. I do from the ground up, all the underground drainage, the hot and cold water, gas line and the roofing.
I started my business 3 years ago. I have been a commercial plumber for 15 years total. I just had enough of working for the man and wanted to start my own show.
So in my business it really depends week to week on my workload. Some weeks I could have 5 to 6 sub contractors working for me and other weeks I ‘ll scour back down to just me and my apprentice. I have big plans to expand the business. I would like to get in to the more commercial industry.
Life before Xero? It was a nightmare. I am a plumber, I am not an accountant and I was basically easing in excel spreadsheets that was set up by a friend of mine and the amount of time it took was ridiculous. I found myself just putting it off and off so I wasn’t actually doing it week to week like I should have been doing. Obviously if you don’t have an invoice, you don’t get paid. A few times I got caught up and I ended up having to take a day or two days off work to catch up on my bookkeeping.
Xero keeps an automatic track of outstanding invoices. So if an invoice is overdue, it comes up on the computer screen in red and I don’t have to check bank statements to make sure they are all being paid. It all reconciles automatically.
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