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Partner News - Jehan gets certified!

We are delighted to announce that Jehan, who heads up our Kettering area, has now completed his training and has passed his Xero certification test.

For our regular readers, you will already be aware of Jehan's background, but for the new Cloud 9 followers, to bring you up to speed, Jehan has recently joined Cloud 9 and has come to us having already achieved the AAT qualification, and has previous experience in accountancy roles, including a spell with accounting giants, Grant Thornton.

Now Jehan has completed his induction, he is now available to help you and your business with all things bookkeeping related.  Jehan is able to process your sales and purchase invoices, as well as the other day-to-day duties, such as reconciling the bank.  However, Jehan has shown a real interest in taking his services to the next level, and he looking for  opportunities to provide management information and add value to your business.

The read more about Jehan, and what he can offer you and your business, please take a look at http://cloud9bookkeeping.co.uk/jehanzaib-sabih, or drop him an email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. where he will be more than happy to assist with any enquiries.

XERO FEATURED ADD-ON: Go Cardless

GoCardless allows you to take control of your payments, ensuring your invoices get paid in a timely manner via Direct Debit. With automatic reconciliation within Xero, GoCardless will improve your cash flow and reduce your admin.

By getting GoCardless in place, you can ensure that you get paid on time, with payments being collected automatically for your Xero invoices as soon as they are due, and with fees capped at 1% (capped at £2), it really is a no brainer to get GoCardless in place if you are invoicing monthly or quarterly.

With Xero and GoCardless teaming up with Directli, the reconciliation of the payments received against outstanding invoices in Xero is seamless, saving potentially hours of time manually matching up payments and invoices.

The setup is easy, and user friendly, so why wait – get in touch to see how we can streamline your processes and help you get paid quicker by your customers. Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we would be more than happy to help.

XERO TIP! Capturing expenses on the go!

This month we take a look at how Xero have worked tirelessly, so you don’t have to.  It’s been a feature within Xero for many years now, but the expense claim it is still a real differentiator to other accounting software providers.

Initially, the Xero App was only available on the iOS platform, but soon this was rolled out to Android users as well, and then more recently to Blackberry and Windows users. This has meant that pretty much anyone with a mobile device, is able to benefit from the Xero App, and the expense claim feature within it.

So, what can the App actually do? Well, as well as other great features, such as creating sales invoices, checking debtor and bank balances, the feature we want to focus on this month, is the ability to capture expenses whilst on the go. 

Historically, business owners would get back to the office with a pocket full of receipts (if they remembered to keep them!), and then record them onto an Excel spreadsheet, or even worse, scribble them down in a note pad.  The Xero App developers have seen an opportunity to help business owners here, but building a facility that can capture the expenses at the point it is incurred.

For example, if a business owner buys themselves a coffee whilst on business, the App allows them to take a photo of the receipt, and enter in the basic information such as, where the expenses was incurred, how much was spent, and a brief description of what was bought.

Once you have capture the expenses, the entry will sync with their Xero account and appear on their dashboard as owed back to them.  Now the expense is in the system, you can safely discard of the receipt, as HMRC have confirmed they are happy with electronic copies of invoices and receipts.

Xero have also designed this feature so that employees can also record expenses, and then the business owner themselves can authorise, and pay them their expenses, and this is becoming more and more popular amongst our clients.

To see how Xero can work for you and your business, please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLOUD 9 HAS MORE TALENT! Introducing Jehanzaib Sabih

We are delighted to announce that Jehan joined the Cloud 9 team in July, and heads up our team in Kettering. With the AAT qualification to his name, Jehan is able to provide more than your average bookkeeper, as he has the technical knowledge to interpret the finances, as well as just processing the bookkeeping.

After identifying that accounting was the industry he wanted to pursue a career in, Jehan gained work experience with one of the leading accountancy firms in the industry, Grant Thornton. Since this experience, Jehan has had roles in the finance department of various company, before coming the decision to team up with Cloud 9 which will give him the background support he would like, but also provides him with a platform to spread his wings and build his own portfolio.

Jehan can provide your company with everything you would expect of a bookkeeper, and his appetite for learning will mean that his knowledge, experience, and repertoire of skills will improve at an incredible rate.

In his spare time, Jehan enjoyed travelling, and playing tennis and cricket for his local club.

If you would like to see how Jehan and Cloud 9 can help you and your business, please feel free to contact him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Xero Tip! Let Xero do your debt chasing for you

There is no worse job than chasing your clients for money. You have done the work, it's only fair you get paid, right?

Xero has many credit control add-ons that they partner with, such as Debtor Daddy, and Chaser, both of which are fantastic, but not many people are aware of the debt management function within Xero itself.

The reminder function within Xero is fantastic, and it is free! You can set up bespoke email reminders to be sent to clients, as soon as the due date has passed. Some clients even send out a reminder the day before the invoice is due, so that it is in the forefront our their customers mind.

With the ability to really tailor what the emails say, you can make them as soft or as assertive as you wish. Typically clients set up a range of emails that progressively more formal as the debt ages.

Whilst automation makes debt chasing easy, a certain amount of caution should still be applied. For example, there may be customers who have explained that they will pay the end of the month, which is beyond the due date. It would therefore look a little impersonal to chase this debt when communication has been made. It is therefore possible to switch the reminders off for certain clients, so that you aren't chasing unnecessarily.

If you would like to see how Cloud 9 can automate your credit control, then please feel free to get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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