HR & Finance – An Unlikely Power Couple

As CFOs at the helm of two high-growth HR tech organisations, Xref’s James Solomons and Kristie Langley-Gliddon from Expr3ss! – Software that Simplifies Staff Selection, are perfectly placed to discuss the evolving relationship between finance and HR.

Here they share their views on everything from the financial implications of hiring decisions, the hidden costs of a bad hire and how they ensure their finance team is seen as more than just bean counters.

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Choose the front foot in the face of change

I remember the moment I became head of accounting at Xero in 2014; it was pretty life changing to be honest. When Chris Ridd made that announcement on the stage of Xerocon, it was the start of something incredible. And when I look back on the past three years at Xero, some interesting numbers stand out.

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Introducing Light Touch Advisory Services

Someone, somewhere has probably told you to consider offering advisory services. It’ll help boost revenue and keep you relevant to today’s small business market, so the logic goes. But in practice, advisory services aren’t always easy to introduce. Don’t worry. There’s a simpler way.

James Solomons – Co-founder, Aptus Accounting

James runs a popular Australian advisory practice and works as head of accounting at Xero. He gives his advice on how to build out your service offering.

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Getting your finance in order for EOFY

The end of financial year or EOFY: it’s plastered across all the shop windows and circled in your calendar, but for some small businesses, the focus on finalising accounts and entering accurate tax returns can be a daunting prospect.

In truth, a little preparation and can a long way. And there are plenty of people and technologies out there to help you. Once you have all your EOFY information to hand, make sure you use it to your advantage. Look back on what you’ve achieved and think and plan for the year ahead,

So what steps can you take to prepare your finances?

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Xero Band

One of the highlights of working with Xero was being able to play in the Xero AllStars Band….. check out the videos and write ups on the legendary 4 years that we rocked the Xerocon Australia Dance Floor !

Rocking the night away at Xerocon

 

https://vimeo.com/album/3012977/video/104575615

 

Xerocon All Stars band 2013

Rocking the night away at Xerocon

Xero staff and partners star in the Xero Band

From the Xero band to the budget roundtable; A review of my time as Xero’s Head of Accounting

In May 2014 after the Xero roadshow, I wrote a blog that challenged Xero to take responsibility for the disruption it was bringing to the industry (for the better). Little did I know that this blog would start a chain reaction of proportions I could never have imagined.

I had spent the better part of five years writing about industry change, and the issues facing small businesses. I’d shared my thoughts on panels at Xerocon and at roadshows, played in the Xero All Stars band and worked closely with the Xero team to help the platform better serve accountants, bookkeepers and small businesses.Continue reading “From the Xero band to the budget roundtable; A review of my time as Xero’s Head of Accounting”