Workforce connects seamlessly with Xero accounting to remove data duplication, tedious admin and increase productivity. 

What can you sync?

  • Contacts: You can sync your contacts both ways. This means that if you create a customer in Workforce they will be created in Xero and if you create a customer in Xero they will be created in Workforce.
  • Tax rates & Chart of accounts: All of your tax rates and accounts will be synced both ways between Xero and Workforce
  • Saved cost items: All saved cost items will be synced between Workforce and Xero. Any changes you make in either will be visible in both applications.
  • Invoices: Invoices created in Workforce will automatically sync over to Xero. All changes to invoices that are made in either Workforce or Xero will be reflected in both applications.
  • Payment: Payments added to invoices will be synced between both Workforce and Xero. This means you can add a payment in Workforce or In Xero and it will be reocrded in both systems. 

How to get started

To get started you will need an active Workforce and Xero account. You can set these up here www.xero.com , www.workforce.fm/signup 

Step 1 - The basics

Login to your workforce account  and go to settings > Integrations > Click "Connect" next to the Xero integration 

Step 2 - Connecting to Xero 

You will then be directed to Workforce where you can login to your xero account and then choose which Xero account you wish to sync and "allow access"

Step 3 - Choosing what to sync

you will then be redirected back to the Workforce integration page where you will now have the option of going to "settings" and you should also have a tick and "active" above to confirm everything is connected

You have the option to choose what data you would like synced in the settings section, so you dont have to worry about data you do not want pulling through to workforce. 

  • Start date: you can choose to sync over data from an exiting date. As an example you may only want to sync from July of the last year or from today onwards. 
  • Create/update Invoices: sync over invoices from Workforce to Xero.  
  • Sync chart of accounts and account classes: sync over your chart of accounts and classess for each account
  • Sync saved cost items: sync over your saved cost items such as labour rates and services you provide etc
  • Sync taxes: sync over all of your tax rates. You can also map exisitng workforce tax rates to tax rates in xero so you do not create duplicates
  • Sync contacts: sync over all of your contacts
  • Show links to Xero: this will allow you to go directly into Xero from within a contact or invoice in Workforce without having to login to each system all the time 
  • Default payment account: choose the default bank account that customers pay money into when you invoice them
  • Default cost items account: choose the  default cost item account (this is when you are adding costs to a job or invoice to classify the item in xero e.g. "200 sales"

When you have chosen the options you wish to sync, you must then press "Save" first and then "Sync"

Step 4 - Sync completion

On succesfull sync all of your data will now be in both systems. You can check this by going to your contacts, chart of accounts and anything else you have requested to sync over. Whenever you create a new contact, cost item, invoice or tax rate in Workorce or Xero you should see it appear in both system within one hour maximim. The system generally sync's every 30 minutes

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Questions, Limitations and things to think about 

  • Sync time: Data will automatically sync to Xero every 30 minutes. You can however sync your data sooner by going to the settings page of the xero integration and clicking "Sync". 
  • How do I know if an invoice has synced? You will be able to see the invoice in Xero but you should also see a blue "View in xero" button within the invoice page in Workforce which will confirm its been synced over
  • Contacts: When editing a contact changes have to be made in Xero for it to take effect in Workforce - so think of Xero as the master account when editing a contact record. New contacts created in Workforce will sync as normal and create a record in Xero 
  • Stock (tracked inventroy) does not sync between Workforce and Xero. Xero have not released syncing of this yet. When they do we will support it. 
  • Invoices: Invoices created in Xero will not be synced over to Workforce. All invoices created in workforce (both ad hoc created in the invoice section, and invoices created within a job will both sync over to Xero)
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