Back when the internet went commercial in the early 90’s, millions of people saw its potential as a major disruptor to the way information is accessed and distributed. Some saw as it the world’s mall, a place where anyone could buy anything at any time, minus the food court. Still others looked at is a democratizing force in politics and social issues, giving a voice to the voiceless. And, finally, the rest of us thought, “porn.” But here we are, 25 years into this grand networking experiment, and social media has revealed what the true power of the internet is. Clever coders have tapped into Big Data in ways that let us see ourselves as the individuals we really are, giving us insights into ourselves that can help us move forward with our lives in ways that weren’t possible prior to the digital age. I’m speaking, of course, of the grand sociological experiments of self-assessment quizzes. I no longer lay awake at night wondering which Muppet I am (Gonzo), what type of flightless bird I am (Emu), or whether I’m a cat lady (I am).
Now, while we at Kounta like to stay ahead of the trending curves of this modern world, we’re kind of embarrassed to admit we’ve lagged on this one. That changes today. We’d like to honor one of our integration partners while helping you, our readers and subscribers, learn a little something about yourselves. So, take a moment from your day and take our little quiz to find out exactly which Xero you are. Give yourself 1 point for each time you answer option 1, 2 points for each time you answer option 2, and so on. Tally up your score, and see how you did at the bottom of the quiz.
After a long day at work, you count the money in the register and total up the credit and mobile sales. What do you do with this number?
- I write the number down on two separate pieces of paper and give one to my accountant.
- I ride your bike over to my accountant and tell her what it is.
- Money is just the central deity in the cult of capitalism. KILL YR IDOLS.
- Nothing. My Point of Sale has already exported the numbers to my online accounting system.
How do you calculate your profits?
- Make copies of all receipts, give them to my accountant, and have her figure out the Cost of Goods Sold, which number will be subtracted from revenue to figure out my net take.
- I’ll get to it as soon as I finish writing this angry letter to my local paper about motorists needing to share the road with cyclists.
- Never mind the profits, here come the Sex Pistols.
- I don’t need to. My revenue numbers have automatically exported to my online accounting system, which can do the math much more accurately and quickly than I ever could.
You use tax-inclusive pricing for your sales. What method do you prefer for figuring out how much of your revenue is sales tax that must be paid back to your local governing body?
- My accountant has copies of everything. She’ll figure it out.
- I do some math to arrive at the total, and then deduct my green energy tax credits because I commute by bicycle.
- Taxes? Government? Bollocks!
- My online accounting system has already synced with my POS and keeps tabs on each of the tax categories I’ve defined. I’m only a few mouse clicks away from running the report that has all the answers.
How do you reconcile your sales totals with your bank account?
- Photocopy all my cash and credit card processing statements, and compare it to my bank statement each month.
- How do you reconcile your continued dependence on fossil fuels when you could be riding a bicycle?
- Banks are for poseurs who don’t understand that there is no future.
- My online accounting system does it all for me, while I reconcile with my family for having previously spent so much time working.
How do you invoice your customers who have house accounts with you?
- I have a paper template of my invoice, which I make a copy of and then fill out with the appropriate information.
- I put a stack of invoices in my messenger bag and then bike to my customers’ homes, hand delivering each one.
- Invoices are tools of the establishment used to create social hierarchies. I just scream at my customers till the pay me or leave.
- My POS exports all account sales to my online accounting system, which auto-generates invoices for me.
Pick a song.
- Louie Louie, by the Kingsmen
- Bicycle, by Queen
- Aloha Steve & Danno, by Radio Birdman
- C.R.E.A.M., by Wu-Tang Clan
OK, so now it’s time to add up your scores. How did you do?
6 – 11 points: You aren’t a Xero, you’re a Xerox. You make copies of everything, lack modern organization skills, and probably don’t know how to spell.
12 – 17 points: You are the Xero Wheel System, designed for a better bicycle ride by the Xero engineering group in Taiwan. You wear lots of spandex and insist on calling it “performance wear,” but, really, you oughtn’t do either.
18 – 23 points: You are Xero, the 1970’s punk band from Brisbane, Australia. You rock with the best of them, and self-produced a debut album entitled Half the Profits. Drop the attitude and you might be able to reap all the profits.
24 points: You are Xero, the cloud-based accounting software that lets you manage your business from anywhere. You are sophisticated enough to handle all manner of complicated accounting procedures, and simple enough to use that even the dummies who scored 11 points or fewer on this quiz could make sense of you. You’ve won awards for innovation, and grow along with all the businesses you support. You also play quite well with others, including a certain cloud-based Point of Sale from Australia that continues to add features for a seamless integration that automates some of the most cumbersome aspects of bookkeeping. With a propensity for business intelligence and an easy-to-work-with nature, there’s no telling how far you and your POS partner can take people. It doesn’t hurt that you’re easy on the eyes, too:
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