Xero Integration

Discover the Xero integration and learn what you can do with it


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Note: If you are looking for how to set up your Xero integration, see Xero Integration Setup


Main Takeaways:

  • With the Xero integration, you can send invoices from Forecast to Xero
  • Synchronize your billable hours based on the rate cards, and create invoices in Xero to bill your clients in a matter of minutes
  • Use the integration to deposit invoices for upfront payments
  • View the details of previously created invoices or click an active item to go directly to the invoice in Xero
  • NOTE: the integration does not work on Connected Projects.


Step 1: Understand the Xero tab

This is an example of the overview you get when navigating to the Xero tab.



Step 2: Know your alerts

In Forecast, there are four types of alert symbols, see the image above.

  • Red Triangle: Not paid / Overdue
  • Yellow Triangle: Partly paid
  • Green Checkmark: Paid
  • Red Circle: Cancelled (i.e. Voided) in Xero
  • No Alert: Regular invoice coming up


Step 3: Understand invoices and time registrations

There are only a few things to bear in mind

  • Billed time is locked in Forecast
  • Voiding an invoice will open time registrations in Forecast
  • Deleting an invoice will delete the invoice in Forecast

Note: Xero requires that you go through them to make any actions in your Xero account, but we made it as easy as possible.

To update information between Xero and Forecast, click the Synchronize button in your Xero tab. You must have a Xero permissions level of Standard and up to Synchronize with Forecast. 

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Deposit Invoices

Deposit invoicing, i.e. upfront payments allow your client to pay a portion of your invoice and you receive the remaining balance later.

With this integration the deposit can also be done as a percentage or fixed amount. 

You can send out invoices to your clients based on your Scoping/Forecasted Price, or account for Time & Materials.