My frustrations and trial and tribulations with importing bank statement in CSV format into Xero - the cloud based Bookkeeping System



This is a day to day personal experience - my frustrations, my trial and tribulations at attempting to transition  a company's bookkeeping system from Quickbooks to Xero. I hope anyone who is planing to move to a cloud based system can benefit from my experience with importing a bank statement using a CSV file into Xero Bookkeeping software


DAY 1
I've been talking to the salesman and support at Xero and from what they tell me it seems fairly simple.

DAY TWO
Our bank does not have proper way to import bank feeds into Xero. So I have been advised by Xero tech support to use Yodlee feeds. Should be a simple user ID and password and done.

DAY THREE
None of the "fairly simple" stuff works because our bank is in the dinosaur ages. So as a last recourse I have no choice but to try to download the bank statements in  CSV format.
I watch the videos on Xero's support site - it looks really simple as 1-2-3  right?.....



DAY FOUR
 I thought I was going to be be able to complete bank statement import into Xero in 5 minutes max. I mean how how hard should it really be right? Wrong. It's been 4 hours and I am having to physically clean the data row by row and re-format it and ad - signs  to the debits and cut and paste every deposit out of the deposit column.

I asked Xero technical support for help and they would point me to videos. However I didn't find videos that instruct me to globally add a -ve sign to all my debit records in my bank statements. Apparently they don't have a tool that helps simple data conversion so I had to go in to the spreadsheet and line by line clean up the file...

I don't expect the data conversion to be nice and pristine. So now that I have formatted the data I have reached this import screen.
Xero's website says the following:

Follow these steps to import your transactions
1. In a new window, go to your bank web site.
2. Download your bank statement. File type must be OFX, QFX, QBO, QIF or CSV
3. Upload the bank statement file here...

Choose FileStatementImportTemplate.csv










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