The Xero demo company is a great way to practice using the system without affecting the accounts of your real business. The demo company contains dummy data that you can use to practice any bookkeeping tasks you like including payroll, fixed assets maintenance, bank reconciliations and much more.
Once you have finished practicing your bookkeeping skills in the demo account you can reset the data. Any changes you made – such as reconciling a bank account or running payroll – will be removed from the demo company’s accounts. Next time you use the demo company, the data will be the same as it was before you ever used it. See this article to find out how to reset the dummy data.
How to Get Into Xero’s Demo Company
If you haven’t used the demo company before you will need to activate it. First, log into Xero and click on the Company Name in the top left hand corner of your screen:
Then, click on My Xero:
In the My Xero screen, click on Try the Demo Company underneath the Organisations section:
The demo company will now activate. Any time you want to access the demo company from now on, simply click on Demo Company in the drop down menu in the top left hand corner of your screen:
How to Use Xero’s Demo Company
Once you are inside Xero’s demo company, you should see a screen that looks something like this:
Here you can see that the demo company is filled with dummy data. There are transactions in the bank accounts, invoice owed to you, bills you need to pay and much more.
To practice bookkeeping tasks, simply navigate to the relevant area of Xero to see what data is available to use. For example, to practice processing a pay run, click on Payroll → Pay Employees:
Here you should see both draft and completed pay runs containing dummy data:
From here you can click into the pay runs to see details of the employees and transactions, or you can practice processing a pay run by clicking on + Add Pay Run.
This is one of many training tasks you can perform in Xero’s demo company.