First Invoice Created on Quickbooks Online from a Lodgix Invoice!

It’s official, we’ve sync’d an invoice from Lodgix to Quickbooks Online!

In our development efforts to far we’ve been able to sync:

  • Guests
  • Invoice rental charges
  • Invoice fees
  • Invoice taxes
  • Invoice discounts
  • Invoice payment methods

We are now working on isolating problems in the guest sync process as it tends to take a considerable amount of time and is prone to failure, forcing it to restart again.  Those problems appear to be solvable but will require some time to sort out.

We still have interfaces and guest payments to code, as well as a lot of testing, and then we need to get the app approved within the Intuit marketplace which can take 2 to 6 weeks.  And all of this is for QuickBooks online only.

The good news is that QuickBooks desktop, in theory, should only require some relatively simple tweaks to get it to work.  Our primary concern for QuickBooks desktop is getting it to work consistently using Intuit’s tools, which are not the most stable software components.

Here is a JPG of our first official invoice sync’d to QBOE.

invoice_quickbooks

Quickbooks Sync Update

Our most requested feature is a Quickbooks sync.  We’ve been promising this feature for over 18 months, but to date we’ve failed to implement it.  The reasons for this are many, but mostly it’s because Intuit (makers of Quickbooks) have encouraged new integrations to use a method which wasn’t quite baked.  As a result, they’ve changed their business model many times over the past several years which has cost many firms a lot of money as they’ve had to recode their sync applications multiple times.

I’ve wanted to avoid that and so each time we did the research, it seemed it was better to wait.

This time however we are ready to go as the integration specs seem to be somewhat stable and our own requirements much more clearly outlined.  We’ve spoken with at least six vendors and interviewed many others and we feel we have a real good idea on what needs to be done and how to do it.

The one issue we have come up against is that the integration cost varies significantly from vendor to vendor.  I haven’t really figured out why and no one has really been able to give me any great reasons why one vendor can charge $10,000 upfront with no future monthly residuals and another requires nothing upfront but $1,500 a month in monthly access fees?  I even found one enterprise vendor that wanted $30,000 a year!

To get a better handle on the challenges, costs and potential hit on the support side of things, we are going to develop a prototype internally using Intuit’s REST API and see how that works when attempting to import invoice, guest and payment information into quickbooks desktop and quickbooks online.

This process has already started and we remain committed to getting a Quickbooks sync feature out the door this fall.

HomeAway Connect Calendar Integration

This is not a real biggie, but we’ve launched the ability to sync your Lodgix.com calendars with HomeAway Connect.  This means no more double entry for your VRBO or HomeAway calendars!  Hooray!

Property managers with 20 or more properties can join the HomeAwat Professionals program and Lodgix will sync with HomeAway and actually add, edit and delete ENTIRE listings on HomeAway.  Of course, all calendar data is sync’d as well.

I am writing this on Saturday, June 18th.  We’ve got a couple small tweaks left to code on Sunday, so I expect the code to launch on the production server within 24-48 hours.  Not sure if FlipKey offers an API yet, but when / if they do we’ll integrate to that as well.

Lodgix is growing, growing, growing!  If you are tired of paying the $1000+ setup fees and $500.00 a month minimum from Escapia or LiveRes.com you might want to give us a try.   You’ll save a ton of money!