Let’s have a look at the various settings you can configure for the Customers/Vendors module in Zoho Books.
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You can choose which fields of your customer/vendor will be displayed in your transaction PDF, and also create multiple customers/vendors with similar details.
To configure your Customers/Vendors preferences:
- Go to Settings > Preferences > Customers and Vendors.
- If you want to create multiple customers/vendors with the same Customer/Vendor Display Name, then check Allow duplicates for contact display name.
- Enable the Customer Credit limit.
- Click the Insert Placeholder drop-down button.
- Select the fields that you want to display in your transaction PDF.
- You can even remove the fields from placeholder box or add additional text in it.
You can add multiple custom fields for the Customers/Vendors module and assign different data types for each of them. Learn more about Field Customisation.
Custom Buttons & Links
You can create new buttons in the Customers/Vendors module to perform specific actions for your transactions, or to open external links. You can create them using deluge script and execute actions based on the functions you add. Learn more about Custom Buttons & Links.
Advanced Multi-currency Handling
Zoho Books enables you to create transactions for your customers and vendors in different currencies. Let us understand how this works in Zoho Books with the help of a scenario.
Scenario: Rockvan, Inc. is an investment management corporation based in New York City. One of their clients, QP Banks, is a multinational conglomerate in different countries. Rockvan, Inc uses the Advanced Multi-currency Handling feature in Zoho Books to invoice QP Banks based on the currency used in the country where they operate.
Note: This feature is available only for certain plans of Zoho Books. Visit the pricing page to check if it’s available in your current plan.
Note: Zoho Books fetches the exchange rates automatically for the foreign currency in real-time while you create transactions. These exchange rates are fetched from our third-party service provider Open Exchange Rates against the base currency of your organisation. However, suppose you want to enter the rates manually, disable exchange rate feeds first, and enter the exchange rates manually.
Enabling Advanced Multi-currency Handling
Before enabling Advanced Multi-currency Handling for customers and vendors, ensure that you update the credit limit in the base currency for all customers.
If you have created custom views, workflows, or webhooks using parameters such as receivables, payables, or unused credits, ensure that you edit the following for Customers and Vendors:
- Custom Views: While updating the criteria, select Receivables BCY, Payables BCY, and Unused Credits BCY as the fields instead of Receivables, Payables, and Unused Credits.
- Workflow Rule: While updating the triggers, select Receivables BCY and Payables BCY as the fields instead of Receivables and Payables.
- Webhooks: While updating parameter values, select Receivables BCY and Payables BCY as the parameters instead of Receivables and Payables.
You will have to enable Advanced Multi-currency Handling to record transactions in different currencies.
- Go to Settings in the top right corner and select Preferences.
- Click Customers and Vendors.
- Slide the toggle next to Advanced Multi-currency Handling.
- Click Save.
Note: You cannot disable Advanced Multi-currency Handling once you have created transactions in other currencies for your customers or vendors.
Creating Transactions in Different Currencies
Now that you have enabled Advanced Multi-currency Handling, you can create transactions for your customers or vendors in other currencies.
- Select the Sales or Purchases transaction you want to create.
- Click the + New button in the top right corner of the transaction’s list page.
- Enter the transaction details.
- Click the currency drop-down next to Customer Name and select the currency in which you want to create the transaction.
- Click Save.
View Advanced Multi-currency Handling Details of Customers and Vendors
Contact List Page
The receivables, payables and unused credits for different currencies will be listed below the customer’s or vendor’s default currency.
Contact Details Page
Receivables or Payables will be displayed as a table. It contains the outstanding receivables or payables, unused credits, and the currency in which you have recorded transactions for your customers or vendors.
Customer and Vendor Statements
The Statement section contains the breakdown of all the currencies in which you have created transactions.
Recording Payments Received or Made
You can also record payments in currencies you have invoiced your customers or recorded vendor bills.
- Go to Payments Received to record customer payment or Payments Made to record vendor payment.
- Select the currency in which you want to record the payment.
- Enter the Amount Received if you are recording customer payment or Payment Made if you are recording vendor payment.
- Enter the amount for each unpaid invoice or bill.
- Click Save.
Suppose you record a payment in a currency for which you have no transactions for the customer or vendor. In that case, the payment will be recorded as an excess payment.
We have added Collapse All Currencies and Expand All Currencies buttons for reports that support Advanced Multi-currency Handling.
Collapse All Currencies displays transactions created in the default currency of the customers or vendors.
Expand All Currencies displays all the transactions created for your customers or vendors.
The following reports support Advanced Multi-currency Handling:
- AR Aging Summary Report
- AP Aging Summary Report
- Customer Balances Report
- Customer Balances Summary Report
- Vendor Balances Report
- Vendor Balances Summary Report
- Purchase Orders By Vendors Report
When performing an advanced search, you can use the currency field as a filter to search for transactions of a particular currency.
Note: If you’ve integrated with Zoho Subscriptions, you can invoice your customers in different currencies as well.