As a small business owner you need to invoice quickly and keep track of your time and expenses efficiently. Some entrepreneurs start with Excel and move to Quickbooks as things get busier. If you’re not an accountant Quickbooks can be complicated and frustrating. All the data entry and balancing are time consuming.
Freshbooks is simple, efficient accounting software developed with the small business owner in mind. It is intuitive with a mobile component and a help desk that actually answers the phone. That’s cause for celebration.
Invoicing is a dream! If your price list has hundreds of items, don’t worry about the data entry. Just send it to Freshbooks and they’ll input the items for you. Yippee! You can invoice in USD when you have American clients. You can set up recurring invoices for regular clients. Use the mobile app to invoice from the coffee shop or from your car after your consultation. Set up automatic reminders for your unpaid invoices.
Do you need to send out quotes for your business? Freshbooks has “Estimates” and they are easily converted to an invoice once you get the job.
It’s amazing how all these tools get you paid faster.
You can accept credit card payments without the hassle of using separate programs. It’s all in one place and the rates are competitive. Track your payments from your phone and your client receives an email receipt.
With Freshbooks you enter expenses on your phone as they happen. Leaving a meeting? Get in the car, take a photo of your coffee receipt or your parking receipt and enter it on the spot! Your receipts are all online and accessible to your accountant if you are ever audited. You can also sync most credit card or bank statements with Freshbooks. Create “recurring expenses” so that your Dropbox, Google, or Freshbooks fees are entered monthly. Problem solved!
Keep track of your time for billing clients and watch your own business activities. When invoicing comes around Freshbooks can create invoices as detailed or broad as you like.
Looking for the big picture on where you are spending your time and MONEY in your business? You can create categories of activities and find your time-wasters! If you have a team you can check where they are spending their time.
Freshbooks’ newest feature is a credit card reader that connects to your account. There is a one-time fee for the tool as it has a chip reader providing added security. The fees are the same as accepting cards online. Currently this is only available for Iphone 5 and up.
If you just have a cool story of how Freshbooks made your life easier connect with me, I love that kinda thing 😉
Heidi Kuster is the owner of In Your Corner Virtual Assistant Services. Her mission is to support fellow entrepreneurs in overcoming their obstacles and building a successful business. Heidi credits the success of her own business to her membership in the original Business for Business Networking group. The experience shared in the Round Table discussions is priceless.