Freshbooks: Cloud-based Accounting for Small Businesses
Hi guys! I know it's been a while since I've written a blog post BUT, I thought now would be a good time to introduce this topic. With the busy Christmas season approaching and the new year closer than ever, many of us freelancers are finding our client work increasing and current client base expanding with the introduction of new clients.
I've recently been receiving requests from many clients, both old and new, who over these past few months have been looking to make significant design changes to their businesses just in time for 2017. Due to increased requests, I've been trying to stay on top of keeping organized with emails, expenses, invoices, deposits, project work and project timelines with the help of my handy dandy planner and my abundant laptop folders.
That's all changed now and I'm going to tell you why! One word...FRESHBOOKS. I discovered this software only recently through Being Boss; a podcast by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon for creative entrepreneurs. In one of their minisodes called Being a Billable Boss, Emily and Kathleen speak to Mike McDerment, CEO and Co-Founder of Freshbooks Cloud Accounting. They discuss billing for creatives, the fears around talking about money and getting paid, like a boss.
So "what is Freshbooks anyways" you ask? Well, it's a cloud-based invoicing and accounting program designed for freelancers juggling work for multiple clients. Whether you're using their software on your computer or through their app on your phone or tablet, Freshbooks has many cool features that make business accounting easy as pie. For example with the time tracking feature, Freshbooks' users can track time spent on projects and log billable hours which can then be input into invoices.
Invoicing your clients is easy too! You can invoice your clients either at once, or on a recurring schedule with Freshbooks' nicely designed and customizable invoice templates. What made me fall in love with Freshbooks' invoicing feature most is that it does the math for you! You can input expenses, add discounts, ask for deposit percentages and lots more based on your freelance hourly or flat rate. You can even see when your client has viewed your invoice. If that's not genius, I don't know what is!
With the Freshbooks projects feature, my clients are able to view updates on the progress of their projects through my posts and back and forth communications; almost like an instant chat room. With being able to upload work files to the projects folder, I don't have to worry about declined email messages due to files being too large to send, Wetransfer links that expire or Dropbox folders that are low on storage space. (No one ever really wants to pay for the extra storage space).
Freshbooks claims that switching to their software saves business owners TWO DAYS worth of administrative task time a month. Wow! Their mission?...
I hope I've given you enough incentive to give Freshbooks a try. And believe me, since using the software, I've seen a huge difference in my time management and organization skills. One of my clients even said to me the other day that she's really happy I've started using it. Happy clients = happy life! Start your free trial today, you can thank me later. :)