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Freshbooks is helping me from living like a technodinosaur

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Freshbooks is helping me from living like a technodinosaur

Freshbooks is helping me from living like a technodinosaur

I have a confession to make: I am not an early adopter of new technologies. I know that may sound odd being the owner and Creative Director of a design agency where a new technology seems to blossom and affect our business activities every other day (Twitter, HTML5 video, ...) but I seem to be surprisingly set in my ways when it comes to the business tools I use each day from an operations standpoint. I still have notes on Post-Its stuck to my desk. I don't even have a mobile phone with a browser. So when it was suggested I start using Freshbooks for my accounting, I resisted!
I think a lot of my resistance to change boils down to the fact that I simply do not have the time to learn a new program or system. But I am embracing change lately. I am even in the market for an iPhone (as soon as I can find one in stock!!). But Freshbooks is our newest system that has made the greatest impact on my daily and month-end operations: Freshbooks.

For years I have created invoices and completed month end calculations and reports in Word. Yes, you read that right: Microsoft Word. Not Excel. Word. I tabulated everything with a calculator - a task that could take an entire day when doing month-end reports.

Freshbooks is an online invoicing system made for freelancers, small businesses, agencies, and professionals. The product includes a myriad of other related features, such as time tracking, expense tracking, recurring billing, online payment collection, the ability to post invoices through the mail, support tickets and a referral program to help you earn some of (reasonable) costs back. And it's a Canadian company, based right in our backyard here in Toronto.

Since signing on with Freshbooks I have cut out hours and hours of superfluous work related to invoicing and a host of other operational tasks. It's reporting system is amazing and effortlessly enables me to keep tabs on total billings, arrears and more.  We look far more polished and professional than ever before.

I cannot recommend Freshbooks enough.  Find out more at www.freshbooks.com.

2 Responses

  1. Micky Eroson

    commented October 26th, 2010

    Good to hear your transition from typical MS Word/Excel to web based apps, which will certainly help you save lot of valuable time while making the invoicing tasks a lot easier.

    I don’t say Freshbooks is bad, but I think there are more sleek and affordable solutions out there now.

    I first signed up with them in early 2007 and then switched to BlinkSale before finally settling with Curdbee last year, which is a promising service for designer and freelancers like myself and doesn’t cost a penny with all the features I need.

  2. Jason

    commented October 29th, 2010

    Hi Micky,

    Thanks very much for your feedback! I had heard a lot about Freshbooks before signing up but am not familiar with Curdbee and will definitely check it out. One thing I am not able to do with Freshbooks is export my invoices to Quickbooks for my accountant. I can export clients but not the invoices for those clients which is both odd and a major let down. Do you know if Curdbee is able to do so?

    Thanks,
    Jason

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