A year ago, I was about to set out on an adventure.
I formed an LLC for the creative agency, ShadBoost, and got insurance.
It was official.
But I was not prepared for what happened next.
Word quickly spread that I was open for business.
The phone started to ring.
Contracts got signed.
I started going out on photoshoots and designing logos left and right.
When it was just a few clients, it was easy to keep track of.
But as the number of clients increased, things started going wrong.
I'd loose time sheets.
I'd forget to bill clients for that lens rental.
And I'd loose track of who paid and who didn't.
There is only one word to describe it.
A new business's worst nightmare.
But, thankfully, that didn't actually happen.
Yeah, that's right. (That last part never became reality.)
That's because, almost from day one, I found out about Freshbooks.
Freshbooks is a cloud-based small-business accounting solution that makes doing business almost effortless.
The time-tracking is super simple to use.
It is easy to keep track of billable expenses. (And add a markup if needed)
And when it is time to invoice a client, all the time and expenses for that client can be added with a couple of clicks.
You can even calculate sales tax automatically and add discounts.
And when I have a client that is slow to pay, I can add a late-fee that gets calculated automatically after a certain period of time.
Another thing I love about Freshbooks, is that I never have to wonder if the client get the invoice.
Freshbook shows when the client has received and viewed it.
Did I mention it is cloud-based?
That was super important to me.
Because it means that I can keep track of time and send invoices on the go.
Whether it is on my PC, Macbook Pro, or mobile device.
There is more I can say (I use Freshbooks almost everyday), but you will learn more by trying it out than you will from hearing me rave.
Try the free version (up to 3 clients) and tell me what you think.
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