Business

Using Freshbooks – Freelance Invoice Software & Expenses

Business

It took me a while to get up and running with my accounts as a freelancer. Starting ‘the right way’ and keeping good records for both income and expenditure from the off avoids the horrible ‘oh my god my tax return is due in 1 day’ annual panic. I started researching freelance invoice software – I wish so much that I had found Freshbooks back when I started because it would have saved me a lot of grief.

Freshbooks is an online accounting system / recurring invoice system, is easy to use and very low monthly charges. Actually it’s free to start but presuming you have more than 2 clients you’ll be a paying customer. You set up your clients, set up your invoiceable items, and creating invoices is incredibly quick.

FreshBooks

You can also use it to keep track of your business expenses and can upload a scan of a receipt to attach to the expense. Because it has a record of your income and expenditure it also can produce a variety of accounts for you at the click of a button – instant profit and loss reports, yay!

On top of all of that you can use it for time tracking per project.

The Importance Of Backing Up Your Computer

Business

There is nothing like learning the hard way when it comes to backing up your computer. That’s what I did 5 years ago when I tripped over the cable of my laptop and watched it bounce on the tiled floor, as bits of keyboard rolled across the kitchen. On picking it up the screen flickered, then showed me the blue screen of death, closely followed by nothing. Absolutely nothing.

To cut a long story short I enlisted the help of a professional data recovery company but they couldn’t recover a thing so I lost every single thing on my laptop included some incredibly sentimental photos that I could never replace. So lesson learned I bought a new laptop and decided the first thing I should do was get regular backups set up.

The only backups I’d ever heard of at that point were the ones that copied selected files and folders once a week onto an external hard disk drive. I don’t remember where I first heard about Backblaze but one way or another I stumbled upon their website and signed up for the free trial.

After the easy installation my computer was being backed up, while I worked. And it wasn’t being backed up once a day it was being backed up all the time. Anytime I buy a new computer now the first thing I do is install Backblaze. For simple backups for small businesses I really can’t recommend it enough.

Go and take a look for yourself.