If there’s one thing I’ve had to adjust to as a small business owner, it is budgeting the time needed each month to do the busy work of being in business. Whether it’s paying bills, filing receipts with my accountant or inputting dozens of business cards into my contacts or customer database, there’s just some time you have to allot each month for administrative tasks. When the commercial says, “There’s an app for that,” they’re not wrong.
I’ve recently discovered Shoeboxed.com and it has turned out to be a real time-saver for me. While there’s little social about this app, I figure a fair number of you either own your business or work for someone else but have to keep track of receipts and sometimes get pockets full of business cards at various events, too. Shoeboxed takes that data-entry time out of your schedule, giving you more time to focus on making money, not administrative stuff.
All you do with a Shoeboxed account is send all your receipts and business cards to ShoeBoxed in the handy self-addressed, postage paid envelopes they ship you. (And there’s no organizing, just throw them in!) When the envelope gets full or every couple of weeks, whichever suits you, you send it to ShoeBoxed and they do the rest. A few days after they receive your envelope, you get an email that says your information is ready. Go online and download a spreadsheet with your receipts detailed (complete with links to images of the original) and a .csv file with your new contacts.
Fire the spreadsheet off to accounting (or your accountant), import the .csv file into your contacts and that hour of work you used to have when doing your monthly or weekly paper work just took about 60 seconds.
ShoeBoxed has a free version with limited volume, then $9.99, $29.99 and $49.95 monthly price plans. I only need the $9.95 plan myself, so it’s well worth the investment for me. Give it a try. All the links here are affiliate links, by the way. I think I get a cheessburger if you sign up. I like cheeseburgers.
And let me know what you think about it. My accountant was so intrigued by it, she’s recommending it to several of her clients just to save them some time and make her job more uniform since the spreadsheets Shoeboxed spits back are pretty useful and import easily into Quickbooks, Quicken or other accounting software. Show it to your accountant, too. Who knows, it might make their day, your day and my day.
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