FreshBooks to the rescue

OK, before this year, let’s just say my book keeping was less than stellar. I knew just enought about Excel to put clients into a spreadsheet and dole out billing on my own each month or quarter. Yeah, that was lowsy. I had tried Quickbooks way back when, but just didn’t “get” it . . . then, I ran into Freshbooks. I truly haven’t run into a piece of software (let alone an online provider) that was this intuitive and useful to the average self-employed person.

Setup is a breeze . . . fees are very reasonable . . . and best of all, I don’t lift a finger once I set up my clients. For instance, if I have a yearly client (hosting fee), I simply enter a recurring fee for a date and forget it. Freshbooks handles the late fee notifications and such and I can see when people log in to view their invoices. I can give credits when needed and create custom invoices and estimates. Bottom line, it’s increased my productivity drastically. I can even have Freshbooks mail actual paper billing without thinking about printing and folding – they take care of it all.

So, there ya go. If you’re looking for some good book keeping software or, like me, can’t keep it all together manually, you should check this out. They have a free trial if you’d like. Just click here to get going. I think you’ll really like it.

FeedFlix

Here’s a quick post about a pretty slick website. Do you have Netflix for renting movies? If so, head on over to www.feedflix.com . . . they’ll tell you how much you’re spending per movie. I’m ahead of the game at 18 cents per video – only because my kids watch alot of the Disney streaming stuff on the Roku box via Netflix streaming. Pretty cool just to see what it’s worth to you!

How will they survive?

OK, I tried, I really did. I’m in the market for a new hard drive for my laptop. I did my research and came upon the Seagate Momentus Drive. It has stellar reviews, so I skipped on over to Buy.com and grabbed one for $85 . . . not bad at all (320 GB, 7200 RPM with 16 MB buffer for you gear heads). Well, I’m on a trip with my wife and have some time to kill (time to kill by myself in different city = Best Buy). While in Best Buy, I thought I’d check the prices on the hard drive I just ordered. I spent an extra $5 to have 2nd day shipping online, so I thought if they can even get close to that, I’ll purchase in store and cancel online.

Forty Bucks . . . they had it on sale for $40 more than the online purchase. I was ready to shell out even $10 more, but this was rediculous.

So, that begs the question – how will brick and mortar stores make it? With the recent closing of Circuit City, it looks bleak. Now, alot of folks say to ask the store to match the price or get close to the price with shipping and I’m all for that – something tells me they won’t come more than $30 off though. It’ll be interesting to see how the competition pans out over the next few years . . .