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Finding the Right Accounting Solution for You


Accounting can be daunting, but it’s a necessary part of any business. Lucky for you, there’s an ever-growing suite of accounting tools, such as cloud-based accounting software. This means everything is stored and accessed online making it easier than ever for business owners to take control of their business accounting.

Cloud accounting software like FreshBooks helps entrepreneurs stay organized and takes the stress out of managing invoices, bills, and receipts, so you can spend less time on accounting and more time doing the work you love.

Why FreshBooks?

FreshBooks is the perfect solution for small businesses looking to get their accounting in order. The features they offer include online payments, expense and time tracking, and accounting reports and taxes. They make it simple to create custom estimates and invoices for your clients, as well as send our late payment reminders. You can even set up automatic and recurring expense tracking, manage rates for different projects and create reports for your profits and losses.

With FreshBooks you keep all your data up to date by adding it as it comes in. This will help you track on the go and provide you with real-time insights. By having all of your data stored on the cloud, you can go back in through your data and create reports and find issues. Your data will be completely organized without having to sort through a bunch of files kept in different locations. If there’s any discrepancies, you’ll be able to find them at your fingertips. Some of the best things about the platform is that:

FreshBooks is secure

Because FreshBooks is available on a subscription basis, the software and all necessary data is hosted securely online and backed up.  

FreshBooks is fast

All of your information is stored on a cloud, meaning you can access your data from any place at any time. Whether you’re on a jobsite using your mobile phone or on your desktop in your office, you’ll have access to everything you need right away.

FreshBooks is easy

Freshbooks provides a simple cloud accounting solution that is designed for small business owners to get organized. They provide a step-by-step wizard to guide you along the way when you perform new tasks such as creating new invoices or adding new clients to your records.

Here’s how to get started with your free trial.

Follow the link from your Business Advisor 

Your Business Advisor will send you our affiliate link so you can access the Entrepreneurs Club discount.

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When you click the ‘Try It Free’ button, you’ll be brought to this page. All you need to do is add your business name and email to get started (no credit card info required for your free trial).

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Set up your account


Customize your account 

Hover over the FreshBooks logo in the top left corner, and click the ‘Update your logo’ button that appears.

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Once you upload your logo, the menu colour will automatically update to the dominant colour in your logo. Next, click the ‘Settings’ tab in the top right corner.

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Set up your business info

Fill out your company profile. Then, go through all the tabs and update the info to reflect your business and preferences.

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Now you should be ready to start using FreshBooks to get organized and get paid.

Send your first invoice

Click ‘Invoices’ and then click ‘Create an Invoice.’

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After selecting/adding a client, describing your work and spelling out your terms, you should have something that looks like this:

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You can either save your invoice as a draft or send it my email or snail mail (based on your client’s preference).


Now you can send professional looking invoices in just minutes with a few simple clicks.

Start tracking expenses 

To begging tracking expenses, click the ‘Expenses’ tab and then click ‘Add an Expenses.’ Once you’ve filled out the form, you expenses will be tracked. You even have the option to upload an image of the receipt you received.

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And there you have it. Your business is now set up and ready to use FreshBooks’ intuitive platform that will make accounting and billing painless.

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Laura has a B.A. in Honours Communications Studies from McMaster University and is currently enrolled in Humber’s Public Relations Postgraduate program. She is passionate about writing and local business, so this blog is the perfect combination of the two.