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“I travel 3-4 months out of the year, so to be able to use Shoeboxed anywhere in the world has allowed me to stop stressing as much about record keeping and focus more on the business itself.”
Introducing: Sean Ogle
Profession: Business builder
Shoeboxed: Hi, Sean! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us. Let’s start with you telling us a little about yourself and your business.
Sean Ogle: Sure! My name is Sean Ogle and I’m the creator of a site called Location 180. The site is all about teaching people how to build lifestyle businesses that allow them to work from wherever they want and generally do more of the stuff they like to do.
SBX: Sounds awesome! Have you always wanted to run your own business? How did you get started?
SO: I’ve always known I’d wanted to be an entrepreneur. This started in college when I did everything from selling concert tickets, to having my own house painting business, to making t-shirts.
About two years into my job as a financial analyst I realized I wasn’t getting any closer to having a real business of my own. So I left, moved to Thailand for seven months and started learning how to build businesses online.
SBX: Wow! That’s quite a change of pace. So now that you’re doing what you want to do, tell us your favorite part of your job, and the most stressful.
SO: My favorite part is the flexibility. I can work whatever hours I choose, and if a cool opportunity comes up I’m usually able to take advantage of it. That said, income can certainly ebb and flow. So the most stressful times are the ones where sales slow down and you’re wondering if they are ever going to start up again!
SBX: That’s definitely something all small business owners face! Another challenge is dealing with finances. What did you do with all your documents before Shoeboxed? How did you stay organized before using our service?
SO: Ha, I wasn’t that organized before your service. I had a giant pile of receipts that I had to sort through during tax time, and I’m sure I missed plenty of them.
SBX: Well, we’re certainly glad you found us! How did you hear about Shoeboxed and decide to take the plunge?
SO: A couple friends of mine started a site called Taxreceipts.com, and they told me about the service. One of them is a tax attorney and gave me a little scolding on how I needed to keep better track of my receipts – I’ve been using Shoeboxed ever since!
SBX: Tell them thanks on our behalf! :) So now that you’re a regular user, can you tell us about how you use Shoeboxed to manage your business?
SO: Sure. I almost completely rely on the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker on my smartphone. Once a receipt goes in my pocket, there’s no telling when, or if, it will be seen again. Shoeboxed makes it so easy to take a photo right after every meal or purchase, and know that it’s all stored in one place for whenever I need it.
I also manage my books with Outright, so the fact that Shoeboxed works with Outright is a nice bonus.
SBX: Awesome! We’re glad to hear you’re taking advantage of one of our partner integrations. Can you tell us a bit about the value you’ve found in Shoeboxed? Maybe you could elaborate about how we fit into your business and lifestyle.
SO: No problem! I try to be paperless everything, so to be able to take something that has traditionally always been about paper and send it to the cloud is really important for me. I travel 3-4 months out of the year, so to be able to use Shoeboxed anywhere in the world has allowed me to stop stressing as much about record keeping and focus more on the business itself.
SBX: That’s fantastic– we’re honored that we can help your business grow! Okay, last question. Do you have any helpful tips for our users or small business owners that are trying to get organized?
SO: Don’t wait until the last minute. In the past I’d do an entire year’s worth of organizing the week before tax day. Spend a 20 minutes a week making sure everything is accurate, and you’ll be much happier in the long run.
SBX: That’s great advice, Sean, and thanks again for taking the time to chat with us! We’re thrilled to be a part of your small business owner on-the-go lifestyle.
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Until then, stay tuned… and stay organized!