How Does Shoebox Accounting Solve Basic Business Problems?

What is shoebox accounting?

How much time do you spend on finding the physical receipts and business transaction records?

How much space do you spend on keeping these records? 

How much energy do you spend on keeping track of these transactions?

How much trouble do you go through at the end of the tax season to account your expenses? 

If your answer to those questions is quite a lot, I suggest you spend just 5 minutes of your time to know how Shoeboxed services can solve all these problems for you and your business. 

What is shoebox accounting? 

Shoebox accounting is the practice of filling a symbolic shoebox with receipts, invoices, and other accounting documents so that an accountant can sort these out at the end of the accounting year. 

How does shoebox accounting help you increase revenue? 

Shoebox accounting saves business owners’ costs by reducing the stress of keeping accounting records and adding more time to concentrate on growing the business.

Why do you need to use shoebox accounting specialized software? 

Shoebox accounting software such as Shoeboxed reduces the risk of human errors and optimizes the efficiency of the automated accounting system. 

These are the most prominent features of Shoeboxed that make accounting a walk in the park for your business. 

  1. Important receipts and documents are scanned and safely stored at a physical warehouse and in the cloud. You can easily access all the data that you need without worrying about safe keeping the records. 
  2. Key data is extracted from your business records and organized in your account. At the click of a button, you can track all expenses and review scanned images of your receipts. 
  3. Expense reports are simply organized and created catering to your own needs. You can choose to export all or part of your data at any time and have them beautifully downloaded in the format of PDF or CSV files. 

If you are still not sure whether Shoeboxed is a good fit for you, reach out to us at our support center and give it a try completely free of charge.

What Every Business Can Learn from Justin Bieber


Let me confess, I’ve never been infected with “Bieber fever” let alone been a “Belieber.” However, having recently watched his documentary, Never Say Never, I’ve come to realize how much startups and small business owners can learn from this under-aged, pop hearthrob.  Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and even Charlie Sheen are all masters of marketing themselves and their own personal brands. What’s their recipe for success? Of course luck is a crucial factor, but they all adhere to some underlying principles that we entrepreneurs and business owners should pay attention to.

1) Know Your Audience and Connect

Just like any startup, Bieber started from scratch: no industry connections, no millions of dollars in capital at his disposal, not even U.S. citizenship (he’s actually Canadian).  Yet, he was determined to prove himself and worked his little tail off to get noticed by people that could help rocket his career (think of Usher as his venture capitalist). Bieber found his audience, catered to their wants and built their support. His success largely came from his use of social media – one of the cheapest and most effective ways a startup can build brand awareness and engage with customers. Social media gives a voice to anyone who has something to say, and allows those who successfully market themselves to gain more buzz within the community. The beauty of using social media as an entrepreneur is the lack of filter; there are no layers of management permission that one might come across in a well established company. With over ten million followers on Twitter, “the Beebz” keeps his fans engaged by constantly updating them and maintaining very close, sometimes even one-on-one, contact.

2) Customers Come First

Before every show, Bieber’s team has a tradition where they go out on the streets to give away leftover tickets to unsuspecting fans. During the show, they select random audience members sitting hundreds of rows back, and invite them down to the VIP section by the stage. His team even picks a random girl from the crowd to come onstage to be serenaded by Justin during a certain song. Little gestures like these show J.B.’s fans that they’re appreciated, without incurring high costs along the way. Lady Gaga has also been known to order pizza and donuts for her fans while they camp out in line for her concert tickets. Whether it’s excelling in customer service or revving up a better product, remember that your customers are your lifeline and the reason you exist – not to mention your greatest marketing asset.

3) Focus on What Makes You…You

For Bieber, the big buzz on his pre-fame Youtube videos caught the attention of his first manager. Once you’ve pinpointed what makes your business unique, run with it! Market it like crazy. Taking risks and always stepping outside the box are essential to make yourself stand out. After all, no one ever got attention by being timid and passively waiting for someone to notice them. Case in point: Charlie Sheen. Remember to always keep your core values and long term goals in mind, as they’re the heart of your business.