Win a Free Year of Shoeboxed with the Small Business Real Talk Contest

One of the best parts about working at Shoeboxed is getting to know our customers – the hard-working, risk-taking, economy-building small business owners of the world. Your stories and experiences are so inspiring that we thought pretty much everyone could benefit from hearing them.

A sizable number of Shoeboxed users are businesses that are just starting out, and we thought it would be great to harness the accumulated knowledge of our more experienced entrepreneurs. So today, we want to hear from the experts: YOU! What’s the one piece of advice you wish you’d heard when you were starting your business?

Welcome to the first ever Small Business Real Talk contest! Simply submit the best piece of small business advice you’ve got, and our three expert judges will pick the overall winner. Then we’ll award one year of free Shoeboxed service to the person that submitted the winning piece of advice.

How to Enter

Head on over to the Small Business Real Talk page to submit your advice. No one can provide more helpful advice to a new small business owner than a successful one, so we hope you participate and support small businesses across America!

Meet the Judges

Melinda Emerson Shoeboxed Small Business Real TalkOur first judge is a small business expert with unmatched expertise in leveraging social media and online marketing for conversions and growth. Melinda Emerson, also known as her Twitter persona @SmallBizLady, is a seasoned entrepreneur, professional speaker and best-selling author whose mission is to end small business failure.


Steve Strauss Shoeboxed Small Business Real TalkHave you heard of The Small Business Bible? Then you’ll know our next judge: Steve Strauss! Steve is a renowned small business expert and columnist for USA Today. Highly sought after by companies and media outlets alike for his knowledge and advocacy of small business, Steve has also written 15 books.


Casey Steinbacher Shoeboxed Small Business Real TalkRounding out the panel is Casey Steinbacher, the President and CEO of the Durham Chamber of Commerce. Shoeboxed is lucky to be located in downtown Durham, N.C., home to one of the most progressive and innovative Chambers of Commerce in the country. Casey brings unparalleled practical experience in helping small businesses find the resources they need to succeed to the judging panel.


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Stay Organized,

The Shoeboxed Team


Shoeboxed User Carmen Roberts of Plus3 Solutions Rallies to Help Flood Victims

Roma, a small town in outback Queensland, Australia is not the most obvious place to set up a cloud consultancy business. But nevertheless, that is exactly what Shoeboxer Carmen Roberts of Plus3 Business Solutions has done.

We were in the process of interviewing Carmen for our next installment of “Organizing The World” when devastating rains covered Roma and many of its neighboring towns, leaving entire communities covered in water and countless residents displaced. There is not a family in the district that has not been impacted in some way by the horrific floods.  In the town of Mitchell only 14 buildings remained unscathed.

Instead of proceeding with our normal installment of our User Success Series we wanted to take a moment to recognize Carmen for her efforts and ask the greater Shoeboxed community for your assistance in providing relief to this area that has been ravaged by flood waters.

You may have heard news reports of the 2010 floods that affected Queensland’s state capital, Brisbane, in 2010.  These floods also had a tremendous affect on many outback towns, and to be flooded again just two years later has only compounded much of the destruction that these areas have already suffered.

Shoeboxed is proud to support the “After The Disaster” appeal by offering affected businesses free Shoeboxed accounts and by promoting the appeal to our global audience.

On behalf of the entire Shoeboxed team, and in particular all of those in our Sydney office, our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy.

If you are able, please donate to the relief effort. Every dollar helps!

Raging Flood Waters
“Widespread Disaster”

Mitchell Queensland AustraliaHundreds of homes were filled with the rapidly rising flood waters. The swelling river reached record heights that no one predicted. Many families and businesses are left with nothing! Once thriving communities may never fully recover. The mud stained land is soaked in heartache and stories of loss but in the face of adversity the Queensland spirit is strong and they will rebuild. By donating to the appeal you will be giving them a helping hand for tomorrow.

Almost all of the homes were destroyed only 14 remained dry as an entire town was covered in the muddy water surging from the mighty Maronoa River that runs through Western Queensland.

In the days and weeks that follow these tragic events, the news finds a new story and hope of a helping hand fades quickly. After The Disaster Appeal is raising money to help communities as they face an uncertain future.


Shoeboxed & Outright Bring You: Tax Preparedness Week

With Tax Season in full swing, Shoeboxed and Outright want to make sure that you are as ready as possible for April 17 (yes, you have two more days this year, but that doesn’t mean you should actually take two more days to do your taxes… You know what they say about procrastination!)

We have put together a contest.  Starting tomorrow, we will post one daily question on our Facebook pages to test your knowledge of all things Taxes. The first 10 people to answer the question correctly each day will enter a drawing for a 6-month subscription of Shoeboxed Classic (which includes prepaid envelopes and up to 150 receipts/month – a $180 value) or 1 year of Outright Plus (which includes expanded tax and reporting features – a $120 value). Either prize will make your 2012 taxes so much easier!

Questions will be posted at 1 PM EST, Tuesday through Friday. Winners will be announced the following day. Click HERE to see the daily question!

EVERYONE’S A WINNER!  Even if you don’t win, you can still try Outright and  Shoeboxed for free! There is no better way to prepare for Tax Time.

About Outright: is the easiest way to manage your business finances online. Outright allows you to seamlessly integrate your business bank accounts, credit cards, PayPal and ecommerce accounts like eBay and Amazon in order to effortlessly keep track of your business finances, see where your money comes from and where it goes, and quickly and easily fill out your Schedule C tax form at the end of the year. Sign up for a free Outright account today for a less taxing tax time!

About Shoeboxed: Shoeboxed scans your receipts, extracts and human-verifies all the data you need for taxes, bookkeeping and expense reports. They also create a secure, digital, IRS-accepted archive of all your receipts in case you ever get audited. You can send documents through the mail in one of their pre-paid envelopes, by e-mail, with one of their free uploaders or from one of their Android, iPhone or iPad apps. Shoeboxed integrates seamlessly with Outright.