Are you from the UK, Australia, or New Zealand? Then This Is for You!

SlickPie is constantly improving so businesses from all around the world can have access to top-notch features and tools to help them get paid faster. Many improvements have been made in the past months and now we have yet some other exciting news to share with you, so here it goes: from now on, users from the UK, Australia, or New Zealand will enjoy unlimited access to live bank feeds from their own local banks! That’s right! SlickPie has just expanded to support all the major banks in these countries to deliver the best experience possible to our users!

This great product enhancement will allow users to obtain up to one year of historical data and to handle bank authentication with more security and ease of use than ever. Finally, after some extensive share of hard work from our devs team, this benefit is now live to help small businesses thrive even more. So access your SlickPie account right away and start taking advantage of it, the improved live bank feeds today!

A 2016 Retrospective: 3 Awesome SlickPie News You Can’t Miss

At SlickPie, we have one mission – to help small business owners run a better business. Since the first line of the code was written, we’ve significantly fine-tuned SlickPie and adding more functionality to help better suit your needs.

Helping freelancers, consultants, and other small business owners work more efficiently is incredibly important. Why? As per Labor Department productivity, the hourly output per worker, over the last four quarters increased just 1.6%. Higher productivity results in higher income without boosting the cost of products & services. The productivity needs to be increased.

From simpler online accounting to a more intuitive bank reconciliation, you’ll find plenty of new ways to streamline your business management with SlickPie—so you can spend more time on billable productive work. There were hundreds of small improvements under the hood that made SlickPie even slicker and ready for 2017.

Better and Broader Bank Feeds: We found that many of our users were from Australia, New Zealand & UK but we were not able to provide live bank feeds for them. We made many improvements in our bank feeds and now we support all the major financial institutions worldwide. Improved banking data along with seamless bank reconciliations makes your day to day accounting a breeze. We have also made changes that seamlessly import statements downloaded from your bank if live bank feeds are not available for your bank.

Improved Onboarding Process: Many of us are just starting out to use an online accounting software for the first time. For those of us, we have eliminated many steps and now automatically create local sales tax and chart of accounts or categories that you can edit to fit your needs. This means you get to sending your first invoice in the minimal time possible.

Introducing MagicBot: Not only MagicBot attach a copy of the receipt or bill to the transaction but read all key financial data from those documents to automatically create those transactions for you. You can scan all of your files and dump them into a Dropbox folder and let MagicBot do the rest of your accounting. There can’t be more flexible and powerful way to save tons of time and bring efficiency in your business.

SlickPie already allows you to add a document to any transaction so you’ve backup if you’re being audited. Most of SlickPie users also use this option to attach contracts, agreements, check images and other important business documents. No more “shoebox,” because everything is on the cloud, secure and backed up. When needed,  you can easily download individual documents to your computer.

We also improved support for worldwide date formats, added support for recoverable sales tax like GST in Canada. Now you can run sales tax reports on the basis of components of a tax. Last year we also Integrated with PayPal and Stripe so that you can receive online payments. We have further simplified getting paid using PayPal or by credit card directly from your online invoices. Getting Paid by credit card is just simple one click process.

Work is currently in progress on important features like multi-currency, quotes & estimates, and improving functionality on mobile devices. The new year is leading us to make some pretty slick and very significant improvements to our accounting app.

If you love SlickPie, we’ll be eternally thankful if you tell a friend about us today!

Stripe Is Here! Get Paid Now at Lightspeed!

 

 

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SlickPie has some quite exciting news to announce – our Stripe integration beta testing is done and it’s now available for everyone to enjoy!

For those who aren’t quite familiar with this tool yet, Stripe is a company that allows businesses and individuals to accept online payments. The software is similar to PayPal, which is another global big player in the online payments scenario and we already have an integration with. Our goal is to provide faster and user-friendly possibilities for business owners to focus on running their businesses instead of worrying about money transfer obstacles, which are eliminated by the easy payment options offered by such tools.

Why Stripe is so awesome for your business

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There are many ways you can use the combo SlickPie + Stripe to improve your business finances. For instance, you can receive instant payments online right after each sale is made. That is such a priceless convenience for business owners to have peace of mind about getting paid every time their customers are ready to pay. No more waiting and worrying about being available 24/7 to collect payments, no more uncomfortable situations facing lousy excuses, no more time is being wasted. Now on you can get paid anywhere, anytime.

Stripe accepts payments through all major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) to increase the channels for your business to get paid faster, meaning your customers will able to pay you with a single click of a button with no unnecessary efforts or headaches whatsoever. By reducing the barriers for people to pay you, you increase the chances that the payment will be done in time and extra channels are one of the key factors when it comes to making the paying experience easier.

Also, businesses can track all sales made through Stripe, which grants an outstanding enhancement in accessing specific sales information whenever is needed. Plus, it’s also possible to track the amounts that Stripe owes your business, as well as any fees that the program may be charging you. These tracking resources make possible for business owners to keep a keen eye on their business financial health while providing real-time feedback for them to make faster decisions.

Security is another huge plus with Stripe. The platform uses encrypted data in all its transactions, which means it’s impossible for outsiders to access the information. The credit card data entered into the payment forms is sent directly Stripe. This means that no credit card data would ever be in possession of any third parties.

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Stripe is one of the best integrations any small business could use along with online accounting software. The tool is secure, simple, straight-forward, and truly help your company to get paid faster. It follows all the security standards and benefits that are in SlickPie’s blood, which makes this a perfect match and the greatest beneficiaries of it are the users.

Implementing Stripe is another way for SlickPie to say that users will always get the best for their business from software. Innovation is what SlickPie is built upon, and making your business to get paid faster is our model. Don’t waste another second and try Stripe in SlickPie right now! Just follow these quicks steps to get you up and going in no time https://help.slickpie.com/hc/en-us/articles/211345289-Adding-Stripe!

 

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4 Business Lessons to Learn From the Olympics

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The Rio Olympics have officially started. The world is taken by the nice and warm frenzy over the hundreds and hundreds of hours of high-level sport performances. Athletes have been preparing themselves for years for what is about to happen in the next brief 19 days, and the planet will certainly be delighted by what they have to show.

Although the Olympic Games are a sportive event, it is also a multi-billion dollar business that has one of its scopes to infuse some heat into the city-host’s economy. Some of the largest companies in the world spend millions to show their brands during the event, such as  Coca-Cola, Visa, and GE.

Okay, if you are running a small business, there’s nothing really important to learn from the whole thing, right? Wrong! There are plenty of valuable business lessons that can be learned by studying the behavior of the main stars of the show, the Olympic athletes. They are the champions, they are the best, and they know how to win and succeed, and that is essentially what business is all about. Here are four business lessons for you to put into practice today.

  1. No room for amateurs

Olympians are the toughest athletes on Earth. They are the best of the best in their respective fields as they work awfully hard for it. All the athletes competing in the Olympic Games live and breathe sports 24-7, no exceptions. They train, eat, sleep, rest, and live thinking about how to continuously excel at the sport they are participating in. This is no different from the business world because businesses must strive until their very limit, to get a glimpse of reaching success. If you are the kind of businessperson that is 100% business from Monday till Friday but then turns off the switch during the weekends, you would have some a harder time in making your business succeed.

  1. Every winning team needs a winning captain

Leadership is a must when it comes to team work. Undoubtedly, the most important aspect of any team is the human element, but the team leader is the one that can bring order to chaos and motivate the team when challenges seem unbeatable. In several occasions team leaders see themselves facing an imminent defeat and have to take immediate action to change the game, especially in the Olympics where the competition is so fierce. They motivate the team towards change and adaptation to adverse scenarios. Business leaders are also the sparkle needed to incinerate inertia into action, and push the team to the right direction. When everything seems to be crumbling, the business leader needs to step in and present fast solutions to overcome the obstacles.

  1. Ethics are a classic

I can’t stress enough on how badly the business environment needs to learn from sportsmanship. Countless companies believe in winning at all costs, which often include the breaking of rules as long as they don’t get caught. On the other hand, when it comes to sports, the topic is completely different. Olympians have shown their true greatness in many occasions by helping their fellow athletes when they fell down on track races, for example. Olympians compete with grace as well as fairness, because they know that is the only way that is worth winning. I’m not saying that you should call your biggest competitor right now, and tell all about your revenue model’s secret. But what about compliance? What about due diligence? How many companies get caught committing acts of fraud every year? Fair play is the only way to guarantee your business will be allowed to strive without fear.

  1. Never give up

This is probably one of the most important lesson we can learn from the Olympics. Do Not Give Up. Ever. Olympic athletes are globally known for always pushing it to the limit, even when everything seems to be lost, when that last step feels like it’s a mile away, or when that ultimate centimeter seems to be a kilometer long, Olympians don’t give up. They keep on trying, keep on pushing, and keep on BELIEVING they can still win. That is what’s in the very core of being an Olympic champion, and that’s exactly what businesses must do to succeed. Every company goes thru some very tough times, but what differentiates the greatest businesses in history from the regular businesses, is that they never give up and keep persisting despite the pain and misfortune. That is the most important thing your business can do. Remember, even if you crash into a hurdle, just pick yourself up and continue running forward because you will someday get over it.

 

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Awesome New Source Document Upload Feature

Doing your transactions in SlickPie cloud accounting software has always been a delight. Sending invoices, creating bills, or even handling employee receipts seamlessly have become easy tasks for thousands of small business owners and freelancers all around the globe. Now, SlickPie has the pleasure of introducing another delightful new feature: source document upload!

Source documents are extremely useful to have at hand in case you need to track what originated a certain transaction to occur, or even to access further receipt information not registered in the transactional digital data and can be a time and life saver during gruelling auditing process if your business need to go through CRA, IRS and tax authority of your country.

The first step for you to take advantage of this awesome benefit is to login to your SlickPie account and select one of the available transactions from the left menu highlighted in yellow in the following image:

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Now you can choose between uploading a document to a previous transaction from your company’s history, or you can start a new transaction and attach the document to it. In both cases the procedure will be the same, all you’ll have to do is to click on the highlighted “Clip” button:

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Then a pop-up window will show up with a big green “Choose File” button for you to click on. After that you’ll just have to select the file you want to upload from your local database and then click on the “Done” button at the bottom of the pop-up window.

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After doing this you will notice that the “Clip” icon will have changed from showing the number “0” into showing the number “1”, which means that your transactions has one document attached to it. You can attach multiple documents to the same transaction to keep your finances always organized.

And that’s it! SlickPie’s new source document upload is so simple and easy-to-use that you’ll be able to start taking advantage of it right away. This feature is just one of the many benefits that using SlickPie’s cloud accounting software can bring to improve your business performance and help you assure that your finances are always on the right track.

Enjoy SlickPie delightful experience today!

5 Hidden Nuggets You Need To Know About SlickPie

As a small business owner, I always struggled with the limited time I’ve had. While, I was writing the framework for SlickPie, one of my first goals was to ensure that the end product is super user friendly and which assists in getting the work done in a shortest possible time. Whether it’s about saving time, easy access or flexibility it brings to the work, SlickPie always endeavors to offer best from the rest.

If you haven’t tried this yet, here are 5 hidden nuggets that you need to be aware of; while using this avant-garde cloud-based accounting software that certainly has more power to radically improve the way you do business…

  1. Always Attach Source Documents

Storing receipts and documents in an old shoebox or a filing cabinet are a passé now. Now, you don’t need to keep the hard copy of the bill from your internet service provider anymore. Just attach the PDF copy that you received by email to the bill transaction you created and keep it in the cloud forever for easier access. Also, take a picture of the parking fee that you just paid with a credit card and save that image with the expense transaction in SlickPie. It helps you in saving time and there is no better way to go paperless and audit-proof your business in a seamless way.

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2) Create Notes

You did a photography gig for a client and you had to do some additional work so, invoice amount may be more than what you guys originally agreed upon, all this can be documented for your client to see in “Notes – Visible to Customer” as well ininternal “Notes” that are visible only to you. Use this gem extensively to your advantage so that you can remind yourself even after 6 months, what happened and why invoice amount was different.

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3) Proactive Monitoring to Deal with Unpaid Invoices

How many times, you have to call the client for non-payment of an invoice? Has it ever happened that the client claimed to have never received the invoice? I personally feel that such problems can create severe cash flow problems for your business. So, next time you call and they claim of never receiving the invoice, send them this screen shot that you can find under “Notes” to counter the claims they’ve made. It clearly shows when an invoice was seen and by whom.

viewed invoice history4) Review Sent or Not Sent Invoice?

How many times you have come across a situation when you wonder if an invoice has been sent or not? A little nugget in SlickPie, “Resend” makes it easy for you to determine it quickly. Check “Notes” to see in detail when a specific invoice was sent. You can also filter out all the invoices that have already been sent from your side.

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5) Activate Online Payments

Data in SlickPie at an aggregate level shows us that invoices that had ‘Online Payments enabled’ are getting paid within 48 to 72 hours which is immensely different when compared with invoices that are being paid with checks. If you deal with loyal clients, who send you payment by check on regular basis, it may be a risk worth taking but, for most small businesses, ‘Activating Online Payments’ will help you to get money in your bank account quickly.

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I hope you will find above-mentioned nuggets helpful in terms of managing your business in a best possible way. Whether you are starting your new venture or already have an established business, SlickPie offers an advanced pack of features that will certainly help in taking your business to new heights.

Working on the Little Things

We have made it easy for you to give valuable feedback on SlickPie. The little green button on the bottom right corner allows us to collect and manage your feedback – whether it’s suggestions, requests or complaints. Everything will be integrated with our reporting and analysis tools to help us track how we are handling them.

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Acting on your feedback

We’ve been busy developing the whole SlickPie user experience. We are adding key features and tuning invoices, bills and payments on almost a weekly basis. We are also working to deliver innovations in bank reconciliations and automated data entry. This is our focus along with making the existing SlickPie features better. We love to listen to your feedback, and the idea to collect feedback in an automated way came from our developer Sulabh, a genius. Use it to request new features and make suggestions for how existing features can be improved.

 

Keep the feedback coming!

The development team is super busy and has many large projects ahead of them but if there’s something you’d like to see in SlickPie, let us know! All ideas count. Those smaller features and enhancements are just as important so keep the feedback coming. We will figure out if there’s something that can be improved quickly, or should be included in a bigger project.

Honestly, we try to listen elsewhere, for example on Twitter, but giving direct feedback lets us track and manage things a bit better. We made it simple and easy so that you could quickly submit feedback and eventually help improve our service for you.

With a focus on mobile and automation, we will make you love online accounting. We are looking forward to your valuable feedback and ideas!