Here's a roundup of the best links I've clicked on recently.
Also, check out my coverage of ExpensiCon, Expensify's first invite-only summit, held last week in Maui. Some big news in there about Expensify's new partnerships with Xero, TSheets, and BDO.
- Accountex Report: The Importance of Redefining Bookkeeper — Ingrid Edstrom outlines how the bookkeeping profession is changing rapidly. The old dictionary definition no longer applies, and we need a new word to describe the new role of the modern bookkeeper. Any ideas?
- Bill.com: Introducing: Next Generation Inbox and Auto Bill Entry — Some excellent news for Bill.com users and accountants — As part of an upgrade to their inbox feature, Bill.com is dropping the price of the data entry service from $1.99 to 50 cents per bill.
- Entryless: Last month, Entryless released a dashboard for accountants and bookkeepers. Now you can see the status of all your client accounts at a glance on one page.
- Receipt Bank: Receipt Bank added a helpful notification window for accountants that shows what changes have occurred since the last time you accessed the client's account. Now you can see at a glance what items have been processed, auto-published, and merged. Receipt Bank will also let you know if any new payment methods or suppliers were detected.
- CFO: How the Blockchain Will Disrupt Banking — In 3-5 years, private blockchains will begin to disrupt the consumer payments industry with significant benefits for participating banks and their customers.
- Square: What is EMV? Everything You Need to Know About Chip-enabled Cards — Square gives the lowdown on this new technology, what it means for sellers, and the difference between EMV and NFC. If you have clients selling with Square, make sure they upgrade to the new chip card and NFC card reader so they aren't on the hook for fraud.
- TaxJar: How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Every State — If you work with ecommerce clients who have nexus in many states (Amazon FBA retailers, for example), it can be a real challenge to get them registered. To help you out, TaxJar put together this handy guide.
- Help Scout: Easy Reading is Damn Hard Writing — Here are some excellent tips for writing well, including my favorite, "Don't write words, write 'music'."
- UpWork: The popular freelancing platform UpWork is changing their fee structure. Starting in June, the hiring client will choose to pay either a 2.75% fee per payment or a flat $25 per month (for eligible clients). The freelancer will now pay a sliding scale fee based on lifetime billings for each client. The fee starts at 20% for the first $500 per client, goes down to 10% for the next $9,500, and will be 5% thereafter.