Here's a roundup of the best links I clicked on this past week. Also, don't miss the chance to win a free "GAAP" t-shirt! Join my mailing list in the month of July and you'll be entered to win 1 of 5 free giveaways to the subscribers of Cloud Accounting Weekly.
Marketplace — A new idea for New York restaurants
Coworking is rapidly gaining in popularity among mobile professionals who don't want the overhead of a traditional office. In this story, Marketplace profiles Spacious, a start-up in New York City that turns dinner-only restaurants into shared workspaces during the day. (read or listen)
Huffington Post — I’m a startup founder who is about to become a dad. Here’s why I’m taking two months of paternity leave.
Tomer London, a co-founder of Gusto, shares why he's taking off 2 months from his payroll startup for paternity leave. (It's not just because he's the boss.) (read)
This Is Horrible
As a service to the community, Chris Hooper has compiled all the unofficial Big 4 accounting anthems he could find on YouTube into one awful collection. Enjoy! (read)
Sales & Marketing
Co-founder of time-tracking app Hubstaff, David Nevogt, shares his management system for running a fully remote company. Hubstaff makes software, not a service, but all of these points are relevant to professional service businesses as well, especially those built around fixed fee models. (read)
Expensify (expense reports) — Price to Beat — Here's a great example of how accounting software can go beyond historical reporting and start to really add to the bottom line. Expensify's new optional "Price to Beat" feature incentivizes employees to save on behalf of the company by giving them a financial reward when they book travel below market price. That's a win-win!
QuickBooks Online (accounting package)
- Enhanced Attachments — Now you can add attachments to list names, such as Customers and Vendors.
- Company Templates — For years, ProAdvisors have been able to reuse Chart of Accounts and Items lists from existing QuickBooks desktop files. Now they can do it in QuickBooks Online, too.
Spotlight Reporting (reports & dashboards) —
- New Industry Templates — Three new industry templates available from Spotlight take the effort out of creating tailored reports for SaaS, professional services, and retail clients.
- Add Your Own Content Into Your Spotlight Report — Now you can insert content from other sources into your Spotlight report without having to use a PDF editor. You can add a PDF, PNG, or JPEG image.
Square (payments) — Recurring Payments — Now you can use Square Invoices to set up recurring payments for every month, week, day, or even year.
Xero (accounting package) — Upgraded App Marketplace — Xero has released a new App Marketplace to make it easier for you to find any of the 500+ apps that integrate with Xero.