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Article on NY Times Blog about WP and Zipmark

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Posted on November 4, 2013 by Working Point Team

WorkingPoint has been mentioned in relation to our partnership with Zipmark and going paperless! Read more about it here: New Options for Small Businesses Looking to Go Paperless

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Articles of Incorporation: Downloadable Taxonomy

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Posted on August 6, 2013 by Working Point Team

Don Fornes, CEO of Software Advice; wrote up a great article on your Articles of Incorporation and how important it is to keep them in order. He has even put together a downloadable taxonomy into which you can place your files.

It is definitely worth a read: Do You Know Where Your Articles of Incorporation Are?

The file can be downloaded directly from here: Corporate File Taxonomy

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How Google Makes its Money

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Posted on July 29, 2013 by Working Point Team

We came across this interesting infographic and thought we would share:

How Google Makes Its Money

Source: Best Accounting Schools

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Small Business 911: The Merchant Cash Advance

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Posted on July 22, 2013 by Working Point Team

Any entrepreneur knows that running a small business is exciting, partly because you never know what is around the corner. Unfortunately, sometimes the unexpected can turn into an emergency cash flow situation.

You never know when your business may need more working capital than you have on hand. Luckily, a merchant cash advance is one option that can help you deal with the unexpected while keeping business going as usual.

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WorkingPoint, Zipmark and Paperless 2013

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Posted on June 28, 2013 by Working Point Team

Following on from the previous post on our blog about our partnership with Zipmark here is a great article written by Carolyn Crummey at SmallBizTechnology.com:

Ready To Go Paperless? Here Are 7 Services From The Paperless 2013 Coalition That Can Get You There!

We are excited about the prospects this partnership offers to our users, allowing them to get paid efficiently and paperlessly! Also if you are interested in the Paperless 2013 movement here is the link for more info: Paperless 2013 Coalition

Thanks and happy invoicing!

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WorkingPoint + Zipmark = Better Invoicing

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Posted on June 12, 2013 by Working Point Team

Today we are excited to announce our latest partner, Zipmark. Zipmark is the fastest, most efficient way to accept 100% secure digital check payments. With Zipmark, any business can accept payments in minutes and be sure that they won’t be faced with the complexity of merchant accounts, variable pricing, bad transactions or arbitrary delays. Now when you create an invoice from within WorkingPoint you have the option to be paid electronically, significantly reducing the amount of time it takes to close that invoice.

You can read more about the partnership and how to connect your account at the link below:

Connect Your Account with Zipmark

WORKINGPOINT PARTNERS WITH ZIPMARK TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS REDUCE THE PROCESSING TIME OF PAYMENTS AND DEPOSITS BY AS MUCH AS 50%

According to Industry Reports, Small Businesses Spend More Than $7 to Process a Single Paper Check Payment; Zipmark Joins Paperless 2013 Campaign In Effort to Increase Use of Secure Digital Checks

NEW YORK – (June 12, 2013) – Zipmark™, a pioneer in mobile and online payments, today announced that it has partnered with WorkingPoint, a leading online small business management platform. Details of the partnership include extending Zipmark’s secured digital check platform to WorkingPoint’s entire customer base, which will allow their small business customers the opportunity to collect payments online by simply enabling the Zipmark’s digital check option within Working Point. By switching to Zipmark eChecks WorkingPoint customers can now get paid by their clients as early as the next business morning after submitting an invoice, rather than the extended timeframe involved with accepting paper check payments.

The primary purpose of Zipmark is to improve accounts receivables and payable for small businesses as many firms are still stuck using paper checks as a result of exorbitant transaction fees associated with other types of payment platforms. Zipmark’s transaction fee is only 1% with a $5 cap. With Zipmark digital checks, small businesses can literally send an invoice to a customer on a Monday and receive good funds deposited directly into a business’s operating account on Tuesday morning.

“WorkingPoint customers are a perfect example of how a small business can use Zipmark to get paid significantly faster and still keep checks as their #1 source of payments,” said Jay Bhattacharya, CEO and co-founder of Zipmark. “Paper checks aren’t bad, they’re just outdated when you consider how much easier, faster and safer a small business owner can get paid in today’s digital environment using Zipmark.”

“WorkingPoint works with thousands of small businesses that are still stuck receiving paper checks in the mail and so it was a very easy decision on our part to offer Zipmark to our customers,” said Paul Sednaoui, Director of Marketing at WorkingPoint. “Our customers are frustrated with the delays and the hassles of dealing with traditional payments. We decided to integrate Zipmark as a payment option on the invoices our customers create because Zipmark enables our clients to receive funds quickly and for a fraction of the administrative cost of processing paper checks.”

Zipmark Joins Paperless 2013 Coalition
Zipmark has joined an exclusive coalition of companies, including HelloFax, Google Drive, Fujitsu Scansnap, Expensify, Manilla, HelloSign, Xero, Eventbrite, Lemon, Nitro and Shoeboxed, to remove paper from “paperwork.” According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the average US office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. In 2010, the amount of paper recovered for recycling averaged 334 pounds for each person living in the US, according to the American Forest & Paper Association. Many businesses still rely heavily on archaic paper invoicing systems that require a cadre of paper-based materials including envelopes, stamps, paper bills, paper checks, not to mention the extra resources required to maintain paper invoicing such as printer ink, use of the U.S. postal service and transportation required to send and deposit those paper checks.

To join the paperless movement and take the paperless pledge, please visit http://www.Paperless2013.org, where visitors can receive an email with links to a set of web services that, used together, can remove the need for ‘paper’ from paperwork. For more information, follow the paperless 2013 campaign on Twitter using #Paperless2013.

About Zipmark
Zipmark’s goal is to remove barriers between businesses and their money by bringing the checkbook into the 21st century: reducing the amount of time and money it takes to make a check payment, eliminating the possibility for bounced checks and taking all risk out of the equation for payer and payee alike. Zipmark was launched in 2010 by Jay Bhattacharya and Jake Howerton, and is based in New York City. To learn more about the company please visit www.zipmark.com.
Zipmark’s investors are Village Ventures, Contour Venture Partners, NYC Seed, High Peaks Venture Capital and the New York City Investment Fund.

About WorkingPoint
WorkingPoint, LLC. is an online small business management solution. Offering invoicing, tax reporting, inventory and expense management, and a business dashboard that allows our users to quickly gauge the state of their finances. WorkingPoint was founded in July 2009 by Tom Proulx, one of the individuals behind the creation of Quicken and QuickBooks.

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Disclaimer: Zipmark™ is a registered trademark of Zipmark, Inc. WorkingPoint™ is a registered trademark of WorkingPoint, Inc. All other copyrights and trademarks within the release are property of the respective brands.

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New Feature – Get Paid Faster with Payment Reminders

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Posted on April 3, 2013 by Working Point Team

Does collecting invoice payments from your customers pose a challenge? If you’re like most business owners, the last thing you want to do is call up your customer and ask when they are sending in their payment. But you want to get paid. Enter WorkingPoint Payment Reminders.

With WorkingPoint’s Payment Reminders, you can automate your collections efforts. Once you determine which reminders you want to send: invoice due, late payment or both; set the timing of the reminder for “x” number of days before or after the invoice due date; and frequency of any subsequent late payment reminders; and customize your email messages, we’ll take it from there.

Invoice Due Reminder

WorkingPoint will automatically email out a copy of the invoice “x” number of days before it is due as a reminder to your customer that their invoice due date is approaching. This feature is great at eliminating the oft-heard excuse, “I never received the invoice.”

Late Payment Reminder

For any invoices that weren’t paid by their due date, WorkingPoint will send out another copy of the invoice “x” number of days after the payment was due to reminder the customer to send in their past-due payment. You can also schedule automatic emails to go out again every week or month the invoice remains unpaid.

Whether you want to set up a global setting to handle all invoices the same way or pick and choose which invoices to send reminders on, WorkingPoint’s Payment Reminders helps take the headache out of collections.

You can find more info in our help section here: Turning on Payment Reminders

As always we welcome comments, feedback and questions. You can reach us via the web form: Contact Us Web Form

Thanks!

-The WorkingPoint Team

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Outsourcing Your Office

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Posted on February 28, 2013 by Working Point Team

Small business owners have a lot on their plates; invoicing, expenses, inventory management, payroll, marketing, business development, accounting, the list goes on and on. At WorkingPoint we believe we offer a great service to help you manage your finances. We also know that there are many other aspects of your business that you could use some help with. Below are some of our favorite services and products to help make your SMB lives more manageable.

Receipt and Document Management

Shoeboxed – We recently teamed up with Shoeboxed to offer you a great integration with their service. We are excited about this partnership because they have a fantastic suite of services. Essentially they take all of your paper receipts, business cards and other documents, digitize and analyze them and then send them back. Once you have the digital version you can quickly create reports and summaries, which will save you hours during tax season as well as allow you to have a better overview of your expenses. We encourage you to give their free trial a shot.

Neat Receipts – Neat has a slightly different take on document digitizing. Instead of shipping your paper documents away, you scan them all yourself. After buying one of their scanners you can quickly and easily feed in all of your documents to be recognized (OCR) and ordered. Their products have rave reviews and can definitely help you to get more organized.

File/Document Management

Dropbox – A relatively older player in the online document management game, Dropbox allows you to effortlessly upload any type of digital document which can then be viewed on all the devices you own. A real strength of their system is the ability to share folders and files with others, making collaboration with coworkers near and far a breeze. You receive 2GB of space for free, and can pay for more.

Google Docs/Drive – If you are a user of Gmail or Google Apps, then this is the solution for you. Similar to Dropbox you can easily upload files from your computer which are then available anywhere. In addition to being able to share your files with others, one of the major pluses of Google drive is the ability to create and edit documents from any web browser. You get 5GB free; 25GB will set you back a measly $2.50/month. A great tool that we enjoy at WorkingPoint!

Outsourcing Tasks

TaskRabbit – If you haven’t heard of TaskRabbit, then listen up! They offer an amazing service where you can hire individuals near you to complete mundane or repetitive tasks that you don’t have the time/interest in doing yourself. For example, scanning all of those documents into your brand new Neat Receipts! Check out their website to see if they offer services near you.

Elance – Elance in an online marketplace where professionals can post their services and you can hire them. For small business owners the on-demand nature of the service can be invaluable. If you need a logo/website redesign you need look no further. Web design is just one example of the huge number of different things you can get accomplished for your business. There is a bidding system, where you post your job and the approximate amount you are willing to pay and then can review all of the bids that come in.

Website Creation

OnePager – OnePager is a fantastic tool for those of you that don’t have a website yet (you really should!) and want something that is simple and elegant. As the name suggests they can create a site for you that is one page displaying your info and anything else you want people to know about your company.

WordPress – Another website creation tool, that is more powerful than OnePager but at the same time easy for a layman to use is WordPress. They have been around for quite a while and have a huge community of people who create themes, plug-ins etc. for you to optimize your website.

This is just a small sample of the ways that you can leverage the web to streamline and optimize your business. If you have any other ones you use please feel free to post them in the comments. As always questions/feedback /comments are welcome!

Thanks and Happy Optimizing!

-The WorkingPoint Team

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Two New Features – Shoeboxed and Packing Slips

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Posted on February 12, 2013 by Working Point Team

Today we have two exciting announcements to share with you.

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Home-Office Tax Deductions Made Simplier for 2013

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Posted on January 29, 2013 by Working Point Team

We know that many of our users work out of their homes, using their personal space to conduct business. Doing so allows you to take deductions on your taxes, but until this year the process was a grueling one that we know many of you avoided to spare yourselves the headache. The good news is that starting this year the government has made taking these deductions A LOT easier.

For the current tax period, starting January 1, 2013 (meaning you will file this next year) you can simply deduct $5 for each square foot of home space you use for an office, up to a maximum of $1500 – without having to fill out complicated forms or jump through hoop after hoop. If you normally deduct more than this then you will have to continue to do things the old way, but this should be a great boon for many. You can read more about the change at the IRS Blog, in addition the NY Times has done a piece outlining some of the pros and cons: here.

As always we here at WorkingPoint are looking our for you, our SMB users. If you have any questions, or comments please leave them below.

Thanks and  Happy Deducting for this year too!

-The WorkingPoint Team

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