Soothe Your Tax Fears: Shoeboxed (and Their “Magic Envelopes”) Saves the Day for Entrepreneurs

Tax time is coming up (I can’t bear to call it a “season”). :) And it’s safe to say I dislike doing taxes as much as (if not more than) the rest of us. Especially as an independent worker, it can be super confusing and difficult to figure out if I’m submitting correctly, if I’m accounting for everything, etc.

It can feel so overwhelming that some of us don’t even get around to doing our taxes (eep!).

Shoeboxed soothes these tax anxieties, and they’re a company I can get behind 100%. More than 1,000,000 businesses use Shoeboxed to scan and organize receipts and business cards, create expense reports, track mileage and more—all digitally! There’s a DIY plan, but for people who don’t even want to scan their own receipts in, Shoeboxed offers “magic envelopes” to mail in all your receipts so they can take care of everything for you.

Here are some of their listed benefits:

  • No more scanning or data entry: You’ll never waste another minute in front of a scanner or in an Excel spreadsheet
  • Maximize every reimbursement: Whether it’s a business trip or federal tax filing, every receipt is always at your fingertips
  • Submit from anywhere: Send documents in the mail, with your phone, via e-mail or right from your scanner or web browser
  • Export everywhere: Export to QuickBooks, Wave, Xero, Outright, Evernote, Excel and many more…
  • Your data is safe and secure: Shoeboxed uses 256-bit SSL security, the same as major US banks

I did a mini-interview with Mike Hourigan of Shoeboxed to find out how their platform can help us passionate workers and full-life-livers not feel so… taxed (yup, went there) around this time of year.

(And just for you: click this link or any link in this article to Shoeboxed, and Live All of You readers will receive 50% off their first two months after their free trial ends.) Sweet!

Live All of You is about helping people honor their inner compass and weave their passions into their unique daily rhythm. How can using Shoeboxed be helpful to passionate entrepreneurs?

Mike: Shoeboxed takes the work out of paperwork so people can focus on doing what they love: innovating, creating, inventing.

We strive to simplify and streamline how entrepreneurs and small business owners handle their bookkeeping by offering a plethora of options to get your receipts and important business documents digitized and organized. By taking all of these administrative tasks off of your workload, Shoeboxed becomes a solid backend system that allows your business to grow and thrive.

35 percent of the workforce is now mobile. How does Shoeboxed support a culture of independent workers in the new mobile workforce?

Mike: You’re absolutely right that everyone and everything is going mobile! At Shoeboxed, we work the way our customers do—we have a great commitment to supporting business travelers and on-the-go professionals. We are constantly innovating to provide the best possible Shoeboxed experience on mobile and can’t wait to see where this trend takes us in the future.

Can frequent-traveling, location-independent entrepreneurs use Shoeboxed from anywhere in the world?

Mike: We offer a free app for both iPhone and Android that allows you to capture receipts from wherever in the world you may be, as well as the ability to search and find any receipt or business card you need no matter where you are. We have Shoeboxed users in over 100 countries, and many of them use our service to track receipts and file their taxes from abroad.

Thanks, Mike! If you try out Shoeboxed (Live All of You readers receive 50% off their first two months after their free trial ends), I’d love to hear what you think.

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