Press Release! Or, just a story from behind the scenes of the acquisition of BenchWorks Inventory:
The creator of BenchWorks, Robert Bryant, graduated from MIT with a Bachelors in Physics and Computer Science, and a Masters in Engineering, Computer Science. He interned for Microsoft and Google. Robby worked as a Software Engineer for Google. Can we just sit here with that for a moment? Because he didn't. He went on to be a Senior Engineer at Cardpool.com, another site with many algorithms.
Only then did Robby develop BenchWorks for a need his wife of Kendra Renee Jewelry and her business mastermind group identified: affordable, easy, full-featured inventory tracking software. Now, he is a Principle Software Engineer at NerdWallet.com, a site we refer to often for the best Credit Cards and Savings Accounts.
Well, it's quite a day in BenchWorks Land! I am incredibly excited to announce that we have sold the BenchWorks project to Mariel Diaz of Accounting for Jewelers!
Wait, you what?!
The back story on Venmo... What is it? Why should I use it?
With Venmo you can:
- Pay others with your Venmo account using money you have in Venmo, or link your bank account or debit card quickly.
- Move money from Venmo to your bank account in as little as one business day.
- There's also more benefits when you use it for your business.
- No transaction fees like PayPal.
- Integrate Venmo easily with your Xero Invoicing system to get paid immediately.
To set up Venmo with Xero invoices, follow the steps below:
IMPORTANT UPDATE: July 2017 Shopify to Xero Integration is under New Management
Still Free! Still the same great app!
Shopify has sold the management of their Xero Integration to BOLD Apps; however, nothing has changed regarding the functionality and features.
Q: I am in the process of setting up our Shopify POS. I've had two sales on it. Is there anything I need to do to document these sales or are they all going to be registered on Shopify? Can I run reports for retail/shop sales in Xero or do I need to do that in Shopify?
A: Shopify and Xero work seamlessly together! Here are the details and step by step instructions for the integration.
Shopify is my favorite e-commerce integration.
2 Step. 2 Step. 2 Step. Now that we have you moving to a beat, go enable 2 Step Authentication in Xero.
Enable two-step authentication on your Xero account today!
Click here for instructions.
Of our 64 Xero clients, two of you have received messages from Xero that someone in a different location has logged into your account and notified us. 2 step authentication in Xero is the key to prevention. [read more]
Part 3: Xerocon Mindful Take Aways
When I was a stubborn kid throwing tantrums, I received an enlightening little yellow book titled something with "Me" in it. While I don't remember the name of the book, it taught me that I didn’t have to behave the way I wanted to respond. Even 30++ years later, I still think about it. I remember as a child realizing that I could step back and change my approach to a situation to handle it appropriately and acceptable to those around me. Although, sometimes, the worst, aka "my feelings" got the best of me. [read more]
Would I be able to add SKU numbers for my finished pieces and variations if I use different gemstones? I am looking for an easy to use and maintain inventory system. Currently, I am using Excel with my own spreadsheet.
I've used benchworks, jewelry manager, and craft manager, but could not keep up with them. I find spreadsheets easier to maintain. [read more]
Manage your passwords in a convenient and secure way with LastPass. Stop wasting time writing, remembering and resetting your passwords. With LastPass, you only have to remember one master password. The rest are locked up and easy to find in the LastPass password manager.
LastPass will autofill every password you save. It can save unlimited logins for websites and easily switch between them (for those of us who have multiple gmail accounts). LastPass can be used on any device. If you use a phone you can use your fingerprint to access your passwords. Use LastPass with the browser of your choice, with LastPass extensions for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE and Opera.
Best Job Time Tracking Apps for Jewelers
It's difficult to track your time per job due to distractions of taking phone calls, answering customer's and colleague's questions, and petting your beloved furry friend; I get this.
It's even worse if you keep Twitter, Facebook, Google +, Instagram, or your what ever your flavor of social connectivity open. My personal fix: use an app for that.
Yea, that's right, you've heard it before: There's an app for that. [read more]
Project Management for Jewelers to help with Workflow is a constant concern for getting jobs done on time.
Accounting for jewelers isn't only about bookkeeping, it's about keeping you accountable to yourself, your employees, and your clients.
One of the most time-saving and helpful procedures I have implemented with my contract work and collaborative projects is using a project management application or app since we're 21st century people. [read more]