The Freelancers’ Show 070 – LessAccounting with Steven Bristol

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    Panel

    Steven Bristol (twitter blog)
    Reuven Lerner (twitter github blog)
    Curtis McHale (twitter github blog)
    Eric Davis (twitter github blog)
    Jeff Schoolcraft (twitter github blog)
    Jim Gay (twitter github blog)
    Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Rails Ramp Up)

    Discussion

    01:15 – Steven Bristol Introduction

    LessEverything
    LessAccounting
    LessFilms
    LessConf

    02:11 – Bookkeeping

    Why it Sucks

    06:04 – Analyzing Numbers

    Categorization
    Tagging

    08:31 – Why Use LessAccounting?
    12:07 – Looking at Your Books (Frequency)

    LessTimeSpent

    14:38 – Steven’s Accounting/Bookkeeping Background
    16:42 – LessAccounting vs QuickBooks
    19:54 – Building a SaaS Business
    21:35 – Consulting
    23:24 – Transitioning from Consulting to Product Work
    26:34 – Marketing

    Niche Markets
    Blog Articles – LessEverything

    31:32 – LessEverything Company Makeup

    Having Employees

    34:27 – Building & Running a Business

    Picks

    MacBook Pro (Reuven)
    Relately (Jim)
    Capsule (Curtis)
    Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (Eric)
    Software Indie Podcast: From Consultancy to a Product with Rob Rhyne (Eric)
    Nathan Barry: How To Launch Anything (Jeff)
    Daring Fireball: Markdown Syntax Documentation (Chuck)
    Readme Driven Development (Chuck)
    Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness (Steven)
    Planscope (Steven)
    Couch to 5K (Steven)

    Book Club
    Getting Things Done with David Allen! He will join us for an episode to discuss the book on July 30th. The episode will air on August 7th.
    Next Week
    Recording Video
    Transcript
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    CHUCK: Hey everybody and welcome to Episode 70 of The Freelancers' Show! This week on our panel, we have Reuven Lerner.

    REUVEN: Hello there!

    CHUCK: Curtis MacHale.

    CURTIS: Good day!

    CHUCK: Eric Davis.

    ERIC: Hi!

    CHUCK: Jeff Schoolcraft.

    JEFF: What's up!

    CHUCK: Jim Gay.

    JIM: Hello again!

    CHUCK: I'm Charles Max Wood from DevChat.tv. This week we have a special guest, and that is Steven Bristol.

    STEVEN: Hello!

    CHUCK: Getting started, Steven, do you want to introduce yourself?

    STEVEN: Sure! My name is Steven Bristol, I run a company called “LessEverything”. We do a couple of things. The first thing we do is something called “LessAccounting.com”, which is a bookkeeping accounting software we run up in the cloud geared towards small business owners and accountants that hate QuickBooks that hate difficult that want something finally easy in the world of accounting and bookkeeping. We've been doing that for about 6 years now. In addition to that, we have another company called “LessFilms”, where we do small films animation, conference videos, that sort of thing for people. And we used to do a thing called “LessConf”, which was the best conference in the world; just ask anybody. We started off as a consulting company and bootstrapped our way into a product company. So we've done a little bit of everything in the tech world.

    CHUCK: Nice. So between you and me and the other few people who might be listening to this —

    STEVEN: Sure!

    CHUCK: Bookkeeping sucks! [Laughs]