Web 2 Point Dough: Cupcake Business, Laid-Off Websites, and SXSW Panel

Mardi Gras Cupcake Meetup

Thinking about running a cupcake business?! Read this Mainstreet article first.

Mashable has a great list of 30 websites to look at while you are laid off.

Yay! I know when and where is the panel that I am speaking at South by Southwest Interactive. It’s Monday, March 16 at 10 am.  I am so happy to be on the panel with Mint.com‘s Aaron Patzer, SmartyPig.com‘s Michael Ferrari, Murali Subbarao of Billeo, and Stessa Cohen.

Web 2 Point Dough: Booted, Shoeboxed and Widgeted

GoBootstrap is a new online bookeeping application.  Sign up is free right now while the site is in Beta.  Two cool things that I like about this site is that you can import invoices from Freshbooks, and it builds you Schedule C as you input your income and expenses. This is so cool for filing quarterly taxes.

ING Direct is really getting everyone on board with saving.  You can now add an ING Saving Tips Widget to your Google homepage.

Shoeboxed.com which is like “Netflix for receipts” will scan your business cards and receipts. Plus, now Shoeboxed now supports Quickbooks integration.

Web 2 Point Dough: Mint.com, TwitPay and SXSWi

Mint has a free iPhone App that is now available for download.  You can check your bank and credit card balances and watch your investment performances. If you don’t have an iPhone, you can set your Mint.com alerts to come to your phone via SMS. Also, check out this article in the New York Times about using online personal finance sites like Mint, SmartyPig and Wesabe.

Want to send money to your Twitter friends? TwitPay is a great way to donate money quickly to your Twitter community.

BTW,  I will be attending South by Southwest Interactive in 2009. I am so happy and honored to be on a panel with Aaron Patzer of Mint.com and the founders of Smarty Pig. The panel is called, “Finance 2.0: Money Management to Save this Generation” panel at SXSW is scheduled for Monday, March 16th.

Web 2 Point Dough: Quick, Groups, Camp and Giveaway

Quick: With only three months left in 2008, Quickbooks 2009 is out.  The new features which focus on small business community include online services such as free Web site creation and hosting for one year, and better online banking. Check out the press release for more details.

Manage Groups Simply: If you collaborating on a project with a small group and need to manage email and tasks easily, then check out Convos.

Word: This Sunday, I will be at Word Camp NY which is going to be where I can totally geek out about WordPress. (I use WordPress for this here, blog).

Free: UPrinting has offered to giveaway 500 free 4×6 postcards to one of the readers.  To qualify for a chance a win the postcards, leave a comment to this post. I will announce the winner next week. Good Luck!

Corefino: Virtual Accounting That Fills The Gap

Corefino is the kind of company I would work for if I ever went back to corporate accounting. That is saying a lot, since I hated working at accounting firms.  A few weeks ago, I talked to Karen Northup CEO/Founder to Corefino. Most accounting firms have employees that are overworked. Accountants often don’t also have the flexibility to work from home. Many small to medium need accounting but the big accounting firms are too expensive or don’t fit the needs of a start-up or small business. Karen started Corefino as a solution for businesses and accounting professionals. Corefino’s staff is currently 74% female and 26% male employees.  Employees both male and female appreciates the company’s quality of life initiative because of the flexibility of work schedules and the ability to work from home. Corefino handles the full spectrum of accounting from accounts payable to sales audit to quarterly filings. They have also leveraged their technology to handle cash transactions.  They also provide clients with a dashboard report of profit/loss and cash management.  Talking to Karen gave me a sense that accounting can move out of the olden days and be Web 2.0 ready. That’s a cool thing.

CurdBee: Free Online Billing Application

Skimming Lifehacker today, I read about CurdBee, a free online billing/invoicing application.  I use Blinksale currently for my invoicing, and CurdBee is very similar.  It accepts both Paypal and Google Checkout payments and can convert other currencies like Euros.  I like Blinksale, but since Curdbee is offering a similar product for FREE, I will set up an account to see if it works for me.