Revision as of 21:46, 3 January 2012 by 22.214.171.124
- Annual Report - some financial reports and stuff, color coordinated to look official-like.
New Accounting System
Following are the features that we need to keep track of our basic finances:
- import and reconcile transactions (Xero is TERRIBLE at this) from
- Wells Fargo
- other possible options listed under Treasury#Billing & Payment processing
- keep repeating invoices for membership dues & regular donors
- some smart suggestions to reconcile incoming transactions with their matching invoices (xero is betarded at this. It searches only by amount, not by name and amount)
- categories for flagging transactions as various types of expenses and income to make taxes easier
- custom categories / tagging to track income/expenses for sub-projects (like the Noisebridge Tor project) separately from the general fund
- some reasonably convenient way to output data (graphs and reports would be nice, but good clean csv files would do. I can matplotlib that shit.)
- clear tracking of unpaid invoices
- Reasonably forgiving and customizable rules system (i.e. xero has logical rules for automating reconciliation but won't let you create rules to reconcile against created invoices, only to create new transactions)
- Reasonable batch edit UI (i.e. xero won't let you delete invoices once created, you can only void them, one at a time, and it's 4 clicks per void. Not A Feature.)
- generate receipts easily
- report generation for standard bookkeeping reports such as a balance sheet and profit & loss for reasonably custom date ranges.
- web-based or linux-compatible local app. Some sort of remote data storage and ability to access from multiple machines is required. (Dropbox is an acceptable aid for this)
These are in order of priority. Lacking any of these is not a deal breaker, but we really hope for the new system to include some of the higher-priority extras.
- direct access to the full details of paypal or square transactions (i.e. notes to the payee, etc)
- really smart algorithms for invoice reconciliation, alteration and deletion (i.e. delete invoices for this member during these dates or change the invoice amount on individual invoices without affecting repeating invoices)
- an interface which isn't bleeding edge flash that trips up in Linux
- automated email invoicing for recurring invoices
Options to look into
- An individual from Intuit contacted Noisebridge via the press alias wanting to meet with us and talk about how the hacker community works. They offered to reimburse us for our time (weird). User:Hurtstotouchfire replied suggesting a more casual interaction and noting that they were welcome to come by our public space. Heard back today. Sounds like they are mostly doing market research and will be meeting with Mitch. Will update. --User:Hurtstotouchfire
- Less Accounting
- GNU Cash (other examples here: http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Hackerspace_Software)
- doesn't look like it has bank feeds (have to start account to check
- no smart algorithms for reconciliation?
- integrates with Freshbooks
- has bank feeds
- "automatic categorization" -- matching algorithms?
- bank feeds update overnight
- "automatic categorization"
- Zoho Invoice
- Recurring invoices: http://www.zoho.com/invoice/help/invoices/online-recurring-invoices.html
- API: http://www.zoho.com/invoice/api/index.html
- Danny says that Zoho can't import very well.
- Recurring invoices: http://turbocash.net/Knowledge-Base/Repeating-Invoices/
- Windows / Linux (with WINE) and very dodgy text...
- Accounting package overview
- goddamnit, freshbooks does only invoicing. Check partners for accounting: 
- $30 per month for unlimited clients
- Import Clients using CSV http://community.freshbooks.com/support/is-there-a-way-to-import-data-into-my-freshbooks-account/
- You can not import invoices, payments, estimates, staff, projects, items, tasks, or timesheets into FreshBooks.
- So we'd need to use API to set up recurring invoices for all users http://developers.freshbooks.com/billing/
- Recurring invoices
- Out of the box (with template support)
- With Formstack integration http://blog.formstack.com/2010/05/27/freshbooks-integration-feature-upgrades/
- OOTB Integration with:
- WePay with Formstack integration http://blog.formstack.com/2010/12/14/capture-data-and-collect-money-with-formstack-wepay/
- API (Ruby / Python / Java) - http://developers.freshbooks.com/
- Ruby Gem: https://github.com/bcurren/freshbooks.rb
- Seems to have happy customers http://www.yfncg.com/2011/05/16/computer-guys-toolbox-payment-collection/
- Good review from PC Magazine http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2254091,00.asp
- Recurring Billing
- RESTful API
- Formstack integration
- Spreedly - Recurring Billing
- Recurly - Recurring billing
- Cash in general
- merchant account and gateway, etc. Fees.
- online credit card payments
- bank debits
- Mazooma - online service for bank account transfers.
- can't find much info on creating a merchant account without actually signing up. Annoying FAQ.
- accepts most big banks. Credit unions probably screwed.
- MoneyBookers - online payments
- Looks like a pretty direct paypal substitute
- Supports recurring payments
- In the USA, accepts visa, mastercard, and bank transfers
- Good international support for payment systems
- Fees include a flat $0.29 + 2.9%
- There are additional fees for some transaction types. Very confusing fee structure.
- Money laundering policy! - honestly these guys come off as corporate dicks. Anyone have positive things to say about them?
- Flattr - micropayment system
- Uses Moneybookers or PayPal to transfer funds.
- 10% fee.
- Google Checkout - online payment processing
- Fee maximum: 2.9% + $0.30 (less if we have >$3K/mo transactions, but that's unlikely)
- requires a google account
- User:Hurtstotouchfire was contacted by WePay and had a phone meeting with them to discuss how they fit with us as a business. They are very nice and have API support. More notes on that call on User_talk:Hurtstotouchfire.
- Donations https://www.wepay.com/about/why_donations
- Request Money https://www.wepay.com/about/why_bills
- Recurring payments
- creating a wepay account is optional for transactions. WePay will process on a one-time basis. Account likely necessary for repeating payments.
- Has fees (3.5%, comparable to paypal) https://www.wepay.com/about/fees
- Formstack integration