Now We’re a Platform

August 22, 2006

Now FreshBooks is truly a billing platform. Why are we a billing platform? With the release of our API, businesses can leverage the benefits of FreshBooks and integrate FreshBooks into that existing process in much the same way as businesses use Salesforce’s to leverage SalesForce.

A major benefit of FreshBooks is it helps business transition their receivables process from the offline to the online world. If you are an alarm service with 5,000 clients, it likely costs you $3,000-$4,000/month to send your invoices in the mail. If those same clients received their invoices electronically, that would save you $3,000/month or $40,000-50,000/year and speed up collections. The problem is it’s hard to smoothly transition your clients from receiving invoices by post to receiving them online. That is where FreshBooks comes in. By leveraging the FreshBooks API businesses can leverage the FreshBooks platform and transition your customers smoothly. Don’t build your own solution – it’s risky. Instead, build on a proven platform.

We are about to release Ground Mail and API support for it. We will soon be releasing version II of our API. It will make developers more powerful. We hope you will build on this platform – go ahead and get started.

about the author

Co-Founder & CEO, FreshBooks Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumored he’s the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.