Ugh. Accounts. Why is it all so hard?

As a career freelancer, this was a question I found myself asking at least once every three months when tackling my quarterly BAS and even moreso when faced with End of Financial Year taxes.

Usually I’d be surrounded by faded taxi receipts, digging through my email, and trawling through my bank statements to see when an invoice was paid.

Not fun. Not fun at all.

Why is it all so hard?

I realised there had to be a better way. I spent a long time searching for a solution and couldn’t find anything which worked for me. There were plenty of “accounting” apps, but they were either too complicated and expensive or didn’t work for an Australian freelancer.

So, I decided to solve my own problem and created Rounded.com.au together with Igor, another freelance developer I met while travelling through Europe.

We wanted to build something that was simple, visually appealing and allowed freelancers to focus on what they do best – creating brilliant work for their clients. More importantly, we knew we had to create something which was totally focused on freelancers and not small businesses.

We set out by concentrating on the core aspects of managing a freelance business – quoting, invoicing, time, expense tracking and easy reports for BAS and tax. Making this stuff more intuitive, less time-consuming and less stressful has underpinned everything we have built today.

We’re really proud of what we have been able to build so far. As our user numbers increased so did the feedback, which has had a huge impact on how the app is evolving – exactly the way it should be.

2016 is going to be super exciting for us as we focus on growing the business. Partnerships like the one with The Freelance Collective are hugely important in gaining exposure and helps us to learn from and contribute to the freelance community.

So feel free to tell us what you think so we can continue to evolve and improve the app so it adds maximum value to your business.

Our goal is to help our users get to the point where they can say “This ain’t so hard!”

Grant McCall
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