FreshBooks Guest Post: Conquer Your Fear of Accounting Forever

Most small business owners don’t consider themselves number crunchers. Entrepreneurs are a different breed. They have a passion for what they do with the skills and talent to match. They want to focus on what they love and who they serve. Numbers are a necessary evil of running a business.

Sound familiar? You’re in good company. A 2014 Intuit study found that more than 40 percent of small business owners identify as financially illiterate… and yet 81 percent of them do their business’s finances themselves. This could be why half of all businesses fail within 5 years.

This doesn’t have to be you. Managing money, taxes and accounting isn’t as hard as it looks when you’ve got the right tools and good habits to back them up. In fact, mastering your own accounting will give you insights into your business you wouldn’t find any other way.

Here are 6 helpful habits you can use to gain complete control over your finances.

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Everything You Need to Know About #SmallBusinessWeek

Happy National Small Business Week to our growing community of small business owners and entrepreneurs!

Formally kicked off this past Sunday (April 29th), National Small Business Week is devoted to encouraging and educating people just like you.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) is hosting a ton of free events throughout the week, including a three-day virtual conference from May 1 (today) thru May 3.  Check out the details of the virtual conference here.

The SBA is also hosting a Twitter chat this Friday, May 4th for tips for starting and growing a business.

From all of us here at Artichoke, the work that you do every day is amazing.

Have an idea for how Artichoke can help you grow, manage and simplify your small business like never before? Drop us a line at We’d love to hear from you.



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Product Updates! Sell Packages & Memberships

You asked and we listened! We’re pleased to announce that you can now sell packages and memberships with the Artichoke all-in-one business platform.

Packages and memberships are excellent ways to give your customers more flexibility and increase your revenue! Highlights of this new feature include:

– Include different combinations of products and services in different quantities

– For memberships, you can designate some services as “Unlimited” for a set amount of time

– Establish unused balance expirations

– Set a single price for the entire package

– Define if, when, and how long the payments will automatically repeat

– Opt to sell the package online so clients can purchase anytime

– Set a specific start date for the package (when completing transaction internally)

– Select the package from your service list in the shopping cart

Read up on how to add Packages & Memberships to Artichoke by reviewing our Support Documentation here.

Don’t have an Artichoke account yet? Sign up for a 14-day test drive here.

Massage Therapists: Free Continuing Education Training

Our partners over at ABMP are offering a free continuing education event just for massage therapists, starting May 22! 

The ABMP CE Summit 2018 is an exciting opportunity to join some of the leaders in our profession online and gain a deeper understanding of the common client conditions you see in your practice every day. Interact with the presenters live online and learn valuable techniques you’ll be able to use in your practice immediately!

Your free event registration gives you access to all six webinars.

ABMP members, your registration includes both access to the presentations and the ability to earn CE for each presentation. Not an ABMP member and want to earn your CE hours for these presentations?

Learn more and sign up for free today by heading over to the ABMP CE Summit 2018 Event Page.

Tips for Making Taxes Less Taxing in 2018

It’s Tax Time! More specifically, today marks the IRS deadline for filing your federal taxes. If you’re anything like we used to be, the end of March and first weeks of April are marked with stress, and scrambling to hunt down all of your receipts and paperwork.

With our 2017 taxes in the mail or electronically filed, why not commit to making taxes a priority all year to ensure that you’re not repeating your mistakes into 2019!

Here are a few tips to keep you organized throughout the year so that you can breeze through tax time next year:

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FreshBooks Guest Post: How to Give Your Business a Health Check

As a healthcare professional, you’ve got the magic touch to help people feel and be their best. But do you give your business the same time and attention you offer to your clients?

Many businesses falter – not because their owners aren’t great at what they do, but because they don’t make time for the tasks that come with running a small business.

Our advice? Ensure your business becomes and stays prosperous by checking on and maintaining its health every step of the way.

Here are 4 ways to help your small business stay in tip-top shape.

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Accept HSA / FSA Payments

Expand your reach with an MCC classification so you can accept Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account card payments for your services.

Read what our payment processing partner, Stripe, has to say about this process below:

“HSA and FSA cards require that your business have a special classification (called an MCC) set so that the card companies know that your products and services are directly related to a patient’s medical needs.

If your business needs to accept HSA or FSA cards, please contact support so we can make sure that your account is properly configured to accept these card types.

And bear in mind, just because an account is enabled to accept HSA or FSA payments, doesn’t guarantee a card won’t still be declined. Card issuers are still at liberty to authorize or decline any payment as they would with any other type of credit card.”

If your business is approved for HSA / FSA and you’ve already set up your Artichoke account with payment processing, visit this link to enable HSA / FSA card payments.

Make it Easy for Clients to Tip

We all want to get more done with fewer steps. Customers are no different. Make it easy to tip, and the size, and most likely, the frequency of your tips will be reflected accordingly. This particular idea, like most of the best ideas, came from an Artichoke subscriber.


I want to add tips as part of the check-in process without having to go to the shopping cart. The presentation of the tip options should be simple so that my client can quickly choose from a few options and get on with their day.

A great idea for sure. We liked it so much it been implemented in less than 30 days and it’s now live for all users.

A tip option will now be presented during check-in whenever there is a card on file or session credit balance so you can skip the trip to the shopping cart.


Not using Artichoke to run your appointment-based business yet?  Try it free today