AutoAccount is compliant with Wise

AutoAccount - Wise

A well functioning payment system is an absolute cornerstone of business operations. Since cash is not a modern option, a bank account has always been a self-evident and crucial tool and also a basis for bookkeeping. In recent years, however, entrepreneurs have increasingly come across a new problem: the bank refuses to open a bank account or closes an account that has been in operation. New solution: AutoAccount is compliant with Wise.

There are several types of problem situations. For example, a startup entrepreneur goes to open an account at a bank branch or an online bank, where he gets to fill out a questionnaire including questions about political activity to difficult details about how many and what types of transactions the bank account will have. The result may be that the entrepreneur is not a welcome customer and the account is not opened. More and more common is the situation where an operating company receives a questionnaire related to the background of beneficial owners. If the form is not returned, the bank will close the account completely after a few warnings. Or despite returning the form, the bank decides to close the account.

The reason why we have drifted into this kind of environment is due to banking regulation, and a considerable share of the banks’ resources goes to various bureaucracies. The biggest reason for an individual company’s problems is probably the KYC (Know Your Customer) requirements, i.e. the bank must show how it assesses the money laundering risks related to its customers, how it identifies its customers and how it knows and monitors its customers’ account transactions. From entrepreneur’s point of view, the effect is clear in many cases: if there is even the slightest uncertainty, the account will not be opened or maintained. Having a foreign background always seems to increase the risk.

If a solution cannot be found in the traditional banking field, there are several fintech companies who’s services can replace a bank account. Among AutoAccount’s wide international client base, we have come across a particularly large number of Wise accounts (formerly Transferwise). There’s already a lot of experience of Wise accounts and basic payments work well. Payments and direct debits have worked in both domestic and international situations. There is also a free Visa debit card available, which of course conveniently connects to the company’s account statement.

Accounting professionals know that getting bank account transactions into accounting is critical. In AutoAccount, we avoid manual recording of transactions as far as possible. Currently, banks produce very functional account data in XML format (CAMT). However, this is not available from international fintechs like Wise. At AutoAccount, we have solved the issue with our subsidiary Digibalance Oy’s own software development, which makes it possible to import account data into bookkeeping. When there are large masses of customers in the care, the efficiency of the process is everything. AutoAccount bookkeeping is now compliant with Wise!

Author Mikko Ilves the Chairman of the Board of Digibalance Group. 

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The silence of Digibalance AutoAccount has ended

Online service for accounting

COVID-19 has not disappeared anywhere in the world, but its effects on working life have gradually diluted. For Digibalance companies, the period of a few years has been very revolutionary and it actually normalized what we had already built years before the corona: an online service for accounting clients, remote meetings, location-independent working. The impact of the pandemic on the visibility of our operations was clear: the rush in the customer process and development projects rose to such a level that our active social media presence withered to almost non-existence. At the same time, especially micro-entrepreneurs, in their own cost pressure, found us more and more often.

As the demand exceeded the delivery capacity, we have had to evaluate our operations from new perspectives. At the beginning of this year, we made a decision that differed from the preparations that had been made for a longer time: we will not bond with venture capitalists. The decision was based on many choices related to values, meaningfulness of work and entrepreneurship in general, but as with all choices, this has both positive and negative sides.

As a long-term entrepreneur, I always see it healthier to run a business where losses do not rise to a significant level. Without large financial buffers, this is also a situation dictated by necessity, and it is clear that it has the effect of slowing down development. The management’s time and energy is spent on ensuring various practical matters, while in a hypothetical position of “never-ending cash”, this energy could be allocated to doing the so-called right things.

The above-mentioned setup can be seen now as an emphasis on profitability alongside a focus on growth. When there is no need to impress the financiers, i.e. to grow at any cost, we have been able to analyze customer profitability and invest in personnel. In practice, for the first time in my entrepreneurial career, I have been driving almost as much customers away than acting as a salesperson. The experience has been partly heart-wrenching for the entrepreneur, but on the other hand, it has also opened my eyes in a new way to the well-being of employees.

The problems of customer profitability in our operations seem to rise mainly from two subjects: 1. a low solvency of client entrepreneurs compared to the need for services 2. additional stress for personnel caused by customer behavior problems.

Solvency problems are easier to understand from these two. When the entrepreneur’s own business has experienced difficulties due to the pandemic, he/she has started looking for more efficient and more affordable solutions. At the same time, however, it is easy to forget that the purchased service model differs from the previous one. Regular coffee breaks, stacks of papers and calls to your own  accountant are not part of the basic service of an online accounting office. Instead the service models are made for a different world. There is certainly still a place for old-fashioned services, but Digibalance companies do not produce such services. We have consistently built affordable digital online bookkeeping services for micro and small entrepreneurs. We combine needed expertise and the ease of use of DigibalanceApp application or online browser service. Almost without exception, a new client for us gradually adapts the new operating model, even if they have been working with their accountant in a different way for years. Effortless and affordable. That’s our unbeatable AutoAccount service combination, but I also feel that it is important to distinguish from “doing bookkeeping is now easy for you” type campaigns that unnecessarily raise the threshold of entrepreneurship. The majority of entrepreneurs would not like to participate in bookkeeping at all, and we emphasize that the applications are only part of our effortless service process for the customer. In AutoAccount sales, the most challenging thing is often to get the entrepreneur to understand how small is the required customer contribution for us to collect the necessary data to produce the books. And the accounting is done by AutoAccount on behalf of the customer.

When analyzing customer profitability, the most surprising thing to me was the fundamental behavior problems in a large customer base, which stress our employees. The phenomenon is the same as what you could read about in the media during the pandemic, for example in supermarkets: various very outrageous insults directed at employees increased when the shouters were able to hide behind a mask. Psychologically, it’s a very interesting topic, which is certainly related to many reasons from difficult times to upbringing and inequality. In practice, remote and online service create the same illusion as a face mask: the feeling that I, as a customer, can communicate however inappropriately. The same phenomenon is well known from social media discussions. On a practical level, it has been quite surprising to have to intervene in individual situations where the customer’s communication to accounting or even to an individual accountant is constantly rude and disrespectful. In some cases, it has been a question of the customer’s inherently aggressive way of communicating. In other cases, there is a misunderstanding where the accountant is seen as an enemy who always does things wrong, whether there was a factual reason for it or not. The customer may have been quite surprised when I brought up such a problem, and often the cooperation has continued in a more positive spirit after that. However, there are individual cases where we have not wanted to continue the service ourselves. It’s good to remember that behind all automation there are important people who make our effortless services possible!

We have had to increase minimally the reimbursements of software suppliers’ increasing customer-specific costs. However, our fight against inflation and price increases continues, and we will not raise our own monthly service charges for the time being!

The silence has ended and you will hear about our activities again through numerous electronic and social media channels in the future. Feel free to comment, share or like our updates😊

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Author Mikko Ilves is an entrepreneur and the Chairman of the Board of Digibalance companies.

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Job Ad | Accountant Europe

Finnish-owned AutoAccount is expanding its remote organization in Europe. Our micro entrepreneur customers represent a wide range of nationalities running their businesses in several European countries. We produce our unique English AutoAccount services with a strong focus on digital nomads and other international business owners.

We are now looking for an internationally minded accountant to work remotely anywhere in Europe.

Responsibilities:

  • Processing monthly AutoAccount bookkeeping
  • Expert in local reporting regulation in France

Requirements:

  • A suitable education for example in business administration
  • A few years of work experience in accounting
  • Fluent English and French.
  • Basic IT skills
  • Good understanding of international business communication
  • Readiness for occasional travelling within Europe

We offer an exceptional opportunity to work independently in an international environment with the state of art software and mobile applications.

 

Please send your application with a salary request or additional questions to mikko.ilves@digibalance.eu .

 

 

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AutoAccount starting strongly in Estonia

location independent bookkeeping

Toomas Schipai (left) is the expert in Estonian accounting and Mikko Ilves in overseas services. There’s a skilled location independent bookkeeping team also in Finland.

AutoAccount Tallinn office started in November 2018 providing effortless location independent bookkeeping services for English-speaking micro entrepreneurs with registered business in Finland, France, Estonia or UK. Service is totally location independent and currently the customers represent dozens of nationalities worldwide. The growing customer group are the e-Resident companies registered in Estonia.

MBA Toomas Schipai started in Tallinn office in the beginning of the year. He works as an accountant and an expert of Estonian bookkeeping and taxation. As a matter of fact Toomas is quite an expert in Estonian accounting and is also giving lectures concerning the subject. He also has a long background working in international Nordic companies.

BREXIT puts many English entrepreneurs in a new unknown position how to go on with businesses within EU. UK registered companies will most likely be left out of AutoAccount scope. However e-residency and EU-company is an excellent solution how to ensure the on-going business in the future. Mikko Ilves at AutoAccount has a long experience in working with English businesses and can assist with the start-up process and the company administration.

AutoAccount location independent bookkeeping services are available online and office services, for example registered company addresses, in the heart of Tallinn at Metro Plaza business centre.

 

Author Mikko Ilves is an entrepreneur and the Chairman of the Board of Digibalance Group. More blog updates: www.autoaccount.info/blog/

 

 

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Digitase Oy is the accountant partner in a Startup Kit of Business Finland

Business Finland attracts foreign entrepreneurs to Finland with a new Startup Kit | Business world’s baby pack brings together vital services and contacts

The new program supports the access of foreign experts to the Finnish market. Business Finland’s Startup Kit helps entrepreneurs in Finland to survive in the business startup process, so the entrepreneurs have time for business development and integration into the new country. Similar programs are also available in Canada, New Zealand and France.

Business Finland aims to facilitate the access of international top experts to the Finnish business market by launching a new Startup Kit in Slush. Startup Kit complements Startup Permit which was published in April. Startup Permit is a residence permit for teams from outside the EU, but the new service can also be used by entrepreneurs from within the EU.

Marjo Ilmari, Executive Director from Business Finland compares the service to a kind of business ‘baby pack’.

“It takes courage to pursue your career as a startup entrepreneur. Even more courage is required if you establish your startup venture outside your home country. The package is like a starter kit for new parents, containing all the necessary maternity services and equipment for a newborn. We wanted to bring the same idea to the Finnish business world as well.”

Finland Startup Kit provides all the information about the process and services that different public and private stakeholders can offer to make settling down to Finland easier. The Startup Kit brings together partners who can help the entrepreneurs for example in finding board members and providers of banking, insurance, IP protection, health and accommodation services. Startups are also guided by business mentors to help new entrepreneurs start up in Finland. The entrepreneur gets the services provided by the partners when they register the company in Finland.

“By the end of November, more than 100 non-EU companies from over 20 countries have applied for the Startup Permit. It’s a sign that international experts are interested in Finland,” Ilmari says.

“An international competition for talented entrepreneurs is fierce and, for example, Canada, New Zealand and France offer similar programs. However, Finland has one of the best startup environment in the world* and it has a reputation as a startup-friendly venue with strong technological know-how. It is important to support the development and innovation of our business by opening it up to international companies as well.”

The now-released Startup Kit will be constantly developed to match entrepreneurs’ feedback and partners’ services. Currently, the partners are OP, Leitzinger, Forenom, Terveystalo, Elisa, Whim, Boardio and Digitase, and the service package is continuously seeking new partners from companies and organizations operating in Finland.

Business Finland also offers startup companies Tempo funding, which foreign entrepreneurs can apply for after starting their business in Finland.

 

Business Finland:
Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki. Business Finland is fully owned by the Finnish Government employing some 600 experts in 40 offices globally and in 20 regional offices around Finland. Business Finland is part of the Team Finland network.

 

 

 

Author Mikko Ilves is an entrepreneur and the Chairman of the Board of Digibalance Group. More blog updates: www.autoaccount.info/blog/

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legal address tallinn estonia

AutoAccount OÜ Tallinn office opening – legal address Tallinn Estonia

AutoAccount is a bookkeeping service designed for international digital nomads and we also provide a legal address Tallinn Estonia. The service is fully location independent and online. Although the process is electronic and digital there are always professional accountants who are completing the books. Despite the team of remote employees we also need a head office where the company is managed from and which is conveniently located for face-to-face meetings. AutoAccount OÜ office was opened today at Metro Plaza Tallinn and currently run by the Board member Mikko Ilves.

A rapid change of European environment creates more demand on location independent services for entrepreneurs. For example immigration and BREXIT have increased enquiries about EU registered companies and digitalisation has made it possible to run the companies remotely. Especially Estonia has invested in e-residency possibilities within EU. The country has enticed thousands of new registered companies who require also local accounting service and legal address Tallinn Estonia. AutoAccount is a tested online bookkeeping service in English and ready to go for this target group. It has to be remembered though that e-resident company cannot normally be used for tax planning. As a matter of fact it can mean a tax residency in several countries.

–Especially Finnish entrepreneurs have sometimes misunderstandings how the business in Finland could be run from Estonian company, Mikko Ilves from AutoAccount OÜ describes. One of our tasks is to guide the business owners in taxation issues to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Our accountant team can provide cost efficient monthly bookkeeping also in other European countries like France and Finland. This requires local expertise in annual statutory reporting which is available via Digibalance group.

AutoAccount OÜ offers also virtual office services at Metro Plaza office and is currently looking for one junior and one senior level of accountant as a part of the launch in Estonia. More information by e-mail autoaccount@digibalance.eu

 

Author Mikko Ilves is an entrepreneur and the Chairman of the Board of Digibalance Group. More blog updates: www.autoaccount.info/blog/

 

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Keep your business in balance with DigibalanceApp | bookkeeping application

Digibalance Limited has now launched the first version of the revolutionary mobile bookkeeping application DigibalanceApp, a tool for micro entrepreneurs to monitor financial performance. Research, development and piloting process of the application has taken over 12 months – Especially younger entrepreneurs are used to taking care of their daily affairs through mobile devices. That is why we want to offer small business owners the chance to handle business matters by mobile device as well. DigibalanceApp works both-ways between Digibalance and the client. The client can send us information and we in turn produce reports and other content for the service. The idea is that when the micro-entrepreneur opens the mobile service, they see directly a view that reveals both the present situation of the business and a financial forecast. We also generate taxation forecasts in the service. Later, other services, in connection with entrepreneurship offered by various cooperation partners, can also be added to the service says the Chairman of the Board Mikko Ilves.

Key features

The key features of the application are:
• The vital business financials and key data always easily available and shown as simple graphs
• A quick access to the income statement; a thorough overview of what’s in the books and how the business is doing. The app opens also the break-down of expenses.
• Forecast of 12 month’s key financials is served as simple graph, it helps also to keep up with the taxes.
• The application will remind the entrepreneur to pay the VAT bills and gives notifications of interesting news and blog updates
DigibalanceApp is now downloadable on Google Play and AppStore. All the features are available to Digibalance clients without additional fee. The application can be used also as a demo version which shows the basic features and gives access to all the blogs and news.
Visit www.digibalanceapp.com and download the app on Google Play or AppStore.

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Free consultation in Nice area

Internations LogoHello! This time we have started a new campaign with InterNations targeted to entrepreneurs in France. If you have started your business in France and want to know more about financial management and running your business in general, we are now offering a free consultation meeting in the Riviera area. The meeting can also be held on Skype.

Even if you haven’t started your business yet and need help in the setting-up your books and other practical details, we are very happy to meet you and give you guidance in entrepreneurship.

Click here to read more and schedule a meeting

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Article about Digibalance in Finnair’s Blue Wings magazine

We are happy to announce that Digibalance Ltd. was featured in this month’s issue of Blue Wings magazine by Finnair, published on 3rd March 2017.  The article gives a brief explanation of our priorities in accounting and why we think utilising automation is useful. The article also mentions our upcoming mobile application. If you don’t have access to a physical copy of the magazine, you can read the article below:

Image of Digibalance article in Finnair Blue WingsDigibalance produces digital bookkeeping services for European micro-entrepreneurs

The Finnish company Digibalance has already developed a completely digital bookkeeping service for European small businesses. Now, this pioneering company will also launch a mobile app for small businesses; a tool for business owners to monitor financial performance that can be carried in your pocket.

Digibalance is a Finnish-owned accounting firm, established in 2008. Its vision is of producing Finnish origin online bookkeeping for small businesses in the entirety of the EU. The company’s primary target group consists of European start-ups, micro-entrepreneurs, and businesses of 1-4 employees in size. “This target group includes many people that employ themselves as entrepreneurs in unfamiliar environments. At the moment, we at Digibalance offer online accounting services in Finland, Estonia, France, the UK, and Italy, but our goal is to duplicate our services in all of the European SEPA countries. We are the best in on-going monthly accounting. For special taxation questions and Financial Statements, we use local expertise”, says the Chairman of the Board Mikko Ilves.

Automation keeps costs down

In practice, what does ‘digitalised bookkeeping services’ mean? “In the AutoAccount service we have replaced the arduous paper phases of accounting with automation. The service is effortless and affordable for the entrepreneur. Thanks to the digitalisation and automation of the process, the client does not pay for anything unnecessary. The service is also ecological and location independent, because all documents are transmitted online. In spite of the digital process, the client also gets assistance in case of need; since contacts with our team are conveniently handled online, for instance through Skype, and the service language is English.” Ilves reveals that online accounting, at its least expensive, costs € 40/month. “In addition, the monthly fee does not depend on the number of transaction documents; hence, a growth in business activity and the number of transactions does not automatically raise the monthly fee. This brings predictability into the everyday life of the entrepreneur.”

Online monitoring in your pocket

Now Digibalance is launching a mobile application – Digibalance mobileApps, a tool for small business owners to monitor financial performance. “Young entrepreneurs are especially used to taking care of their daily affairs through mobile devices. That is why we want to offer European small business owners the chance to handle business matters by mobile device as well.” Ilves says that Digibalance mobileApps works both-ways between Digibalance and the client. “The client can send us additional information and we in turn produce reports for the service. The idea is that when the micro-entrepreneur opens the mobile service, they see a view that reveals both the present situation of the business and a financial forecast. As a new feature, we also generate taxation forecasts in the service. Later, other services, in connection with entrepreneurship offered by various cooperation partners, can also be added to the service. We will launch the mobile service for clients during the spring.”

Text by Mia Heiskanen / Blue Wings.

 

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Free consultation meeting in Finland

Internations LogoHello! We have started a new campaign with InterNations targeted to entrepreneurs in Finland. If you have started your business in Finland and want to know more about financial management and running your business in general, we are now offering a free consultation meeting in our office in Helsinki or Turku. The meeting can also be held in Skype.

Even if you haven’t started your business yet and need help in the setting-up process and other practical details, we are very happy to meet you and give you guidance in entrepreneurship.

Click here to read more and arrange a meeting

 

 

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