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FreeAgent Mobile: don't sweat your business health

Posted on 13 December 2016 by - Jump to comments

We’ve recently released a stack of features for FreeAgent Mobile, meaning it’s simpler than ever to keep a finger on the pulse of your finances.

With FreeAgent’s ever-popular desktop Dashboard widgets now added to our iOS and Android apps, FreeAgent Mobile makes tracking your business health on the go a breeze. It’s a bit like a Fitbit for your finances, but with less sweating and grunting, hopefully!

Tax Timeline and notifications

We’ve included the ever-helpful Tax Timeline so you can see your upcoming important tax liabilities and when you need to file them.

Tax timeline

Even better, you can now enable notifications for Tax Timeline events, so you’ll never forget to file your VAT return again! You’ll be asked to enable notifications when you first use the app or you can set them up in Settings > Notifications.

If you have filed your return through FreeAgent you’ll see this marked on the mobile Tax Timeline and notifications won’t be sent out.

Profit & Loss

We’ve also introduced the Profit & Loss screen, which displays your year-to-date income and running costs for the business to FreeAgent Mobile.

Operating profit

Drilling down, you can see your operating and retained profit (or losses 😱 ) for the year, as well as your distributable profits, so you know how much you can safely take out of the business.

Cashflow

Finally, we have a new Cashflow screen which displays the total money coming in and out across all of your bank accounts in FreeAgent.

Cashflow chart

You can look back at three, six or nine-month views and even highlight specific months for more detail.

If you’re not using the FreeAgent Mobile iOS or Android apps then now would be a pretty good time to start:

Until next time,
Roan and the team at FreeAgent

FreeAgent is now a public company!

Posted on 16 November 2016 by - Jump to comments

freeagent's founders at the london stock exchange

I have big news - as of this morning, FreeAgent is trading as a public company on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Roan, Olly, and I marked the occasion by opening the markets this morning in London.

Trading as a public company is a really important step forward for FreeAgent. Because of the detailed scrutiny that quoted companies undergo, our customers and partners can be even more confident that we are a robust, well-managed business. It also means that we now have more financing options to really accelerate our progress towards our vision of making the UK’s five million micro-businesses happier and more successful by putting them in control of their finances. You can find us on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange trading under the stock symbol FREE.

Over the past nine years, we’ve gone from us three co-founders sharing a tiny office to a business with over 100 full-time employees. This is the biggest milestone yet in FreeAgent’s story and we couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve achieved as a team, but none of it would have been possible without all of our customers and partners, some of whom have been with us since the very beginning. On behalf of everyone here at FreeAgent, thank you - for believing in us, for recommending FreeAgent to your friends and colleagues, and for your continued support.

Onwards and upwards!
Ed

2-Step Verification is here!

Posted on 23 August 2016 by - Jump to comments

Today we’re launching 2-Step Verification, a new way to keep your FreeAgent account even more safe and secure from any baddies out there.

What is 2-Step Verification?

2-Step Verification adds another level of security to your FreeAgent account beyond your normal password.

After it’s been enabled, you’ll be asked to enter a security code generated by an app on your smartphone every time you log in. This means that even if someone were to find out your login details they still couldn’t access your account.

Sounds legit. How do I set it up?

Setting up 2-Step Verification is pretty straightforward. The first thing you’ll need to do is download an app on your smartphone that allows you to generate the security codes you’ll need to log in.

Some popular apps that do this are:

Once you’ve downloaded one of these apps, go to your own user’s page in Settings where you’ll see a new option to enable 2-Step Verification. To do this you’ll need to use the freshly downloaded authentication app on your phone to scan the QR code which appears on screen. You’ll then be shown a security code which you can use to complete 2-Step Verification setup.

QR code

How do I use it?

When 2-Step Verification is enabled you’ll be asked to enter a security code after you’ve entered your normal email and password when logging in. Use your authentication app to generate this code and log in safely and securely.

Authentication code login page

We’ve written a comprehensive guide, with pictures and everything, to walk you through the whole process of setting up and using 2-Step Verification.

Stay safe out there people,
Roan and the team at FreeAgent

Change to browser requirements

Posted on 1 August 2016 by - Jump to comments

In the next couple of weeks FreeAgent will stop supporting older versions of Internet Explorer.

In January 2016, Microsoft officially stopped support for all versions of IE below IE 11, meaning they will no longer receive security updates and technical support.

So that we can maintain the highest levels of security for our users and continue to improve FreeAgent, we will be ending support for older versions of Internet Explorer from 15 August 2016. After that date you will need to upgrade your browser to access your account.

Using the latest stable version of Internet Explorer (or indeed any browser) with FreeAgent will mean you always get the safest, fastest and most reliable experience.

You can download the latest version of Internet Explorer or try Chrome or Firefox if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. Go on, live a little!

Yours, on the edge
Roan and the team at FreeAgent

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