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Introducing: Stripe Integration

We are incredibly excited to announce Stripe integration with Blinksale is LIVE. Accepting payments just got a whole lot easier.

Connecting is easy. If you have a Stripe account, all you have to do is sign into Blinksale, go to Payment Settings, and click the “Connect to Stripe” button under Credit Cards. Then, you will be redirected to Stripe, where you must either sign into their existing account, or sign up for a new one. After the process finishes on the Stripe end, you are redirected back to Blinksale, and are connected.

If you have any questions, we’re here and happy to help you.

More updates to come soon…

Meet Blinksale Superstar: Jacob Tell

 

So many creative visionaries…so little time. Blinksale users are often involved in some fantastic work, and in 2013, we are going to spend some time interviewing and sharing the stories of some of the ones that have been with us the longest—starting with Jacob Tell. Enjoy!

What do you do?

I am CEO and Creative Lead of Oniracom, a digital marketing agency based in Santa Barbara. We are lucky to work with some of the worlds finest music, entertainment and lifestyle artists and brands. We work to enhance each brand’s identity, web presence, and social media campaign with innovative strategies and leading edge technologies.

How long have you been running your business?

We founded Oniracom in the spring of 2001 before the social media era or days of mobile devices. We’ve evolved with the landscape while maintaining a high level of expertise.

What is the most important aspect of running your own business? 

Hands down, it’s ensuring people are happy—both our internal team and clients. We love putting amazing projects on the web and then reading about how it has helped our customers share their message or their art.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I am a film nerd, a music junky, and food-a-holic (i prefer this term to foodie). Being in Santa Barbara is the perfect setting for my favorite outdoor activities such as mountain biking and tennis — and for my wife and I to feel like we’re always on vacation. And you will find me consuming baseball whenever possible (if not watching games, absorbing stats & history).

How long have you been using Blinksale?

We started using Blinksale in 2009 and it has been a big help in improving our ability to track receivables, run collections and get a snapshot of cash flow.

What is your favorite part of Blinksale?

Recurring invoices. This feature allows us to automate the billing tasks for our retainer clients and saves us time—and makes us look even more professional in front of our customers.

What advice would you give a freelance web developer wanting to grow into a larger studio?

You are a part of an eco-system. Make introductions, foster relationships, and build your business alongside your advisors, partners, vendors and clients. Freelancing offers an incredibly flexible lifestyle, but you are not an island. Be social (and not just online).

Blinksale Impacted by Amazon Web Services Outage

At approximately 10:38 a.m. PT today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) reported experiencing performance issues in a single availability zone in the US EAST-1 region. They later reported the problem expanding to other Eastern regions. As part of these issues, the Blinksale marketing site went down along with a number of other websites, although the application remained unaffected.

Our engineering team worked to fully restore the Blinksale home page which serves as an entry point for many users, and as of 1:46 p.m. PT, the site is back up and running. To be cautious, we are continuing to monitoring the situation.

We have no reason to believe any user data was impacted as part of the outage.

We will post updates here as soon as they are available.

Introducing Blinksale’s newest integration: ZenCash

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If you use Blinksale, there is a good chance that some of the invoices you’ve sent have not been paid on time. That being said, I have a not-so-secret secret for you: managing the accounts receivable process just got a lot easier. Meet Blinksale’s newest integration: ZenCash.

Regardless of if your customer needs a nudge to pay the invoice you sent them, an iron first or an extra special thank-you note, ZenCash can work for you.

ZenCash is simply a service that helps small businesses say “thanks” to customers who pay on time and follow up with customers who don’t.

For ZenCash to work for you, simply sign up, connect your Blinksale account and all of your invoices will always begin syncing so that information you record on your invoices is automatically synced in ZenCash. From there you can send notes, printed invoices … and if you just are not getting paid, you can have a collections agency that ZenCash has partnered with put in the time and due diligence to collect your money for you. And the best part, is your invoices are always syncing with your Blinksale account, so you don’t have to update information in both Blinksale and ZenCash.

And we forgot to mention, it’s free to sign up and have an account. You only pay for what you use.

Check out ZenCash now.

Amazon reboot caused brief Blinksale outage

Friends, our apologies, but there was a brief outage last night around 10:30PM (CST), and a slight slow-down in performance this am around 8:30am (CST). Both were related to an Amazon reboot that happened last night that was presented to us as a “no action needed” reboot of components behind the scenes. EngineYard (our provider) is working with us to upgrade the component that caused the ripple effect on our end and ensure future reboots do not impact our users.