First in this series is Nicolas Lakaye who runs a series of businesses across Belgium. First and foremost, Nicolas heads Neco Energie a company specialized in windows frames (PVC, wood and aluminum), doors and screens. In addition, Nicolas operates an indoor mini-golf in Oostende, a string of holidays apartments with Neco-Room, real estate developments and even a side-gig trading second-hand cars.
Last but not least, Nicolas is a founder of SmartWork and is currently developing SmartWork’s upcoming coworking space in Liège.
SmartWork’s take: Koalaboox is a very handy tool for managing accounting and payments in Belgium. There are many great “small business” accounting software available on a global scale, but interoperability with Belgian bank accounts often remains a challenge. Koalaboox – a Belgian company – does a great job at connecting its accounting software with your bank account in the main Belgian banks. Furthermore, Koalaboox also provides a financing tool that can help you get an invoice paid up right away by their banking partner while leaving your customer with your usual payment term.
More information: www.koalaboox.com
#2 : Podio
SmartWork’s take: Podio is the swiss-knife software for many business processes. It’s affordable, easy to use and provides good integration with other great apps such as Dropbox, Zendesk, Zapier…
More information: http://www.podio.com/
SmartWork’s take: While there is a certain hype for paid marketing and pro tools on Facebook, we cannot agree more with Nicolas: Facebook is a great tool for staying in touch with your customers, leads, and key partners. A no-nonsense use of Facebook can pay off nicely.