Since launching their Custom Accounts feature in December 2012, bill-management service Manilla has seen users add more than 54,000 local small business accounts to their network.
The expanded network means that Manilla customers are accessing a growing number of small and local businesses, thereby extending the service beyond the company’s current biller library of more than 3,500 national and regional businesses.
Manilla’s Custom Accounts feature allows users to add and manage future payments, from babysitter and lawn-care services to paying the rent. The feature also allows users to set up reminders for other upcoming obligations, such as tax filing or contributing to charity.
Android app users can use the Custom Account features immediately. Forthcoming updates from Manilla will enable iOS app customers to take advantage of the Custom Account functionality as well.
Manilla’s announcement comes in the wake of a recent survey of the company’s users. More than 65% said that they find it easier to access their financial service provider’s website through Manilla. More on Manilla’s survey is available here.
Manilla was last on the Finovate stage in September 2012 for FinovateFall. Watch their product demo here.
With a battle cry of “save time, money and trees” the Paperless Coalition has launched its campaign to promote a paper-free workplace.
Among the members of the Paperless Coalition are three Finovate Alumni: Xero, Manilla and Expensify. The Coalition is led by HelloFax, and has set-up a website, paperless2013.org where businesses can “take the pledge” to work toward using less paper – and sign up for the coalition’s monthly newsletter.
According to Reduce.org, the average office worker consumes more than 10,000 sheets of paper every day. More than three million tons of office paper are used in the United States alone every year.
Also participating in the Coalition is Google via Google Drive.
To see Xero’s most recent Finovate demonstration, click here. Manilla’s last Finovate demo is here. Expensify can be seen in action here.
Last week online organization platform, Manilla, notified me that I can now create custom accounts for services that do not support online payment systems such as rent, babysitters, gym memberships and dog walkers (see email below).
To get started, log into the Manilla accounts dashboard and select create a custom account.
After selecting the account type and assigning it a name, enter due date, amount due, and frequency. Just like with Manilla’s traditional accounts, users may also create email and SMS reminders.
Once saved, the new account appears alongside the others.
New York-based Manilla stated users have requested this for quite some time now, so it is rolling out the feature in time to help consumers organize for the new year.
To learn more about Manilla, watch its FinovateFall 2012 demo.
Earlier this month, I opened a free account with online account management and organization service, Manilla. After spending some time in the platform, I was impressed with the capabilities of the clean UI and its easy functionality. The company offers both a desktop and a mobile version.
- Headquartered in New York, NY and San Francisco, CA
- Founded March 2010
- Over 50 employees
Awards & recognitions
- Named one of Time’s Top 10 NYC Startups to Watch in 2011
- Won the DEMO God Award at the DEMO conference in Spring 2011
- Won the Webby and the People’s Voice Award in the 16th Annual Webby Awards in 2012
How it works
1. Sign up with:
- Zip code
- Email address and password
- Two security questions
2. Add accounts such as utility bills, bank accounts, travel and rewards memberships, and even magazine subscriptions.
Select a pre-listed provider (Manilla integrates with over 3500), then enter your username and password. More secure accounts, like online banking, require additional security questions and verification information.
I uploaded 5 accounts, ranging from Alaska Air mileage plan to my Verizon account. The average number of accounts a typical user maintains is between 7 and 10; some have up to 20.
3. Use it to manage bills and payments:
- Select how and when to be reminded (pictured right) of an upcoming bill due date
- Store PDF versions of bills forever
- Login directly to biller websites through your single Manilla password
With the accounts dashboard (pictured below), users can see an overview of all their uploaded accounts, including bill payment reminders and items that need attention.
In the documents tab (pictured below), users see an overview of all documents, such as a bill, associated with their accounts.
The mobile experience parallells the full web experience. Just like the web experience, it has dashboards for reminders, documents, and accounts. It allows you to view your bills on-the-go, email them, and go directly to the biller’s site to pay the bill.
In addition, you can set up push notifications on your phone to be reminded of upcoming bill payments.