For our June “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we selected Akaunting, a free and online accounting software. Recently we caught up with co-founder and CEO Denis Duliçi, who shared some thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.
SourceForge (SF): Tell me about the Akaunting project please.
Denis Duliçi (DD): Akaunting is a free, open source and online accounting platform for small businesses and freelancers. In short, it’s the WordPress of Accounting.
SF: What made you start this?
DD: Our own needs. We needed an accounting software and as an Open Source addict, the first thing I did was to search in FOSS communities and directories. It was the year 2017, so we needed an online software and after an intensive research, we were not able to find one. Then we felt that we should make it.
SF: Has the original vision been achieved?
DD: Yes, thanks to Akaunting, from invoicing to expense tracking to accounting, you can manage your money online. We want to make Akaunting the WordPress for Accounting, and we’re seeking for developers that share such a vision to be part of, and contribute to the community in this vision.
SF: Who can benefit the most from your project?
DD: Any small business and freelancer who wants to stay on top of their cash flow, get invoices paid, and track their expenses. Hopefully, in the future, with the help of our community, Akaunting will address the needs of enterprises too.
SF: What core need does Akaunting fulfill?
DD: Akaunting fulfills the need of keeping the financial data online and private. Current online/cloud accounting softwares are not private, desktop accounting softwares are not online. Our motto against cloud-based accounting software is: Don’t give your financials to another company.
SF: What’s the best way to get the most out of using Akaunting?
DD: The first thing to do would be to check our documentation as Akaunting comes with pretty new concepts https://akaunting.com/docs We do also have a forum where users can get help.
SF: What has your project team done to help build and nurture your community?
DD: We’ve built an amazing App Store for Akaunting users and developers where users can fulfill their needs and developers can create an income channel. That’s why we prefer to call Akaunting as an accounting platform, not software.
SF: Have you found that more frequent releases helps build up your community of users?
DD: Yes, definitely. Our development strategy adopts a regular release schedule every 5-6 months with the features primarily driven by ideas added by our community.
SF: What was the first big thing that happened for your project?
DD: The first big thing for Akaunting was the GitHub stars, we got 150+ stars in just 1 week. That told us that people were excited about our disruption and it was clear that they’ve been searching for a long time for such a software.
SF: What helped make that happen?
DD: Akaunting is built using Laravel PHP framework so the Laravel community helped a lot making that happen as they were excited to see an end-user software built on Laravel.
SF: How has SourceForge and its tools helped your project reach that success?
DD: We’re pretty new and there are veterans here at SourceForge that don’t give us so much space to play but we’re growing fast and being selected by the SourceForge team will definitely create a dowel action.
SF: What is the next big thing for Akaunting?
DD: Akaunting is getting a very good penetration to the user level. We currently need to increase the number of developers and so on apps/modules. This is also a call to all SourceForge developers, come and create modules for Akaunting as there is a huge blue ocean at the moment.
SF: How long do you think that will take?
DD: I suppose it will take a couple of months but I’m pretty sure that this SourgeForge selection will speed up the process.
SF: Do you have the resources you need to make that happen?
DD: Yes, for sure. Our team is ready to help developers to make and publish their apps/modules. Yet, we still need to grow the community so we need the help of developers as well.
SF: If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently for Akaunting?
DD: We would definitely avoid some mistakes we made but the metrics we’ve achieved in such a short time show that we’re in pretty good shape.
SF: Is there anything else we should know?
DD: Akaunting is hosted on GitHub and open for everyone to contribute. We’re disrupting the closed-source dominated market and introducing the power of Open Source to accounting world so please, feel free to help us make this happen.