Stifling growth An established company is likely to still be using a traditional approach to expense management with a monthly flood of paper receipts having to be manually processed. It’s a slow and error-prone way to work which places an increased strain on an organisation as it grows. The weaknesses are particularly exposed if a company is looking to expand globally with finance teams having to cope with the complexities of manually collating fragmented information, along with handling multiple currencies and fluctuating exchange rates. It’s the kind of administrative headache that has previously restricted global growth for those smaller companies which don’t have the administrative resources to meet the increased demands. But a new business can avoid these hurdles by adopting a digital expense solution. A system such as webexpenses virtually eliminates the need for paperwork with manual tasks replaced by automated processes. A smartphone app is used by employees to convert any paper receipts they receive into a digital form, allowing accounts to be updated as and when costs are incurred. All of the information is securely stored online, allowing a central finance team to monitor and manage costs across multiple offices or regions. The system automatically handles exchange rates and can apply any specific policy checks for different jurisdictions. Global ready It’s an example of how digital systems can provide new start-ups with a significant advantages over more established competitors. In doing so, it creates a level playing field where the scale of a business no longer limits its ability to compete. But the advantages aren’t just about business structures. These flexible and scalable systems are providing business leaders with the confidence to explore new opportunities and to start thinking globally from day one of operations. As the world becomes increasingly connected, it’s vital for every organisation to be global ready. It’s much easier to achieve this for a fresh company than it is for those business which face the painful task of prying themselves away from outdated systems and attitudes. So while the challenge of scaling-up should not to be underestimated, there has never been a better time to be forging a new business. Webexpenses provides a smarter way to manage and control employee expenses. Find out for yourself by requesting a free demo.
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