Tidy up expense categories Making sure that expenses are properly categorised is essential for effective control of costs. It’s something that has a tendency to become “messy” over time, particularly when using traditional management methods. A common problem is with any kind of “miscellaneous” category becoming a convenient dumping ground for assorted costs that don’t fit neatly into existing groupings. Adding new categories is a fiddly and time consuming process when using manual methods. Digital systems have removed this hurdle, allowing any number of categories to be easily created – ensuring that each and every cost is accurately accounted for. Taking time to tidy up expense categories can prevent a multitude of potential problems further along the line, particularly with ensuring HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) tax compliance. Making it mobile To get the full benefits from digital expense management, your employees need to make use of its mobile capabilities. A system such as webexpenses provides a smartphone app which offers a simple and effective way for workers to manage their expenses while on the move. Employees use the app to convert any paper receipts they receive into a digital format – speeding up the entire process. But some workers, particularly those who are used to manually submitting claims, may not yet be making the best use of the app. So it’s worth making sure that staff fully understand the benefits and to provide any support that’s required to help them make the switch. It gives them a simpler way to submit claims and ensures quicker reimbursement of their costs. Check petty cash accounts One of the expense areas where businesses often get caught out is petty cash. This is traditionally handled via an imprest accounting system with an office float providing the cash for any everyday expenses. The danger is posed by the fact that petty cash often operates outside of a company’s main expense management setup – not benefiting from the same checks and balances. So it’s really worth taking a closer look to ensure adequate processes are in place. The most effective solution is provided by a digital expense solution such as webexpenses which integrates petty cash into the regular expense management process – providing automated checks and real-time information. These are just some of the ways that you can make best use of that quiet time before everything kicks back into gear for the new year. It’s a great opportunity to take stock and look for those tweaks and improvements that will boost your ability to scale up in 2018. Webexpenses provides a smarter way to manage employee expenses. Find out how it can help your business by requesting a free demo.
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