Receipts are the kind of thing that you hardly even think about unless you’re on someone else’s dime. For the most part, we get them, we crumple them up, and we toss them, and if we hang onto them for any length of time it’s only so we can make sure an expensive purchase isn’t a dud first. On the other hand, it’s good manners to keep a receipt for a gift until you know it’s accepted, and you’ll need a receipt for your expense reports if you want a cent of it compensated.
However, it can be bothersome to hang onto all the receipts you need to file a full expense report, especially if your business trip extends past more than a week. That’s why it’s been common for a while now to create copies, take photos, or send them through fax machines, but thanks to modern smartphones and mobile apps it’s easier than ever to attach your receipts to your expense reports even as you acquire them.
The big change is thanks to new expense report apps which automate the process to the point where you can handle everything with your mobile device. By using the high-resolution camera on your smartphone, you can take a picture of each receipt and attach it to each item you intend to claim. After that, you can still hang onto the physical copies for backups, but thanks to the automation and convenience of expense report apps you likely won’t have to hold onto it for very long before your report is approved or rejected.
Expense reports are never the most pleasant part of a business trip, but they’re a necessary part. Fortunately, with receipt imaging and other new innovations, writing up a report and receiving your compensation for an expense claim is easier now than ever before.