The rise of the personal computer in the 80s and then the internet in the 90s marked the beginning of the Information Age, a time when every form of media began to worm its way onto online databases and it became increasingly easy for any two people to communicate with each other at any to points on the planet. That last fact in particular has come about thanks to the advent of smartphones and mobile computing.
The fact that any two people can talk to each other from anywhere is particularly helpful to people on business trips who have to worry about expense budgets and what they are and aren’t allowed to spend the company’s money on. With a mobile phone and good expense reporting software, you can get a quick expense reply from your home office that either tells you to go ahead or warns you that you’ll be spending your own money.
Smartphones also make it easy to file quick expense reports on the go so that you don’t have to spend all night going through your receipts, writing them into your expense sheet, and then stapling them all together. Instead, you can take a high-definition photo of your receipt and attach it to your electronic document, making the entire process completely paperless. You might have to keep track of your receipts anyway depending on your company’s policy, but nobody will have to hunt down your proof of purchase with a photograph attached right to the entry in the file.
Reporting your expenses might not be the most fun part of a business trip, but it is necessary, and that’s regardless of whether you’re using a business expense card, operating on a per diem budget, or paying your own way until your company repays you later. And now, thanks to mobile technology, it’s possible to file a quick expense report with quick feedback that gets the whole process out of the way and lets you enjoy the downtime of your trip.