For many businesses, expenses are a nightmare. They can get out of control, jump out at you at any time, and cause plenty of stress.
And as the nights draw in around Halloween, even businesses in control of expenses may face higher bills over the winter – whether it be an increase in energy usage, the impact of cold weather on fuel and vehicle costs, or employees finding travel for work more difficult and having to spend more as a result.
But fear no more: at Allstar we can change all that, and help you get control back. Here’s how.
There’s no reason to end up in tricky conversations with employees over what they can or cannot spend any more. There are enough solutions available now to ensure you and your employees are well aware of spending, even in real time, so that when it comes to purchases you and employees know that it is all being tracked, with receipts created and times and dates recorded.
That way, there’s no foggy nooks or crannies where employees can end up confused about what expense allowances they have.
Monitoring business expenditure and getting detailed insights on costs with our online account management tool, Allstar Online, means you can review and adjust your policy regularly and should anybody have any wicked thoughts, they can be sure you’ll be keeping a beady eye on them all the time.
Some employees might, if given the chance to help themselves be like the kid on the doorstep scooping up armfuls of sweets. Freed by the notion that the ‘company will pay’, they may get greedy and go on a spending spree, buying all sorts of expensive or inappropriate items.
And after they’ve splurged, it won’t be them going a bit green - it will be you. Not only will you have to find the money for them, there are those awkward conversations to have about spending behaviour too.
By putting in place controls before they even start incurring expenses, you can ensure they can still get what they need, but at appropriate levels. With an Allstar business or expense card, you can set limits on what can be purchased in categories such as travel, subsistence and vehicle accessories, and even set daily allowances – all of which is reported on the online dashboard.
It’s not quite putting your employee in chains, but it’s helping to keep them on the righteous path.
Are you worried about what expenses might be lurking out there, in the shadows, yet to be discovered? For a lot of businesses, it can be really hard to understand the true cost of doing business until expenses have come out into the light – and then it can be quite a fright.
By using expense cards, you help defeat that problem of employees hoarding purchases for months and months, then dropping them on your desk in an unexpectedly gruesome, shocking episode.
Instead, every month you can keep track of what has been spent which helps you manage cashflow and expenditure, and to be able to budget better. Working alongside expense cards, online portals mean you can track spending in real time, so you’re well aware of costs and cashflow day or night.
An Allstar business or expense card may allow you to access interest free credit for up to 44 days on business purchases* so that if you do have any frights, you’ve got time to calm down before you need to pay it, while a card such as Allstar Plus can help you control how and where your employees spend the company’s cash. It’s like garlic, holy water and a cross all in one, keeping business expenses at bay.
Do piles of admin tower over you at your desk, or does the nightmare of being swamped by endless demands wake you up in the middle of the night?
Admin can be monstrous, but you can tame it with Allstar. Not only can you see and manage all payments online, and get a single invoice for all purchases, but ExpenseIn*, partnered with Allstar, is an additional app-based automated expense management solution allowing employees to upload expenses and get them approved in seconds.
Ensure you’re making the most of the tools and systems available to you so you can turn that snorting beast of burden into a faithful servant and stay in control of scary expenses.
* Subject to status and a full credit check. To be eligible, your company must be incorporated (e.g. a limited company).
** ExpenseIn is a separate product that can be added to support your Allstar Plus or Expense account. Applications are made directly with ExpenseIn and are subject to status.
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