I‘ve owed these guys a shout out for a really long time. They contacted me a few months ago asking me if I’d like to try out their service in exchange for some feedback. (Just a side note: if you ever have had the opportunity to work personally with me, you know that I’m either really reliable and super responsive, or I tend to be extremely unreliable and take forever to respond. I guess it just depends on what day you get at me.) Anyways, they set me up with an account and I started my testing. After several months, I finally have something to say. Organizing receipts with shoeboxed isn’t for me, but I bet it’s for you.
First impressions: Shoeboxed is a really neat idea and would be a really, really useful tool for any normal person or traditional business. i.e. anybody that goes to the store and buys things or has a paper trail of receipts. I, however, buy 99% of things online and therefore have access to all the receipts I would ever need right in my email inbox. For example: I buy a computer on Amazon.com, they email me a receipt, I don’t worry about it. In the event that I need to prove that I bought the computer to the IRS or some other bullshit, pain in my ass entity, then I dig through my email and print off the receipt.
However, if you were a normal person, your scenario may go something like this: you go to some office supply store and buy a computer, a desk, a printer, and a few other things. They print you off a receipt and you tuck it into your wallet. If you’re even somewhat responsible (I’m not), then when you get home, you will probably file those receipts into some folder. Then you’ll forget about the receipt (and where you placed it for that matter), so when the IRS comes knocking for proof of your $4,000 in business expenses, you can’t find the receipt and you’re screwed. This is where shoeboxed.com comes in.
With shoeboxed.com, you send them your pile of receipts, they scan everything for you, and also categorize and catalog everything online. So instead of having a folder full of your physical receipts, you instead have a digital scan of every single receipt. Really cool concept. You can even take pictures of your receipt if you have an iPhone and it will upload your receipt and catalog it instantly.
So if you are a normal, semi-responsible person (unlike me), and you like keeping organized, but are sick of the receipt clutter, hire shoeboxed.com to do your dirty work. They are your one stop shop for organizing receipts. Just one more way to take yourself out of the equation of your business to allow more free time for yourself. After all, business sucks. Making money is the fun part.