By Aubrey Delorme. Invoice. Published at Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 - 01:45:51 AM.
Invoices can sometimes be an Accounts Payable (AP) clerk’s worst nightmare, especially if it takes hours and hours to manually process a single paper based invoice. Numerous things could go wrong with processing invoices manually; which can become very costly for business. Below we have listed five of the top invoice problems.
Automating as many processes as possible through an integrated solution, which optimally manages these tasks, results in a directly proportionate decrease in opportunities for human error while increasing the opportunities for savings and improved efficiency. Control of taxes is also increased with electronic billing because it allows for greater control over tax compliance and simplifies the auditing process.
Invoices that arrive in AP without a PO number can be very problematic, which can take the team a lot of man-hours to manually process them. AP may receive non-PO invoices when a supplier has provided products or services to the buyer without receiving a purchase order. Many different challenges can arise when processing non-PO invoices, which may include difficulty identifying the purchaser and original authorize – making the approval process lengthy and a higher risk for errors.
Advantages of Invoice Factoring Besides providing fast access to capital, invoice factoring offers a number of other important advantages. It gives you unlimited access to funds without adding liability to your balance sheet. Because invoice factoring isn’t a loan, there’s no debt or monthly payments involved. Plus, invoice factoring is a flexible arrangement because it doesn’t require any long-term contracts.
Cash flow shortages can happen to almost any business, but invoice factoring can provide a quick, easy solution. Invoice factoring involves the selling of your account receivables or invoices to secure immediate working capital.
Many AP departments receive thousands and thousands of paper invoices per year, which will need to be manually keyed into a finance system. This process is very slow, inefficient and costly. It is very easy to lose or misplace important paper documents when handling them manually, but with an automated invoice processing solution all documents can be stored electronically. The AP team will be able to retrieve invoices instantly, meaning no more time will be wasted searching for invoices in filing cabinets or folders.
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