With St. Patrickâ€™s Day and spring arriving, March is a great month to have â€œgreenâ€ on the mind.Â There are green shamrocks, green beer, the green of new vegetation, and thereâ€™s even green accounting too.Â Here are five ways to make your accounting a little more green.
Business Receipts Â Â Â
When you spend money on your business, ask for an emailed receipt rather than a paper one if you have an option. More and more vendors are providing this option.Â Â Then when the receipt comes in your email, you can forward it to your bookkeeper and/or upload it to your accounting system.
Smile for the Camera
If the vendor does not offer an emailed receipt, do the next best thing:Â take a picture of the receipt with your cell phone.Â Â Some accounting systems allow you to upload the receipt right from your phone, and if you donâ€™t have that feature, you can always email it or upload it to your PC.
If you invoice customers, send a PDF invoice via email.Â More and more businesses are abandoning the snail mail and getting it to customers faster via email. Â Theyâ€™re getting paid faster, and speeding up your green is usually a good thing.
Many people adopted online banking about a decade ago.Â Â If youâ€™re still getting paper statements, you can get those stopped and download your statements once a month from your online account.Â Itâ€™s better not to get your statement in the mail anymore; it reduces your risk of identity theft from stolen mail.
Software and Supplies
When possible, purchase your software online and download it rather than making a gas-guzzling trip to the store and purchasing a box.Â You can also order your office supplies online and have them delivered.Â Â As long as you buy local, it should be a green purchase, and it will save you tons of time too.
These five ideas will help your accounting become a little more green.