Introducing: Tax Tips

I don’t know about you, but it’s almost November, and I see Tax Season 2008 right around the corner. Since many people use Shoeboxed to organize their receipts for tax purposes, Shoeboxed will be rolling out new features and tools for you to prepare your receipts as easily as possible this tax season. We will also be bringing you more tax information on the blog and main website so that you can keep up to date on any changes to the Internal Revenue Services policies over the next few months. In a recurring series on the blog, Tax Tips, we will, with the help of the IRS, bring you important information about what you need to know for Tax Season.

Get Accurate Information from Your Business Card Scans

When you are thinking about how to best organize your business cards, you may be tempted to buy a scanner to do it yourself.

Sure, you could buy a scanner for your business cards and scan them in yourself. There are even scanners that have optical character recognition technology that “read” your business cards and guess what the contact information on the business cards is.

But let’s face it: this OCR technology is not all that great. For many business cards, you’ll be going in and manually editing the information that the software guessed because it missed something, guessed incorrectly, or filled in information in the wrong fields.

This is especially true for non-traditional business cards, like, well, mine. And our bank’s. Shoeboxed and Square 1 Bank have business cards that would not be read by traditional OCR technology, but are processed perfectly with Shoeboxed!

Would Not Be Processed with Traditional OCR

Because of the diagonal writing, traditional OCR software would not be able to read this receipt. For that, you need Shoeboxed Mail-In. Send in business cards, and a combination of OCR and human quality assurance will make sure that all your information is correct.

Business Card that would not be processed by OCR alone

Because of the vertical writing and the square design, business cards from Square 1 Bank are not processed correctly with consumer-level OCR technology that comes with some scanners.
Shoeboxed solves this problem by using a combination of OCR and human quality assurance. That way, you have the most accurate information possible about your business card contacts. And our human QA is done right here in Durham, NC, so you don’t have to worry about outsourcing lowering the quality!

Business Cards for Moms

We all know that being a mom is full time job (at the very least). Well, since many people that are full-time professionals have business cards, we wondered why moms don’t have business cards as well. They would be great if you want to exchange contact information with others, especially other moms.

As we were throwing this idea around, we thought you would be able to order your own business cards the same way that most people do: by finding a local company that can customize them for you or by using an online service where you can design the business cards yourself. A quick Google search will introduce you to some relatively inexpensive business card services. But we also learned that someone has had the idea for business cards specifically designed for moms before.

At Cards for Moms and Mommy Cards, you can order business cards that are specially designed for moms, and that allow you to print your kids’ names, address, and phone number, and emergency contact information. That way, if you are leaving your kids with someone else, the business card will tell them everything they need to know to keep your kids safe.

So moms, you have no excuses! Send us your business cards! We will scan them and digitize the information so you will have a digital backup of all your personal contacts’ information.