Tracking Bourne’s Business Expenses

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Team Shoeboxed was really surprised over the weekend when we realized that one of our newer accounts belonged to none other than the absentee star of the latest installment in the Bourne trilogy, The Bourne Legacy. That’s rightthe account belongs to Mr. Jason Bourne himself. Now we all know that Bourne has been so incognito lately that he could barely afford to make an appearance in his latest film, opting instead to (and this is just our theory) work behind the scenes, pulling Jeremy Renner’s proverbial puppet strings. The hero’s reemergence has less to do with the CIA, however, and more to do with a personal problem: Bourne’s been having trouble tracking his business expenses.

Four films and several years later, Bourne has dissociated himself with Treadstone, and funds from his former glory days are running low. Whereas before, he was not responsible for tracking his expenditures, now Bourne must pinch every penny as he attempts to stay below the radar. His typical business expenses include multiple international flights per month, a different hotel room every night, and wining and dining his lovely wife, Franka Potente (c’mon, you didn’t think she was really dead, did you?) With so much on the line, especially a rep to protect, we knew that Bourne would benefit from a Shoeboxed.com account.

To help Jason Bourne keep track of his business expenses, we first had him download our smartphone app to all of his different phones (he has, like, six or seven). We then created separate Shoeboxed accounts for each of Bourne’s different identities. This way, if he’s using his German passport, he can track those business expenses to the Shoeboxed account associated with Klaus Wiener Schnitzel. If he’s traveling in Russia, he uploads his e-receipts directly to his VladimirScheglov account. Bourne doesn’t have time to worry about organizing all of his different business expenses and making sure they’re ready for his (top secret) tax guy. When he’s busy trying not to get killed, Team Shoeboxed is toiling away, verifying data, organizing receipts, and basically acting as a personal assistant to the coolest action star ever.

We can’t exactly reveal where most of Bourne’s scanned receipts have been coming from, but suffice it to say that this dude is on the move. Ever since Shoeboxed starting keeping track of his business expenses, Jason Bourne has had more time to focus on the things that matter most – killing bad guys (but only when it’s absolutely necessary), looking at Franka with smoldering eyes, trying to remember stuff about his past, and making Jeremy Renner worry about his job security. If Shoeboxed can help the best hit man in the world stay organized, just think of what an account could do for you!

What’s your favorite movie in the Bourne series?

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Track your Personal Expenses to Attract that Special Somebody

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Have you ever noticed how you only get what you want when you don’t want like? Like with relationships, for example. When you’re not looking, don’t have the time, or aren’t ready to fall in love, suddenly Mr. and Ms. Right rears his or her gorgeous head. Or, on the flip side, when you’re lonely, pathetically desperate, and longing for love, Cupid is nowhere to be found. If that’s you, one surefire way to bring love into your life is to start keeping track of your personal expenses. No, seriously.

Everyone should keep track of their personal expenses, whether they’re a small business owner, a regular employee, or a professional trust fund baby. First off, there is so much you can write off on your taxes, even as an individual going to and from work every day. Second, tracking your personal expenses helps you plan, develop and maintain a budget – the kind of budget that will help you get organized, save money, and gain confidence. And guess what happens when you’re feeling organized, confident, and you’ve got money to spare? That’s right. Or, should I say, that’s (Mr. and Ms.) Right.

Long gone are the days of furiously scribbling your expenditures in a worn notebook, even entering them into a spreadsheet in Excel. Nowadays, you can be totally lazy while appearing to have your you-know-what together! With the advent of electronic receipts and user-friendly scanning services like those available through Shoeboxed.com, it’s never been to appear organized and totally with it. Except with these awesome digital services that can be used to track and organize your personal expenses, you’ll actually be organized and totally with it.

Money can be a touchy subject between couples, no matter what stage of the relationship they’re in. When you first meet someone, you’re probably not going to discuss writing off mileage or expense reporting tips. (But if you do, PLEASE comment below – we’d love to feature your fantastic affair on our blog!) As things progress, the last thing you want to learn about Mr. and Ms. Perfect is that their personal expenses are a complete mess. Even worse, you certainly don’t want to be the one who’s a financial basket case! As nice as it would be to have your significant other double as a financial adviser, gather your receipts for you and whisk them away in the magic Shoeboxed envelope, the truth is that it’s better to do it yourself. You’ll feel better about every area of your life when that pesky money stuff is accounted for.

If you’re in the market for that special someone, or if you’re in a relationship and things have gotten tired, start scanning your receipts. You’ll feel confident, independent and financially savvy, and you’ll be able to enter into a romance knowing you don’t need the other person to fix your situation – you’ve already done that yourself. Besides, if you keep track of your personal expenses and put yourself on a manageable budget, you just might have some money left over to go on dates.

Would you date someone who was a mess financially?

Do both people need to keep track of their personal finances, or is one organized partner enough?

Accounting Solutions for Babies, Procrastinators, and Underachievers

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We’ve all met them – heck, you might even be one of them – one of those rare, mystical beings for whom doing taxes, cleaning the bathroom, and finding the industry’s latest and greatest accounting solutions is something akin to pleasurable sport. If you actually enjoy scouring the Internet for accounting and organizational software and have your accountant on speed dial, consider yourself lucky. As for the rest of us, peruse our handy checklist to see if you can benefit from our accounting solutions, tips, and tricks for staying motivated (for those days where you’d much rather hide in your Snuggie and watch football than figure out those pesky deductions).

Accounting Solutions for Big Babies

Getting organized and taking charge of your finances means growing up, but it doesn’t have to mean completely losing your cool. With awesome online applications like the paperless scanning services offered by Shoeboxed.com, you’ll feel like you have a parent – or a big brother or sister – overlooking everything from your student loan interest payments to your charity donations. With all of the online accounting software, it’s completely possible to remain an accounting infant and still manage to get totally organized. If you can muster up the motivation to either scan or mail your receipts to the folks at Shoeboxed, for example, you’re pretty much home free. Now get back to the couch, you big baby – football is on.

Accounting Solutions for Procrastinators

Once you realize that the only thing standing between you and an impeccable portfolio is a scanner, that same scanner may very well morph into an evil menace that taunts you every time you walk past it. “I want your receipts….feeeeeeeed meeeeee.” Before you know it, your harmless “I’ll do it tomorrow”-mantra has created the real monster – a disorganized, disheartening pile of receipts, bills, bank statements, and tax documents that have completely buried the dining room table, and your confidence along with it. Depending on how far you’ve let the disaster grow, you can still apply our favorite accounting solutions for procrastinators:

1. Live in the moment

Remember, you never have to scan an entire pile of receipts – all you ever have to do is one receipt at a time. Just like writing an entire book can be overwhelming, stick to writing – or scanning – one page at a time.

2. Stop thinking so much

You know how, when you work out, you’re almost always glad you did? You feel energized and healthy, and ask yourself “Why don’t I do this every day?” It’s not the actual workout that we dread, but our thoughts about it. When your mind becomes crowded with “I don’t wanna” thoughts concerning your personal accounting solutions, distract yourself! Set up a time to work on your project, and don’t allow yourself a single stressful thought outside of that time (we find ice cream to be a wonderful distraction from negative thinking).

3. Just do it

There’s a reason why Nike has consistently dominated their market for nearly 40 years. Sometimes you have to employ a little old-fashioned will power. Remember that you’re not alone – everyone else on the face of the planet has to do this too, but not everyone else is as savvy as you.

Accounting Solutions for Underachievers

So maybe you’re not the kind of person who writes down everything you spend, check your account balances on the daily, or has a credit score that would make Suze Orman jealous. One way to combat the underachiever stigma surrounding your finances is to get organized! Even if what you’re organizing is a balance sheet filled with negative numbers, at least you know what you’re dealing with. From this new place of clarity, you can begin to create a financial plan that makes a multilingual valedictorian look like a flannel-clad burnout from an early ‘90s stoner comedy.

What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to organizing your finances?