This amazing tool transforms all those annoying paper receipts into organized electronic files.
Each year, the International Consumer Electronics Show features cutting-edge tech products that range from the outrageous (behold therobotic receptionist) to the frivolous (motorized skates, anyone?). CES, though, also showcases plenty of outstanding and practical tools that can help streamline a business. One of those standout products at this year’s CES was theNeatConnect, which does the tedious but necessary job of organizing essential documents, such as receipts, invoices and business cards.
From dinners with potential investors or new clients to supplies for the office to plane tickets to a conference of fellow entrepreneurs, business expenses produce an onslaught of documents that can be an absolute nightmare to keep track of. The NeatConnect ($499.95) makes the task easier by scanning receipts, organizing them, and identifying and storing relevant tax information—all without needing a computer.
Using a technology called InDocument Identification, documents are easily divided into their own category, each one is searchable by keywords, and emails with attachments can be forwarded to the cloud to keep attachments and other information easily organizable and accessible.The NeatConnect also includes a three-month subscription to the Neat Cloud Service. Billed on the company's website as "like having a personal assistant," it gives up to five users access to files on the web, mobile app and desktop.
With an update of their offerings—including a smart email feature that recognizes receipts in your inbox—and new partnerships with HP and Intuit, Neat has made a big splash the past year. The company refocused its direction after recognizing that all the paper that was involved in a business could be eliminated with an integrated system that utilized innovative software, hardware, mobile apps and the cloud. The company seeks to create a single ecosystem for all of a business’ important information. With the help of Neat, organization is a snap.
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