Tracking Expenses

Don't let tech costs bust your budget

The cost of the technology you use could add up to a serious chunk of change without you realizing it. Jordan Amin, former head of the National CPA Financial Literacy Commission, suggests keeping a close eye on these areas of technology spending.

Work-related office expenses adding up?

Many office professionals take money out of their own pockets to pay for work-related expenses. Is this really something em­­ployees should be expected to do?

Rein in office out-of-policy travel

If planning and managing travel are part of your job, you probably also deal with people who try to go rogue and plan travel outside the bounds of company policy. Travel Market Report’s Fred Geb­­hart has four tips to help avoid out-of-policy travel.

1-Minute Strategies: July '13

Try taking some valuable career lessons from “Mad Men" ... Change a typo in that PDF ... Find the power in refusing to say “I’m sorry" ... Use prepaid cards to keep tabs on employee spending.

5 great apps add value to QuickBooks

Did you know that the Intuit App Center has apps for QuickBooks? Inc.com contributor Christina Des­Marais recommends five of the best.

What can't you live without at work?

When times get tough, employers may need to dial back some of the extras. But how do you decide what to cut first—and what should be the last resort? Tip: When other perks are cut, keeping a good pot of coffee in the lunchroom is a way of letting employees know that things aren’t hopeless.

Want to be creative? Ask 5 questions

As the person closest to your work, you’re also the best one to identify ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs associated with your job—which is exactly what most C-suite executives and business owners focus on. Just because they don’t ask for your innovative ideas doesn’t mean they’re not interested. Get your creative juices flowing with these five questions:

1-Minute Strategies: March '09

Pump up your managers with useful research they don’t have time to do themselves ... Sharpen your workplace instincts by playing The Office-Politics Game ... Soothe stress by first dividing triggers into two categories ...

3 ways to cut business travel expenses

Travel expenses are on the chopping block at many companies. Three ways to help save money on business travel: Book air travel well in advance or combine several trips into one; ask for the lowest rate when booking a hotel, then ask for one that's even lower; park cars at off-site lots near airports.

Financial finesse is a click away

On the money front, it’s time to get back to basics. An oft-repeated piece of advice is to keep better track of the money we spend and save. To help with expense-tracking, tap into online tools. The best of the breed recently chosen by Money magazine and Slate.com are Mint.com and QuickenOnline.com.