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6 major credit card data breaches since Equifax

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 21 May 2019

Remember the Equifax data breach? It happened in September 2017, and hit 143 million Americans. Among the data stolen were Social Security numbers, addresses, and dates of birth.

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How to do spend analysis in 6 steps

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 14 May 2019

Most business leaders have a fair idea of where their money goes. You know essentially how much they spend on salaries, rent and utilities. You probably also think they know which software their teams use, and how much the company spends on coffee.

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Business expense cards: the must-have tool for office management

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 06 May 2019

As an office manager, you have an endless list of tasks of fulfill and people to please. You literally have to keep the lights on, the heating running, everybody smiling. It's demanding, complex, and often thankless. And one aspect of office management that’s often overlooked is handling expenses. Because whether you have a dedicated finance team

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A modern guide to general and administrative expenses

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 30 April 2019

You've certainly heard the expression "you need to spend money to make money." It's a cliché that's also undoubtedly true.  We typically think of these costs as being directly tied to sales. You need to buy stock in order to sell it. You need to hire salespeople (and pay them) too.  But you also have costs that aren't so closely linked to profit.

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The complete guide to corporate travel management

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 23 April 2019

Business travel can be hellish to manage. With employees flying all over the world, there are flights to book, accommodation to arrange, and an endless list of miscellaneous costs and tasks to keep on top of. 

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How to choose a virtual credit card for your business

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 26 March 2019

Online spending is turning the classic company credit card into a security risk. From buying plane and train tickets, booking hotel rooms and renting vehicles, to subscribing to SaaS software, online payments are numerous and varied.  And every one of these payments constitutes another potential risk. Can you truly trust these websites and

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How modern CFOs easily optimize travel spending

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 04 March 2019

There’s always been a certain glamour to work travel. You imagine that glorious feeling of stepping off a business class flight and checking into a classy hotel lobby before tomorrow's meeting with an important client:

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60+ fascinating business travel statistics for 2019

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 25 February 2019

Let’s start with a statistic right away: travel and tourism accounts for 10.4% of global GDP, and nearly 10% of jobs. That’s enormous!

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12 excellent business travel management tools for 2019

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 18 February 2019

Business travel is back! The 2008 financial crisis left companies short on cash, and industry growth has been slow ever since.  But the tide has turned, and companies are sending staff out on the road again. And that means that more and more team members are coming to grips with the difficult travel booking process.  Because one thing hasn't

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Finance automation: How to modernise your financial processes

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 11 February 2019

Automation is all the rage. Businesses are quickly figuring out that there are things that machines are better suited to than people.

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Three business leaders explain their biggest challenges in handling finances

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 21 December 2018

Managing finances has to be one of the most thankless tasks in all of business. There's not a lot of glamour, and other staff can easily take you for granted. 

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A short guide to expense policies for modern businesses

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 29 November 2018

Ready to create an expense management policy for your business? Not sure? Good. Either way, you've come to the right place.

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10 major problems with using the company card to pay online

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 29 October 2018

There are plenty of things to love about credit cards. Most obviously: paying for things is pretty much always simple, almost anywhere in the world.

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Spendesk update: accounts payable software awards, new integrations, and more

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 15 October 2018

It’s been a busy few months at Spendesk. So busy, in fact, that we haven’t provided an update on what’s actually been going on.

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Startup marketing budget: How to allocate and manage your expenses

by Patrick Whatman

Published on 06 September 2018

Modern marketing teams have a long list of expenses. Even if you’re a bootstrapped startup, you’ll need tools and services to manage many of the tasks that you can’t do on your own.

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