Why you need a pinch of salt to help find top expenses management software reviews and comparisons
Poor TripAdvisor came in for a battering by critics because of unscrupulous people who tainted it with negative reviews motivated by all sorts of unsavoury reasons. It was hardly TripAdvisors’ fault; that was established as a platform for honest people to make honest comments. But the problem can apply equally to any online review. Here’s the way to strip out the bias and make your own judgement…
This is how to take online reviews – with a pinch of salt. Sadly there is a growing sense of mistrust about what we read on the internet, which is the default source of information for many of us on a near-constant basis.
The ability to take things at face value has all but evaporated because too many people have manipulated the truth to suit their own ends, and feel they can act with impunity because they’re hiding behind a computer mouse.
So how should you maximise the benefit of an online review, specifically about SaaS based expense report software, which has become an extremely crowded marketplace? (*Don’t understand about SaaS? We explain it below).
How do you know that the products being reviewed (or reviewed positively) aren’t getting that treatment because of some kind of commercial arrangement with the reviewer? It does happen, and you’ve no real way of knowing if it is, or isn’t, when you read the review.
Now before we go any further, we musty point out that many reviews are done honestly, with products compared on a level playing field. It’s just hard to tell which are, and which aren’t.
How to test those reviews
Therefore, when looking at expense management software reviews, try these ways to make your understanding of them more robust. In doing so, we wouldn’t want to push you in any particular direction; we just have the hope that you’ll give Solo Expenses an honest examination of your own, and for your own judgement. Remember, the decision to choose web based expense report software will change your life; might as well get it right straight out of the blocks.
Seven tools to compare expense manager apps
1. Compare features: The best way to do this is to pick just one product, and note its features. Then look at a second, and see if it’s the same, better, or worse. Then do the same for a third, and a fourth, and so on.
2. Compare history: How long has a particular software provider been in the marketplace? The longer it has, the more likely that their product does what it’s supposed to do.
3. But is it refreshed? Just because software’s been around for a long time doesn’t make it good. If that were true, we’d all be using an abacus. Look for new features, updated old features, ways of adding value to your business because the software provider has added value to theirs.
4. Does it fit my business?: The expense management software you need is like a piece of clothing – it needs to fit to do its job properly. No point in having features you don’t need, or being without ones you could benefit from. Look for a provider with several versions of their software package aimed at different kinds of users. Those are the ones that have you out, as the end user, at the forefront of their minds.
5. What’s not being said: By the time you’ve looked at a few expense management software packages, you’ll have a feel for what you should be seeing. If one product doesn’t appear to have what the others do, ask yourself why not. Silence can speak volumes
6. How easy is it to use: If it’s complicated, you’ll find resistance to implementation. If it’s simple, and can demonstrably make life easier, users will seize your chosen option with both hands. See if you can find a system that offers a free trial; it’s the only way to get a feel for software in action. (Handy tip: Solo Expenses offers a free trial here)
7. Think big: Big companies can tend to prefer more traditional methods of expense management, which is a shame, because they’re often the ones with most to gain from cloud based expense management software. Solo Expenses has its ‘Enterprise’ package, which can be custom-built to suit any organisation, streamlining the process of claiming, approving and paying expenses by combining a bespoke set of features to make a near-unique package.
*SaaS stands for ‘Software as a Service’, and describes any software held on a third-party server that users access via the internet. If you use Solo Expenses to manage expenses online, you’re using Software as a Service, just as you would be to order groceries from a supermarket, use Microsoft 365, or watch TV through Netflix.
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