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6 Reasons Why SMEs Should Go Digital with Purchase-To-Pay (P2P) Automation

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Technological advancements in business efficiency used to be more expensive and, therefore, mostly accessible to larger companies. Nowadays, though, more and more applications are being made that are both affordable and convenient to obtain and use. Among these is purchase to pay, also known as P2P. P2P enables business users to keep track of the company’s spending. This tool provides useful information for various tasks, such as doing taxes. Small business owners are urged to give P2P a try because of benefits like saving time and money, helping with budget management, greater efficiency, stronger relationship with suppliers, little to no training is needed, and a lesser chance for mistakes and fraud.

Saves Time and Money

Originally, companies had to hire individuals to keep track of the spending. SMEs usually have the owner completing this task, instead. Whichever the method, businesses still require spending that extra time, money, or both for this process. P2P provides companies with the convenience of easily obtaining and storing spending information in real time.

Helps with Budget Management

Since purchase to pay is designed to monitor business payouts, it can really provide owners with an idea of how to manage company budget. The budget could be organized into different categories based off of what the money is spent on. Knowing how often particular supplies need to be bought or bills and taxes that need to be paid can allow owners to determine monthly and annual profit. It’s easier to know how much extra money is left for additional investment.

Greater Efficiency

With P2P, companies have more time and money to spare for other, more significant tasks. The process and usage of P2P is automated; little user input is needed to gain and oversee the information obtained. Tasks that this type of program completes is done quickly and efficiently. Invoices usually have to go through a long process, which can lead to late payments.

Better Relationships with Suppliers

The business done between suppliers and companies are transparent with purchase to pay. Communication is much better, as shop owners can use P2P programs to contact their providers. There’s also contract compliance. Companies can receive policies from their sellers upfront. No more do shop owners have to meet with their suppliers; all of this information can be exchanged via the P2P application.

Easy to Use

P2P requires no additional training for the user. This is because the interface is simple to navigate. Owners can find particular pieces of information needed for tasks like taxes. For added convenience, P2P has everything in one place to make and keep track of purchases.

Higher Accuracy

When spent funds are managed manually, there’s an increased chance that mistakes can be made. One reason is because information is usually tracked through paperwork. Papers can be easy to lose and mimic for fraudulent purposes. The person who has to record lots of spending activity from the company can very much make a miscalculation. P2P, because it’s done through automation and in real time, accurately documents company investments that both the company and the suppliers can witness and keep for personal records.

Just as more and more smaller businesses are being launched, technology is easily catching up with them. P2P has a lot of general benefits that help SMEs whether they’ve been in business for years or just started up this year. The efficiency and convenience of P2Ps is especially needed and desired in this day and age of technology. As a result, it’s highly recommended that SMEs integrate this digital solution into their businesses.

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Kenneth Tan

Kenneth Tan

Kenneth is a Marketer at Nufin Data, who works with Enterprises of all sizes to help them discover more working capital and competitive financing options. Learn how an effective Supply Chain Finance (SCF) program can benefit your organisation today by getting in touch with him at kenneth.tan@nufindata.com

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