When most of us think of the petty-cash department, we tend to think of straight-faced persons seated behind a desk in an office, dealing with piles of paperwork and always counting money. A petty cash accountant working from home without face-to-face meetings or paper exchanges hasn’t seemed possible …until now. Times have quickly changed.
Because of this hiatus occasioned by the uncertain times that we’re going through, doing petty cash accounting by working remotely has been made possible by technology. A lot of businesses are still nervous about it and that’s natural because they might not know how to go about it. However, all that’s needed to be known is what tools can make this work paperless and away from the office.
Here are some hacks.
Face to face meetings
Most interactions with these accountants tend to be impromptu rather than scheduled. There’s no difference in a remote setting other than using phone calls or video conferencing tools. No need for a conference room! It’s just as easy to have impromptu meetings using Zapier as it would be in any office. You could also set up a Zoom meeting and share the link in your Slack channel and you can have that same sort of spur of the moment meetings, as long as all the participants are online at the same time.
The accounting aspects of working remotely for petty cash accountants are not much different from working in an office. There are still weekly meetings, collaborations, month-end reports and payment approvals.
There are a lot of cloud-based apps but we’ve found an innovative way to manage petty cash payments provided by Standard Chartered Bank through their award-winning platform called Straight2Bank
Straight2Bank and Petty cash
The platform is an online banking platform designed for all your business transactional needs. At the moment, we are advised to stay away from physical cash (coins and notes) and naturally, we’re embracing alternative means to do banking.
To make the petty cash disbursements, all you have to do is list all the mobile numbers and amounts to be paid on an excel sheet template. Load this on Straight2ankB and click pay. For added security the payment goes through your organisation’s internal approvers.
Working remotely may seem like a foreign concept in the petty cash accounting world, but when you’re set up with the right applications, it’s totally achievable!
To learn more, visit https://www.sc.com/ke/business-channels/straight2bank/