Why there is such a thing as a free lunch

We’ve all heard it said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But it’s wrong. In business, in the right context, there can be. And not just one, but hundreds, for the rest of your life. Here’s how.

The notion that you can eat for free is pretty hard to swallow, but come with us on a journey through the world of Solo Expenses online expense management software, and we’ll explain how it works.

It’s more or less a given that organisations which fail to control their expenses effectively are spending more money that they need to. The reasons behind the failure will differ from organisation to organisation, but it all amounts to the same thing: they might as well be tossing coins into the gutter.

It therefore follows that expense control should be managed in the same way as any other management task – as a result of which wasteful spending will be reduced with no detriment to the business process.

Different businesses will manage expenses and spending in different ways, depending on what they produce and how they work. We recognise that, just as we recognise that the things large organisations see as vital are close to irrelevant to a micro-business with two or three employees. And that’s why we have set up our pricing model as a pick-and-mix dashboard of features you can select or discard at will.

Some of the features – setting up employees, assigning approvers, and basic mileage approval – are free, and will remain so for as long as you want them. Once you’ve signed up as a customer, you’ll be able to see they have little orange flags on them saying ‘free’, which will stay that way for as long as you’re a customer. For life, if that’s what you want.

But what about this free lunch?
It’s right there. Remember we said that failing to manage expenses was like tossing coins into the gutter? By using our online expense manager app you’ll be turning around your expense management performance, and you won’t be throwing those coins into the gutter. They’ll still be available when you have to pay for lunch, and if that doesn’t make it free, we don’t know what will.

Moving on from there, you can sign up for any of the other features on our dashboard, and potentially make more savings – or, to put it another way, divert more unnecessary spending onto something worthwhile. You might think about an employee appreciation event, for example.

The features you can use or ignore are all billed on a simple basis. Start paying when you turn them on, and stop paying when you turn them off. The charges are based on the size of your company. We wouldn’t want to land a micro-business with a big bill; that wouldn’t be fair. Instead our billing is on a ‘per employee per month’ basis, so the cost involved will never get out of hand. Mind you, once you’ve seen how you can use our online expenses software to control your costs, you might consider turning on a few more features to see if you can’t uncover more hidden potential to save!

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