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Business Spend Management
January 25, 2021

It’s time to improve how companies manage indirect spend.

Visibility into indirect spend helps control budgets.

Business Spend Management
January 15, 2021

Companies report surprisingly high levels of wasted spending: Survey shows they seek greater visibility and stronger cost controls.

To get a handle on your 2021 budget, you need visibility into card spending.

Account Payable
January 14, 2021

How smart AP teams make money with this virtual card hack.

Why pay bills the expensive way when you could make money?

January 7, 2021

Presenting financials to boards:

Presenting financials to boards: A how-to guide.

Strong visuals and a clear narrative help convey the story behind financial information.

December 22, 2020

A better approach to 1099s — have them flow naturally from the process.

Meeting your 1099 requirements doesn’t have to be a headache.

December 21, 2020

Why reconciliation just doesn’t add up (to a good use of time).

An intelligent spend management system relieves reconciliation headaches.

December 18, 2020

It’s about time: Purchase orders enter the 21st century.

Purchase orders don’t have to be time-consuming with the right systems in place.

December 17, 2020

Full speed ahead: Airbase’s Annual Benchmark Survey of Finance Professionals reveals plans for a strong 2021.

Our survey shows that finance teams overcame 2020’s challenges and are prepared for growth in 2021.

December 9, 2020

How do you know when it’s time to move to an ERP? Three questions to ask.

How can you tell it’s time to upgrade to an enterprise-level ERP? Start here.

December 4, 2020

Salaries for finance careers: Know your worth and how to increase it.

Knowing your value is the best negotiating tool to get top dollar for your skills.

November 30, 2020

The future of auditing in the world of automated accounting.

Advances in technology empower auditors to play a more proactive role.

Account Payable
November 24, 2020

Accounts payable: Is it time to change the status quo?

Managing AP doesn’t have to involve many different systems (or spreadsheets and Post-it notes).

November 20, 2020

How an iterative budget creates a smooth glide path to fiscal success in 2021.

With the right tools, you can build a responsive budget for 2021.

Account Payable
November 13, 2020

Is expense reporting slowing you down? There’s a better way.

The right tools can help you eliminate the need for cumbersome expense reports.

November 12, 2020

Combining operational muscle with strategy: Maynard Webb shares his insights on the relationship between CFOs and boards of directors.

Maynard Webb, founder of WIN, on being a board member and his methodology for selecting a CFO.

Business Spend Management
November 6, 2020

Safety first: How spend management safeguards protect businesses.

In an uncertain economy, putting the right kind of protections in place is essential.

November 2, 2020

Never let a crisis go to waste: The staggering speed of new technology adoption leads to revenue growth in the COVID-19 world.

New research confirms that now is the time to upgrade older technologies.

October 30, 2020

Being a finance leader in the era of real-time data: Orbital Insight CFO Jim Cook on his professional experiences.

Orbital Insight CFO Jim Cook touches on leadership, real-time data, and the role of spend analysis.

Business Spend Management
October 27, 2020

Protect yourself from zombie spend with better spend management.

Armed with the right systems, you can avoid the dangers of zombie spend.

October 23, 2020

Ten tedious tasks accounting automation can take off your to-do list.

What is accounting automation and how does it address the challenges of modern finance function.

October 22, 2020

Is accounting automation hurting finance careers?

Accounting automation gives finance professionals more time to focus on strategic activities.

October 21, 2020

How to migrate your ERP to NetSuite while protecting data integrity and minimizing disruption.

Thoughtful project management is the key to a successful migration to NetSuite.

October 21, 2020

Careful project planning is the key for a successful migration to Sage Intacct.

Ready for an enterprise-level ERP? Follow these tips for a successful migration to Sage Intacct.

October 16, 2020

No one is an island: Hubspot CFO Kate Bueker on the career impacts of strong social skills.

Hubspot CFO Kate Bueker shares her thoughts on strategic finance, networking, and leadership.

Payment Cards
October 14, 2020

Life hacks: Why remote finance teams love virtual cards.

As part of a spend management system, virtual cards help finance teams manage AP from a distance.

October 9, 2020

How to streamline operations in a fast-growing company.

Learn how the right systems and processes can improve operational efficiency across departments.

Payment Cards
October 5, 2020

How virtual cards can support business continuity.

Virtual cards offer visibility and control that can help businesses respond to rapid change.

October 2, 2020

Airbase releases The 21st-Century CFO, an ebook for strategic finance teams.

Airbase releases a new ebook offering insights to aspiring finance and accounting professionals.

Business Spend Management
September 29, 2020

How real-time spend visibility improves efficiency and enables smarter decision making for finance teams.

Six ways that a comprehensive spend management system can help finance teams think strategically.

September 23, 2020

No more bottlenecks: How to create a user-friendly pre-approval process for better spend management.

Find out how an effective pre-approval process can support both productivity and accountability.

Accounts Payable
September 21, 2020

The evolution of bill payments: Why comprehensive spend management platforms are the future of AP.

If you’re using a legacy bill paying system, it’s time for an upgrade to a more comprehensive platform.

September 15, 2020

Jason Warnick, CFO at Robinhood, on the importance of long-term goals, collaboration, and authenticity.

Jason Warnick, CFO of Robinhood, shares his insights on reaching top roles in strategic finance.

Accounts Payable
September 11, 2020

Towards better bill payments: How alternatives provide modern spend management solutions.

Modern spend management systems use improved workflows and visibility for easier bill payments.

September 4, 2020

The benefits of a continuous close: How real-time accounting can lead to more accurate forecasting and better time management.

Real-time automated accounting can help finance teams eliminate tedious monthly close processes.

Business Spend Management
September 3, 2020

Intelligent spend management: How today's finance & accounting leaders balance fast-changing risks with responsiveness and responsibility.

Intelligent spend management gives finance teams the tools they need for fast responses to change.

August 26, 2020

Putting the story first: A critical mindset shift for FP&A success.

FP&A helps drive business results by putting accounting numbers into context.

August 25, 2020

Handling a corporate address when moving to a fully remote location: What you need to know.

Companies with a completely remote workforce have a few options for maintaining a business address.

August 21, 2020

Recruiters' perspectives on your path to becoming a CFO.

Top recruiters identify and attract the right CFO talent to match a company’s needs.

August 20, 2020

Mark Hawkins, CFO and President of Salesforce, on personal values, strategic finance, and being a CFO.

Mark Hawkins, CFO and President of Salesforce, shares his insights on professional growth.

Business Spend Management
August 18, 2020

Move beyond purchase orders for greater efficiency.

Find out what’s taking the place of POs in the purchasing cycle

Payment Cards
August 12, 2020

Why virtual cards are taking over the business world.

Virtual cards are an upgrade over traditional credit cards for fast-growing companies. Here’s why.

July 24, 2020

Becoming a CFO: Alfred Lin on Creating a Successful Strategic Finance Career.

The path to CFO is less important than your innate traits, including creativity and persistence.

July 16, 2020

Creating a Resilient Finance Organization.

To be resilient, companies focus on strategic finance supported by efficient accounting processes.

July 3, 2020

Tax Changes Contained in the CARES Act.

The CARES Act uses the tax code to provide both short and long term relief to companies.

July 1, 2020

Solid advice for your first 90 days as a strategic finance leader.

The CFO of Step and former head of finance at Robinhood on her first 90-day framework for success.

June 24, 2020

To Fix The Technical Debt of a Messy Finance Stack, Hire A Modern Controller.

Reassessing financial leadership skills needed to pay off technical debt in the finance stack.

June 10, 2020

Off the Ledger Hot Topic:

Shared pain points for small finance and accounting teams and approaches to procurement software.

Small finance teams use a variety of approaches to spending and procurement software.

Payment Cards
June 4, 2020

An Incidental Benefit of Digital Wallets ... Contactless Payment.

Airbase cards can be added to your Apple Pay or Google Pay Digital Wallet for contactless payment.

May 18, 2020

The Legal Risks Associated with PPP Loan Applications.

In spite of recent clarifications, legal exposure remains for companies who apply for PPP loans.

May 14, 2020

Treasury Function: Best Practices for Early-Stage Companies.

Lessons from Okta and Gusto – treasury practices for managing cash and preserving capital.

May 6, 2020

Is spend management software the new procure to pay software?

Procure to pay software and next wave expense-management software.

April 24, 2020

Navigating Uncertainty – FP&A Best Practices.

FP&A moves to the forefront as reliance on finance teams to navigate the downturn intensifies.

April 23, 2020

Navigating Uncertainty: Utilizing Venture Debt in a Downturn.

The spike in venture debt drawdowns and applications for new facilities has lenders near capacity.

April 15, 2020

5 Ways to cut wasted spend.

With a focus on cost discipline by CFOs, getting control over spending is an important first step.

April 10, 2020

Options for Reducing Office Space in Extraordinary Times.

Lease agreements leave companies few options to avoid payment, still other terms can be negotiated.

April 3, 2020

CARES Act: ‘Affiliate rule’ restricts eligibility for venture-backed companies.

The SBA’s ‘affiliate rule’ restricts access to Payroll Protection Program for VC-funded companies.

April 2, 2020

Navigating Uncertainty: Extending your runway.

Strategies and options for raising capital and cutting costs in an economic crisis.

March 31, 2020

Navigating Uncertainty: The Investor Perspective.

Seasoned investors’ perspectives and advice for finance leaders confronting the economic crisis.

March 25, 2020

Business Continuity - Make sure your finance team can respond to the coming fire.

Today’s need for up-to-the-minute financial data exposes inadequate company-spending processes.

March 24, 2020

Navigating Uncertainty.

Join top VCs and finance professionals for a discussion series on how to navigate this economic time

Business Spend Management
March 16, 2020

What is spend management?

Decentralized spending by today’s modern companies needs a spend management solution

March 5, 2020

Top investors back Airbase’s solution to fix non-payroll spending.

A single platform to streamline workflows – approvals, payments, accounting – for efficient growth.

Payment Cards
November 18, 2019

How to replace your corporate card program with Airbase virtual cards.

Deploying Airbase virtual cards? Here’s how to pull off a seamless transition.

Accounts Payable
November 5, 2019

Overhaul your AP for the credit card economy.

Today’s spend management tech stack isn’t built for the credit card economy. Here’s how to fix that.

Business Spend Management
October 29, 2019

Mitigating Purchasing Fraud Risks For Growing Startups.

Purchasing systems, built for control, can help minimize and prevent credit card fraud.

Business Spend Management
September 24, 2019

How to simplify your T&E spend (with insights from Netlify) .

Finance teams can use Airbase to control T&E spend and reconcile it in real-time.

Business Spend Management
September 16, 2019

How to level-up your old-fashioned spend controls.

Replace your outdated spend controls with more effective strategies that won't slow down your team.

September 3, 2019

Ready for real-time expense accounting?

Get more accurate expense reporting and make faster decisions by switching to real-time accounting.

August 23, 2019

Do this before you buy new software for your finance team.

Five software purchasing mistakes and a framework you can use for evaluating business software

Payment Cards
July 18, 2019

How SaaS is breaking the corporate credit card.

Corporate credit cards aren't built for the subscription economy. Here's why they need an upgrade.

The Airbase Annual Benchmark Survey of Professionals

See the latest finance and accounting team benchmarks.

The Ultimate Guide to Your First 90 Days for Startup Finance Leaders

Download this 30/60/90-day template to set yourself up for success as a financial leader. Co-authored by two-time startup veteran, Nadia Asoyan. 10-min read.

The 21st-Century CFO: Career Paths, Finance Teams, and the Future of Strategic Finance

In this ebook, leading finance professionals provide an in-depth insight into their careers, what it takes to be a CFO in today’s fast-paced environment journeys, and the future of the finance function. Get the ebook.