February 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm
by Christina Tynan-Wood
It’s the first Friday of the month. And that means I’m staying late in my office to pay the bills – again. I want nothing more than to get out of here. But here I sit scratching in a virtual ledger. Last month, I tried out Manilla to help speed up this process – at least when it comes to paperless bills. This month, I’m trying out another online bill management system: Doxo.com.
In addition to keeping track of bills, Doxo takes over as filing cabinet, allowing me to upload scans of my bills — or anything, attach notes to them, print them later, or virtually shred them. For a limited number of providers it also handles paperless billing. With companies that Doxo allows me “connect” to, it reaches out and tells that company to start sending my paperless bills directly to Doxo. Then Doxo alerts me when a bill arrives and reminds me when it’s due. And I can click right through from Doxo to the merchant’s site to pay it.
When it doesn’t let me connect my account to Doxo – and most of the companies I deal with don’t yet – I have to scan and upload my documents and bills. I already run most things that come to me on paper through a scanner anyway for filing. So this is giving me a handy place online — that I can access from anywhere — to store those digital files.
If I had scanned bills as they arrived all month — and uploaded them to Doxo instead of dropping them in a pile on my desk – I could be doing this odious chore from home instead of being stuck late in my office. Next month on the first Friday maybe I’ll be home enjoying a glass of wine by now.