AvidXchange is offering a free educational webinar, “AP Best Practices for End-of-Year”, on Tuesday, October 28th at 1:00pm EST. The webinar will feature Rhonda Rogers, Accounts Payable Guru. She will be sharing the best practices that she’s developed for year-end over the last 20 years in the Accounts Payable field managing different teams, and doing the day-to-day work herself.
Below are a couple of the topics she will cover:
It’s a Date
Setting-Up an End-of-Year Calendar for AP Success
It’s hard to believe that Year-End is rapidly approaching. It seems like we were just looking at schedules for summer vacation, and now the requests are rolling in for the holidays. It can be a challenge as Year-End approaches to grant all of the vacation requests, because it’s important to make sure that there is appropriate AP staffing. However, by getting an early start on the prep work for Year-End everything tends to run more smoothly. It seems simple, but as you’re getting out your calendar to mark all of your holiday festivities, it’s also important to sit down and establish a calendar with all deadlines and due dates. What kind of things should appear on your calendar?
- A Date to Review Your 1099 Supplier Info
- A Reminder to Email Employees About Submitting 2014 Expenses to AP
- A Date to Analyze Open Purchase Orders for Goods Received & Not Invoiced
Assigning Year-End Related Tasks to Appropriate Team Members
At AvidXchange, one of our core values is playing to our strengths. This means that we assess the talents of everyone on our teams, and enable them to do the tasks that they do the best. It is the same core value that Rhonda has used with her teams for years to ensure that everyone is in the right seats on the bus for the most efficient year-end close. For example, if you have a seasoned team member that has great rapport with employees it would be beneficial to have them send out the reminder to the company about submitting 2014 expenses to AP. Since they have a relationship that they’ve cultivated with people over time the message will carry weight with them, and create a sense of urgency to get expenses submitted. If there are lagging employees, then it will also be easier for this person to follow-up with employees and communicate with them in a way that will be effective and well received. It’s important to identify all of the different skill sets on your team, and assign tasks accordingly. It becomes imperative to know who will be completing what when you are scheduling staffing for December and January.
Attendees will receive some helpful resources to make Year-End easier, such as:
- An End-of-Year Checklist for Your AP Team
- Sample End-of-Year Calendars with Important AP Dates—Everything from New Year’s to Accruals
- “How To” eBook for AP Year-End Best Practices
The webinar is strategically scheduled for the end of October to enable attendees to implement the best practices shared during the webinar over the next couple of months to make their year-end process more efficient. Early preparation results in appropriate staffing, and completing the right foundational work to avoid delays when closing out expenses for the year.
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