Shoeboxed has a much tighter focus. It is going after those of us that have a lot of receipts and business cards that we need to manage. There’s no general document scanning going on here- its just focused on receipts and (recently) business cards.
This could be good for frequent shoppers, but I see it being most useful for professionals that travel a lot or self employed/freelancers that have to manage and categorize their expenses.
How Does It Work?
There are basically three ways of getting your receipts into Shoeboxed.
- For expenses where you have a physical receipt, you can scan it in/take a picture of it and upload it.
- They have a Netflix-like mail-in plan where you stuff all your receipts into an envelope and send it in. The company then scans them in and sends them back to you with a new envelope for your next mail-in.
- For online purchases, you are assigned a private email address that you can send the electronic receipts to
The company has a new feature where it can auto-categorize receipts which is handy.
Can I Get My Data Out?
For receipts, you can export them out to Excel, Quicken, CSV, or PDF. Business card detail can be sent to Outlook, Address Book, Salesforce.com, LinkedIn, Gmail, and other contact info systems.
How Much Does It Cost?
Shoeboxed has a free plan that doesn’t include the mail-in portion.
For monthly plans that include mail-in, it ranges from $9.95/month – $49.95/month for a heavy business plan.
Is Shoeboxed Worth It?
That really depends on how much you value your time and how many receipts you have. If you’re just someone who shops occasionally, it might not be worth it. However if you are someone that wants to focus on your business and not from sitting there messing around with receipts, Shoeboxed might be right for you.
If you’ve tried Shoeboxed or another mail-in service, leave a comment and let us know how you like it.