New to Greenback? This article will help you understand how to use Greenback to automate your expenses. This article will show you how to:
- connect an accounting program
- connect directly to your account at top retailers
- review your fetched transactions in Greenback
- create a Mailbox for emailed receipts
- prepare & convert emailed receipts
- export your transactions to accounting
The first step to using Greenback is to connect an accounting program. When you connect an accounting program such as QuickBooks, Greenback will import the list of accounts from your "chart of accounts". These accounts are used later when you export data to the accounting file. With Greenback you can add multiple accounting files as needed.
To Add an accounting file, click the calculator icon -> choose new/accounting from the top drop down. From here you can choose the preferred accounting program from the list of supported integrations.
Advanced Users: Each connected accounting program will include an Export Preferences section that gives you control over a number of export options.
To automatically fetch itemized receipts from top retailers, simply connect the accounts you use most from a growing list of supported retailers. To Add an account, click the wallet icon -> choose new/expense from the top drop down. From here you can connect the desired retailer.
Once you connect your retail accounts, simply view each account to see your transactions.
Note: You will only see the most recent 5 or so historical transactions as well as new transactions going forward. If you need additional historical data, please check out our Catch Me Up feature.
If you have email or paper receipts, you can use a Greenback Mailbox to quickly convert those receipts into transactions that can easily be imported to an accounting program.
To create a new mailbox account, click the wallet icon -> choose new/mailbox from the top drop down. From here you can connect a new Mailbox account.
Note: Once you have created a new Mailbox account. You can simply forward emails to the email address assigned to your Mailbox. You can forward emailed receipts, including those with attachments to your mailbox. You can also forward any image receipts, including those taken from your smart phone.
In some cases, Greenback will not be able to automatically convert your emailed receipts into "ready to export" transactions. Not to worry though! You can easily transform these receipts yourself. Check out this guide for more information on how to convert emailed receipts into transactions ready to export to your accounting.
Exporting transactions to your accounting program is easy. You can export transactions individually or in bulk.
To export transactions individually, just click the "export" button associated with the transaction. Next, choose the accounting file you wish to receive the transaction. Lastly, choose the appropriate payee/contact, the appropriate bank or credit card account used, and then the appropriate expense account category. If you are exporting in itemized mode, you'll be able to choose an expense account category for each item on the transaction.
Export in bulk
To export transactions in bulk, just click the "paper airplane" icon from the left menu and choose the accounting file you wish to receive the transactions. From here you can filter transactions by account or mailbox, date range as well as a number of other filters.
Greenback will attempt to automatically assign the contact, bank/credit card account as well as the expense account category for each transaction. You can also override any categorization as needed. Greenback will learn how you categorize transactions for future use - making it easier over time to automate your exports.
How export mappings work
Greenback will attempt to default your categorization based on previously exported transactions. You can also leverage SKU matching to automatically categorize expenses based on products/services from your accounting file. You can also take advantage of Greenback export mapping rules by contacting support with your specific use case.
A word about transforms
Transforms are used to normalize and modify data before exporting to an accounting file. Greenback's powerful rules-engine intelligently matches transactions and can transform the transaction data based on your business use case. Transforms are great for dealing with missing tax data, including meta-data attributes as part of the transaction data and more.