I like paper too, when it's a beautiful coffee-table book. But when it's little pieces of paper all over my office desk and I can't find what I need, then paper and I are not friends. If you have ever experienced frustration with paper cluttering up your desk or files, or not being able to find a receipt that you need, you will really love going paperless.
Having all your receipts available to you online has many benefits.
1. You can access them anywhere. If you are out of the office and your accountant needs a receipt urgently, you’ll be able to find it and get it to them, all from your mobile phone.
2. You can grant access to other parties like your accountant, spouse or business partner easily.
3. If you are being audited by the CRA and need to find receipts they are searchable and you’ll be able to find them in seconds rather than hours.
Now the key to going paperless is good, convenient systems and probably the most significant game-changer (technology-wise) has been the advent of high-resolution cameras on smartphones. Before that, you had to have a desktop scanner, and you had to remember to scan all your receipts, and most people didn't do that.
Now all you have to remember is to take a photo with your mobile phone, and most of my clients find that after a few months they get used to using this new system and they never look back.