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Bento for Business

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Expense Management platform for small businesses

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Bento for Business Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.3

/5

60

Total features

37

3 categories

Bento for Business features

ACH Payment Processing
API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Alerts/Notifications
Approval Process Control
Approval Workflow
Budget Control

Common features of Payment Processing software

ACH Payment Processing
API
Accounting
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Alerts/Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Client Portal

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Functionality

4.3

/5

60

Price starts from

29

Per month

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Total Features

37

Unique features

  • ERP

  • Transaction Monitoring

  • Projections

  • Spend Analysis

Functionality

4.2

/5

5.7K

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Total Features

164

Features in Common

20

Unique features

  • Compliance Management

  • Ad hoc Reporting

  • Job Costing

  • Mobile App

Functionality

4.5

/5

2.2K

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Total Features

102

Features in Common

16

Unique features

  • Tax Calculation

  • Estimating

  • Contact Management

  • Invoice History

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Jennifer B.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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A great and flexible option for employee spending

Reviewed a year ago

More than anything, Bento has saved so much time that we used to spend processing receipts and reimbursements.

Pros

It was very easy to set up, implement, and integrate with our existing systems. The card spending controls offer a great way to give out cards to a wide range of employees without having to worry about the financial risk of giving traditional company credit cards out to so many people. The auto re-load from our bank account ensures that there are always enough funds available in our Bento account. The app also offers an easy way for employees to upload receipts on the spot.

Cons

Sometimes it takes up to 2 weeks for new cards ordered to arrive in the mail, but other than that, I really don't have any complaints about the software.

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Megan D.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Bento For Business Review

Reviewed 6 years ago

We are a small construction company who specializes in maintenance of apartment buildings. Our crew used to buy materials everyday for jobs and come into office for re-reimbursement checks every couple days. Now they are not loosing time in the field and book keeper isn't having to stop in the middle of something to review receipts and cut a check. We have also seen saving in 'returns'.. with crew...

Pros

Time and money saving, great control of spending from anywhere, snap shot of job costs thanks to 'tag' feature.

Cons

Would like a quicker transfer time or loads from bank and a larger limit per day in transfers.

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Heather H.

Machinery, 51-200 employees

Used monthly for 1-2 years

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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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I would not recommend...

Reviewed 2 years ago

The software/company was obviously pretty new considering you would contact the same two people every time you reached out to customer service. They were as helpful as they could have been with what they had to work with.

Pros

I liked the price and the ease of getting started with it. Making funding deposits into the system was easy and fast.

Cons

Perhaps it just didn't fit quite right for what we needed it for. We were using it to award monthly incentive bonuses to our technicians. The issue I kept having was that I would update the amount they currently had on their debit card to include the new months' amount but half the time it would make me put it down to $10.00 and save then go in again and enter the correct amount. And sometimes it wouldn't save it. A few times I had to go through all of my records and cross-reference them with the statements showing what the technicians had spent, and correct their balances. It was ridiculous. It would have been nice if the software kept a record of keypunches so you could go back in the history and see what didn't save.

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Julie N.

Environmental Services, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great product for our business

Reviewed 6 years ago

As an administrator, I am able to assist our local or traveling employees at the office on my desktop, or at home from the app. Easy to make any adjustment (in real-time, no delay) to any users daily/weekly/monthly allowance and spending category, or turn off the card if lost, stolen, or for misuse. Reports are easily downloaded for monthly reconciliation.

Pros

Ease of use at office or home. Immediate access and ability to adjust a users funds, categories, or turn the card off. Report is simple to download for monthly reconciliation process. Users can see their limits quickly via app.

Cons

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Vendor response

Thanks Julie for taking the time to share your thoughts on Bento. We really appreciate your support and kind words. If there's anything that I can do to help you, please feel free to reach out to me. Thank you!

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Katie D.

Entertainment, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Makes My Job So Much Easier!

Reviewed 6 years ago

Before we found Bento, the whole "petty cash" for over 50 employees who travel extensively was the bane of my existence! Now, with Bento, everything is so easy. I have full control of how much each employee has at their fingertips; where and when they can use it; and best feature of all, turn them off altogether if not needed for a period of time. The customer service has been extraordinary, truthfully. I have always gotten an actual person any time I've called, and 100% follow up with every question I've had. I recommend this company with absolute confidence.

Pros

Everything

Cons

I have no complaints at all about anything on the Bento software. The easiest part of my job by far.

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Carlos G.

Logistics and Supply Chain, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best Assistant to My Growing Business

Reviewed 6 years ago

I love it!! We have a growing business and this has helped me better manage our expenses. In my logistics business it was hard to keep track of what my drivers needed on the road and getting ready for work. But with Bento they all have a card that they are able to use for expenses and I am able to keep track of everything now. I can even print a report with Bento for my accountant for this upcoming tax session. Best investment I have made starting my business.

Pros

Easy and accessible

Cons

Wait time for money transfer

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Harry P.

Real Estate, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great startup doing innovative things for business expenses

Reviewed 6 years ago

Really like the platform, the staff are super helpful and polite too. I'd like to see more progress on reporting and a statement function. Overall please keep up the good work.

Pros

Ease of access and simple to use

Cons

I cant see a daily balance or monthly end balance so I can't reconcile properly.

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Nicholas M.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Bento is an asset to my business!

Reviewed 6 years ago

We've been with Bento since the beginning and now issue every employee a company card because Bento gives me full control of how and when the card is used. Wouldn't think of running a business without Bento.

Pros

Ease of use, total control, reports, email alerts

Cons

Can't automatically download transactions into Quickbooks, transactions have to be manually entered which can be time consuming.

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Mckinley W.

Transportation/Trucking/Railroad,

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great service

Reviewed 6 years ago

These cards have really help my company save money,time and gas industry have told others about bento

Pros

You can manage your cards limits

Cons

Customer service

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Bailey C.

Construction, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great Credit Card Option for Business

Reviewed 6 years ago

This has been a great option to allow some of our employees to have access to a credit card, but with control over the spending. It's easy to use, & a great value for the money. Bento for Business has been a helpful tool for this small business.

Pros

Ease of use.

Cons

I wish it connected directly with Quickbooks. I also wish the deposit time for funds was quicker.

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maia b.

Computer Software, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Awesome for employee benefits

Reviewed 6 years ago

We use Bento to manage our employee benefits: employees get a card with an amount every week and their use is restricted to categories. I know Bento is limited the the categorizations they receive from credit card companies, but it would be nice if there was more refinement on exactly what was allowed to be purchased.

Pros

Giving employees their own debit card feels official and is much easier for them to manage than expense reports

Cons

We can only specify types of businesses that they can use - not types of products they can buy

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Minnetta M.

Health, Wellness and Fitness, 201-500 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Bento Cards make business life easier

Reviewed 6 years ago

This is a great solution to avoid paying out petty cash. It makes month end reconciliations so much easier. The employees find the solution easier than submitting expense reports for reimbursement. They turn in their receipts regularly and we balance to the Bento online account. Great solution for small to medium businesses.

Pros

Can track the expenditures up to the minute online.

Cons

Sometimes transactions disappear after reconciliation, so have to dig through and find out what happened.

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Jason H.

Leisure, Travel & Tourism, 51-200 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Bento Rocks!

Reviewed 6 years ago

Bento has saved our organization countless hours of reconciling receipts and tracking employee spending. Our employees love it because they don't have to spend their money and wait for reimbursement and the card and smartphone app are easy to use. Any time we've had questions or issues they're resolved in minutes. The online chat function for support is GREAT!

Pros

Ease of use. Phenomenal customer support. Fair Pricing.

Cons

No support on the weekends.

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Katie M.

Consumer Services, 201-500 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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LOVE Bento!

Reviewed 6 years ago

Bento has provided our company with an easier way of providing petty cash to our employees. They have created an easier way to track spending, reload our managers with funds upon their needs and their online and phone apps are incredibly easy to use!

Pros

Easy to pull up on my phone and track spending.

Cons

Would like it to send notifications or reminds to my employees to attach their receipts and notes.

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Christa B.

Design, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great Business tool

Reviewed 6 years ago

Every time I had to contact Bento Customer Sevice they have been more than willing to help me in a courteous and professional manner.

Pros

Ability to do what I need it to do with multiple accounts.

Cons

Having to constantly reassign the parameters and limitations on each account as well as the limited info. Available to the customer service representatives.

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robert w.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Reviewed 6 years ago

good for the most part some times when we put a limit of money on the gas only card , it will not work because the gas station runs the card as a pre charge.

Pros

I can use it from my cell phone

Cons

some time the card will not work when you put a limit on spending I E if the card is close the the limit

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Nelson M.

Management Consulting, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great Business Card!

Reviewed 6 years ago

This has been one of the best pre paid business cards that I have used. The software dashboard is very easy to use and is clear and precise. I like the ability to control all aspects of spending for additional card holders as well.

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Patti W.

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Perfect For My Business!

Reviewed 7 years ago

I love these guys! The customer service is impeccable! Bento has been great for us because I can give my route drivers a gas card with perimeters to prevent any misuse. This is perfect for our small business as I'm not real comfortable providing corporate cards to my drivers. This has been an easy, convenient solution for us and the web site and alerts keep me updated on spending trends.

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Jaymee C.

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Easy to use

Reviewed 6 years ago

Easy to set up and get going. We have employees come and go and it's simple to set them up and cancel. We can track expenses easily and our guys on the field can do what they need to do right away and so can our office manager. Helps save time which in terms helps us not loose money. We can service our customers right away. Thanks

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Elizabeth W.

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Bento for Business is exactly what our company was looking for.

Reviewed 7 years ago

Easy account management, great website, multiple options for card reloads, good transaction report options.

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Vendor response

Thanks Elizabeth for taking the time to review Bento. We really appreciate the kind words and look forward to releasing more great features to support your business in the future! Thanks for being a valued Bento customer!

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Christopher R.

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Great product. Easy to use.

Reviewed 7 years ago

I have a small startup with only 1 employee, but the Bento cards make it really easy for me to manage expenses. I love the 1-click management of funds on each card. Bento makes for really easy expense accounting each month. Getting set up was a quick process and their support team has been quick to respond to any of my questions.

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Gil A.

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Simplifies Spending

Reviewed 6 years ago

We use the cards with some of our clients, so money doesn't need to change hands between employees and clients. It's great that we never have to worry about a gift card having enough left on it, and simplifies billing clients on the back-end.

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Phil M.

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Would be just about perfect if the cards were Visa

Reviewed 6 years ago

We really like Bento a lot. The only things we'd like to change are hhaving Visa cards instead of Mastercard so we can use it at Costco and having our two accounts linked together for better management.

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Judy W.

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The software is very user-friendly and was a snap to set-up.

Reviewed 7 years ago

Our cards are used for gas and vehicle maintenance and are restricted as such. I get alerts when funds are running low as well as alerts when cards have been denied due to improper usage. A great system overall.

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Brian M.

Construction, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Bento 4 Business Review

Reviewed 6 years ago

It's been great so far. Allows us freedom as managers, and saves a lot of time. It also helps our record keeping efforts!

Pros

Ease of use

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No cons were added to this review