What's Next For Accounting? - Issue #82

Extracting Info From Emails & PDFs

I shared last week Parsio is my new favorite way to parse data from emails + docs on an automated basis.

Automating the processing of the invoices + receipts you and your clients receive via email is a massive time-saver. While apps like Dext exist for handling this, they’re overkill for simple use-cases, and you end up collecting menial tasks that slip through the cracks.

It also works great for non-financial parsing. Those recurring emails you get that need to trigger an action. Parse it from an email and send it to the proper recipient, to Slack, to a client, save to a file system, etc.

Parsio’s a cheap way to get this done, and supports traditional OCR, AI-based extraction, even build your own models for complex scenarios. It integrates with Zapier, Make, and supports advanced features like webhooks and scripting.

Here’s how easy it is to set up a “Mailbox”:

  1. Decide the type of parser - traditional OCR or AI extraction

  2. Identify the type of document to help it find the right fields

  3. Give it a name

  4. Forward an example to the mailbox

It extracts named fields from the docs so you can reference these fields in your automations.

Before passing that data along, you can apply custom formatting to any of the fields, or manipulate the data with a Python script. After that it goes to its final destination. Here I’m posting an invoice + payment to QBO.

I’ve developed this sort of thing as a managed service for clients. It’s a great way to replace a pile of human work somebody’s doing today with a largely passive service you can provide to the client.

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