Economy is mainly about efficient conversion of spend into production. with emerging new technologies there are always opportunities to make a lot of profit. I did one project with the railroads as customer, they paid 20 bucks per manual invoice. That was interesting, that assumes 3 invoices per hour at $60/hr so they probably had some accounting bozo enter them.
I worked with a colleague who was a typist, she hated the phone and didn’t want to call suppliers about invoice exceptions, she was a typist without accounting experience. Great, that was a brilliant opportunity. As i was developing the software for the project (I like using MsAccess), I figured I’d take two days to reprogram the interface so she could type blind without a mouse and use invoice templates. I had found 15 different invoice formats from 120 suppliers, and I programmed the system to select a template based on an invoice code and present the template with contract prices already filled in. My colleague could type in amounts and (tab tab tab enter) store the invoice. If there was an exception on it, it was stored in a separate table and I would handle it.
My colleague could enter 30 invoices per hour that way, $600 per hour is roughly $5000 a day and 90% was profit.
You do not need an accountant for data entry, typists are far better at it.