Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I had more piles of paper in my business.” Of course not! Most of us feel overwhelmed by the amount of paper we have to deal with in our lives. That’s why during the last few years I’ve been transitioning my business from paper systems to digital systems. While this process has taken time, I’ve noticed three clear benefits to going paperless in my business: it saves time, reduces costs, and improves efficiency.
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Going Paperless Saves Time
The first obvious benefit to going paperless is that you don’t have to spend time digging through piles of papers and folders looking for that form you need to submit. Instead, you just open your digital filing system to locate the document you need.
Keeping up with filing and the inevitable searching for misplaced papers is a time suck for business owners. That’s why having a searchable digital filing system is such a great solution.
Going Paperless Cuts Costs
In addition to saving time, going paperless is also a great way to cut costs. Obviously, paper and ink cost money. The less you use, the more money you save.
But there are other hidden costs too. Besides not having to buy paper and ink, you also don’t need the supplies (folders, labels, filing cabinets) and space to store your paper records.
Going Paperless Improves Efficiency
Because my business is online, going paperless helped me create more efficient systems for communication and collaboration with my clients and team members. We can share files in real-time, and I don’t have to worry about keeping up with paper contracts, invoices, and files. Everything is available with a few clicks.
Going Paperless Is a Process
While going paperless in your business can feel like a daunting task, it’s much more manageable if you transition one system at a time. If you’re ready to eliminate paper clutter from your life and want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of going paperless, be sure to check out this training from Donnie and Abby Lawson about how to use Evernote to go paperless.