Consider how many ways your business uses computers so it can run effectively. Inventory and sales are monitored by the same system. You might keep track of payroll through a computer or communicate with vendors through email. These automations help your business operate smoothly, but it also lowers your dependence on paper.
There are a couple of reasons why you should consider using less paper for your day-to-day operations. First, it means you’re not throwing away as much trash, which is great for the environment. More importantly, you are also spending less on paper, ink, and storage solutions. Your business can save money and take steps to rally behind an important cause.
Going paperless means that you can ditch the filing cabinets that are cluttered with invoices and other paperwork. Finding ways to create digital copies makes it easy for you to organize files and it’s even easier to recall them when you need to. Plus, if your digital information is properly backed up, it’s protected from being damaged or stolen.
You can also use your platform as a way to encourage customers to do the same. By offering to email receipts to them you are offering a record of the sale that will never be lost or destroyed. It will be easy for them to recall it if they need it to make an exchange. You’ll also be able to collect email addresses to use in future marketing efforts.
Look for opportunities to integrate a paperless philosophy in your business over the next few months. It’s likely you’ve already taken part in some of these practices, because of how integrated computers are in day-to-day life. Scaling back on your paper usage isn’t just a way for you to help lessen your carbon footprint, but it’s also an effective way to streamline your operation and cut costs.
Nick Pizzolato is the Marketing Content Manager at Wicked Local Media Solutions. For questions, topics for future blogs, or to share your favorite moment from the film “Back to the Future,” email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.