According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the average US office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. In 2010, the amount of paper recovered for recycling averaged 334 pounds for each person living in the US, according to the American Forest & Paper Association. While we are making small strides in reducing paper usage, the fact remains that many businesses still rely heavily on paper processes. Just take a look at your desk right now. Do you see multiple stacks of paper or papers strewn all over the desktop? Well, if you are looking to reduce your footprint on the planet and all those papers you keep shuffling through, then you’ll want to check out the services taking part in the Paperless 2013 Coalition.
It’ 2013 and technology is playing a major part in changing the way we handle daily business functions. While some may be resistant in embracing these new methods of processing business tasks, the reality is that once you get over the hurdle of implementation and learning, these new processes will make your business much more efficient and save you more time and money than you could have imagined. And fortunately, there are solutions that touch each aspect of our business, from accounting to project management to document storage.
For instance, if you are one of those businesses that is still receiving paper checks as payment to avoid all the fees associated with other payment solutions, take note – there is a better, paperless way of getting paid! Zipmark, a provider of online and mobile payments and a partner in the Paperless 2013 Coalition, offers businesses the ability to collect payments from customers and clients via secure digital eCheck. Unlike other online payment options that have high transaction costs and fees, Zipmark’s transaction fee is only 1% with a $5 cap! Being that this type of service greatly reduces your payment aging (you can actually receive payment for invoices the next business morning – a fact that I can confirm because I use the service in my small business and I’ve reduced my aging to an average of 3 days with most of my clients!), this is an operational expense that any business can afford! Zipmark has partnered with a number of business solutions including Freshbooks, Apptivo and, it’s newest partner, WorkingPoint.
“WorkingPoint works with thousands of small businesses that are still stuck receiving paper checks in the mail and so it was a very easy decision on our part to offer Zipmark to our customers,” said Paul Sednaoui, Director of Marketing at WorkingPoint. “Our customers are frustrated with the delays and the hassles of dealing with traditional payments. We decided to integrate Zipmark as a payment option on the invoices our customers create because Zipmark enables our clients to receive funds quickly and for a fraction of the administrative cost of processing paper checks.”
There are so many other areas of your business that you can make paperless, as well, and here are some of the other services in the Paperless 2013 Coalition that can help:
- ServicePal: Schedule. Dispatch. Sign. Deliver. – ServicePal is a simple, flexible way to manage work orders and invoices in the field.
- Outright: Online bookkeeping – No more spreadsheets, data entry and piles of paper everywhere.
- doo: Digital Document Management
- smore: Design beautiful online flyers and publish instantly.
- Leaf: A cloud-based Point of Sale platform helping merchants run and grow their businesses.
- ereceipts: Keep all your receipts…paperless!
- 123 Contact Form: Create professional web forms and surveys as easy as 1-2-3.
You can see all the members, partners and services that have partnered with the Paperless 2013 Coalition here.
So, are you ready to start eliminating paper from your business processes? Have you taken the leap with any processes in your business? If so, share with our community in the comments below. Your successes can help others overcome the fear of change!