Are you living under a pile of papers? Most of us are, but honestly, you don’t have to struggle with housing many pieces of paper at home or at work – there is a better way! It’s time to go paperless.
In a recent survey by Neat, 57 percent of workers reported frustration with paper and believed there are better paper management tools – and that is the truth. There are a variety of online resources that can help you make the transition to go paperless, and there are also computer and smartphone apps that make it easy to share documents, work from a common agenda, collect personal documents, and keep receipts for taxes.
If crawling out from underneath the piles of papers and decluttering sounds like a good idea, then check out these eight resources that will help you make the move to go paperless.
1. File this – Automating your paper management can resolve your paper challenges. File this Fetch automatically collects, files, tags, and organizes your online documents, bills, and statements in an easy to use digital filing cabinet. Each month it “fetches” your documents and loads onto your computer.
2. Shoeboxed – Remove paper clutter by scanning your receipts with the Shoeboxed Receipt and Mileage Tracker. Simply snap a photo of each receipt with your phone’s camera and it will be digitized and uploaded to your Shoeboxed account. Let go of receipts once these are digitized.
3. GeniusScan – Genius Scan is a camera-based document scanner for the iPhone. It enables you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF with multiple pages. Easy way to share documents with your colleagues, team members or other parents.
4. DocScan – Scan a picture with your smartphone camera. Export your documents to Dropbox, Evernote, Box.net, SkyDrive, WebDAV, and Google docs to save them.
5. Dropbox – Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Upload this tool to your computer and use it to save photos, files and folders. Share information with colleagues, friends, and family by sending a link. Share documents between your laptop and your desktop too.
6. Evernote – Create digital notebooks on your smartphone and computer. Write notes to yourself, collect information from scraps of paper, or send notes to your clients. Whatever paper you want to eliminate and whatever information you want to keep, Evernote can keep it for your digitally
7. Google docs – Share files and information with your team. With Google Docs, a free service run through Gmail, you can work simultaneously with colleagues on a document or spreadsheet. Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere. Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys, and more all in one easy to use spot. Google docs is great for virtual meetings and agendas too.
8. Neat Connect – NeatConnect scans paper into digital files and sends them straight to the cloud – without a computer. At home or at the office, NeatConnect uses the Neat Desk to scan receipts, tax documents, and other important papers. More importantly, you can access these documents from wherever.
Get started with one, two, or three of these technological wonders. And if you’re not sure what to start scanning and how to get decluttering, check out this resource.