Between terrorism, oil, conflicting religions, disease, and poverty, there's one topic that dwarfs all of these and will affect us all. Environmental issues continue to climb our proverbial to-do-list, and solutions to the problems seem nothing short of a titanic undertaking. Most of us are guilty of contributing to the problem, but what good it to start pointing fingers? All we can do is get into "solution mode" and try to salvage as much of this planet as we can for the generations to come. In case you haven't heard some of the latest data, I'm talking as soon as the next generation.
I'm not implying we should all go out and buy hybrid cars or handcuff ourselves to a tree in protest. But taking little steps towards this goal on a daily basis needs to start happening. Trust me...I can't believe I would ever be saying this. The fact of the matter is, in the Inland
Empire of Southern California, it's getting hotter and hotter every year. I just can't take it anymore. One more summer averaging 105 degrees F, and I'm outta here! Fortunately, my business does have something to provide the environment...or should I say, something to leave to it. It's PAPER! At DirectLoanPro, we've made tremendous steps to eliminate paper files that are horribly wasteful to process, and even worse to store.
I recently wrote an article about a service provider we recently teamed up with called iWantDocs.Com, an affiliate of Deocentric Solutions. For my business, they have dramatically elevated our operating efficiency, simply by limiting the amount of resources we use up (waste). Converting our business through their Online Data Management System (ODMS) and digitally storing our file system has not only cut our operating costs, but also saves an insurmountable amount of paper in the process. Here's a blurb from their website about their goals of "greener" business:
iWantDocs.Com was built around the idea of increasing efficiency in real estate and the mortgage industry. In business, efficiency can be defined by producing a maximum level of output from a minimal amount input. Practicing conservation is vital for a business to operate efficiently and maintain its resources. So much of our attention is focused on this very concept, that we recognize the importance of it outside the world of business. At iWantDocs.Com, we are taking steps to become more efficient at living within our physical environment as well.
We feel that it is our responsibility to create a greater awareness, and help promote "green" business practices within our industry. iWantDocs.Com has already begun to research alternative business solutions that not only benefit real estate and mortgage brokers, but the environment as well. The most obvious solution is the elimination the wasteful and highly unorganized paper-files that remain industry standard. iWantDocs.Com uses the latest technology to provide brokers with a way to enhance their level of business, while also becoming friendlier to the environment.
We contribute a percentage of our proceeds to various non-profit agencies aiming to spread awareness and improve our environment. If you would like to recommend any such organization, feel free to contact us via phone or email to let us know and we will respond promptly.
Companies going green with energy alternatives - CNBC Special Report: Going Green - MSNBC.com