What the Heck!!! A case of Legal Paper is $65 Bucks $$$$
How is that possible??
That's like $1.20 per pound... and you don't even get to digest it (well.....not normally)!
So with this new found knowledge from my trip to Office Depot last night....I am now committed more than ever to become Paper~Less.....
I already have cut down on my paper consumption dramatically over the past year/year and a half. I keep electronic folders for all of my listings. I have cut out printing inspection reports, home warranty confirmations, and other related items to our contracts. It all goes in the folder on my desktop! If I ever need it, I can just open it up. I have found this very helpful also due to my aging eye sight (not me just my eyes), if need be, I can just increase the view to 125% and I can read that fine print perfectly! This is very convenient!
When I receive interesting items in the mail or even email, that I want to share with my agents, instead of making copies for everyone and handing them out, now I will scan the document and email or just forward the information to everyone with a click of the button!
And of course the great thing about emailing information instead of passing around paper, is that you have an actual date/time 'paper trail'........ Kind of Ironic isn't It?
Now....I must confess.....I'm not totally paperless.....Just Paper~Less! I still keep hard copies of Listing Contracts and Buy/Sell Contracts in my folders. I keep accounting folders for my company and I keep receipts and documentation for my flip houses.
But, I have cut down significantly. And with this new found information about how the paper prices have really gone InSaNe.....I will be cutting down even more!
In addition, Did You Know that for every ton of paper we don't use as a society, we reduce office expenses by 25% and also SaVe 17 trees!
A few additional suggestions to help cut paper waste:
Pay bills online and request NOT to receive a paper bill. (This is a huge savings of paper waste)
Scan as much as possible (Did you know the average office will make 5 copies of each piece of paper)
Use Digital Signatures whenever possible (This will be a game changer if I could get my Board to go along)
Use electronic-autofill forms. (No waste when a mistake is made)
So I am making a committment to myself to continue to improve on my Paper~Less Mission!