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How To Run A Paperless Business

How To Run A Paperless Business

I’ve got my work head in again. Since shutting up shop on my small business a couple of weeks ago it’s given me the head space to reassess the most effective and productive way of working from home as a social media manager.

It’s all too easy for the lines between family and work life to blur and trying to juggle 2 businesses and home life in the past resulted in me working every spare moment. Even car journeys (as a passenger I should add) I’d been catching up on emails.

The hardest part, though, was having defined areas to work. I’d created a multi use workspace but I didn’t always have the time to go there and paper work wold end up in piles around the house waiting to be filed.

Not a great idea with an inquisitive toddler roaming free!

I also try to live a relatively eco-friendly lifestyle and  with most of my work being carried out online, it seemed the sensible option that I tried to create a business which operated entirely online. Paperless was the way forward, my recycling bin was testament to that, not to mention the wasted hours shredding important documents.

So for anyone looking to do the same there are several companies out there which can give you a head start,. For example, I use online accounts, at the moment it’s Wave but have used Quick Books for my now closed business as well as trialling Xero (click on the link to read my review if you’re interested). Both are pretty good and make invoicing a doddle as it’s all done through email and you can see clearly who’s not paid.  It also makes wrapping up end of year accounts easier.

But for bigger businesses who rely on reporting  and data management, E-Workbooks from firms such  as IDBS take the paperless office one step further. Combine that with online calendars such as Teamup makes sure everyone is clear on who’s doing what and when. This proved invaluable back in my days working in an office and can be applied to busy home life too.

So a little food for thought for anyone working as a freelancer, small or large business owner.

The clear message here is that paperless can be done,

And who wants to waste time sitting at the shredder anyway?

f you're looking to make your business more environmentally friendly then why not consider running a paperless office? Starting with my own small



  1. 29th July 2016 / 11:56 am

    I much prefer paperless working. I end up with piles of paper otherwise that just makes everything look messy and inevitably needs to be binned which is such a waste.

  2. 29th July 2016 / 1:41 pm

    This is a really interesting read as my husband may begin working from home at some point next year. I definitely think we should all be doing more to lower our paper usage – especially as it seems so unnecessary these days.

  3. 29th July 2016 / 4:07 pm

    I’ve recently this year started my own business and I found this post so interesting & helpful, thank you! Going paperless seems like the best way for sure xx

  4. Kellie Kearney
    30th July 2016 / 11:15 am

    Everything here is paperless. I prefer it so much, less mess, nothing to shred or destroy and I tend to keep everything in order then too. Great post!

  5. 2nd August 2016 / 8:30 am

    I really love my planner and pen though! Everything else is done paperless though.

  6. 5th August 2016 / 11:13 pm

    I am all for paperless, I had a clear out of my desk at work before I went on Mat leave and the amount of paper I chucked out was ridiculous! X

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