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The Case for Going "Paperless"

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on May 8, 2009

Small businesses should consider taking a "paperless" page from President Barack Obama’s efforts to shift to electronic medical records. He states that a change to electronic medical records could help save families up to $2,500 a year in his first term. If businesses implemented such a change, they too could save money. Other benefits include:

•Eliminate constant trips to the filing cabinet for documents that can be accessed with a click.

•Protect documents from natural disasters such as fire, flood, earthquake, etc.

•Reclaim office space by reducing or eliminating the need for file cabinets.

•Improve customer service by being able to respond to requests from customers faster and more efficiently.

Organizations of all types are realizing that manual and paper-based processes for managing documents are inefficient and expensive. Embracing the "paperless office" concept is possible with today’s electronic document management systems.

Matt Peterson
Provo, Utah

Reader Comments

karol dalapo

May 24, 2009 11:55 PM

"paperless" - save money and save T.I.M.E.
(timing in movement effort)


September 18, 2009 1:52 PM

I have been a PTA membership coordinator for the last few years. Ever since our school has tried to go paperless, I have been using using the online forms I found on

to recruit PTA members and sign up our class parents for our Halloween Harvest, teacher appreication week, fun run in the sun, our book fair, dances and other volunteer needs.

Last night I presented it to our PTA board at our first general assembly meeting. It was very well received and I believe our Room Mom coordinator is going to recommend that all of her class moms use the program to help improve parental involvment in the classrooms.

I just thought this could be something that you may want to look into further.

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