Ennis Cehic
Industry Expert

Ennis Cehic is a writer and creative interested in branding, culture and the digital impact on society

Ennis Cehic
Industry Expert

Ennis Cehic is a writer and creative interested in branding, culture and the digital impact on society

The idea of a paperless office has been on the cards for the world since 1975. It’s 2015. What’s happened?

Back in the 70s, innovative thinkers imagined a future where paper was pretty much eliminated in the office because of advancements in technology. This was a time when personal computers were making headlines, and a future where record-keeping, archiving and bookkeeping would ultimately become automated was a revolutionary concept. 

Now it’s hard to think of a world before Google, let alone a laptop. 

And while this prediction was made over 40 years ago, we’re still not paperless, even if the benefits are clearer now than ever before. 

The virtuous reasons such as saving trees and sending less waste to landfills are integral, but perhaps one of the biggest factors businesses need to consider for going paperless is the pursuit of efficiency. 

After all, striving for efficiency and effectiveness is at the heart of every small business.

In the age of connectedness, the opportunity to go paperless has never been so easy, and the benefits been so significant – as businesses today don’t just go online for work, they’re online permanently for work.  

We are connected to one another through apps that allow us to share and work together. We use the cloud to foster collaboration and give us access to files wherever we go. Our smartphones have more processing power than computers that existed 10 years ago. 

There’ll always be people who want to use paper, but considering the upcoming generation of workers are digital natives, you’d expect that number to drop.

The path to going paperless is already paved, but here’s a few ways to get there.

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Be digital

From communication with clients to internal document sharing, going completely digital could make work faster and easier. When you switch to electronic invoices, notices and statements, you can free up a lot of time that is usually taken up by printing, mailing, and filling out documents, as well as removing the human error that plagues paper-based process. 

Services like DocuSign let you to upload, deliver, and eSign documents, while retaining audit trails.

Businesses can solve some productivity problems with apps.

Here are some ways apps can streamline your business.

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Rise to the cloud

Today's cloud systems offer data security for small businesses to help protect privacy, financial and customer information. But on top of that, the cloud offers a number of productivity benefits like access to information from the road and taking things like HR processes out of the filing cabinet.

Get appy

Productivity is an entire category on the Telstra App Marketplace, Apple Store™ and Google Play, and businesses across the country are taking advantage of applications that empower mobile workforces to collaborate and help make processes more efficient.

Apps like Canvas, which help reduce the reliance on paper by making forms and work processes mobile, are seeing strong uptake with some of the country’s biggest brands, with many small businesses following suit. 

Learn more about Canvas

and other Telstra Small Business Apps.

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