Paperless – Fact or Fiction


Paperless – Fact or Fiction? No matter how many times I tried to go paperless, I wound up with more paper than I started out with.

First let me say that I don’t think its possible to go 100% paperless. Some documents need to be kept, such as for tax or legal purposes. For most  material kept on my computer, a copy is sufficient. In fact most of the time I need a document because someone wants a copy sent electronically.

It would be nice if all of my documents could be stored and easily retrievable on my computer. But every time I tried to retrieve a document, I couldn’t do it quickly or I couldn’t find it.

If you are engaged in affiliate marketing you know that you accumulate tons of information. Ideas for future posts, affiliate programs your interested in, bloggers you want to get in touch with, new products you may want to promote………You get the idea.

Putting order in all of this, so you can use it in the future, is a real challenge.

Another problem associated with going paperless is that you  need to have access to a computer  if you travel. You will need a flash drive or a compact portable hard drive to take with you. You also have  to make sure all the material you need has been copied from your computer’s hard drive to your device for this to work.

For me,  this was too much trouble until …….. I came across Evernote which is a digital application that does it all. You may have already heard of it since it’s  become very popular lately.

I first started using Evernote because I could clip selected references from Google Search or whole articles and save them easily.

But because I did not appreciate all of the things I could do with Evernote, I stopped using it. Maybe its because it was free or that it can be used in any way you decide. I was kind of confused and  I couldn’t see how useful it can be. I got caught by the “You can’t see the forest for the trees” phenomenon.

What happened is  that people began writing articles and books on how to use Evernote. If so many people were using itmaybe I should take another look at it.

How Do You Use Evernote?

It became clear to me that Evernote’s system of tags , notes and notebooks you  create is simple to use.

Tags

Affiliate marketers are already familiar with tags since they use them to help search engines find their information on the web.

The only difference is you use tags to help you retrieve information your looking for based on how you tagged it. For example you have a tag titled “auto”. You go in Evernote and click on the list of tags you created and click on”auto”. All of the notes that have anything to do with “auto” will appear in a list. This can be further refined by looking at a tag called “maintenance”.  

You can create as many tags as you want to meet your needs. 

A key feature tied to Evernote is that you can sync anything you collect with all of your applications……Smart phone, PC, Ipad which makes any information available anywhere. All you need is access to any computer plus your ID and password to login to your Evernote account.

Evernote is very useful for collecting expense receipts, invoices and anything else you receive in paper format. All you have to do is scan it in your PC, Ipad or Smart Phone.

CanSnap

I use CanSnap  to do this. It  is easy to use  is small enough to take with you.

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ScanSnap Features Include:

  • Scan speeds up to 12 double sided pages per minute
  • Ten-page Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • One touch searchable PDF Creation
  • Automatic paper size detection, automatic color detection, automatic Cropping, blank page deletion and de-skew
  • Scan to: Evernote, SugarSync, Google Docs, Salesforce Chatter and Dropbox,1 year Limited Warranty.

If you don’t have a scanner you can use your smart phone or Ipad to take a picture and forward it to Evernote.

Its easy simple and it works. I’ve gotten rid of a ton of paper since going this route.

I prefer CanSnap, but feel free to explore other scanners which you might rather use.

Go paperless. You might like it.


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