Boston paperless office is often ideal for a business—but 95% of them still have their documents and company information laying on desks or stored in filing cabinets. Although hard-copy documents are easy to access, over time, these papers begin to pile up, more filing cabinets are added store them, and suddenly one day you are using a single office just to manage your files.
In most cases, when businesses make the decision to go digital, they hire a professional document scanning service in order to convert paper documents to electronic versions. With newly scanned digital documents from Boston Scanning and Imaging, you can eliminate the chance of older document versions being wrongly edited or distributed, your files are easier to access, and you streamline the flow of documents through your business.
Will a Paperless Office Fit Your Boston Business?
There's a chance you'll come across some issues if you decide to make the transition to the paperless office for your Boston business—but using this handy checklist you can avoid some of the pitfalls associated with the paperless conversion:
- Will file organization be easier by going paperless and making use of an ongoing scanning service?
- Will record scanning save you considerable storage space in your office?
- Are you going to save a significant amount of money spent on paper, postage, ink and other supplies each month?
- Will it be easier to access documents through an electronic management system than through the system you're using now?
- How do you back up your business files now—what happens when the system crashes?
- Will confidential files and documents containing personal or critical business information be more secure through document scanning and electronic storage?
- How much time to do you spend shuffling through stacks of paper? Will electronic documents eliminate some or all of that?
- Will your new system be easy to use, and will your employees find it easier to use digitized documents?
If you can answer all these questions with confidence, then the paperless office is right for you! If you have questions, or want more information, just give Boston Scanning and Imaging a call at (617) 379-3757, or fill out the form to the right to request your free quotes on document scanning services.
Federal Laws Encouraging the Use of Electronic Document Storage
- In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed which addresses the security and privacy of health data. The standards are meant to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation's health care system by encouraging the widespread use of electronic data in the US health care system.
- In 2002, the federal government introduced the introduced the Sarbanes-Oxley Act which requires businesses to properly maintain financial records. That includes being able to retrieve them when required. This is significantly easier when the documents are stored electronically.
- In 2003, Congress passed the Fair and Accurate Credit Reporting Act (FACTA) which also requires businesses to properly safeguard and store personal information of employees and customers and properly destroy them. Obviously, if documents are systematically converted to a digital format, it is easier to store, retrieve, and ultimately destroy this sensitive information.
Many offices still operate under a flood of paper documents. Employees maintain a personal archive, each office maintains another archive, and then there's an official company archive. Since the storage required for paper documents grows at a rate of 20-25% every year, many companies are now looking to document scanning and paperless storage to to help meet their storage needs.
Consider this—a single 80 gigabyte hard drive can hold 2.7 million documents and costs only $120. The same storage for paper documents would require 68 four-drawer file cabinets, and the cost for one cabinet by itself is more than $120. With all this to keep in mind, it is no wonder that a growing number of companies are making the decision to go paperless. With the help of Boston Scanning and Imaging your business can do it too!
Get Free Quotes on Document Scanning Services Near Your Boston Location Today
If you are interesting in learning more about the available services offered by Boston Scanning and Imaging, just give us a call at (617) 379-3757, or simply fill out the form to the left to get your free quotes on document scanning and paperless storage today!