Support Your Growth With Paperwork Storage Solutions

January 05, 2012

Ditch messy paper records for digital cloud back upsIf you’re counting on 2012 to be your best business year yet, it’s important to keep your financial paperwork up to date and well-organized so you can cut costs and better manage your

taxes. Keeping track of all of those reports, receipts and other financial documents in a paper filing system can be a full time job as it is, but thankfully there are some shortcuts you can use. Eva Rosenberg’s article on the Equifax Finance Blog, “

Money Management Tips: Storing Your Paperwork” shows you how to drag your paper piles into the digital age.

While you can scan all your papers yourself relatively inexpensively with an all-in-one office machine, it can be terribly time consuming. If you’re not tech savvy it can also be a huge headache. Instead, there are services like Shoeboxed.com, where you snail mail your receipts and the service scans and organizes the data for you, starting at $9.95 a month. You can also scan receipts yourself with their iPhone app, so you can immediately have digital copies organized. Shoeboxed also hosts your information on their site, but downloading and making a back-up is best.

Back-ups, either on an external drive or out in the cloud, are a necessity for digital versions of paperwork. Hard drives can die without warning and computers caught in fires, floods and other disasters usually won’t have recoverable data. So be sure to back up your data frequently and regularly, and be sure your back-up is physically far from your primary data device so they aren’t both taken out in a single disaster. Cloud services are especially useful, but have subscription costs and aren’t owned by you, so pick one that is secure and stable.

Rosenberg’s full article has tips about how to do it yourself, some other recommendations on tools and more. Be sure to check it out as well as many more articles on everything related to personal finance on the

Equifax Finance Blog.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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