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Tech Talker Goes Paperless

This week Tech Talker turns mountains of paper into a digital file cabinet! Here's how.

By
Eric Escobar
August 21, 2013
Episode #089

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This week I want to talk about going paperless. Now obviously there will always be some paper in your life, but in today's episode I'll show you how to take mountains of paper and convert them into an easy to search digital file cabinet!

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What Does "Paperless" Mean?

Before I go into the nitty gritty of going paperless, let's talk about what exactly I mean by "paperless." Over the past few months I've been scanning all of my mail, documents, reciepts, and pretty much any paper that I have in my life. This paper is then uploaded to a site on the internet, where I can organize it, view it from anywhere, and back it up consistently.

This may sound pretty extreme, after all I'm scanning everything into my computer and then trying to keep it organized! It can seem pretty daunting, but I have some tricks up my sleeve that make the process pretty painless.

Let's look at some of the real life applications of how going paperless has made my life much easier.

Why You Should Go Paperless?

The problem I've always had with filing systems is what to do with documents that could go into 2 or 3 different folders? For example, if I bought a Smart TV, does its documentation go into my Electronics file or my Home Expenses file? If only there were some way I could put it in both!

The other issue with paper is that it takes up a ton of space. But if you were to transfer it into a digital format, it wouldn't even come close to filling up a cheap flash drive! Imagine how much space you can reclaim in your home if you could get rid of all that paper.

Now let's take a look at the tools involved, and more importantly the process of going paperless.....

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