Work from home business owners know that affordable office document imaging is here ... changing the way we work. It gives bookkeepers the opportunity to work virtually from their home office.
In this chat, I'll share my favourite paperless resource. It's where I found the answer to all my questions about receipt scanning, organizing, and searching for bookkeeping receipts.
So let's start with these common questions / conundrums.
Have you scanned in all your receipts and now you are stumped about how to organize the scanned business receipts so you can find them when you need them? How to make the e-documents searchable?
Click here if you are wondering, "Can I shred receipts if I scan them?" and "Does CRA or IRS accept scanned receipts?" And what about all the source documents you receive electronically; do you have to keep them?
Learn how to turn your piles of paper into an organized, electronic filing system!
I had been reading and thinking about embracing office document imaging for a year or two ... I wanted to create a paperless filing system ... but wanted to approach the project in an organized, methodical fashion ... I found my solution with Brooks Duncan's eGuide and tele-classes.
Since then, I've been slowly going paperless. I find that the more I utilize office document imaging tools, the more I want to move everything paperless. I've become a fan!
However, I need guidance to help me wade through all the tech stuff and my favorite resource on how to go paperless helps me decide what is best for me.
So who is my favourite paperless resource? Brooks Duncan.
He is a Vancouver based consultant with clients worldwide. He sometimes refers to himself as a geek but I'm here to tell you he speaks English too! I understand what he is saying while not being overwhelmed with "geek-speak".
His paperless technolgy eBook (and his tele-classes) will show you step-by-step how to organize files electronically using office document imaging tools so you can move towards being a paperless office ... you get choices ... who knew it isn't one size fits all!
Brooks has a diverse background that touches upon accounting (he is a CMA), computer programming and client services. He has taken all of that expertise to produce a top notch product that shows you how to convert a box of receipts into a paperless system your bookkeeper will love.
He emphasizes there is no one right way to go paperless, so YOU are provided with choices and options to help YOU decide what is best for YOU. (I don't know about you, but I take issue with experts that tell you there is only one way to do something. It is a red flag for me that says they may be a "controlling-type" personality.)
I had the opportunity to interview Brooks Duncan. We discussed his system and how to get the most out of office document imaging tools. Here is a sample of a few of the questions I asked:
Before I found this office document imaging eGuide, I had no idea what Evernote, Yep, Hazel or any other number of paperless software aids were and how they might help me ... I'm still learning ... as going paperless is a journey.
So let's talk about what you'll find in the paperless eGuide.
Brooks has designed three levels of service into his office document imaging product guide; giving you organization ideas that can help you organize your bookkeeping records and receipts.
The "Green" package (formerly “The Paperless Practitioner”) includes the PDF guide and four audio interviews (and transcripts) with clients who have already gone paperless.
I call this product level the "no service" option as it only has the audio guide. What you get is this excellent guide explaining how to accomplish your goal of utilizing office document imaging tools to organize your office documents.
In this paperless eBook, you're going to discover ...
the basic guide is 82 information-packed pages that covers:
If you've been wanting to embrace office document imaging tools ... and wanting to create a paperless filing system but don't know where to start ... this basic guide at just $15 USD (previously priced at $47 USD) will get you started. It caters to both the Windows and Mac platforms.
The Gold package (formerly called "The Paperless Specialist") includes the eBook and throws in audio interviews (and transcripts) with professional organizers and video Screencasts which are perfect for the visual learner. This package is $25 USD (I purchased this at the old pricing of $67 USD).
I call this product level the "hands off service" option because it has audio and visual guides. Brooks gives video instructions for both Mac and Windows users. I learned new tips about search features on my computer just watching his "Finding Your Documents" video alone.
This is where I learned how to hide a document from being searchable ... I practiced what was being taught and forgot to "undo" the lesson. My heart rate increased there for a bit until I figured out the problem!
I received so much information in print, audio, video, and email when I purchased "The Paper Specialist" ... that I still haven't made my way through it all yet. I'm now at the point where I use the eGuide as a reference source for office document imaging tools and ideas.
The Platinum package includes access to Brooks' own workflow video and Paperless Action class at an affordable price of $45 USD (previously priced at $97 USD). If you are someone that likes to receive coaching, then"The Paperless Master" is the version for you.
I call this product level the "affordable service" option. I attended one of Brooks' tele seminar offered early in 2011. He answered attendees questions throughly and spoke from a place of knowledge ... a big thumbs up from me when a speaker comes across as actually knowing their subject matter! His coaching in The Paperless Action class is of a similar quality.
If you are thinking about utilizing office document imaging tools to create an office filing system ... considering going paperless so you can work virtually with your bookkeeper ... but you don't where or how to start ... then I urge you to click here to find out more about this Guide.
If you have already scanned everything and are wondering what to do next ... find out your next step with this Guide here.
I recommend Brooks Duncan, and I know you will learn a lot from him. This product has 3 price points so you can tailor it to your needs so you can make the most of your office document imaging tools.
Brooks overdelivers. The three products Brooks markets doesn't really let you in on what the package actually delivers.
I am receiving a series of emails ... designed to motivate me and help me take the next step ... weeks after having purchased his product. Totally unexpected!
You should know that after purchasing his Gold package, I signed up to be an affiliate of Brook's. This means I believe in what he is doing. If you purchase the guide from him by using the link below, I receive a small commission that enables me to continue offering articles to you for free.
Every payment is processed on a SSL encrypted website. All 3 packages cater to ... Windows or Mac platforms
Learn how to turn your piles of paper into an organized, electronic filing system today!
If you live in a small town and would like to work virtually with me as your bookkeeper, this eBook can show you how to create a paperless filing system.
Here is that link again to begin to make the switch to office document imaging tools:
Brooks has published the following paperless tools including his latest search guide released in May 2016 ...
You Want Findable Documents
Here’s what the Document Search Guide covers:
It's tied together with a Document Search Checklist at the end, so people know what they need to do to take action. Get your copy here for just $7 USD.
Keep Your Document Safe
Here’s what the Paperless Security Guide covers:
It's tied together with a Security Checklist at the end, so people know what they need to do to take action. Get your copy here for just $7 USD.
Master Your ScanSnap
New Edition Released September 2016
The Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide takes the pain involved with setting up your scanner. Skip your fast food lunch today. Ease your setup pain for $10.
Highlights of the Fifth Edition:
Learn how to get your Mac to name and file your documents automatically for you in the Go Paperless With Hazel Webcast. View this very affordable webcast for $10.
Read what Brooks has to say about sending sensitive financial documents by regular email.
Brooks' Guide For
Get up & running
quickly & painlessly!
This Guide walks you through how to setup your Scansnap in plain English.
There is absolutely NO NEED to wade through the hundreds of pages that comes with the Fijitsu scanner!
The Guide is available for Windows or Mac platforms.
The fifth edition was released in September 2016. All previous purchasers receive the new edition at no charge. If you missed receiving your revised edition, contact Brooks.
**FIFTH Edition Now Available**
This product comes with 60 day money back guarantee. Pricing starts at $10 USD.
**2nd Edition Released in 2015**
All packages cater to ... Windows or Mac platforms
An Interview With The Author and Publisher
Click here to see my interview with Brooks where we discussed how to organize your e-documents and get the most out of your office document imaging tools such as: