Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Pros and Cons of Becoming Paperless

Should you make the move to become paperless?


Paper is a great thing. We use it every day, and it does not run out of battery, lose data, and it is easy to access. But with technology is becoming easier to access, you may be wanting to make the move to become paperless. You can buy a scanner to scan it all in, or download an app on your phone or tablet. Below are some pros and cons of becoming paperless.


> Pros


  • You will have less to carry around, as it will all be on your phone, laptop and tablet.
  • You will never lose it - it could be stored on the cloud, locally or using a service such as Evernote.
  • It can be searchable - if you use a service such as Evernote or OneNote or any other service which has OCR, you can search and find all your docs with your search terms on.
  • It can't be damaged - if you've ever experienced spilling a drink on some important work, if your paperless, you won't have to experience it if you are paperless.

> Cons


  • Running out of battery - if you have no battery, you would not be able to access your docs
  • Hard drive crash - if you store all your data locally, and experience a dreaded hard drive crash, you would lose all your scans. This is why you should use something you can use on all devices.
  • Accessibility - would you really want to walk around a risky city with your phone or tablet in your hand? In some places, you will not (or won't want to) take your device out.
  • Being offline - if you store your notes in the cloud, you might not be able to access them if they are offline. If you use Evernote, you can only access your notes offline if you are Plus or Premium.

So, as seen above, there are both pros and cons off becoming paperless. If you decide to become paperless, make sure you have chosen an area to save your scans that can be accessible on every device you use, and that your scans can be saved for offline use (if required). If you want them to be searchable, I recommend you try out Evernote.

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