shoeboxed envelope

All we have is time in this world and wasting it is a tragedy. You don’t get any of it back.

There are a lot of things that don’t matter in business and life that we can easily get caught up in wasting our time and energy with. Doing things that make money efficiently is a good use of time. Working on items to satisfy cataloguing or government regulations is not that exciting or worthwhile.

My entrepreneurial business owner clients need to focus and not deal with things that don’t matter as much. Paper, taxes, receipts, scanning – these are all drags to our productivity. But there’s a solution that can solve it.

Sure, you can hire a $40K/year secretary to offload the mundane things.

But I have found a $20/month solution that is unbelievable for productivity so you can work on higher level things like leadership, product innovation, revenue, and operational efficiency. The death by a thousand cuts is real in business and life.

It’s why you should check out Shoeboxed

There are multiple ways to interact but think of this as a scanning solution for your receipts and documents. You get a secretary for $20/month. Ever try scanning? You lose interest and motivation fast.

Here is the process I like using to make Shoeboxed work to cut out the time drags in business on keeping tabs of your business expenses or trying to go completely paperless:

  1. Sign up for the service and get the Magic Envelope sent to you.
  2. Throw everything paper in this envelope. Fill it up.
  3. Drop the envelope in the mail and get a new one passing in the mail back to you. Works a lot like the old Netflix CD subscription model.
  4. Get a notification when every receipt and document has been turned into a digital document.
  5. Search for anything you need. The scans have turned the receipts and documents into searchable content.

Now you have your receipts for any supporting business expense documentation and you have perfectly scanned digital documents to search for, download or store elsewhere.

You only dropped things in the mail for your virtual partner solution/secretary to free up your time and attention for larger things. And that’s part of how you get to the larger things.

I would strongly encourage you to be strategic, paperless and compliant.

It’s another way of simplifying so you can execute.

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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