Yes, I know. I complain sometimes, but I am so thankful for scanning and digital storage. I have lots of paper after a tax season and nowhere to put it. I started scanning back in 2007 when I started my own business and I kept up with it quite nicely - you know what they say: it's easier to keep up than catch up. Well, I scanned everything. Receipts, correspondence, you name it - it's on my hard drive in a PDF format and easy to find. This system was working quite well until my network went haywire in the spring of 2010 and I couldn't scan anything to my PC over the network. The person responsible for setting up the network was no longer on the scene and I had no clue how to fix it. Eventually, I connected the printer to my computer with a USB cable and I had limited scanning ability, but it was very cumbersome. And so the client files that needed to be scanned went into a box and ended up under my desk here at home after the move and the procrastinator in me just ignored it.
The annual tax jinx took out the Dell multi-function printer permanently and I was thrilled to replace it with my amazing new HP all-in-one. I absolutely love the scanner and the scanning software. It makes scanning client files a snap - and I kept up with my scanning every day during this past tax season for tax year 2010. I kept looking at the box under my desk - and stubbing my toe on it - but it finally saw the light of day this morning.
This is what I've scanned so far - in the space of about two hours. Scanned, saved and filed neatly away in my digital filing cabinet. Can you tell I love this?
And I have this much more to go. I am determined to finish scanning all of tax year 2009 today so I can back up my computer tonight. Then I can shred and dispose of all this paper tomorrow. It's a plan!