You know, it really is the small things that matter the most.

Yet sometimes change can feel overwhelming, especially with the internet constantly feeding us only the best and the worst of what’s going on in the world.

But the truth is, with every positive action comes the potential for more positive actions.

The way this happens is through education and information that empowers people so we can act as a community.

For me, those every day changes often exist within software.

Ever since I started to work in technology over ten years ago, I’ve been fascinated at it’s ability to reduce waste and improve people’s lives.

These days there’s software for everything from streaming music through to much less fun things, like invoicing.

If you’ve been following any of my recent newsletters, you’ll know I’ve recently moved house.

I remembered that my printer needed ink so I went to Officeworks to grab supplies. 

As I contemplated buying the ink, I paused and asked myself…“what do I actually need my printer for?”

I thought about all the trees that line my street and how peaceful and calming they are.

And how beautiful they look now it’s Autumn and they’re turning an array of orange, yellow and red.

Then I considered all of the ones being chopped down for me to print out words that at some stage will end up gathering dust or crumpled up in a bin. 

So I decided not to bother buying it. 

I’m committed to running my business as paperless as I can.

Quite simply, no cloud, no Kelly.

Gather E-Signatures

When I started my business, I was like most new business owners – fumbling in the dark and learning along the way.

I would send my clients their proposals by email, which they’d have to print off, sign, then return.

Not only was this a waste of paper, but it wasn’t long before I realised it wasn’t easy for my clients either, because not everyone has a printer and it was a bit of a faff to organise if you don’t.

I mean, when was the last time you didn’t do of something because it was “too much work?”

Ditto.

That’s why e-signatures are a great way to overcome these problems.

There’s no need to buy paper or ink and can simply sign pretty much any document from your phone.

A win win option way to save trees and your client’s time.

Embrace online storage

Floppy disk were all the rage in the 80s and 90s and sadly most of them are taking residence in landfill sites around the world.

Then in marched the USB – now everyone feels like a secret agent.

Coming from a corporate tech background, I can safely say these are given out like flyers at election time.

Not even my old friend Google couldn’t provide a definitive answer on questions like: How long do they take to biodegrade?

So no more USBs for me.

Fortunately, cloud storage options like Google Drive and Dropbox make it easier than ever for you to completely avoid any physical waste.

You can store files until your heart’s content, making it easier than ever to share your ideas and projects.

Software 2 – Landfill 0.

Give a stranger your phone

Last year I attended a mentor’s book launch here in Melbourne, Australia.

It was also an opportunity to network but guess who forgot her business cards?

I was chatting with a lady and just as we were reaching the “let’s keep in touch” phase, she passed me her phone and asked me to add myself as a contact on LinkedIn.

Of course I reciprocated by passing her my phone and she did the same.

We also popped each others details in our notes to make double sure we stayed in contact.

Up until then I haven’t made a habit of passing my phone to anyone, but this a great way to getting business cards printed.

I mean how many business cards have you lost at the bottom of your bag never to be seen again?

Plus, when you hand someone your phone like that, it instantly builds trust and makes them remember you.

Small change beats big ideas

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

I used to worry when Earth Day came around and think – what can I possibly do to make a difference?

When the truth is, it’s the smallest things that can really make a difference if done consistently and by enough people. 

Software options can be really effective in helping you have a positive impact on the earth and the people you serve.

Now I’d love to know, what paperless solutions do you love to use? And how have these made difference to you?

Pop a comment and let me know.

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