Could 50% of Businesses be Paperless by the End of 2015?

July 16, 2015

8:00 am

In this era of dwindling natural resources and environmental hypervigilance, it is the goal of many companies to go completely paperless. This often means managing documents in the cloud, and intricate web-based filing systems. Some industries have been doing this for years, while others are your quintessential late adopters (I’m looking at you, law firms).

It’s hard to tell exactly what percentage of companies are paperless, or even have an interest in becoming paperless. To gain some clarity, UK based document management solutions provider, Margolis, recently conducted a survey. It revealed some interesting results: nearly half of businesses are or could go paperless in 2015.


Margolis surveyed 150 owners of small-to-medium sized businesses. Almost one in five said they were already paperless, while another 30% said it would be possible for them to do away with paper in 2015. Only 7% expressed no interest in going paperless. 16.7% were unsure.

Along with surveying their goals for going paperless, they also questioned business owners about their use of the cloud. 46% claimed they use it daily and 10% said it’s more like 8-12 times a week.  Sadly, 4.7% responded with “What’s the cloud?”

“We are pleasantly surprised by the openness that we have seen from the businesses surveyed. said Margolis Director, Richard Shaw in a statement. “The results show a much greater awareness of the advantages that paperless document management and storage can provide. Typically, there has been a great deal of reluctance towards the paperless office, due to the logistics involved, but that resistance seems to declining.”

As we’ve mentioned recently, Going paperless is one major way you can streamline your startup or small business. Many new companies are even starting out paperless. It’s understandably much more complicated for older companies who have years of files and documents that would need to be converted to digital. Thankfully, there are a number of tools out there to ease the process. There’s really no excuse. Paperless should be a goal for every company.


Image Credit: Flickr/Zachary Korb

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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy

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