Last month, when ZorroSign launched its Green initiative called Paperless Life, I wrote an article about the environmental impact of using office paper. The impact on the environment is significant in terms of conservation of water, energy, and trees as well as reduction of Carbon footprint. For the organizations adopting #PaperlessLife strategy, there are tangible and intangible benefits for the company and its employees. In this article I will analyze the business impact of using office paper for business transactions, specifically the financial impact.
Challenges and Cost Factors
Almost every business process that involves document signatures is either fully manual or partially digital. The use case in this context is a combination of: Print-Sign-Scan-Email or FedEx. (Choose your favorite courier service). If it’s a document for a loan of any kind with co-signers, repeat the use case above for every signatory.
Because no two businesses are the same, it is better to provide a framework for cost calculation. We will consider each component of this use case for our framework for cost analysis.
Cost Analysis Framework
$5 / pack of 500 sheets
|Printer Ink (per printer)
B/W: $250 50k pages
|Steel file cabinets
$600 average / Cabinet
|Folders & stationery
$300 / Year/Employee
$33,000 to $65,000/Year
|Man hours, Time
260 hours/ Employee/Year
|Off-site paper storage
| Office space (file cabinets)
15 Sq.Ft (standard 4-drawer file cabinet)
|Insurance (Data Breach Policy)
$12k to $120k /Year
Applying the Cost Analysis Framework
Costs of using paper may vary from one company to another. However, it is very clear that the cost is significant relative to the size of the company. The overall business impact of using office paper is tremendous. We highly recommend to apply the above framework to your business situation and calculate cost as accurately as you can. Then compare that cost to purchasing and using an eSignature and Digital Transaction Management system. Click here to check out ZorroSign Plans & Pricing.
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