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Going paperless using a document scanning service is one of the most progressive and beneficial steps you can take for bringing your business up to date, and there are a number of benefits that you’ll begin to notice as soon as you make the switch. If you’re a business considering document scanning in London, here are five things that happen immediately after going digital:

Your working environment will be cleaner and tidier

Imagine how much less clutter you’ll have loitering around the office without stacks of paperwork clogging up shelf and desk spaces. This will make for a more streamlined atmosphere overall, but it will also make keeping everything clean a much simpler, quicker process as you won’t need to move documents around and worry about replacing them in the same order. Bins will no longer be full of discarded notes and will need emptying less frequently.

Your energy bills will be smaller

When using document scanning, you will notice that your printers will be used less and photocopiers and fax machines become virtually redundant. Appliances such as these are a huge energy drain and, especially for SMEs, the impact of not using them could be considerable. You’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint. The average tree produces around 8,000 sheets of paper, so when you consider how much paper your business used to use, you can get an idea of how many trees you could potentially be saving with a document scanning service.

Your working day will be much faster

Paper documents are easy to mislay and misplace, and finding the right sheet can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. After going digital you’ll eradicate all those frustrating hours spent hunting for physical copies of information, as everything will be stored safely and organised in a way that makes it simple for you to access exactly what you need.

Your workforce will be more efficient

Digitised documents can be viewed remotely and can be shared with as many people who need them at any one time. Staff won’t need to waste time scanning information to send to clients, or worse, having to post it out to them, which also runs the danger of misplacement. Digitisation makes everything happen faster.

Your auditing process will be far simpler

Even small businesses will have guidelines to follow regarding compliancy, and if you outsource your accounts you’ll also see an immediate benefit from going paperless. You can give each document relating to your invoices or bills a unique number, which creates an audit trail that is simple to keep on top of. You will also be able to keep a history of any amendments such as payments.

To enjoy these benefits yourself, learn more about the document scanning services in central London offered by the team at Pearl Scan online. 

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Regardless of the industry your company operates in, whether you are in technology, marketing or music, it is likely that you will have a busy accounts payable department to ensure that all of your invoices are paid on time. What’s more, they will work hard to ensure that all necessary documents are filed correctly in order to remain compliant with HMRC guidelines. However, no matter how diligent and well trained your accounts payable staff are, it can be very difficult to keep track of and manage huge amounts of financial information, especially when it is stored in a variety of physical and digital formats. Invoice scanning solutions, such as invoice scanning automation can revolutionise the daily process of your accounts payable department, safely storing data in a way that is easily accessible, saving your business time and money. If you’re still not sure about what accounts payable automation is, or how it can help your company to operate, here are three reasons why you should be using invoice scanning automation.

Digital documents are HMRC compliant

HMRC states that a business must keep its records in order to create a Self-Assessment tax return. However, there is no limit to how these records can be stored, and on the website it notes that ‘You can keep them on paper, digitally or as part of a software program’. Choosing to digitise your accounts documentation as part of an automation service can keep your business complaint.

Time is saved searching for files

While many may think the process of matching up purchase orders and more is a simple task, the reality of the job is much more challenging. Even with an efficient storage system in place, searching for each particular file is difficult and time consuming. Choosing an invoice scanning service from Pearl Scan means that all of your files will be scanned and uploaded to your document management system using OCR technology, making every document fully text searchable. Time that was spent manually searching through virtual and physical filing systems is reduced to just a few clicks, freeing up more of your accounting staff’s working day to concentrate on other tasks.

No data is ever lost

It is important to keep a safe and secure record of your businesses accounts files, not only to keep HMRC compliant but in order to maintain an overview of the actual spending of your company. Keeping these files in a physical format runs the risk of this information being lost, damaged or destroyed. Storing them digitally via an accounts payable automation system ensures that no data is ever misplaced, ready to be used when it is needed.

These are just a few reasons why you should be using invoice scanning automaton, and systems like this are fast becoming part of many document scanning services we offer for our clients in London and throughout the UK. Learn more about the invoice scanning services in London we offer online, or get in touch to request a quote online!

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The advantages and benefits of going paperless cannot be argued, but the way in which to do it is still being debated for many businesses. Should you use a document scanning company and outsource your work, or can your document scanning be done in house?

At Pearl Scan we provide a premium service for document scanning in central London, as well as throughout the entire city in north, south, east and west London too. We have many happy clients ranging from blue chip organisations to local SME’s, all with a variety of budgets, who would all argue that document scanning can be done in house – yet they still choose to outsource it to us at Pearl Scan.

Setting up a system for in-house document scanning in east London, or wherever your office may be based, is certainly possible. And if you choose this method, there are a few thing that you will need to invest in:

  • Specialist scanning equipment

Basic scanning hardware may be able to cope with basic scanning requirements, but in order to fully realise a paperless office then you must invest in the appropriate, costly equipment that is capable of digitising all of the files used in your business such as invoices, slides, surveys, payslips and more. If you intend on relying on a digitised version of documents to inform your operations in your office, these paper documents must be scanned and converted in the highest possible quality.

  • Training staff

Just as you need the right equipment to perform the job correctly, you must take the time to ensure that your staff are trained in fully operating this new equipment correctly, safely and efficiently. This can be a time consuming process, and you may either need to re-allocate an existing member of staff’s job role or hire a new, dedicated scanning manager.

  • New procedures

Implementing a new in-house system means that your entire workforce will also need to be trained in new procedures to help make this happen. What do we do with our old documents? Can I still print things out? Is this mail ready to be disposed of yet? These are all questions that will need to have a solid clear answer. Failure to do so could lead to chaos in the workplace, rather than streamlined efficiency.

While it is assumed that keeping processes in-house can keep prices low, ultimately it can results in accumulating costs and extra time that needs to be invested in order to make it happen. We provide document scanning in west London, east London and all around the UK, offering our clients a fully rounded document scanning solution that reduces these concerns to one, clear payment package that takes care of your entire document digitising needs. We have industry standard scanning equipment ready to use, operated by our team of document scanning experts.

If you’re still unsure about whether or not to outsource your document scanning, get in touch to find out more. 

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