The Zen of Modern Printing

After six weeks focusing on printing, I have come to a realization about printing on paper in a world of instant digital communications: do less the old way, but more the smart way. We're not finished with printing, even 570 years...

01/29/10

How To Master Excel Spreadsheet Printing

You slave over cell after cell after cell in your spreadsheet until it's perfect. When it comes time to print out that perfection, you get blank pages, missing sections, and weird formatting. You can blame your printer, but the...

01/28/10

How To Create Impact with Colored Paper

Teachers use this trick, and Hollywood productions have an elaborate set of rules for this. Yes, a seemingly minor detail like changing the color of a few pages of a proposal can make a huge impact. The words matter most on a...

01/27/10

How To Create a New Print Style for Outlook

This tip comes from Jen Darr of PC Helps Support and will make sure you know what you're getting when you hit Print inside Outlook. Jen offers great advice on how to create a new print style with a different page size for your...

01/26/10

How To Ease Into Document Management

Small business owners and managers have a common reaction when someone, usually a salesperson, suggests going paperless and jumping into electronic document management: they cover their ears, start screaming “la la la I can't hear...

01/25/10

How To Save Money Proofing Color Pages

Working on complex color documents means wasting time and paper trying to make the beauty you see on the screen translate to a beautiful page coming out of your printer. Even when you have a low cost per color page, each mistake, er,...

01/22/10

How To Setup a Printer Pool

Too many companies panic when one printer goes down. If your company relies heavily on one printer, and no printing means no work gets done, it's time to jump into the printer pool. Hint: you don't have to take your clothes off for a...

01/21/10

How To Leverage the Tactile Lure of Good Paper

Last time we mentioned printing with reduced margins for internal use, with a warning not to cut corners on materials for clients. Save a penny, lose a project? Not a good idea. Today let's talk about leveraging the tactile lure of...

01/19/10

How To Pack More On A Printed Page

One idea to help save some money on printing came from Jim Lippie of Staples Network Services in response to reading this series. His idea? Reduce the size of the margins on your pages, effectively increasing the number of words you...

01/18/10

How To Print Without a Computer

Everyone grew up with personal printers attached to personal computers, so we naturally believe a computer must be part of the printing equation. Like so many things we learned growing up, that truth has “matured” to the point it's...

01/15/10

Three Things Not to Print

Once companies start counting their pennies spent printing, they often overreact to what they find. Goodness, they say to themselves, printing costs money, so let's stop printing completely. Oops. A reaction like that will cost you...

01/14/10

How to Calculate the True Cost of Printing Part 2

Today we follow up on the info-gathering we did yesterday about your printing systems to start assigning price tags. Well, you have to assign the price tags based on your actual costs, but we can help show you where to look for the...

01/13/10

How to Calculate the True Cost of Printing Part 1

Approach a small business owner with a product, and the first question is almost always about money: How much does this cost me? While careful on the cost of acquisition, many small businesses fall down managing their cost of...

01/12/10

How To Justify a Duplex Printer

Duplex printers automatically print on both sides of each page of paper. As you might expect, this extra paper handling feature costs more money. Yet by leveraging the “need for green” by reducing paper use, every company that...

01/11/10

Why You Might Need a Network Print Server

Print servers, a networked device that directs print jobs to non-networked printers, used to be big deals. Early printers didn't have network support built in, so print servers fooled the printers into thinking they were connected to...

01/08/10

How To Budget for a Color Laser Printer

Although everyone, including me yesterday in a couple of my printer jokes, makes fun of the cost of ink jet cartridges. However, sticker shock for color laser cartridges may slap you like a dead mackerel to the face. Let's talk about...

01/07/10

The “Money Saving Printer Tips” Contest

Money Saving Printer Tips Has your company saved money on printing costs? Let us know the secret to your money-saving printer success, and you may be our winner!Detail what you did, how you kept your printers going while saving...

01/06/10

Let's Laugh About Printers

I found six printer jokes on the Web, and here's the best: The printer is comprised of three main parts; the case, the jammed paper tray, and the blinking red light. I'm betting that's a recycled joke about copiers. What do you...

01/06/10

How To Configure a “Draft Mode” Printer

One of the tricks listed in every “save money when printing” article? Use the “draft mode” on your printer to reduce the amount of ink or toner used. Some printers produce good enough results with draft mode to use that all the time...

01/05/10

Top 5 Printing Resolutions for 2010

New year, new resolutions. This time, you don't have to cross your fingers while you promise to lose weight or watch less TV. These resolutions are to help you manage the printing in your company, and make sure you're paying...

01/04/10

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