SMBs Should Look at Printing Needs to Cut Costs

Patrick Avery

SMBs face a stiff challenge in deciding the most cost-effective way to handle large volumes of printing, faxing and copying. In his latest blog post, IT Business Edge contributor Paul Mah gives SMBs a few tips on what to look for in a machine or service to meet their business needs.


Some of the tips include:

  • Use a hosted fax service. If you need to send the occasional fax, though, pair a hosted fax service with a cheap low-end inkjet fax machine. They can cost as little as $100. Simply use the cheap fax machine to send out faxes as necessary and rely on the hosted fax service for incoming faxes.
  • Do not use inkjet printers. The liquid ink used by inkjet printers is so expensive that it has been called "liquid gold" by some. Only consider an using an inkjet printer if the volume of printing at your SMB is very low.


Those SMBs looking to cut costs should also look at paper. Paper is a major contributor to any organization's carbon footprint, and most businesses can find relatively obvious ways to reduce consumption of it. There are couple of resources in the Knowledge Network that directly address this topic.


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