No matter what business you’re in, the cost of running an office hurts. Ongoing costs like stationary, paper and electricity may not raise eyebrows day-to-day, but in the long run will detract significantly from the bottom line. And that’s not even counting your time.
That's why it pays to implement the right technology. Smart lights and thermometers can cut down on your electric bill. The right computers or printer can reduce the time you spend fiddling with paper, dealing with breakdowns — and picking up more supplies.
Up-front costs are only one of the costs
More efficient technologies often cost more up-front than their less efficient counterparts. But the differences over the life of the product can be considerable. As we've written about before a 60 watt LED bulb can cost up to seven times more than a traditional bulb, but can last up to five times longer and cost less per hour to run. A laptop, with its smaller screen can use half the wattage of much bigger desktop computers.
This premise extends across devices. The Epson Workforce Pro WF-R8590TC, for example, uses up to 80 per cent less power less power than a laster printer because it doesn't produce heat. No heat means no cooling, which equals lower power consumption.
You need the right gadgets
Ignoring up-front costs only works if you are very selective with what you buy. You have to consider all of the running costs, and whether the gadget will always be fit for purpose.
If you are choosing a printer, look for something that reliably does it all: print, scan, copy and fax. Look for something like the Epson Workforce Pro, that is built for business, with built-in Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and a Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) that delivers 75,000 printed pages before changing ink packs.
Remember, wasted time is also a cost. With the Workforce Pro you’ll be able to get more done thanks to print speeds up to 34ppm (monochrome) and 30ppm in colour, plus a massive 1,831 sheet paper capacity. That means less time-wasting interruptions and fiddling around.
Epson RIPS machines also come with PaperCut print manager software tools to help you monitor and evaluate your office printers, allowing you to avoid wasteful printing.
The right technology will empower your business. It will save you time. And boost productivity.