Category: Saving Money

How to Be More Efficient When Photocopying

In order to reduce the effects of climate change as much as possible, we all need to change our attitudes both at home and at work. We’re all guilty of turning up the thermostat rather than putting on a jumper or wasting paper by printing unnecessarily. However, if we want to become more energy efficient, saving both the environment and our money, we need to produce less waste, recycle more and try and use less energy to heat and light our properties. If your job requires you to use a photocopier quite a lot, you should consider ways in which you can be more efficient. For example, make sure switch it off at night time and perhaps even during your read more...

The Importance of Insurance in Business

Businesses need adequate insurance in order to protect their assets. There are many types of business insurance, including coverage for property damage, legal liability and employees. It is especially important for business owners to think carefully about the services they provide and any potential risks they may need to cover. Read on to learn five reasons why insurance is so important in business… If you own a business premises it is critically important to protect it. You should look into a policy that will cover any damage to your building in the event of a disaster, such as a fire or flood. As well as your business premises, it is also important to cover the contents of your building, such read more...

What are the Benefits of Leasing a Printer?

For many businesses, printers are an essential piece of office equipment; however they can also be an expensive purchase, particularly larger multifunctional devices. This is because on top of the initial cost of the machine, you also need to consider the recurring costs of paper, toner and maintenance. This is where leasing a printer can be a less impactful addition to your business. If you are trying to decide between leasing and buying a printer, here are three of the main benefits that leasing a printer can provide… One of the largest benefits of leasing a printer is that leasing keeps your equipment up to date – computer and printer technology is constantly improving, causing older models to become less read more...

How Can a Small Business Manage Outgoings?

As a small business owner you want to see your profits increase, but in order to successfully achieve this goal you will need to keep an eye on your finances and know how to effectively manage your business outgoings. Start by identifying your largest outgoings and areas where you could make some substantial savings such as production, marketing or administration costs. Once you have identified the key areas you need to focus on, you can then begin to effectively manage your business outgoings, using the tactics we have suggested below. However, it is important to ensure that all new processes are easily maintainable and adhere to your company’s values. The next step will be communicating your new business outgoings management read more...

5 Benefits of Walking to Work

Walking to work has a number of benefits. It will encourage a healthier lifestyle by adding exercise into your daily routine and it can help to improve your mood and your overall wellbeing. Not only will you personally see the benefits of walking to work, but you will also be helping the environment by reducing traffic and emissions on the roads. Read on to learn more about the benefits of walking to work and why you should give it a go…!   Physical Fitness Benefits When done correctly, walking can be a great way to burn calories, lose weight and improve your physical fitness. Try to walk at a pace that will raise your heart rate and increase your breathing. read more...

6 Questions to Ask Potential Managed Print Companies

Managed print services (MPS) can offer big benefits for your business. By finding the right service you can spend less time managing documents and more time on your business goals. Asking potential managed print companies the right questions will help you get the best return on investment in the future. To help you evaluate your best print management solution and find a service provider who can meet the needs of your organisation, here are six crucial questions you should be asking… Where can we read your client reviews? Client feedback is a great place to start. Do your research and see if you can find online reviews and testimonials for each potential MPS. Do they deliver what they promise? What read more...

Mode’s 10 Green Printing Tips

If your business is looking for ways to reduce the impact it has on the environment, a great place to start is by looking at your office printers and your printing methods. By evaluating your energy consumption, toner and paper waste you could help reduce your costs and improve your impact on the environment. By adopting some of our tips below and making changes to how you and your office print documents, you’ll soon be able to go green as a team! Print double sided – to reduce the amount of unnecessary paper used. Print a draft copy – running a draft copy before printing a large job prevents mistakes and saves paper. Print preview – use this function to read more...

What Should SMEs Do? Buy or Lease Their Managed Print Solutions?

SMEs always must consider the financial burden of the essential equipment they need for their business, and print solutions are one of the most important necessities for the smooth running of operations. Aside from the initial capital of the machines needed, there is the maintenance and servicing and purchasing.  This can stretch operational budgets beyond feasible limits. Leasing machines is therefore financially attractive for SMEs alleviating the burden of up front capital. Mode reviewed the benefits for SMEs leasing their print solutions: Financial Advantages Capital is always an issue for small businesses, as it is rare that there are disposable financial resources to purchase print solutions. Avoiding large purchases like this, keep essential capital available for other significant business needs. read more...

Will the Weak Pound Affect Your Printing Prices?

The long-term effects of the Brexit vote are yet to be seen, but the pound’s performance on markets has been weak, falling by as much as 6% in just 10 minutes. A weak pound has an impact on both personal and business pockets, and may have an impact on your print prices too. Printweek announced that printers and print buyers should be ‘braced for double-digit paper price rises’ if the pound does not recover against the euro. In the week of October 10th, the sterling was down 14% against the euro since the referendum vote several months ago. Since most paper used in the UK is imported – mostly from paper mills in mainland Europe – this will have an read more...

Efficient Printing and the Environment – Why it’s Everyone’s Responsibility

Efficient printing is one of the ways in which you can actively help to create a sustainable environment in your organisation. Efficient doesn’t just mean fast and simple, it can also mean sustainable. The planet aside, efficient printing will also save you money by reducing your consumption of toner and of paper. There are certain key elements which should be put into play to ensure that your print efficiency is working at maximum capacity – they are as follows: Follow me printing: This means releasing your print job through a secure code to any machine in your organisation. Follow me printing reduces the waste caused by abandoned prints. Rules-based printing: Reducing toner consumption by defaulting to mono printing and printing read more...