Earth Day: Easy Ways Business Owners Can Help Make a Change


Happy Earth Day! This is a day when we all take a moment to think about what we can do better for our planet. This is a heavy notion to consider, but as business owners there are some simple things that you can do that will not only make your life easier, but also help this planet we call home.

One of the first things that come to mind is paper checks. The old way of paying your bills is to mail a paper check to your vendor each time that you need to make a payment. But with today’s technology, there are much easier ways to do this. Using services like, you can pay all your vendors through ACH payments. Not only does this cut out checks, envelopes and stamps that can just go to a landfill, but it also helps you save money! That’s right, you heard us correctly. Sending out checks can be costly. By the time you factor in the cost of buying checks, postage and your time it can really add up. Switching to online bill payment can help you save cost and help the planet have a little less waste.

Another item that can help cut that extra waste is online storage of information. Long gone are the days of stacks and stacks of paper files. Using tools like Dropbox you can store all that information that used to be on paper digitally! Is this good for our planet? Yes. But it is also good for you as a business owner. This makes your files easy to access for you and your staff. It is also great to be able to access this information any where on any device, making use of your time in the most efficient way possible.

Earth Day is a great day to reflect on easy steps we can all take to help the environment. As a business owner, these are two easy steps that will not only help you be more efficient but will also help our environment! A win-win if you ask us!

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Jennifer Devine

I'm an experienced finance professional with more than 20 years of experience. I've held several Controller positions throughout my career, most notably with an internationally respected commercial real estate investment, management, and brokerage firm. In this role, I was responsible for all aspects of accounting across the company's many operational divisions - including internet services, real estate development, property management, and brokerage services. As our company operated in multiple countries and currencies, it was essential to me that all financial reports were accurate and compliant.