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Three Essential Small Business Productivity Upgrades for 2015


1. Upgrade your Business Technology

Working with outdated software and using yesterday’s technology may seem like a cost-saving approach, but for any small business, time consumed by underperforming technology is money lost. Stay up to date so that interactions with customers and vendors remains efficient. Automate common tasks like shredding. Using “ walk away” automatic shredders allows you to get back to more essential business obligations while getting necessary shredding tasks performed. See what size automatic shredder you need for your business.


2. Upgrade to Temps and Part-Timers

Small business owners have a tendency to multi-task to save money. This nose-to-the-grindstone approach may seem admirable, but in the end, time and productivity are lost by owners too busy to be running the business. Use temps and part-timers to take over the less important jobs, so you can resume your role as company leader. After all, you are the CEO.

  1. Upgrade to Experts

Many small business owners may try to self-train to perform important duties for their business without the help of others .Unfortunately, trying to wear too many hats eventually reveals your lack of expertise and comes off as a lack of professionalism to customers. Take charge by bringing in the right people-freelancers are great for offering expertise at an affordable rate to help your business grow.

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Reaching Goals in 2015 with Customized Calendars

If you have plans for 2015, goals you want to achieve, then a customized calendar becomes more than just a place to write down  appointments, it becomes an outlook of goals you are striving to reach.

Fitness Calendar

Create a custom fitness calendar to stay on track with exercise regiment. Make weight loss objectives clearly defined—boost that New Year’s Resolution!

New Fitness

Finance Calendar

Getting your finances in order can be a daunting task. By determining your goals for paying down debt and mapping them out in a custom calendar, you create a discipline that helps you achieve financial freedom.


Creating Your Custom Calendar

1. Use a program such as Microsoft Publisher which already had calendar templates in place. You can customize them to fit any of your goals.

2. Bind the calendar. Use either a comb binding or wire binding to create a flexible calendar that can go on your refrigerator ( for fitness) or over your desk ( for finance) .

What Other Custom Calendars Can You Create?

1. A Bucket List Calendar-things you want to achieve in a year, places you want to go. Make them more than just wishes. Put them in writing!

2 Sales Goal Calendar- if you are running a business, giving your sales force obtainable goals with strong incentives can be a daily reminder of what they can achieve. Clarify those sales objectives in a calendar that hangs in their cubicle or on their office wall.

3. A Personal Best Calendar-If you are an athlete than reaching new benchmarks in your performance can be very gratifying. Creating a custom calendar that gives you new personal best goals can help you reach the performance level you need for a marathon!

Need Help Choosing a Binder? Click Here


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Productivity experts show what you can do with 15 minutes.


The average 24 hour cycle consists of 96 15 minute blocks. Productivity experts and consultants say that envisioning your time in this segmented form lets you take each 15 minute block and make a concentrated to do list. You will be surprised at how much you can get done.78768193

Manage your emails. Delete, respond, clear the in-box. As part of one 15 minute block, you can delete unwanted mail, and mark important emails as unread so they won’t slip off the radar, which lets you quickly organize what needs to be taken care of, and what is just clutter.

Organize Your Desktop. Purge the unnecessary and put away the important. With automatic shredders you can shred outdated and obsolete files automatically, while you manage the important ones that need to be organized and stored away.

Manage your VoiceMail. Delete, respond, get rid of the red light. Too easily, important calls and unimportant calls get lost in the voice mail archive. Don’t get labeled as the one who never picks up. Respond to important calls and delete the unimportant ones so you do not experience message overload.

The 15 Minute Brainstorm. Brainstorming sessions do not need to be elaborate conference room events with lots of participants. Get on the phone or call a colleague into your office and work out a problem together. You may even solve it in 15 minutes.

Proof a Presentation. Hours spent writing that awesome presentation can  be undone by one  embarrassing typo!  Take 15 minutes to proof for perfection. 

Add 15 minutes to Your Day

The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average small office spends 15 minutes of personnel time shredding per day. The Fellowes AutoMax 130C and 200C bring you hands-free walk away  automatic shredding so you don’t waste that time shredding. Just think of one of your 15 minute blocks as free.

Add 15 Minutes to Your Day

Add 15 Minutes to Your Day

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Fellowes brings new products to CES International in January

The International CES (Consumer Electronics Show®) is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Fellowes will be introducing several new innovations for 2015 at the show Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 9, 2015 Booth/Stand: 31121 South Hall

What to look for at the Fellowes booth:

AutoMax Shredders

Experience first hand the first walk away shredder with new small business models now available such as 130C and 200C

130C Auto Feed Shredder

130C Auto Feed Shredder








New Developments in Laminating Technology

The new Venus 2 and Jupiter 2 are just a few examples of the new laminating line that feature InstaHeat Technology for faster laminator warm up, and AutoSense which automatically senses and instantly adjusts for any pouch used so that laminating various pouch and document thicknesses can be performed quickly and easily without any manual adjustments.

Jupiter 2 Laminator with InstaHeat and AutoSense

Jupiter 2 Laminator with InstaHeat and AutoSense









Expanded I-Spire Line

The successful I-Spire Series of Home Offices Accessories is now expanded to include new mobile technology products such as the SuctionStand Tablet Lift and Laptop LapDesk.

SuctionStand for Tablets

SuctionStand for Tablets







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Auto Feed Shredder Performance Now Available for Small Business

The AutoMax commercial line of shredders has extended to include automatic performance for smaller office needs. The new 130C Auto Feed Shredder includes fast automatic shredding for medium usage and 130 sheet automatic and 8 sheet manual shredding capacity.

Small businesses that handle confidential information such as mortgage brokers, real estate agents and small medical offices may find the time taken shredding documents both tedious and time-consuming.  However, as the auto-feed category focused on large capacity users such as large corporate offices, small businesses continued to rely on traditional shredders to maintain their identity theft prevention.

The new models available to small businesses offers that technology and convenience on a smaller more useful scale for medium usage workplaces.

130C Auto Feed Shredder

130C Auto Feed Shredder










The 200C Auto Feed Shredder offers a 200 sheet automatic and 10 sheet manual shredding capacity for slightly higher sheet capacity needs.

Both of the new automatic small business shredders also include:

  • Auto Reverse stops and reverses paper if a jam occurs
  • SilentShred™ offers ultra-quiet performance for shared workspaces
  • Energy saving Sleep Mode feature shuts down the shredder after 2 minutes of inactivity


For larger offices the AutoMax commercial shredders still provide the large capacity shredding needs in two powerful models: Commercial Auto Feed Shredders.

Still having trouble choosing the right shredder? Use our shredder selector tool: Shredder Selector

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Why Do Teachers Love Laminators?


You may have wondered why so much extraordinary excitement and zeal is expressed by teachers over something as mundane as laminating. There must be a bevy of office supplies that would conjure more interest and joy, you would think. But the relationship between teachers and laminators is one based on practical need and the inevitable reality of teachers working beyond expectations to help offer students the best educational tools.


With the high cost of teaching supplies, many teachers are forced to find creative ways to offer learning tools more cost-effectively to their students. Many dig into their own pockets to pay for additional materials that are not covered by school budgets. Beyond that, learning materials that are acquired eventually wear out and new ones are needed. This is where laminators come in.


With the right laminator a teacher can produce learning materials that are durable and custom made to fit a class. Flashcards can be made on any subject and once laminated can prevent tears and spills that would destroy paper or cardstock flashcards. In the hands of children, laminated flashcards can be reused year after year, saving teachers and school districts on supplies. Creative teachers can also customize, making specific flashcard decks for special education students, or students learning English as a second language. But laminators can go beyond flashcards.


Teachers can create dry erase worksheets that can be drawn on, scribbled on or even spilled on again and again and then reused the next day!

Teachers can also create:

  • Learning board games
  • Take home craft projects that will not fall apart
  • Lesson plans
  • Name plates for student desks

The Best Laminators

New laminators currently available from Fellowes feature InstaHeat Technology, allowing the machines to warm up in 30-60 seconds, eliminating the typically long wait for laminators to be ready. In addition, the new laminators feature AutoSense, which automatically adjusts to changing pouch sizes so no manual adjustments are required. This feature is perfect for teachers who alter between card sized and letter sized lamination.

See the laminators that are available: New Laminators

Find Free Laminating Templates for Education: Download templates

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Auto Feed vs. Traditional Shredders: What Do You Need?

With the changing shredder industry the question of what type of shredder you need can be defined by two categories: the auto feed and the traditional shredder. Certainly automatic shredding sounds like the clear winner, but traditional shredders for some circumstances might be just as practical without the additional cost.







How Much Do You Shred?

If your shredding needs are limited to less than occasional, a traditional cross-cut shredder would suffice. Make sure it has all the features you want: jam proof performance, quiet performance or safety features. If you are shredding frequently and in large quantities, than auto feed shredders are the perfect choice. Traditional shredders require you to stand by and feed paper or other materials into them, but if shredding needs are infrequent, then this slight inconvenience may save you money. However, if shredding is a crucial and constant part of your business, then auto feed shredders can be extremely helpful by increasing office productivity or saving time in a home office environment where constant shredding is the norm.


I Only Have a Home Office-Aren’t Auto Feed Shredders for Big Business?

Not necessarily. If your home office is very busy and shredding is an essential part of your everyday office activities, then a small home office auto feed would be useful. New small business shredders are soon to be available at Fellowes, giving small companies and home-based companies who do a lot of shredding the same convenience and productivity of large corporate auto feed shredders.


Would a Large Company Ever Need Small Shredders?

Sometimes. If individual office workers are conducting a lot of shredding at their workstations, then having them make a trip to the commercial auto feed would be less productive. However, if those workstations were equipped with small business auto feed shredders, that productivity might actually increase.

Use this helpful shredder selector tool to make the best choice for your shredding needs: Shredder Tool.


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