When I started my online ETSY business and then my hobby of blogging turned profitable I had to start getting more organized. The first year when I sat down to do my taxes I was so disappointed in myself. There were so many receipts I couldn't find and I had to spend hours trying to find dates and amounts of payments I had received throughout the year. Surprise nobody was there to hand me a W-2 at the end of the year. I was a self proclaimed organized person and there I sat on the verge of tears because there were so many missing pieces to the puzzle. After that experience I immediately started labeling, organizing and saving every little thing associated with my blog and shop. I think that was the first moment I realized my hobbies were now jobs and I needed to start taking my jobs seriously.
For anyone that has started a business I'm sure you can relate to needing ways to organize all the documents and receipts you obtain. I recently started using the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 which is a thermal heat printer that doesn't require ink or toner cartridges. I have had my eye on one for a while because I spend a lot on ink cartridges for shipping labels and packaging stickers with my shop logo. Before you picture a boring label printer and a stack of labeled containers or file folders take a second to see how I organize in style. Boring labeled items don't have a place in my office space so I took them to another label by using book plates.
I purchased my DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Value Pack from Staples and it is now free when you purchase 4 LabelWriter label rolls! The LabelWriter came with four different rolls of labels (LW Appointment Card Labels, LW Shipping Labels, LW File Folder Labels and LW Multi-Purpose Labels). The multi-purpose labels were the perfect size for the book plates I purchased and I was able to label my income tracker binder and some of my organizing wall hangers (in style I might add). Whether you are trying to label, file or mail the DYMO LabelWriter does it all. It is perfect because instead of wasting time and money printing one label onto a whole sheet of labels you can easily print a single label with one quick click.
Book Plate Labeled Binder
- DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Value Pack
- Book Plates
- Small hole punch
(See the images below the directions for photo instructions)
- Use the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 to print your text onto a large address label. You might want to experiment with a few different fonts or font sizes. Hold a book plate up to the label to make sure it fits.
- Trim any excess of the label that won't be covered by the book plate with a pair of scissors. I had to trim a little off the top.
- Stick your label onto the spine of the binder.
- Hold the book plate up and use a pencil to mark where the holes need to go.
- Using a small hold punch make the holes where you marked them with the pencil. Attach the book plate and you are finished!
My DYMO LabelWriter® 450 and binder have perfect little homes in my office space that don't look one bit boring or out of place. I use the binder for income tracker and expense tracker sheets. I have a small manila envelope to keep W-9 forms and passwords to different accounts. The binder has become a true lifesaver and helps me organize everything in one easy spot. Doing my end of month reports and my taxes is now a breeze!
Just as quickly as I can think of something to print with my DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Value Pack it prints out right before my eyes. Lately I have been using the file folder labels to label my receipts with 'shop receipt' or 'blog receipt' since it can be confusing when I have to go back to them for something a few months down the road.
The next thing I am going to look into doing is using the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 to print labels and barcodes for my ETSY orders. There are over 60 label styles and layouts that work with the LabelWriter so you can use it for almost anything you can think of! Stop wasting time and get let the DYMO LabelWriter help you stay organized so preparing your taxes is quick and smooth.
What would you use the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 for? Would you use it to stay organized, ship or something else fun!?
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