My husband has run his own courier business going on 13 years and somewhere along the way, I became his unofficial office manager. I create documents that allow him to be more efficient and systems to keep the paper work organized.
In his line of work, we have to track air bills, create shipping labels, mileage logs and a slew of other documents to keep up with on a day-to-day basis.
On a year-to-year basis, there are income tax returns to manage. Although we already had things neatly filed, I decided to go a little farther create a binder system.
In to create our tax return binder system I used the following supplies.
- 1.5 inch notebooks
- page protectors
- scrapbook paper
...and my DYMO LabelWriter® 450.
The DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Turbo lets me do a few different things for my business like:
- print USPS®-approved DYMO Stamps® postage right from my desk with no monthly fees
- print labels like the ones I'll show you today.
- print individual labels -- no need for sheet labels
How I Made My Tax Return Labels
First, I did a test run to see which printing layout I would use. There are over 60 to choose from and I ended up choosing one style for the binder spine and one for the binder dividers.
I broke the returns down into categories based on the types of documents we supplied when filing our return.
All of my labels were printed in about 10 minutes, right at my desk. I love not having to figure out where on a sheet label I need to position the next print. The DYMO lets me print each label, one by one as needed.
Once the labels for the spine and dividers were printed I attached them.
Once the labels were attached, I placed all of my tax return paperwork inside. To file the documents in each section, I either whole punched them or placed them in a page protector.
Everything is filed and I've already created a binder for our next years income tax return.
I hope you got some good ideas from my tutorial.