5 Apps to Help You Go Paperless

Written by Trevor Hanson on April 21, 2016

It’s 2016. Are you thinking what we’re thinking? It’s totally time to go paperless. It’s never been easier to cut back on paper with powerful apps that help keep you organized whether at home or on the go.

Here’s a few of our favorites:


1. To save all those handwritten notes lying around: Evernote

$$: FREE! (Paid plans optional)


If you haven’t already used Evernote, you’re going to be amazed by how much this will help keep you organized. Evernote turns your smartphone into a portable scanner so you can upload notes quickly and easily so all of your “stuff” is stored in the cloud. What’s even more amazing is that you can actually search handwriting in images. So that family recipe for Lasagna you snapped a photo of last year? Yep, super easy to find. And if cousin Angelo wants a copy, just a couple taps and he’s ready for homemade goodness.


2. When you’re done writing handwritten notes: Clear

$$: $4.99


Post its, to do lists, and handwritten grocery lists are so old school. Plus who who brings a pen to the grocery store? Not me. With Clear, you can create super simple lists that are great for remembering what to get at the store. But Clear can do so much more, you can create different to-do lists and add reminders so you don’t forget about Susie’s soccer game or your friend’s party. It’s dead simple and lets you forget the paper and pen at home.


3. When you need to scan something but don’t have a scanner: TurboScan

$$: $3.99-$4.99


Need to “scan” a signed form or legal document? TurboScan makes it super easy to snap a quick photo and turn it into a PDF. It even adjusts for angles so that it looks like you actually used a real scanner. Who still has a scanner anyway? Plus, TurboScan makes it easy to email and send off the scanned item without leaving your desk.


4. To store all your files, photos, notes, movies, and secret recipes securely: Dropbox

$$: Free-$99 per year (depending on storage amount)


Dropbox makes it super easy to store photos, videos, documents, songs, audiobooks… the list just goes on and on. It’s a secure, online storage locker for everything digital. It’s also the simplest way to organize and share things with friends and family. With a handy mobile app you can access everything on the go, and the desktop version allows you to move all those files off your hard drive into the cloud for safekeeping.

Bonus: When you’re ready to modernize your practice and ramp up your business: SimplePractice!


Therapy notes, scheduling, and billing are all in one place with SimplePractice. It’s simple to access your client’s information whether you’re at the office or on the go with our mobile app, while making it easy to stay completely secure and HIPAA compliant at the same time. To top it off, you can dictate your notes in the mobile app so you can quickly add your thoughts before your next session.

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About the Author

Trevor is the Support Team Lead at SimplePractice. His focus is on the customer and making sure they get the support they need to have the best experience possible with SimplePractice. Trevor lives in Los Angeles with his extremely photogenic dog Max. Oh and he’s helplessly addicted to Instagram.

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