Again, this is not exceptional or unusual technology. Companies as small as $5 million to $10 million in sales can buy software specifically designed for businesses their size. It's also possible, as Daydots did, to purchase sophisticated software and grow into it, adding functions as needed. Another solution is outsourcing - finding a company like ClientLogic that supplies distribution and warehouse services. Kenerson says its Columbus facility focuses on mid-market companies, as well as Fortune 1000 companies with $250 million to several billion in revenues.

"I think you're going to see what we're doing coming to more companies as time goes on," says Daydots' Milliorn. "I know going paperless hasn't been that popular on the commercial side, but it will come. It just makes sense. I pay bills online at home. So why shouldn't I do so for my business?"

andy bennett is a dallas-based commercial photographer, whose clients include nokia, perot systems, and mercedes-benz.
getting rid of the paper trail
fed up with filing cabinets? tired of paying someone to store boxes of documents? are piles of papers driving you crazy?

never fear. it's possible to take steps toward a paperless office, no matter how daunting it seems. just keep these tips in mind:

start slowly. you don't have to do everything at once, says chad mccoy, a salt lake city attorney who focuses on internet technology and law. he advises clients to pick a day to start the process - by scanning documents and the like - and box up the old paper afterward. "then, after seven years, just throw the boxes away," he says.