use your suppliers and vendors. you can get help, including and especially from banks, insurance, and credit card companies. many offer paperless services — such as electronic billing, ordering, or invoicing — and they’re as glad to do it as you are, says gene roman, a chicago consultant.
back it up. make sure you keep another digital copy — whether on a hard drive, zip drive, or cd — in a safe place. the legal standard, incidentally, is called “commercially reasonable.” you don’t have to keep everything, but there has to be a reason for what you do keep, and it has to be stored so others can find it.