How to Save on the Cost of Printer Toner Cartridges


Printer toner cartridges can be a very expensive part of your overall office budget, and if you're self-employed and work from home, you may be surprised at how much they can cost over the course of several months or a full year. Fortunately there are ways of saving money on printer toner cartridges so you don't need to pay full price every time they get low, and can get more life out of each cartridge as well. Note a few tips on how to do this and be sure your entire staff implements these as needed.

1. Start with your printer

Each printer should be able to tell you the average yield of a toner cartridge, and you want to invest in high-output printers where possible. This will mean getting more life out of your cartridge before it needs to be refilled or replaced.

It can also be good to keep your printer on, albeit in a low power mode, so that ink in toner cartridges stays warm. Many are made from powder or a powder base and they can dry up and get scratchy or produce low-quality prints when they get too cold. You may notice that new printers usually come with instructions to let them warm up for some time before using them, and part of the reason for this is to ensure the ink is not dry.

2. Simplify your documents

When you realise that every single thing on a document translates into used ink, you may then decide you need to simplify. Do you print your own letterhead and if so, does it have a large, fancy logo? Do you add borders to the pages of letters and other correspondence? Do you tend to add unnecessary graphics to the pages? These can be eye-catching details but they also mean more ink being used with each print. Simplify your documents in every way possible, switch to a lighter color for prints, and opt for thinner fonts so that you use less ink overall.

3. Switch to draft mode

Most printers will allow you to print in either a normal or a draft mode. The normal mode will make fonts and other parts of the page darker, whereas the draft mode will make them lighter and use less ink since it's assumed you'll only be proofreading a draft. By switching to draft mode each and every time you create a print, you will use less ink overall.


16 December 2015

Corporate Christmas cards

When you are sending Christmas cards to all your customers, you want them to look really good. They need to stand out against all of your competitors and should convey something about the company that helps people to remember who you are and what you do. Perhaps include some funny jokes and images that sell the idea of your business as a local Australian business with a groovy business approach. Finding a printer that can produce a high quality and classy Christmas card is a great promotional benefit for your business. This blog explains how to find a great printing service for your small business.