Why You Should Scan Your Documents ASAP

Why You Should Scan Your Documents ASAP

If there’s anything the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it’s the value of our relationships, our time, and that sadly, unexpected circumstances can come along and make a mess of our lives. The virus has also caused people to spend significantly more time at home, resulting in an unprecedented upturn in remodeling and home organization projects. As this difficult season fades away, you may want to take this opportunity to scan your documents now, so you can rest easy knowing you’ve kept everything safe and where you need it as you head into a new normal. 

Back Up Your Originals 

In some circumstances, such as applying for a passport, marriage license, or social security card, you will need to submit your original documents. Since they are not easily replaced, the following important originals should be stored in an easily accessible, fire safe box:

  • Long- and short-form birth certificates
  • Passport
  • Social Security card
  • Marriage license
  • Adoption certificate
  • Citizenship papers

However, even if you have them safely stored away, you should scan your documents and save the copies in several different forms and locations. Save your files in a clearly marked folder on your computer, upload them to a cloud-based drive like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or iCloud, and keep them on a portable drive as well. That way, you’ll have your documents right where and when you need them. In addition, if your originals are ever lost, stolen, or damaged, you will still have copies of your vital information, and the Federal Records Center can create new originals based on your scanned documents.

Access Your Files Anytime, Anywhere

When you scan your documents, they are available to you 24/7 wherever you can access the internet. This can be especially important while traveling or when you need them unexpectedly. You can even save your files as photos or PDFs on your phone, so you’ll be able to locate them immediately and print them right from your phone. More than just convenience, it can save you a great deal of hassle if you’re asked to produce them right away.

Get Rid of Clutter and Simplify Your Life

Though your most vital documents don’t take up much room, you likely have other important paperwork that is accumulating somewhere. Tax forms, product warranties, bank records, bills, and receipts are just a few examples of documents taking up space in your drawers or on your desk. Experts recommend saving your tax documents and investment records for seven years, pay stubs and canceled checks for a year, and warranty information and related receipts until they expire. Since most people are too busy to keep track of all that, they end up keeping everything “just in case,” creating piles of clutter and making it difficult to find what they need. Fortunately, once you scan your documents, you can shred whatever contains sensitive information and recycle the rest. 

You have a lot on your plate and probably have a lengthy list of things you want to get done eventually. Let Minuteman Press help you get organized and safeguard your most vital information. We’ll take your stack of papers, scan your documents, and put it all on a portable drive for you to take home and upload wherever you wish. You’ll feel good knowing you can scratch one more thing off that to-do list. 


4 Reasons Your Business Needs a Custom Vehicle Wrap

4 Reasons Your Business Needs a Custom Vehicle Wrap

Staying competitive in the business world requires hard work, innovation, and the willingness to explore new ways to reach your target audience. Though your marketing strategy should include digital channels like social media, email, video, and web content, you shouldn’t neglect the power of out-of-home (OOH) advertising to gain the attention of potential customers. 

While a billboard may be the most recognizable form of OOH advertising, a custom vehicle wrap (sometimes referred to as a mobile billboard) is an eye-catching, memorable way to get your company noticed by people in your service area. Here are four compelling reasons why a wrap may be just what your business needs to get a leg up on the competition and boost your revenue this year.


You may be surprised to know that:

  • 57% of people who see mobile billboards notice them all or most of the time. (Nielsen)
  • A single custom vehicle wrap can generate 30,000 to 70,000 daily impressions (ARD Ventures)
  • 97% of those who view mobile advertisements remember them (RYP & Becker Group)
  • Mobile billboards command 2.5 times more attention than static billboards (Perception Research)

These findings are very convincing, especially when you consider the size of your area and the number of vehicles you may want to use to advertise your business. More impressions, greater visibility, and better recall increase the likelihood your company’s name will come to mind when people need the services you provide. 


The most effective advertising campaigns leave a lasting impression on potential customers, and a custom vinyl-wrapped vehicle makes your company’s name 15 times more recognizable than any other type of advertising. In fact, over 96% of people surveyed by the American Trucking Association said that mobile billboards have a greater impact than standard billboards. When you consider that your vehicle is also stationary at times — in traffic, at stoplights, and when it’s parked — it exposes your potential customers to your advertisement for a much longer period than when it’s moving.

Brand Identity

Your business is more than just your company name and what you offer; it’s your story, your mission, and what makes you unique and special. Your logo, colors, designs, and words are all critical to communicating who you are. A custom vehicle wrap provides more than just information — it gives your audience a clear, concise snapshot of your brand identity. So whether you want to show that your business is elegant, reliable, innovative, or just plain fun, your vehicle will leave a memorable impression on everyone who sees it.


Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons to consider getting your vehicle wrapped is the amazing ROI potential. Wraps are relatively inexpensive, typically ranging from $1000 – $4000, and can last up to five years. So, for a few hundred dollars per year, you can have a highly visible, attention-grabbing advertisement that reaches an enormous audience wherever your vehicle goes. If you include a unique phone number in the wrap design, you’ll be able to accurately track how much your business increases from the use of your mobile billboard.

If you think your business could benefit from a custom vehicle wrap, contact a digital printing specialist who will work with you to create the perfect design to represent your company. In a few short days, your wrap will be printed, installed, and turning heads.



Tees for You and Me

Tees for You and Me

These t-shirts are helping local businesses. 

We created these t-shirts as a way to help during the COVID-19 crisis.  Order a t-shirt for $20 and we’ll use $10 of the proceeds to purchase gift cards at local restaurants.  When the COVID-19 restrictions are over, we’ll use the gift-cards as a fun give-away for our community. 



Restaurants win…

They’ll receive cash when we purchase gift cards with the funds raised through t-shirt sales.


We win…

We’re a small business too, and these t-shirt sales help us pay the bills and our employees.


You win…

You get soft t-shirts with a cool design AND you feel good about supporting local businesses. 

Bonus win if you win a gift card at the end, too!


Safe Ordering and Delivery

  • Order your t-shirts right from our website
  • Ask any questions by phone or email
  • Receive your t-shirts by mail or by curb-side pick-up


Why are gift-card purchases helpful to local businesses right now?

When you buy a gift card, you are giving immediate cash to a business.  Right now, small businesses need an influx of cash.  Sales have dropped, but they still have to pay rent, order supplies, and keep the lights on.  When COVID-19 has passed and businesses begin to see normal sales volumes, you can redeem your gift cards.  It’s a win-win…the business gets cash right now, and you get a great product/service at a later date.

NPR recently featured this idea, and it’s gaining traction around the country!

You can order your t-shirts through our online store.  Thank you for your support!

We are wishing all of our small business partners success through this unusual time!  If we can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  We will do what we can to help you with unique challenges. 


Helping You Without Touching You

Helping You Without Touching You

Minuteman Press is still open!  We are an essential service because we print for hospitals, doctors’ offices, retailers, and municipalities.  We are still here to help you with printing, mailing, promotional products and more…but we’re doing it with caution and creativity. 

  • Communication…without being together.
    • We can communicate by phone, email, or video chat.  We’re happy to communicate in the way that makes you most comfortable.
  • Delivering your orders…without seeing you.
    • We can ship your completed order to you.
    • We can leave your completed order outside our door in Enfield so you can pick it up.
    • We can deliver your order to your business, and we’ll leave it outside your door and call you to say it’s there.

Not sure how to reach your customers while observing ‘social distancing’ recommendations?  Ask us about lawn signs, banners, postcards, and mailed catalogs!

We are wishing all of our small business partners success through this unusual time!  If we can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  We will do what we can to help you with unique challenges. 

On Board 2017

On Board 2017

Michael was pleased to attend the On Board Event at the Basketball Hall of Fame.  It is a great chance to meet with different non-profits in the area.

He is pictured with Jill Monson-Bishop of Inspired Marketing, Git Nahmens from Arrangit, Ryan Stelzer from Strategy of Mind, and Springfield City Councilor Attorney Mike Fentin from Shatz, Shwartz and Fentin, P.C.