Do you have a paper shredder in your home based business? That was one of the first things I got; I think I even bought one of those before buying a computer. And since then I never had any trouble keeping it fed and full. Here are my five favorite things to feed to the shredder.
Credit Card Convenience Checks – If anything was made for the paper shredder, it’s those so called ‘convenience checks’. Those are the things that look like checks but they are really credit card draft slips. Aside from them not being financially responsible to use (they carry a lot of fees with them), if they fall into the wrong hands, they will indeed be a ‘convenience’ for someone else to use!
Credit Manual Imprints – Since banks have made stricter requirements of merchants to mask credit card numbers on their sales receipts, you don’t see this much anymore. However, every once in a while, you will run across small merchants who still used manual imprints or even larger businesses who use them as a backup when their credit card authorization system is down. Save the receipt but shred the imprint!
Records with SSN or Tax ID – Any records that you don’t need which contain your social security number or tax ID should be shredded to avoid potential identity theft.
Credit Card Offers – With a home based business, it seems I get three times the credit card offers I used to get before starting a business. These are pre-made offer forms that show your address and an offer number for a credit card account. This is also a favorite tool for identity thieves, so the best place for these is the shredder!
Reports that Show Credit Cards – If you have any business reports that show customer credit card numbers on them (and you don’t have to file them), make sure they get fed to the shredder. Not only are you responsible for guarding your own identity and credit card information, but that of your customers as well.
How about you? Do you have any favorite “shredder food items” to add? If so, post a comment or two.