Carbonless for the busy teacher

Blog Summary:

  • Electronic forms sound nice, but busy teachers need fast, easy carbonless

  • Carbonless works when electronic systems go down

  • Private schools may be more likely to switch to a different printer

A few months ago, Randolph Paper surveyed our customers to discover TEN Huge Industries Using Custom Carbonless Forms. This quick read breaks down the top selling industry: schools.

How Schools Can Use Carbonless Forms

Schools, like other institutions, have transitioned from paper forms to electronic ones. It sounds like a great idea, too. Records are housed online, so parents, teachers, and administrators can instantly access them. Administrators have fewer sheets of paper laying around their desks and in files. It should be a great thing.

Except, busy teachers find electronic forms difficult to use. Electronic forms require that someone use a computer or tablet to get the information. Busy teachers want to spend their time working with students instead of checking their laptops every few minutes. When a student comes in late, they can’t pause the class while they write a note in their online grading system.

That’s why carbonless works so well for some daily tasks. Schools can use carbonless as a quick way to communicate while they wait for free time to enter notes into their electronic systems. For example, an electronic tardy slip requires someone to stop what they’re doing and type something into a computer. A paper form can be completed and handed off in much less time and hassle.  

Schools can use carbonless for:

  • Tardy slips

  • Attendance forms

  • Excuse forms

  • Early release forms

It may be easier to pitch private schools than break into a large, public school system. While it would be great to serve a school with 5,000 kids, they often have difficult procurement processes. Private schools are much more flexible and much more likely to partner with a local printer. 

Of course, every school will have a different process and require different things. Get to know your local school, public or private, to find out what they need. 

Carbonless Forms vs Electronic Forms

Custom carbonless forms work much better than electronic ones at schools. Here are some reasons why:

  • Carbonless is fast and easy. Busy teachers can quickly use carbonless without opening a laptop or using a tablet

  • Carbonless never goes down. Servers can go down and electronic records get erased, but carbonless doesn’t. 

  • Carbonless is simple. There’s much less training necessary when you use custom carbonless forms. Spend less time training and more time making money.


The Family Printer Advantage

Just like carbonless paper forms have many advantages, you do, too. The local printer might not have the big box power, but you do have strengths they don’t. Make sure you know how to point to your strengths when you pitch to someone in the education industry.

  • Local: Local businesses like to support local businesses. 

  • Flexible: Small printers can create the perfect form for a business when the big guys only sell basic models with custom graphics

  • Helpful: Local printers have the expertise to help businesses make good decisions about their paper and custom carbonless forms. The big guys make them wade through complex websites

Spend some time visiting with local schools to get to know their needs. Once they know and trust you, it will be that much easier to offer them exactly what they need at the right price. 

Check out our carbonless paper products for all your custom form needs. 


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