Business Office Supply: Checks and Business Forms
What are business forms?
When shopping for business office supplies, the question
of business forms come up. Business forms are any
type of form a business uses including invoices, receipts,
tax forms, etc…. In business, there are generally
two types of forms, basic stock forms and custom designed
forms. Both have advantages and disadvantages, depending
on the businesses needs. Basic stock forms are the
forms that any and every office can use. The office’s
logo can be put on these forms, but it may cost extra
depending on where the office will buy the forms.
Customized business forms are forms made specified
for a particular business. The following is a list
of advantages of using custom business forms:
There are not any unwanted formats
They may look more professional
to clients because they are specifically designed
for a business.
They can prevent any errors
on the forms because an individual office designed
They serve clients more effectively
because the forms are designed for a specific office’s
On the other hand, basic stock forms are just what they
say, basic. There could be a number of unneeded or unwanted
things or styles on these forms. The following are things
an office should consider before ordering new forms:
What is needed on the forms?
What is the smallest form an
office can get, but still have all the required
Who will use the forms, clients
Is there anything that can be
deleted from a previous form to make the new ones
Every business needs checks as
well as forms. All types of checks can be customized
for the business. Business checks are divided into
the following three categories:
Continuous Checks: These types
of checks are printed through a specific type of
printer called a continuous feed dot matrix printer.
These checks are connected to each other by a perforation
which allows for continuous printing.
Laser Checks: These checks can
be printed from any laser printer by an office or
company that has the appropriate software. The number
of checks that can be printed at a time depends
on the printer. Software to print these checks includes,
but is not limited to, Microsoft Money, CheckMark
Software Inc., and Simply Money.
Manual Checks: These checks are
filled out by hand, so the office may have to order
the checks. These may be used when printing systems
are down or if the checks are for a very small office.
Manual checks can also be split into different categories
which include three-on-a-page checks, traveler’s
checks, compact business checks, and voucher checks.
Business should use business checks in order to be
more efficient and to save money, as the checks can
mostly be printed in large quantities. A business
must decide what type of check and/or software will
best suit the company before buying or printing anything.