If you produce a lot of documents, you will probably need to bind them at some point. You can either have this done by a third party or else you can do it yourself. There are many reasons why you should consider doing it yourself. Let’s take a look at them….
1) The most compelling reason to bind your documents yourself is to save money. Having your work processed by a third party such as a bindery can be really pricey, especially if you do it often or have a large number of books that need to be assembled. Your own binding machine is a one-time cost. Once you have it, all you need is paper, covers, and the binding implements themselves (i.e. plastic combs). These supplies can be inexpensive, particularly if you buy them in bulk.
2) Another reason to assemble your documents in-house is that it gives you control over the entire process. You’ll be able to control when and how you bind, and you won’t need to stick to a third party’s schedule. This can be very helpful, especially if you’re the kind of person who likes to monitor how a project is progressing.
3) Bookbinding has come a long way since the days when plastic comb binding was really the only document finishing method available. While plastic combs are still available (and popular), you can now bind your books with twin-loop wire spines, spiral coils, and so on. There’s never been so many bookbinding methods available and the good news is that they’re all pretty easy to do. You can actually become very proficient at assembling your documents which will not just boost productivity, it will add another item to your skill set.
4) Binding your own documents will allow you to customize them as you wish. There are different sizes, weights, and colors of paper available, as well as covers. You can choose between plastic and paper covers, or even have the covers offset printed or embossed. Basically, you can make your work look the way you want it. This will help you take pride in your final product and it will also impress your colleagues and readers.
5) Finally, binding your own work typically doesn’t take that long. This is especially true if you use pre-punched paper or have a thermal bookbinding device that can process more than one document at a time. Doing this will help you meet deadlines, something that may be difficult to do when someone else is handling the work for you and they have their own schedule.
There are some very compelling reasons to bind your own documents. Of course, meeting deadlines is crucial and being able to customize your work is a nice perk. However, perhaps the best reason to do this is so that you can save money. This is helpful for the moment and the future so your company can continue to enjoy success. Start binding your own work today. It will be one of the best decisions you ever make.