ScanningFlatbed scanners: You probably already own a flatbed scanner at home; mine came as an all-in-one with my printer a few years back. And while these scanners work just fine for digitizing active papers on a weekly basis, you'll probably die of boredom if you tried scanning your backlog of paperwork with these dinosaurs. Sheet-fed scanners: If you're serious about going paperless and have tons of photos, business cards and paper that need digital archiving, you are going to want a heavy-duty scanner. Usually compact in size, most take 25 to 50 pages at once. Here are my top faves.Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners. I own the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M. It's a scanning beast and also can capture double-sided paper. These scanners also use technology called OCR, which allows you to search handwritten or typed documents once they are scanned.NeatReceipts makes scanners compatible for PC and Mac users, with a portable or desktop version available.If you're saying, "Bah, humbug" to scanning, you can always send your paperwork off to be scanned. I have clients who love 1DollarScan and Shoeboxed. The investment is less than buying a scanner but could add up over time. It all depends on the situation. Will the paper get scanned only if you pay someone else to do it? Answer this question before spending the big bucks on a new scanner.