The concept of living paperless lives turned out to be a myth. Filling out forms is as frustratingly tedious for the public as it has ever been.
In the US, a new type of service business is emerging that aims to take the pain away from consumers fed up with scrawling their details on forms.
Off Your Desk is a firm that handles the administrative headache of health insurance paperwork, while start-ups such as EUclaim and Miss Refund both help people claim travel refunds.
Off Your Desk has a three-tiered pricing model that charges customers $US295 a year to take away all of the paperwork burden, down to the drawing up of an ongoing support plan for $US65.
Thankfully, the Australian health system isn’t quite as convoluted as its US counterpart, but there are plenty of other areas where an Australian start-up could focus its paperwork-busting efforts.
Once you managed to get around privacy issues, there could be a real opportunity in dealing with the regular government and insurance paperwork that clutters up many peoples’ lives.