By Nicole Tinkham
Labels are used in the office for three main purposes: shipping, organizing, and branding (water bottles, CDs, tags, etc.). However, you have many options within these three main categories. Labels come in a variety of sizes, special features, and colors. Label makers (both handheld and PC connected) are even something to consider. This guide will outline your options and help determine which type of label you really need.
Mailing large boxes
From 2” x 4” to 8.5” x 11” (full sheet)
From ½ x 1-3/4” to 3.5 x 4”
Avery Easy Peel
Mini-Sheets (for when you have only a few labels to print)
Print-to-the-Edge (for special mailings, invitations, and announcements)
Piggyback labels (outbound and return address in one)
White (and matte white)
Metallic (gold and silver)
File Folder Labels
Organizing file folders. (Learn more about types of file folders here)
Ranges with 15/16” x 3-7/16” being the extra-large option
Priority messages, color coding, identification, and more.
Rectangular – About 1” x 3” to full sheet (8.5” x 11”)
Round – Ranges from ¼” to 1-1/4” diameter
Neon colors (green, magenta, yellow, orange, red)
Branding and marketing solutions. For example, custom water bottle labels, packaging labels, brochure labels, CD labels, and more.
Various shapes and sizes to accommodate your needs.
Round labels (brown Kraft, foil, and glossy)
Rectangle labels (clear and pearl)
Oval labels (glossy and matte)
Square labels (white and brown Kraft)
Arched labels (white)
Label strips (Kraft brown)
Wraparound labels (for water bottles)
Extends colors to the edge of the label for a custom printed look.
The first step in the label purchasing process is to determine what the label will be used for. Are you mailing envelopes, organizing file folders, promoting your business, or color coding? This will narrow down your search. Next, you must consider whether or not you need anything special like color, a specific size or a label that can be removed. If you plan on printing your labels, make sure to get the correct type for your printer (laser or inkjet). Please contact us (941-747-2995) with any label questions as it’s easy to become overwhelmed with so many options!