The Best Evernote Alternatives in 2017

by Michael Kwan - on May 25th 2017 - No Comments
Taking notes and keeping names

The human brain is wonderfully fascinating and thoroughly complex. It’s also terribly unreliable. In this modern day and age where we are expected to remember so much, from our shopping lists to our to-do lists for projects at work, it’s hard to keep it all organized in any sort of meaningful way within the confines of our...

Expense Management Apps for Small Businesses

by Chris Cairns - on May 13th 2017 - No Comments
Keeping a receipt

One of the major advantages to going into business for yourself is that you have the opportunity to “write off” legitimate business expenses. If you work out of your home office, for instance, you can legitimately write off a portion of your utilities and rent. These monthly bills are a little easier to track, but what about...

7 Wunderlist Alternatives Worth Considering

by Michael Kwan - on Apr 28th 2017 - 1 Comment
You can do better than a paper to-do list

You may have heard the news earlier this month that Microsoft is shutting down Wunderlist and replacing it with its own app. They didn’t think too far outside the box in naming this app — it’s called “To-Do” — and the idea is to integrate many of Wunderlist’s most treasured features. At some point,...

Top VPN Services for Freelancers and Remote Workers

by Chris Cairns - on Apr 13th 2017 - No Comments
Using laptop at the airport

It may have once been the case that the only reason why someone would legitimately want to have a virtual private network was so that they could “dial in” to the office intranet from a remote location. Certain files or programs could only be accessed while in the office and a VPN provided the necessary workaround when you...

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Google Docs

by Michael Kwan - on Mar 27th 2017 - No Comments
Using Google Docs

Arguably one of the most powerful and versatile tools in the arsenal of any telecommuter, freelancer or remote worker is Google Drive. This is especially true with the suite of productivity software that can effectively replace Microsoft Office on your computer. You’ve got Google Docs as your Microsoft Word alternative, Sheets to...

Better Solutions for Better Team Communication

by Chris Cairns - on Mar 13th 2017 - No Comments
Better team communication

As remote workers, telecommuting and distributed teams increasingly become the norm in today’s world of business, it can become nearly impossible to get everyone in the same room at the same time. And even if it were possible, it would hardly be cost effective. As useful as email, instant messengers and social media have become,...

7 Free Microsoft Office Alternatives Worth Checking Out

by Michael Kwan - on Feb 20th 2017 - No Comments
Productivity with Microsoft Office

For a great number of years, Microsoft Office has been the de facto standard for office productivity software. If you wanted to type up a document, you’d use Microsoft Word. If you needed to produce a spreadsheet with charts, Excel was only way to go. Indeed, PowerPoint is widely recognized as the Kleenex of presentations. But did...

Instagram Apps for Android to Boost Your Social Media Game

by Chris Cairns - on Feb 6th 2017 - No Comments
Instagram on Android

Social media continues to play an increasingly influential role in the world of modern business and it would be foolish to ignore just how powerful these networks can be. Boasting even higher engagement rates than Facebook or Twitter, Instagram is proving to be an invaluable business tool for organizations of all sizes. But it’s...

Smarter iPhone Apps for Capturing Ideas

by Michael Kwan - on Jan 23rd 2017 - No Comments
Capturing ideas on an iPhone

Particularly true if you work in any sort of creative field, but equally valuable no matter how you choose to earn your paycheck, ideas are what make this world go round. For better or for worse, though, you have no real control over when inspiration might strike. You could be on your way to an important meeting, you could be out to lunch,...

5 Better Organizer Apps for Android

by Chris Cairns - on Jan 9th 2017 - No Comments
Get a better planner

Not to take anything away from the default tools preloaded onto your smartphone, like Google Calendar, but it’s certainly worth your while to look for better organizer apps to get (and keep) your life in order. The relative simplicity of Google Keep and Google Tasks might be appealing, but they are also inherently limiting. If...

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