Chris Cairns

Private equity professional, Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Penn State, Ultimate Fighting Champ over grappling dummy, and founder and editor of this blog.

5 Home Office Security Essentials for Telecommuters and Freelancers

by Chris Cairns - on Jul 7th 2017 - No Comments
A comfortable home office

Working from home certainly has its share of perks and benefits. This is true whether you run your own business or you telecommute in with a more traditional employer. You have the freedom to set up your workstation as you see fit and you enjoy greater flexibility with hours and with the tools that you use to get the job done. But this...

Online Password Manager Comparison

by Chris Cairns - on Jun 8th 2017 - No Comments
Stay safe with password managers

Most people have heard about the basic best practices and recommendations when it comes to conducting their business online. Experts assert that your passwords should be “strong,” containing a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols, without containing any dictionary words, personally identifiable...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

5 Productivity Chrome Extensions to Keep on Track

by Chris Cairns - on Dec 7th 2016 - No Comments
Boost your productivity

Are you having trouble maintaining your focus at work? Do you find yourself looking back at the end of the day wondering where all the hours melted away? This can become especially challenging when you’re working from home or otherwise away from the office, because you are presented with infinite opportunities for procrastination...

Find Coworking Space Anywhere with Awesome iOS Apps

by Chris Cairns - on Nov 9th 2016 - No Comments
Find comfortable coworking space like this

Thanks to the advancing wonders of the Internet and the continued improvement of cloud-based solutions, it is more accessible and convenient than ever before to work remotely. It doesn’t matter if you’re actually based in Seattle, San Francisco or Sarasota. You can just easily get the job done while traveling to Montreal,...

5 Powerful Task Management Systems for Productivity Buffs

by Chris Cairns - on Oct 7th 2016 - No Comments
Pen and paper to-do list

The traditional to-do list created using a simple pen and paper may have been reasonably sufficient for basic tasks back in the day. But times have changed. Obligations and responsibilities have become far more complicated and we need more robust task management systems to keep tabs on all the moving parts. Between your personal and your...