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.

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...

5 Best Business Tablets for Working on the Go

by Chris Cairns - on Sep 7th 2016 - No Comments
Working on business tablets

With more and more employees, startups and freelancers working remotely from a variety of different locations, mobility has become a critical priority for modern business. Workers no longer need to feel bound to a desktop computer in a fixed office location and having the right business tablets can help to facilitate a greater sense of...

7 Affordable CRM for Freelancers and Very Small Businesses

by Chris Cairns - on Aug 4th 2016 - No Comments
Small business laptop

Some people might assume that customer relationship management (CRM) software and solutions are aimed strictly at large sales forces (no pun intended) at large multinational companies with operating budgets to match. And that’s simply not the case. Whether you’re a company of one or a company of one thousand, sales are what...

5 Apps to Connect Your PC and Smartphone in Powerful Ways

by Chris Cairns - on Jul 7th 2016 - No Comments
Connect your PC to your smartphone and tablet

A part of the common vernacular these days is to refer to smartphones and tablets as the “second screen.” This is most often used in the context of talking about watching TV and how many people are on their mobile devices at the same time as watching their favorite programming. In the context of productivity, though, the smartphone...

Excellent iPhone Apps for a Smarter Paperless Office

by Chris Cairns - on Jun 7th 2016 - No Comments
Not a paperless office solution

A messy desk is said to be an indicator of a messy mind and one of the best things you can do to clear out some of that unsightly clutter is to get rid of as many of those dead trees as possible. Printed documents, user manuals and notepads aren’t as necessary anymore in the modern paperless office. And your Apple iPhone can help. There...