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.

How to Manage All Your Cloud Storage in One Place

by Chris Cairns - on May 5th 2016 - No Comments
Cloud storage management

The ability to save so much data in the cloud has proven remarkably useful for consumers and businesses alike. You can save your documents and pictures with your cloud storage provider of choice, accessing those files through your computer, on your smartphone or on your tablet, as long as you have a connection to the Internet. But what...

5 Writing Apps for Clearer Communication

by Chris Cairns - on Apr 7th 2016 - No Comments
Writing on a computer

It’s not too hard to find a word processing program these days that comes with a built-in spell checking utility. In fact, many of them will check your spelling in real time as you type out those words on the screen. That’s very handy, but spelling all your words correctly is only one small part of what makes for good writing....

More Cloud Services for Remote Business Management

by Chris Cairns - on Mar 4th 2016 - No Comments
Remote business management

A few weeks ago, we highlighted a number of online business tools that would effectively allow you to run your company in the cloud. This means that you no longer have to make the commute in to the office in order to take care of both your employees and your customers. It also means that if business happens to take you abroad, you can...

5 Big Tips to Improve Your Desk Ergonomics (and Boost Your Productivity)

by Chris Cairns - on Feb 4th 2016 - No Comments
Home office desk ergonomics

In trying to figure out how best to utilize our time in the office, we oftentimes get caught up in systems and technology. While it is absolutely true that you may find yourself being far more productive when you adhere to the pomodoro technique for your work sessions, there’s one area that frequently goes neglected: desk ergonomics....

Free Motivation Apps for Android to Keep You Going

by Chris Cairns - on Jan 7th 2016 - No Comments
Stay motivated

Now that you’ve set yourself a number of new year’s resolutions, the challenge is trying to stick with them for the entirety of 2016 and beyond in order to achieve your bigger goals. While the actual mechanics involved in working smarter, losing weight or getting more done can be difficult enough, the biggest challenge you...

Apps to Block Distractions and Improve Focus

by Chris Cairns - on Dec 3rd 2015 - No Comments
Block distractions and get back to work

There is a very important difference between being busy and being productive. Just because you are “at work” at your desk doesn’t mean that you are actually “working” on something that matters. Far too often, we get pulled down the rabbit hole of YouTube or we become engulfed in Facebook status updates, forgetting...

WordPress Workflow Plugins for Better Content Management

by Chris Cairns - on Nov 5th 2015 - No Comments
WordPress content management

Known best as a world class blogging platform that can be freely used by just about anyone, WordPress can be used to power a variety of different website types. You can use it for an e-commerce store just as easily as you can use it for your company website or as a online forum. But blogging and “content management” is at...

Time Management Apps for the iPhone

by Chris Cairns - on Oct 8th 2015 - No Comments
Time Management Apps

The smartphone in your pocket can be your best friend or it can be your worst enemy. You can waste countless hours away at crushing candies or flapping birds or you can use that device as a functional tool to help you get more done and get it done more effectively. And the single most important resource in your hands is time. That’s...

Google Calendar Add-Ons for More Effective Workflows

by Chris Cairns - on Sep 10th 2015 - No Comments
Calendar Planning

Many of us have come to rely on Google for so much of our digital lives. We back up all of our contacts to Google, for example, so that they can be automatically restored and synchronized whenever we get a new smartphone. But as great as the mighty Google may be, its solutions are still missing some useful features. That’s where...

5 Must-Have Apps for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

by Chris Cairns - on Aug 12th 2015 - No Comments
Team collaborating on a project

The kinds of apps, both mobile and web-based, that are of utmost importance to the regular consumer are not necessarily the same kinds of apps for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Sure, fitness trackers and health apps are great for individuals, but from the perspective of a business, apps need to offer more a more direct return...