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 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...

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...