Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and professional blogger based out of Vancouver, Canada, Michael Kwan focuses primarily in the areas of consumer electronics, entrepreneurship, and personal development. He blogs six times a week at Beyond the Rhetoric. Follow him on Twitter: @michaelkwan

Personal Cloud Storage Solutions for Small Businesses

by Michael Kwan - on Jul 20th 2017 - No Comments
Own your data with personal cloud storage solutions

No matter the kind of business that you run or the type of company that you work for, chances are that you rely on a fair bit of data. You’ve got those Excel spreadsheets, those annual financial reports, that marketing collateral, and all of your creative work-in-progress. There are few things worse than catastrophic hardware failure,...

5 Excellent Online Invoicing Tools for Small Businesses

by Michael Kwan - on Jun 22nd 2017 - No Comments
Online invoicing tools make this easier

As entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners, we’d like to think that we love what we do and that’s why we do it. Unfortunately, we can’t take that love to pay for our mortgages, utilities and dinners. At the end of the day, the bottom line still plays a positively vital role. Why not make it easier to bill...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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 PDF Apps You Need to Download Right Now

by Michael Kwan - on Dec 21st 2016 - No Comments
Do more with your PDF documents

Several advances in technology have made telecommuting and remote working far more accessible and much more viable than ever before. Many of the most common tools that once had to be installed locally on each individual machine and managed by an on-site IT team can now be access and used remotely via the cloud. It’s terrific. With...

Holiday Gift Guide for Remote Workers and Entrepreneurs

by Michael Kwan - on Nov 23rd 2016 - No Comments
Holiday gift guide for finding the perfect Christmas present

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” If you’re looking to spread a little extra holiday cheer with the solopreneur, entrepreneur, small business owner or remote worker on your “nice” list this year, there are plenty of options that can be both fun and functional. Two of the biggest factors in...

5 Must-Buy Products for Mobile Sales Professionals

by Michael Kwan - on Oct 20th 2016 - No Comments
Shaking hands and closing deals

The very nature of outside sales dictates that you will indeed need to go outside every once in a while, oftentimes to visit with your potential customers at their work sites. What this means, if you want to be an effective mobile sales professional, is that you need to pack the essentials of your proper office and have them with you...