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

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...

Get the Most Out of Your Business Travel with These Mobile Apps

by Michael Kwan - on Sep 21st 2016 - No Comments
Business travel

From the outside looking in, some people might say that you’re very lucky that you get to travel so much for your job. Whether you’re attending conferences or visiting with clients and suppliers, you could be flying across the country or around the world on a fairly regular basis. Business travel can be very pragmatic and...

5 Awesome Mobile Project Management Apps

by Michael Kwan - on Aug 18th 2016 - No Comments
Mobile worker

Staying on top of all the moving parts of a complex project can be very challenging at the best of times. And while there are innumerable online tools and desktop programs that work great when you are sitting in front of your computer in your office, the reality of the situation might dictate that you need to work on the go too. And that’s...

Track Where You’re Wasting Your Time with These Mobile Apps

by Michael Kwan - on Jul 21st 2016 - No Comments
Wasting your time with Pokemon GO?

Many mobile apps are available for both the iPhone and Android platforms that can seriously bolster your productivity. It has become remarkably convenient to stay connected to the office and get work done on the go without having to whip out a full-fledged PC. Your laptop can stay in your bag. And just as there are numerous web apps...

Amazing Free Android Apps for Working Faster

by Michael Kwan - on Jun 21st 2016 - No Comments
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android smartphone

There are only 24 hours in the day and you don’t have a second to spare. Twiddling around with the settings or looking up that address for the 37th time can waste precious moments that you could otherwise be using to be more productive and more effective in the work you do. Tools and shortcuts can help you recover those precious...