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

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...

Awesome Free iPhone Apps for Productivity Buffs

by Michael Kwan - on May 19th 2016 - No Comments
Be more productive on your iPhone

The one computer that you will always have close at hand is your smartphone. You might not always be sitting in front of your desktop computer and it’s hardly practical to keep your notebook open in your lap all the time either. Your smartphone keeps you connected and it can prove to be a tremendous business tool if you load up...

7 Reasons Freelancers Should Use Kanban Boards and Pomodoro Timers

by Michael Kwan - on Apr 20th 2016 - No Comments
Kanban Tool with Kanban boards

As a freelancer and solopreneur, you are the proud founder and CEO of your own small business. If you’re anything like me, then chances are that you have a total employee count of one: just you. What this means is that you are responsible for everything from office management to accounting, marketing to social media management....

Customizable Start Pages to Start Your Work Day Smarter

by Michael Kwan - on Mar 17th 2016 - No Comments
Get more work done

When you first boot up your computer in the morning, you likely go through a rather similar routine for each work day. And since so many apps are now run in the cloud, almost the entirety of your work day can be handled through the confines of a web browser. You might read your email, check up on your social media, and have a look at...

The Best iPhone Calendar Apps Not By Apple

by Michael Kwan - on Feb 19th 2016 - No Comments
Finding the best iPhone calendar app

By far, one of the most important and most used apps you’re going to have on your smartphone is your calendar. It’s how you keep track of all your important meetings and appointments. You might also use it for reminders, like remembering to pick up the birthday cake on the way home from work. However, the default iPhone calendar...

5 Online Business Tools to Run Your Company in the Cloud

by Michael Kwan - on Jan 21st 2016 - No Comments
Online business tools

Gone are the days when business software was something that had to be locally installed and deployed by some expert in a company’s IT department. These days, it can oftentimes make a lot more sense to use online business tools instead, particularly in the context of small and medium sized businesses, as well as Internet startups....

New Year’s Resolutions You Need to Make to Work Smarter in 2016 (And How to Achieve Them)

by Michael Kwan - on Dec 17th 2015 - No Comments
New Year's Resolutions

As surprising as it may sound, another twelve months has come and gone. Now is the time to look back and reflect on the year that was, reviewing some of the promises you may have made for yourself this year. Did you quit smoking? Did you lose weight? What other new year’s resolutions did you make? Peering into the professional sphere...