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

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...

How to Maximize Your iPad Pro Productivity

by Michael Kwan - on Nov 19th 2015 - No Comments
Productivity on the Apple iPad Pro

The world of computing is changing. No longer are you bound to a traditional desktop PC with one or more big monitors in order to actually get any real work done, because you can accomplish so much on the go with suitably equipped mobile devices. And we’re not just talking about regular old laptops either, because convertible tablets...

Awesome iPhone 6s Apps That Use 3D Touch Now

by Michael Kwan - on Oct 22nd 2015 - No Comments
3D Touch on an Apple iPhone 6s

You don’t need to have the latest iPhone model in order to enjoy the newest features in iOS 9, but you will need an iPhone 6s or an iPhone 6s Plus if you want to take advantage of the extra functionality afforded by 3D Touch technology. Also known as Force Touch, this allows the touchscreen on the newest iPhone to detect varying...

Tips and Apps for Greater Google Android Control

by Michael Kwan - on Sep 24th 2015 - No Comments
Google Android

The Google Android platform, for the most part, is open to customization and adaptation. That’s why Google has its “vanilla” or “base” version on which carriers and manufacturers can build upon should they so desire. Depending on the user and their comfort level, further customization is possible. For the...

Free Windows 10 Apps You Need to Get

by Michael Kwan - on Aug 26th 2015 - No Comments
Microsoft Windows 10

Few factors will have as profound an impact on your workflow as the operating system on your main computer. This is your primary point of interface and it’s where you’re going to get most of your work done. In the not-too-distant past, we took a look at some of the key Windows 10 features that should help you work smarter...

Great Asana Alternatives for Team Project Management

by Michael Kwan - on Jul 23rd 2015 - No Comments
Get More Done with Asana Alternatives for Project Management

When you are working with multiple teams, juggling multiple projects with multiple components, it can be nearly impossible to keep track of all the balls, let alone keep them all coordinated and in the air. Thankfully, there are multiple team and project management tools available on the Internet, including those that subscribe to agile...