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Top VPN Services for Freelancers and Remote Workers

by Chris Cairns - on Apr 13th 2017 - No Comments
Using laptop at the airport

It may have once been the case that the only reason why someone would legitimately want to have a virtual private network was so that they could “dial in” to the office intranet from a remote location. Certain files or programs could only be accessed while in the office and a VPN provided the necessary workaround when you...

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...

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 Better Organizer Apps for Android

by Chris Cairns - on Jan 9th 2017 - No Comments
Get a better planner

Not to take anything away from the default tools preloaded onto your smartphone, like Google Calendar, but it’s certainly worth your while to look for better organizer apps to get (and keep) your life in order. The relative simplicity of Google Keep and Google Tasks might be appealing, but they are also inherently limiting. If...

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 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...

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...

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...

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....