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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 Home Office Security Essentials for Telecommuters and Freelancers

by Chris Cairns - on Jul 7th 2017 - No Comments
A comfortable home office

Working from home certainly has its share of perks and benefits. This is true whether you run your own business or you telecommute in with a more traditional employer. You have the freedom to set up your workstation as you see fit and you enjoy greater flexibility with hours and with the tools that you use to get the job done. But this...

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...

Online Password Manager Comparison

by Chris Cairns - on Jun 8th 2017 - No Comments
Stay safe with password managers

Most people have heard about the basic best practices and recommendations when it comes to conducting their business online. Experts assert that your passwords should be “strong,” containing a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols, without containing any dictionary words, personally identifiable...

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,...

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...