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Awesome Auto-Scheduling Tools for Smarter Appointments

by Chris Cairns - on Aug 10th 2017 - No Comments
Booking calendar

As cliche and as overstated as it may be, the truth is that time can really be money, especially when it comes to the world of business. If you get caught up spending too much time on administrative and logistical tasks, you can’t spend that time on other activities, like content creation, brand management, and customer acquisition....

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...

More Cloud Services for Remote Business Management

by Chris Cairns - on Mar 4th 2016 - No Comments
Remote business management

A few weeks ago, we highlighted a number of online business tools that would effectively allow you to run your company in the cloud. This means that you no longer have to make the commute in to the office in order to take care of both your employees and your customers. It also means that if business happens to take you abroad, you can...

5 Terrific Android Apps For A Better Trade Show Experience

by Chris Cairns - on Mar 6th 2014 - No Comments
Busy Trade Show Floor

For people who have really never been, attending a trade show or convention sounds like it could be a lot of fun. You look at major events like CES, NAIAS, and E3 and you’re amazed by all the great stuff on display. However, if you’re attending a trade show for work, you’ll soon realize just how befuddling and how exhausting...

uTest: Crowdsourced Beta Testing For Web, Mobile, And Desktop Apps

by Michael Kwan - on May 10th 2012 - 1 Comment
Image showing app types you can test with utest

App development has definitely taken the world by storm, particularly when it comes to web-based and mobile apps. Unfortunately, far too many of these end up being half-baked offerings that are filled with bugs and problems. You don’t want that for your app and that’s why you want some real beta testing under some real-world...

7 Business Solutions For New Businesses

by Luke McKinney - on Dec 5th 2011 - 1 Comment
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Striking out with a new business is an incredible experience. You finally get to work for yourself, reap the rewards of your hard work and intelligence, and put into practice the millions of ways you could do things better than at your old job. (If you don’t have at least one million improvements in mind, you haven’t worked in an...

Got A Startup Idea? Get Help Preparing A Business Plan (And A Sales Pitch) At

by Michael Kwan - on Nov 23rd 2011 - 13 Comments

Ideas are exactly that — just ideas. On their own, they’re not going to be worth very much and they’re not going to carry much weight. An idea needs to be put in motion and it needs to be pointed in the right direction. You need a plan. More specifically, you need a comprehensive business plan, complete with strategies...

Effective Writing In 4 Simple Steps

by Luke McKinney - on Nov 14th 2011 - No Comments
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Writing is like speaking — everyone thinks they can do it, then does it without thinking, and then wishes they hadn’t. Modern technology means we all work with more words in a year than an ancient scholar would have seen in his entire life, even if he hadn’t died of cholera at age forty (some days that seems like the easier...

5 Gadgets And Tips From Brilliant Freelancers

by Luke McKinney - on Nov 7th 2011 - 1 Comment
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Working freelance is a great way to make money doing something you love. Nine-to-fivers are often jealous of the freelancer, thinking it must be great to work your own hours, not realizing that freelancers work all of them. When you’re in charge of everything from job applications to client communications to invoicing to maintenance...

5 Highly Creative iPad Apps, Adaptations, And Accessories For Business Use

by Luke McKinney - on Oct 2nd 2011 - No Comments
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Everyone wants an iPad; anyone who says otherwise is a liar. Even those who deny the potential of an iPad due to its “mainstream” status are secretly jealous or just permanently grumpy people. The only reason anyone wouldn’t buy a new iPad or other tablet is money. It may be a very fun toy, but playing iPad games isn’t...