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4 Gadgets A Traveling Businessman Needs To Run His Business From Anywhere

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Internet Tools, Online Data, Social Networks | Comments Off on 4 Gadgets A Traveling Businessman Needs To Run His Business From Anywhere

Sometimes we like to take time away from the office. It’s not easy working all the time when you run your own business and you deserve the chance to get away. It makes it easier if the business can be run from anywhere. If it’s an online business that’s maybe the case. But sometimes you still need certain things you don’t have available if you’re out on the open road. Mail will still get delivered and you need someone to answer it. You still need to update things and access the Internet no matter where you are.

Luckily it’s not the 20th century anymore. There’s an abundance of gadgets and services that makes running your business from anywhere easy. But only if you know about them. I bet there’s some things you had no idea existed. If you did you would probably hit the road a lot more than you do just now. So that’s what we’re going to be looking at. Some wonderful inventions that will make your life a lot easier. Now you won’t need to worry about driving down to Starbucks to meet with clients or catching up on some emails.

A tablet computer

A tablet is simply the best way to stay on top of everything while you’re away. You can choose what one you like the best, but the most popular has to be the iPad. Because you hold it in your hand you can use it anywhere to check up on emails or speak to people over Skype. If you take a little keyboard with you it’s possible to write while you sit at a coffee shop. You also have access to every single one of your files on your office computer, which you can look into at any time, and you can even update them as you please.

Don’t worry about your mail

It’s always a worry what to do with your mail when you’re not at the office. You don’t need to worry about that anymore. There’s certain companies that you can forward all your mail to. Once they receive your mail they will scan it onto the computer and email it to you, giving you access to everything without lifting your finger. When everything is scanned onto the computer they’ll then shred the physical mail to keep it out of danger. It will cost you a monthly fee, but for the service they provide it’s well worth it.

Speak with your team over the net

Sometimes the biggest problem with being away from your teammates is that you can’t speak to them in a meeting like you would at home. You can call them up, but it’s not really the same as being face-to-face with them. What you need is video conferencing software. If you’re not looking for anything fancy then Skype will probably do. But what it allows you is the ability to speak with everyone in a meeting environment at the same time. Something you need when you’re running certain businesses.


A Smartphone

If you run a business you need a Smartphone these days. It’s something you could easily do without, but you need your head checked if you decide to go down that route. The benefits outweigh the negatives by a hundred to one. You always need to be connected to everyone without depending on an Internet connection in every place you visit. Having 24/7 access to the Internet is nice and it means you don’t need to switch on your tablet for silly little things like checking email. It’s also the same as having your own personal assistant curled up in your luggage reminding you of everything you need to know. You can’t beat that.

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10 Reasons Why Macs Are Better Than PCs

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Advice IT Experts | Comments Off on 10 Reasons Why Macs Are Better Than PCs

While many PC owners don’t get into the fray, many Mac owners adamantly let everyone know that Macs are better than PCs. There are several reasons why Mac is better than PC’s, and many of these reasons are why so many people are making the switch, abandoning PCs for a brand new Mac. If you are wondering if Mac is for you, the following 10 reasons why Mac is better than PC should help to convince you:

1.) Cheaper.

That Mac may cost more at the store, but it is cheaper overall. With more preloaded apps and better equipment, you are getting a good value. The value becomes even greater in the long run, as your Mac will be running efficiently long after the PC you could have bought has become e-waste.

2.) Safer.

Malware has been a big problem for PCs; almost every PC owner has been infected at some time or another. Ask any Mac owner, and the overwhelming majority will tell you that they have never had malware on their Mac. There are infections that target Macs, but they are infinitely less plentiful than infections for PCs.

3.) Faster.

If you are like everyone else I have ever met, you have a need for speed when it comes to computing. Macs satisfy this need because they are faster. They perform faster and boot more quickly in speed test after speed test after speed test.

4.) Greater stability.

PCs are known to crash. Far too many PC owners know firsthand what the blue screen of death looks like, and it isn’t pretty. Macs crash far less frequently, and the OS is designed to find and isolate the problem so that the issue can be repaired.

5.) Easier to buy.

There are A LOT of different types of PCs out there; trying to buy just one can cause brain damage. With different manufacturers selling systems with nearly identical specs, it can be hard to make a choice. Buying a Mac is much easier, especially when you are getting top notch service at the Apple Store.

6.) The Apple Store.

If you have an Apple Store near you, there is no reason why you should not get a Mac. If something goes wrong with your PC, it could take your weeks or months to convince the manufacturer to look at it, and then you are left without a PC. With the Apple Store, you get a direct line to the manufacturer, and the folds there can identify your computer’s issues and maybe even give you a new system if yours is faulty on the spot.

7.) Aesthetics.

You can’t help but notice that Macs look better than PCs. Well designed and highly styled, Apple products in general are more fashion forward and attractive than their counterparts from other makers. It is no surprise that they are often imitated.

8.) Easy to use.

If you are a life-long PC addict, your first few days with a Mac may be a bit tough, but once you become acclimated, you won’t believe how easy Macs are to use.

9.) Compatibility.

If you have a Mac, you can run Windows (and therefore Windows applications) on your computer. If you have a PC, you can install other operating systems in order to run specific apps, but you cannot install OS X.

10.) Happiness.

If you have a Mac, you will be happier. Apple’s award winning service is just one reason why you will be more content with your purchase. The great value, high style, and ease of use will help too. Overall satisfaction is far higher with Macs, and you can experience more warm and fuzzy feelings is you decide to become a Mac owner too.

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Useful tools for bloggers and writers

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Internet Tools | Comments Off on Useful tools for bloggers and writers

The Internet is full of written content and some of the most popular and most wanted writing jobs are precisely those that involve writing for the web. No matter if you write blogs, e-books, content for websites or anything else, it is necessary to organize your time and work in order to be efficient and create good and meaningful texts. This is why in this article we will present you with some of the tools you may find useful in all the phases of writing.

Brainstorming the ideas – each writing begins with brainstorming, and in order for it to be fruitful, you need to know how to expand the ideas and explore them further. For this purpose you can use Quora, a website rich in the questions real people ask, which you can give answers to by writing a blog on the topic. This will help you to find inspiration and write about the topics people really want and need to read about. For creating a catchy title, Portent Title Maker is there to help you. All you need to do is enter your subject, and you will get the idea of a title. You can refresh the results as many times as you like and get the new ideas.

Organizing the ideas
– when you have several ideas, it is important to organize them properly. One of the tools that can help you do this is Evernote, which is great for collecting and organizing ideas fast, and categorizing them according to various criteria.You can also use Google Calendar, which allows you to schedule the posts for publishing, which is especially useful if you plan to publish several posts over a certain course of time.

Creating optimized content – as a writer, you know that a content, which is not properly optimized, is practically worthless. To see whether the topic you write about is popular, you can run it through Google Trends and see the results. For generating popular and relevant keywords, you can use a Keyword Planner.

It allows you to enter the keywords you think are appropriate, and it shows you their popularity and search volume. You also get the related keywords, which can serve as an inspiration for you.

Writing faster and easier – In order to be productive, it is important to organize the writing process. This is why you can write the text directly in the blog software you use, and you can also use Google Docs if you collaborate with others (e.g. if they proofread your content).

You can also use Toggle, which is a fun, yet very useful tool for time tracking. It tracks your activities during the writing process and shows you how much time you spent actually working.

Distributing and sharing the content – after your blog or other text has been written, proofread, optimized and finally published, it is time to share it with others. You can do it easily by using Buffer, which allows you to schedule the publishing of your content on various social networks as it gets published.

If you write in WordPress, you can also use Filament plugin for this purpose and set on which social networks you want your post to be published once it’s completed.

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How and why to use text snippets on social networks

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Social Networks | Comments Off on How and why to use text snippets on social networks

Snippets are all the stored words, sentences or sometimes even paragraphs of the text you often use on a social network, email or other websites. They are also often connected with a shortcut on a keyboard. When it comes to social networks and if you own a page with many followers, it is not easy to manage it and answer all the questions in timely matter, especially if you have to answer the same question several times. This is where snippets come in handy, and they have several other benefits for social media use.

First of all, let us see how to work with text snippets. They provide you with connecting the longer bits of the text with short keywords, so you do not have to type the whole phrase each time. You need to insert them into your text expander app and then paste the expanded text into the social media interface.

Snippets in social media can be quite useful for saving time and managing the social networks more easily. Even though people expect a real person to address them rather than the automatic reply, it can still be useful to let the users know you will answer them as soon as you are available, to greet them or represent your product or services once people start following you. Here are some of the examples of using snippets in social media:

Greetings – when you address the user, it is polite to start a message by a greeting. Instead of typing the sentence each time, you can create several snippets for several different greeting phrases to start your messages with.

“Busy” message – when the user posts a comment or sends you a message on your social network page, it is polite not to leave him waiting and respond as soon as possible. This is achieved by using text snippets for greetings, and it is recommended to make them personal and warm, yet still professional. This will make the customers feel respected and present you as a professional, and you will easily answer the additional questions or request personally when you are able.

Presenting the product or service – when the users like your page or start following you, you can use text snippets to welcome them to your page and present your business. You can create a short text presenting your company, area of business and the information such as address and contact, and this message can be set to every new user on the page.
Answers to common questions – there are plenty of questions more than one person asks, such as about the opening hours, address of your company, the warranties, the benefits of the products and the like. You can create premade replies to these common questions by using text snippets with recognizable keywords, and use them each time you get a repeated question instead of typing the reply each time.

Closing message or “thank you” message – when ending your message, you should also use a phrase that will have a professional and friendly look. Just like snippets for greeting messages, you can also create some for the closing or “thank you” messages.

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Advantages and disadvantages of storing files online

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Online Data | Comments Off on Advantages and disadvantages of storing files online

In the age of the Internet, there is almost no activity which cannot be performed online. It is very common for both individuals and companies to store files online, whether for the sake of sharing them with others, or simply to have them as backup if anything happens to their hard drive. There are plenty of websites offering cloud storage space, and they come with a variety of space provided, different terms of use and they can be free or paid monthly or annually.

Also, many cloud storage spaces come with the option of uploading all the created content automatically, or you can choose to do it manually when you have the need for that. No matter which cloud storage you use and how you prefer to use it, there are some good and some bad sides of such file storing and sharing.

On the plus side, storing the files in a cloud storage space provides you with backup of files without you having to make it on the hard disk or any type of hardware memory unit. This makes storing very convenient and saves you from using up space on other devices. What is more, it provides you with the security in case anything to the computer’s system, because you will keep all your important data from being lost. Then, it is very easy to use, and all the files you store are easy to access. You can connect to the online storage space from any computer or mobile device whenever and wherever you need a certain file, and you do not depend on the physical location of the file’s storage space. Another advantage is that most cloud storage systems offer a certain amount of space free of charge. If you use online storage for one-time sharing, you can use the space provided without paying for the additional space, because you can delete the files after the other party has downloaded them. If you need more storage space, there is always an option of buying it, and it is usually quite inexpensive.

Although there are many advantages of cloud storing, there are some negative aspects as well. Firstly, although trusted online cloud storage websites are generally safe, there is always a certain amount of insecurity involved, because you store the files on remote servers. This means that it can still happen that the files get lost, or that your privacy and the privacy of the files gets endangered. This is why you should avoid sharing and storing secret and confident files online. Then, if the files you create are automatically stored online (for instance, you connect the camera on your phone with the online storage space), you may lose control over the files and end up with a bunch of material you would otherwise delete. This takes up lots of precious online space, and you need to remove the unwanted files manually, which can be time consuming. Another disadvantage is the limited storing space that we mentioned above, so if you store and share large files, you will have to pay for additional storage space or use multiple cloud services.

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