My Favorite Tech Tools: Google Authenticator App

My Favorite Tech Tools: Google Authenticator App

One of my favorite tech tools that I use is the Google Authenticator app. The Google Authenticator app is a great app for generating 2 Step verification codes. This second layer of security will protect your various accounts from being highjacked. IOS and Android versions available.

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Check out the video below to learn why I love it.

Happy 10th Birthday iPhone! How This Device Has Revolutionized My Business

Happy 10th Birthday iPhone! How This Device Has Revolutionized My Business

Me with my first iPhone 🙂

It’s been 10 years.

Wow! Time sure does fly by. I remember when the iPhone first came out and how excited I was. I didn’t immediately jump on the bandwagon and go buy one. I waited awhile. Just until they had got rid of some of the kinks. Then I jumped and never looked back.

I did a post a few years back with my first iPhone. 2 posts as a matter of fact. You can read them here and here. But I wanted to revisit just how far this device has come and how it has helped me all these years in my business.

How The iPhone Has Helped Me Run My Business

Now you know I am a big fan of tech and utilizing tech to help me stay productive and organized. The iPhone has played a major role in that by helping me keep my client’s files and my own calendar at my fingertips. As well as stay sane with my music and audio books.

When the iPhone came out gone were the days where I had to lug around my client files when I went on a job. I also didn’t have to carry around a planner anymore. That was huge in my book! The best thing of all; I was able to capture my ideas and notes on the go without having to carry around sticky notes or depending on random sheets of paper.

Apps, Apps Galore!

The invention of the App Store was a game changer. With that you have no excuse for not being organized. There is literally a app for EVERYTHING! Some of my all time fave apps are Evernote, Nozbe, Asana, Dropbox, and Google Keep just to name a few. I also have apps for collecting money, monitoring my money, games and creating awesome images for my social media and website.

There is so much power in this phone. Now I know what you are saying…”What about Androids?” I hear you. I think they are great too. I had 2 androids and they worked great. I was able to find comparable apps when I made the switch. But the iPhone wooed me back. It’s just smoother and more polished in my humble opinion. AND this is a post about the iPhone so…

All in all I’m glad that the iPhone exists. Would my business be where it is today without it? Probably, but it would have taken a lot more work than it has. And frankly I don’t want to think about a world without the iPhone. So here’s to you iPhone! Thanks for making my business a lot more streamlined and productive.

What’s your iPhone story? I would love to hear about it in the comments below. 

[Video] End Of Year Wrap Up

[Video] End Of Year Wrap Up

Are you ready for the New Year? More importantly is your business ready? Now is the time to organize your business, update files and put in place systems and processes (or update the ones you have already). In this week’s #TechChat I go over what I do at the end of the year and give you some great pointers on what you can be doing too.

Some great end of year things to do are:

  1. Reflect on what went well in business, what didn’t go well, and what can be better next year.
  2. Purge through your files (Digital and Physical)
  3. Create file folders for the upcoming year.
  4. Prepare for tax filings.
  5. Purge your email list, emails and social media accounts.
  6. Setup your content or plan your content for the next quarter.
  7. Fill out your planner or calendar with all the events and items you know about already for the upcoming year.
  8. Declutter your office!
  9. Catch up on any training videos or programs that you have bought this year. (hint, hint – pick up the Get Automated 2017 replay!)
  10. Donate or get rid of equipment you don’t need.
  11. Automate a area of your business.

As you can see there are many things you can do and be doing before the end of the year. Don’t let the next year catch you off guard.

Mentioned In This Video:

#TechChat’s are weekly trainings in the Digitally You with Samantha Facebook Community designed to help entrepreneurs & small business owners learn new ways to be productive in business, how to use the latest apps and organization tips.

What Is The Cloud?

What Is The Cloud?

Have you ever wondered what the “cloud” is? Do you think about what happens to your files when you save them to the “cloud”?

Wonder no more!

In this #TechChat I share what the cloud is and what happens to your stuff. Don’t be afraid of the cloud. Use it to stay organized and on top of your business files.

 

This was part 1. Be sure to watch Part 2 below this video.

Here is part 2.

Do you have a better understanding of the “cloud’? If so let me know in the comments below.

How To Organize Your Training Files

How To Organize Your Training Files

If you are anything like me and consider yourself a lifelong learner, you may have tons and tons of pdf’s, ebooks, videos, audios, images, and various other things that pertain to some type of training course you took. Whether you took the course online or offline, you may have digital files that you will need to refer back to periodically. Well in this #TechChat I show you how I have organized my “training files” and how easy it is.

“Training Files” are those files that you have when you pay for a webinar or take a course or go hear a speaker and they send you digital files (audios, pdf’s, outlines, powerpoints, videos, etc.) of what you learned for you to refer back to later.

By organizing these files you are more likely to come back to them and be able to get at the information you need when you need it. Don’t just save files in your download folder until it becomes a unmanageable mess. Take the time to set up the file structure on your computer and cloud storage and utilize the information that you paid for.

Do you organize the information that you have bought? If so let me know what your system is in the comments below.

3 Apps To Run An Organized Business

3 Apps To Run An Organized Business

Today I am sharing 3 apps of many that I use to run my businesses. It is important as a business owner to be organized and have as much of your work tasks automated as possible. These apps are just a few that I use to do just that. I have saved myself hundreds of hours by implementing these 3 apps. There are more things that I use to automate my business but these are my top 3 that I use daily.

So watch as I share what I use to capture my ideas and client information, what I use for project management and what I use for invoicing. Be sure to look at my other posts about other tools I use to run my business. And be sure you check out our Resource page too.

Tools Discussed:

  1. Asana
  2. Evernote
  3. Freshbooks

 

P.S. Please ignore me being upside down. Only when I show me you will see that I am upside down. I think I had the phone turned the wrong way when recording. But the important information is right side up ;-).

 

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