4 Useful Business Apps

4Borrowing from the Fast Show, this month I have mostly been using these following programs. They have made my working life a lot easier and you may find them useful, too.

Adobe Pro
Yes, Adobe Pro for PDF formatting and editing. I know that Adobe really have us over a barrel when it comes to working with PDFs. There are lots of free, online PDF formatting programs that you can use, but in my experience nothing comes close to using the original. It´s not cheap and now Adobe have you subscribing for difference packages and software, which adds up. However, it has saved me time and tears and so it goes on the list.

issuu-logoIssuu
Do you know about Issuu? It´s an online publishing website. It´s used by creative companies,  designers and the like. But anyone can use it and it is a great tool for holding documents that you want made public. I´ve been using it to publish a client´s documents as a way of raising their profile.

Xero
An online accounting system created by some lovely people in New Zealand. You can share with others in your team and connect your bank and Pay Pal accounts.  Invoices are simple to set up and send to clients. There are also some great add-ons for time keeping, contact relationship management, inventory and job management.

basecamp-logoBasecamp
I´m not sure where I would be without Basecamp. Probably with a mountain on my desk, made out of scraps of paper with “Remember to order train tickets” and “Merge Mailing Lists.” Basecamp is online project management for individuals or teams.  I´m currently using Basecamp for projects with people in Estonia, Chicago and Copenhagen. Working across lots of different time zones can be like herding cats, but Basecamp manages emails, to-do lists and files for individual projects so we can keep track of who is doing what and when.

I hope you find these useful. What are your favourite programs that you would like to share?

About the Author:
Emma Crabtree is the owner and sole-operator of Red Box Virtual Office, a off-site business support service.  Red Box Virtual Office can enable you to free yourself from the day to day admin of your business so that you can focus on what you enjoy and what makes you money.  Find out more

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I used to be a Jilleroo

My best treatmentI was recently asked to provide a ‘low-key, more personal than business’ profile for a new client’s newsletter. This is what I came up with. I thought I would share as you may not know these things about me. Continue reading

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To blog or not to blog? That is the question

Should you blog, even when you have nothing to say?

I´ve been reviewing  my blogging and it´s quite atrocious. The last time I paid my blog any attention was back in July 2013 and that is a long time in the blog world.

My blog was started in good faith. A way for me to record how Red Box was getting on; the annoying parts of Portuguese bureaucracy and some items that I thought my potential readers would like to know about.

But I seem to have dried up on the “what to write” front and have doubts that anyone if paying attention to my missives.

So should I keep going? Most “How to Blog” sites will tell you that you need to regularly update your blog to keep your readership engaged. Even if it´s not every week, those that tune into your blog need to know WHEN to tune it, or at least to receive a “Hello, I´ve posted a blog post” message in their in-boxes.

And I´m not even doing that.

So should I keep blogging? Is this site worthwhile? Is it really important to have original content or can I keep using articles from contributors? Would you like to contribute? I´d like to know what you think.

 

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Are you STILL not on Linkedin?

I had an email come through my ‘inbox’ door this morning,

Is it time for you to rethink LinkedIn?
I’m being stalked by LinkedIn. Just today it sent me personalised news, endorsed my skills and connected me with a new business partner. Perhaps it’s time for me to stop ignoring it so rudely.

The article goes on to say that the author was not a big fan of Linkedin, but needs to reconsider its use in his business. In this month’s edition of Fortune magazine, Jessi Hempel’s article “LinkedIn: How it’s changing business (and how to make it work for you)” tracks the meteoric rise of the network. She writes:

“In the past year LinkedIn has emerged as one of the most powerful business tools on the planet. Once considered a nerdy repository for digital résumés, the service is becoming an indispensable social-networking tool.”

Duh! Well, you don’t say!

I would challenge Hempel’s idea that it was ever a “nerdy repository for digital résumés.” Linkedin has paved the way for other online sites with it’s clear, easy to use format and upfront, here’s what you get for your € policies.

I love Linkedin. I have been a member for longer than I care to remember. It was the first online, business networking site I joined when I started Red Box. I prefer it to Facebook (too “my car’s bigger than your car” for me), Twitter (140 characters? Please), Google + (another collaborating tool) and any other social, online, business-orientated networking site that you care to mention. Through Linkedin, I have been found by comrades-in-arms and delightful colleagues. My most long-standing, €-making clients have come through Linkedin.

Linkedin is the largest professional network in the world. The majority of potential users have 3 questions, “What’s in it for me?”, “I have a profile, what now?” and “How do I get more results without spending a huge amount of time on line?” I’ve written about using Linkedin before, but if you’re disinclined to search my back catalogue, here are some tips:

  • Fill out your entire profile. Take the time to describe the skills demonstrated and illustrate the results you have achieved.
  • Get involved. Join groups, request written recommendations from colleagues, and recommend the people with whom you’ve worked.
  • Follow news. LinkedIn lets you subscribe to the people, companies and topics that matter to you.
  • Broadcast. Share the information that illustrates your professional expertise.

If you need more of a helping hand, or you’re part of a larger team, the guys at Really Linkedin could help. I recently met Mike and Bert in Istanbul are they Linkedin savvy (as well as being the only training company endorsed by Linkedin).

Are you still not on Linkedin? Why not?

About the Author:
Emma Crabtree is the owner and sole-operator of Red Box Virtual Office, a off-site business support service.  Red Box Virtual Office can enable you to free yourself from the day to day admin of your business so that you can focus on what you enjoy and what makes you money.  Find out more

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Ir as compras sem ter de gastar dinheiro

shopping without spending money

Precisa serviços mas não tem lucros..?

Projecto ‘Believe in Portugal’ abriu uma loja na Torre Arnado em Coimbra. Em época de crise, ali, trocam-se produtos e serviços.

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Freshbooks win Gold at Stevies

 

Freshbooks win at Stevies

Freshbooks win at Stevies

FreshBooks recently announced that they were awarded gold at the Stevie Awards for “Best Front-Line Customer Service Team.” The Stevie Awards are the most prestigious awards in the world for sales and service teams.

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How to apply for a job

What to put in a CV

What to put in a CV

This is a post about how some people don’t run a Quality Assurance check when it comes to responding to job adverts.

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How to be remarkable

4 steps to being remarkable

4 steps to being remarkable

You know the feeling. It’s coming at you from all sides.  Emails, client proposals, and books you should be reading, blogs to write, newsletters to send. Blah. Blah.  And we haven’t even discussed the family and friends that you owe a catch up call to, a favour to do for.
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The Opportunities in Your Database

Affordable Services

Opportunities in your database

Last year we published an article on finding the hidden money in your business – going for some of the obvious ‘low hanging fruit’ that are right under your nose but seemingly invisible to you.
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Travel Tips for Smart Entrepreneurs

Savvy business traveller

Savvy business traveller

Having just had to organise clients to be in Istanbul, Dublin and Barcelona over the coming weeks, this article from Ali Brown caught my eye.

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