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Pixlr Editor & Aviary

November 28th, 2012 | Posted in 1. Road Warrior, Tech Tool | No Comments »

Looking for new photo editing tools? Using Google Chrome? Check out Pixlr Editor & Aviary!

Pixlr Editor is a FREE cloud photo editing tool that works very similar to Photoshop.

If you’re looking to make simple photo edits, Aviary will let you make edits right in Google Drive. Simply upload your photos to Drive and make edits right in your browser.

Mint.com – The Easiest Way to Mindfully Manage Your Money

February 22nd, 2012 | Posted in 1. Road Warrior, Mobile Apps, Tech Tool | No Comments »

Every so often I come across a life changing tool, technology or application. Mint.com has had the most profound effect on me so far. It’s mind boggling to me that everyone in the world doesn’t use it.

Mint.com does several things:

  1. Saves you time
  2. Helps you track your spending
  3. Budget and plan your monthly expenses
  4. Encourages you to save or pay off debts

Understanding how and where you spend your money is the first step to financial freedom; it’s not making the money- that’s the easy part. You can make $100,000 a year and chances are your lifestyle would reflect it. But does your bank account? If you’re like the average American you spend most of what you earn, in fact to see America’s debt statistics check out the following site-it says that the average household with a credit card has over $15,000 in debt. http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/credit-card-industry-facts-personal-debt-statistics-1276.php#Total-debt

Mint.com has changed my relationship with money and my husband! I no longer get anxious when bills come in, or when I’m trying to decide how much I should spend on my new website or marketing materials to generate new business. With one quick glance at my smart phone I can see on my mint.com app where I am with that month’s budget. I can see all my back accounts in one glance. And I can see charts and graphs that show me what my income vs my spending has been month to date. All of this helps my husband and I make smarter decisions on how we spend our money.

What’s great about Mint.com you can truly change your spending habits. It tracks month after month and will tell you what your average spending was for any length of time you request. When you know exactly how you spend your money you can begin to make changes.

It’s one thing to know you go to Starbucks several times a week. And when you get your credit card statement you see it listed 15 times. But when you actually have a coffee budget in front of you and you see in real time (it posts your transactions within minutes of a purchase) can tell that you’ve spent $75 already this month in coffee you might start thinking of other ways to spend your money.

I could go on and on about Mint.com – but I urge you to watch this Video explaining everything you need to know about it. All you need to know is it will take you about an hour to set it up. I recommend having two logins. One for your family expenses and one for your business expenses (this way at the end of the year it’s already broken out for you come tax time)! From there, mint.com will send you bill reminders, notify you when you’re over budget in an area, and will send you weekly recaps of how and where you spent your money. You don’t even have to log on to see these things- they e-mail all of that to you!

It’s just a fabulous tool- if you’re going to be serious about running a business, you should be serious about how you spend your money. This is by far the easiest way I’ve found to do just that!

Awesome Planning App for 2012: Wunderlist

January 17th, 2012 | Posted in 1. Road Warrior, Mobile Apps, Tech Tool | 1 Comment »

Looking for a way to track your goals and your “to-dos” on a daily basis?  Checkout the Wunderlist App.  Every New Year people make “resolutions” or set goals on what they want to accomplish for the year.  But if you’re like me – I stash the goals away only to revisit next year.  Experts say if you really want to accomplish what’s on your list you need a regular reminder and set accomplishment dates.   That’s the beauty of Wunderlist.

Wunderlist, being held in the cloud, is accessible from your Smartphone, your tablet or your computer.  It’s basically an electronic list. With some really cool features:

  1.  You can create separate lists of goals and tasks.  For me I have a few set lists.  2012 Goals, Daily To-do’s, Weekly Tasks, Grocery List.
  2. You can set task or goal deadlines – with reminders to be e-mailed to you in you need them.
  3. You can share lists with others.  For example, my grocery list my husband has access to.  If he needs something from the store, it’s his responsibility to add it to the list.  It also helps with me “misplacing” my lists.  I now only have to keep track of my Smartphone!
  4. You get the satisfaction of “marking” your done items off the list.  It’s great to look over a list and see progress.

As with most of my favorite Apps, Wunderlist is Free!  It’s one that all of can use to help organize our lives and year ahead. I guess that means it’s Cheers to a New Year!

10 Must Have Tech Gifts for Road Warriors

December 1st, 2011 | Posted in 1. Road Warrior, Tech Tool | No Comments »

Looking for affordable, unique gifts for your loved ones or yourself? Here are 5 Must Have Tech Gadgets all Road Warriors need, and a few more gift ideas I thought sounded cool! What’s on your list this year?

1) Kindle Fire – At $199 who can’t resist finding out what all the fuss is about.  I love Amazon, so I think I’ll like it. They say it’s the iPad2′s closest competition… I want to find out! Is this on your list?

2) Mophie Juice Pack – True Road Warriors are always on the phone.  Don’t find yourself without battery power for the ever so important phone call.  These small cases double your phones’ battery life.  Only $79 online!

3) Motorola t505 – A must have if your car doesn’t come equipped with built in Bluetooth.  You will love the way this little device integrates with your car’s radio.  Buy it online at Amazon for the best deals about $60.

4) Drivesafe.ly App – You can now text and drive safely!  This is the perfect FREE gift to “give” your friends, clients and kids.  Who knows you might even save a life.

5) Wide Angle Lens Kit -for your iPhone or Video Camera – For all of us who shoot photos with our Smartphones you can now use this wide angle attachment to get the best photos possible.  $50 on HDhat.com

And now for some other fun ideas!!!

6) Square up – Think PayPal for you Smartphone.  It’s perfect if you sell products, have a fundraiser, or a garage sale.  Or someone just owes you money.  You can now accept credit cards for ANYTHING with just your phone!  And it’s FREE… what a great gift for those you know who are in any service industry.

7) The Flip – Ok, so they are going out of business-  but I just LOVE this camera.  So while supplies last you can still manage to get a 1 hr one for $80!

8) Roku - Looking for a way to save $$$ on your cable bill?  Check out this little black box that streams Hulu, On Demand Movies, Netflix and so much more.  They start at $50.

9) 3m Pocket Projector – Ok, so I have to admit, I have no idea who would want to spend $250-$400 on one of these, but I just think they are really cool.  And who knows you might now that person looking for one!

10) Video Light Kit – Perfect for those budding video freaks out there.  This is a way cool add on, and makes a huge difference in your production quality. It’s only $70.  Gotta love HDHat.com

Bonus 11) Anything Apple —-  You really can’t go wrong here.  But the point of this post was affordable. While I believe Apple is well worth the investment, it’s not exactly the cheapest on the block.

Here are a few other lists to check out as well!

Cnet 20 Tech Gifts under $100

Mashable 16 Quirky Gifts

PCWorld Top Tech Gifts

Happy Shopping!!!  Keep us posted on what you decide is the best tech gift out there!

Like Facebook

November 21st, 2011 | Posted in 1. Road Warrior, Marketing, Tech Tool | No Comments »

Collect More Fans using Facebook’s 32665 text to follow. When you’re out networking and someone says I’ll look you up on Facebook- all you have to say is – actually text the “name of your page” to 62665 (FBOOK). They will receive an e-mail confirmation right away saying they are following you! It’s a cool way to collect fans.

Import Information From Business Cards Instantly!

November 6th, 2011 | Posted in 1. Road Warrior, Marketing, Mobile Apps, Social Media Tips, Tech Tool | No Comments »

Do you have a stack of business cards on your desk right now? If so, you need this free mobile app: Cardmunch. It’s the best app I’ve found to help track the people you meet in your daily business. All you do is open the app, shoot a picture of the card & the contact information is imported into your contacts. It will even connect to LinkedIn as well! You’ll love this app!

Want to Know When You’re Mentioned On Twitter?

October 31st, 2011 | Posted in 1. Road Warrior, Marketing, Mobile Apps, Social Media Tips, Tech Tool | No Comments »

Check out the Boxcar app! Want to know when you’re mentioned on Twitter? You don’t even have to be following or followed by the person who mentions you. It’s one of the best ways I’ve found to know who’s talking about you and when! If you’re mentioned you’ll get a quick text so you can hop on and respond.

Wisestamp: Email Signature Creator

October 30th, 2011 | Posted in 1. Road Warrior, Marketing, Tech Tool | No Comments »

Looking for a free and easy way to brand yourself and use gmail? You’re in luck! Checkout WiseStamp, Email Signature Creator. This cool signature add on will help you connect with your audience.

Square: Use Your Smartphone to Collect Credit Card Payments

October 17th, 2011 | Posted in 1. Road Warrior, Mobile Apps, Tech Tool | No Comments »

Looking for a quick way to get paid on the spot-use your smartphone to collect. Square is an app for your phone that allows you to collect credit card payments in a matter of minutes. All you do is download the app, sign up for free at http://squareup.com/ and you can collect instantly. They will also send you a nifty card swipper for free. (But I typically just hand enter in the card info!) – Check out Square!

Send Group Text Messages: GroupMe

September 30th, 2011 | Posted in 1. Road Warrior, Mobile Apps, Tech Tool | No Comments »

Looking for an easy way to send mass text messages? Create groups with your contacts using the GroupMe app. You can even share your location and photos!