Savvy Girl Friday

A savvy assistant for your business…….


Leave a comment

Four Things You Need To Know About a Chromebook

First, let me say that I am an avid Chromebook user and that I’ve owners several over the years.  As a matter of fact, I am typing this blog post on my Acer Chromebook.  I did my research before deciding to purchase one, and I am glad I did. Chromebooks and cloud computing go hand in hand.  They had a lot to offer anyone who wants to just surf the internet to a person running a business every day.

  1. Yes, you can be productive with a Chromebook – Apps like GDocs, Google’s version of an office suite, offers the ability to be productive, collaborate with team members while editing the same document. If you need to work on documents using the MS office suite you can. MS Office Online makes it’s easy to do, or you have the option to convert the document to a GDocs file.
  2. Need to create some graphic or design the layout of a magazine page – you can use one of my favorite cloud apps called Lucidpress.
  3. Need to transcribe an interview –  Yes, you can do that with a Chromebook!  I use an app called Called Transcribe. I LOVE this app because it allows me the ability to use my Infinity USB Foot Pedal with it! That is a major plus. Bonus: this app works offline. (Major Bonus Here!!)
  4. Need multiple backup options – I am a huge fan of cloud storage, but I’m also a strong believer in having a back-up, for the back-up, for the back-up. Chromebooks works well with external drives micro SD card and flash drives.

So there you have it. Four awesome things about a working with a Chromebook.  Are you a Chromebook user?


Leave a comment

The Entrepreneurs Journey – The Road We All Travel

I thought I would share the contents of my “ToolBox” with you. As a Virtual Assistant, we are always looking for tools to make our lives a whole lot easier.  The drawback to that is there are so many tools out there to choose from;  you can easily fall victim to  S.N.T.S. “Shiny New Thing Syndrome” (trying everything you can get your hands on).

Keep It Simple

I am a technology geek by nature, and I love testing out new software and apps. Over the years, I’ve used several different softwares and apps to help in manage my daily workflow.  The deal break for me is the software that I use has to cover multiple platforms like Windows OS, Chrome OS and Macbook OS as I have several operating systems in my workspace.

Browser

Chrome is my go-to browser because many of the apps I use are available in the Chrome Web Store, and Chrome can be used on multiple operating systems.

Calendar

Sunrise Calendar is one of the best calendar apps I have come across.  It works hand in hand with Google Calendar and several other apps. Sunrise Calendar can be used offline which is great for these times when you may be without internet connection. Some of the other perks are:

  • It integrates with many of the popular apps like Asana, Evernote, and ToDoist
  • It works on both Android and Apple
  • You can still receive your Google Calendar reminders and invites

Organizer

Evernote is my go-to app for organizing my thought, my business, and everything.   It’s available to use online, or you can download it to your computer. Other perks:

  • It’s can be used on all platforms via your browser
  • It’s free to use, but if you are a power user, you do have the option to upgrade to a premium account.

Brain Organizer

Workflowy is one the best tools to use when you need to make a list. I discovered it about 2 years ago, and I have used it since.  This is my go to app when I need to pen my thoughts process (brain dump).

Time Zones

Keeping up with the time in different time zones is so much easier when you use EveryTimeZone.com. I found it the other day and immediately added it to my toolbox.

So there you have it. The short list of apps that I use to keep organized.  I would love to hear about the tool you use. Tell me about them in the comments. Look forward to reading about them!

The Entrepreneurs Journey – The Road We All Travel

Forest road. Landscape for background

 

When we decide to take the steps to start a business, the decision to make a new start brings a companion along. The companion’s name is doubt. It hangs around in the back of our minds and rears its ugly head at different stages in our journey.

Since starting a new business and doubting your success have such a close relationship, you will need to add yet another companion to the mix This new companion’s name is determination. Now, determination is a headstrong companion, and it plays a vital role in your journey. You will find over time that having determination at your side will give you that extra push you will need  to take your business to the next level.

Even with determination on your side there is one more companion you mustbring along and that companion’s name is accountability. Accountability is there to keep you focused on your goals, to make sure you are not distracted by doubt and to make sure you do not waver in the decision to make a new start.

A new start brings on doubt and makes us question our decisions. The spirit of determination is there to keep pushing us forward in spite of it all. As we move forward, we must always embrace accountability for the decisions we make.

What companion is on this journey with you?

Be Inspired!

 

—-

“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.– Zig Ziglar


Leave a comment

Business Shenanigans

If you are a business owner looking to develop a website, please read this before you do! In the last few months, I have heard many sad stories of entrepreneurs losing their domain names to web designers who refuse to turn them over.   The domains names are being held for various reasons like demanding the client buy the name from them or just flat out refusing to let it go. These are business shenanigans that need to stop.

It’s a shady way to do business. Yes, I said shady.

There are several things you as a business owner need to ALWAYS be a part of:

  • Always put it in writing if you are going to hire someone to build your website.
  • Always ask for references. I  send them even if the potential client doesn’t  ask me for them.
  • If the web developer has a contract for you to sign, don’t just scan the contract, READ it.
  • If the web developer does not have a contract then you need to have one written up and it needs to outline everything that needs to be done.
  • Make sure there is verbiage in the contract that states you ARE and WILL be the sole owner of your domain name and that you are responsible for the billing. (Do not allow the developer to bill you)
  • You, the owner, need to purchase the domain name and the hosting yourself. Why? Because it’s yours and doing so will save you headaches in the long run. You can then share the information with your developer.

All it takes is a few extra steps on your part to save yourself a headache later down the road. I’m reminded of something Oprah once said. She said, “Always sign your own checks!” Yep, she is a busy woman, but she still makes time to handle her business by signing her own checks. 🙂 So, Handle your business. 🙂