How productive can you be if you suddenly lose all your data from the past five years when your cocker spaniel knocks your laptop onto the floor and it shatters? Or if a power surge or lightning strike takes out your computer?
No business operates in a vacuum, and you can't be productive or relevant if you don't know what's going on in the world around you. That's why it's critical that you keep up on the latest news that can affect you and your industry. But how to keep track of the thousands of news sites? Well, you're in the right place. Instead of reading hundreds of newspapers, blogs, and other information sources, you can have the news delivered right to you and keep track of it all. Here are five ways to keep on top of all the news that's fit to print:
Steno pads. Spiral notebooks. Legal pads. The back of an envelope. A cocktail napkin. Receipts. The corner of a newspaper. If you're like most entrepreneurs, you've got ideas striking you every hour of the day and night, and you grab the nearest writing implement and snippet of paper to scrawl a few words on. But how often do those pieces of paper make it into something more permanent?
Sending email attachments has certainly evolved from the days when anything over a few megabytes clogged up the phone line and was rejected by AOL and Earthlink. But even with the advent of high-speed internet, sending large files can still bog down your email service. Add to that the concerns over security and you may be in the market for a safe file transfer solution.
- Do I want a free service, or do I mind paying? Free services may be more limited in size of files, storage, or number of users.
- How secure a service do I need?
- How large are the files I'm sharing?
- Am I sharing with the same people over and over, or am I constantly sending files to new people?
- How easy is it to download and upload the files?
- How dependable is the service?
- Will the site store my files? If so, how much storage space will I have, and how long will they store them?
You're attending a conference in Atlanta, and you meet someone who's a perfect JV partner for a new product you want to develop. Since you're both in the same place at the same time, you decide to stay an extra day and get a head-start on your project. The only problem: All your notes and resources are on your desktop computer at home, and all you have is your laptop. So what do you do? Have your spouse pack the hard drive and ship it out overnight? Give up? Or sign up for a remote computer access service so the next time inspiration strikes, you've got all your information at your fingertips?
The backbone of any business is communication, and it's even more true for a solo business owner who works remotely with contractors and clients around the globe. One of the most exciting things about the Internet is the way it enables us to talk with people on the other side of the world. No longer are we tethered to a certain office, or even a certain continent.
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