If you’ve been following my blog over the years, this post might seem familiar, because it is! The original post was written in 2005, and another version (highlighting different tech tools and goodies) came out in 2012. Because we live in a society driven by technology, the premise never seems to change, just the different tech tools we use. And since the analogy of a coffee pot still works for me, I’ll continue to use it.
As I’ve said before, there seems to be some new amazing software program or application, gadget or “thingamabob” coming out every day in this ever-changing era of technology, especially when it comes to tech tools and resources. To me, tech tools and technology continues to remind me of the ever-present, ever-changing coffee pot.
For instance, I use to get excited about the coffee pots you could buy that ground your coffee and brewed it on command at the touch of a button. All you had to do was take it out of the box, set it up, and program it to do its thing at just the right time so you could wake up to a piping hot cup of coffee. Now, in addition to all of the fancy shmancy Espresso and Cappuccino makers and French Press and Cold Press systems, we have the one-cup wonders where all you have to do is pop a disc or K-cup or pod (in every flavor and beverage choice imaginable) in the dispenser and brew a quick cup in 30-60 seconds. The newest version is fitted for pods that will brew up to 4 cups at a time, and even comes with a small carafe. If you wait just a bit, there will be some other kind of coffee pot that is bigger and better and faster and, well you know, something you just have to have even though the one you just paid for still makes a great cup of coffee!
When it comes to tech tools, today’s technology changes so fast and furiously that your computer is never up to date even though you just bought it, and that new program you just bought for $795.00 already has an upgrade that’s “absolutely necessary” on the market for a mere $250.00. Cell phones keep getting bigger and better and more expensive, as well as all of the available options for tablets and all of the other techno-stuff flying off the shelves. Have you taken a look at the Apple Watch??? So, in this very expensive day of “now it’s up-to-date, now it’s not,” I get very excited when I find those little tech tool gems that are not only either inexpensive or free, but follow me around wherever I go on multiple devices. In this blog post I’ll share the top 3 favorite resources I’ve found that I deem as “must-haves” for business. I chuckled a little when I took a look at the resources I just HAD to have back in 2005 they were (get this) 1) CutePDF Writer, 2) CutePDF 3.0, 3) Address Grabber to use with ACT!, and 4) Picassa2. Really? But then, when I looked at my favorite apps and resources from 2012, three of them are still at the top of my list. One of the most awesome things about all 3 of these little beauties is that the information syncs across platforms and you can access each one of them on all of your computers and devices, as well as on the web from someone else’s computer.
My 3 favorite tech tools are …
Dropbox…yes, I’m saying Dropbox again because it’s just the best darn file storage system I’ve ever found. The free version comes with a fairly decent amount of space, while the paid version at a whopping $9.95 per month gives you up to 100 gigs of space. Dropbox now replaces my “mydocuments” folder, and is my working hard drive. I keep absolutely everything in Dropbox because it’s in the cloud. Plus, I can share select folders and files with team members and clients and family members so they have access to all of the information as well.Replace your mydocuments folder with Dropbox as a cloud-based hard drive & backup system.Click To Tweet
Evernote…still one of my absolute favorite tech tools! With Evernote, you can create notebooks and fill them full of all kinds of information in the form of notes. I can type notes directly into a notebook while at an event, email things directly to the application, or take photos with my phone and send them to Evernote. There are all kinds of great browser add-ons and apps that let me save web pages and emails and all kinds of other stuff to Evernote. As with Dropbox, there is a very generous free version, but is also a paid version that offers some great upgrades and more space at a very low-cost of less than $50 per year.
Last but never least,
Skype…Skype might continue to top my list of favorite tech tool resources. Again, it is a resource I can use across ALL of my devices. I use Skype to chat with team member and clients, participate in webinars and teleclasses, share screens with team members and clients, send files and images, chat via video, participate in group chats and group video chats. You name it. For Skype to Skype users it’s free. I pay a small subscription fee of a whopping $2.95 per month to make unlimited calls to landlines or cell phones in the US and Canada.
So, in this rather expensive day of rapidly increasing technology, it’s good to know there are still some inexpensive (or FREE) tech tools and resources out there that will continue to make doing business easier, and in some cases, a lot more fun.
If you have any great inexpensive or free resources or tech tools you’d like to share, please let me know. As I said, I love freebies, and would be more than happy to share them with my readers.