Category Archives: Efficiency

Business lessons on working from abroad – Part One

What business lesson did I learn when working from abroad?

It was a chance conversation at a networking meeting.

Christine said she was supposed to be going house sitting in France but a job had come up that she couldn’t turn down. Not one to miss an opportunity (and I love France) I asked her more about it as we walked back into town afterwards.

It was the perfect place to check my systems to see if the goal I had for working from anywhere was possible.

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SnagIt – my second essential business tool

Snagit
Business Tools

I often recommend tools that help me run my business efficiently to my clients and to other people I meet. My top five are my favourite tools that I use most regularly in my business (and wouldn’t be without). I use them daily (and multiple times per day in some instances)

There are free versions of some of them and others are very reasonably priced for what they allow you to do.

  1. Bit.ly shortens links (see post here)
  2. Snagit for taking screenshots and recording videos
  3. Evernote for note taking and organizing – basically replaces sticky notes and a lot more!
  4. Hootsuite for managing and scheduling social media
  5. FreeAgent for sending invoices to clients and keeping bills and expenses and you can also submit your UK tax return

I will do a separate, detailed blog post for each tool showing you how to use it.

This is the second in my essential business tools series.

snagitSnagit

Essential for capturing anything on my computer screen. From an icon to a scrolling screen, it works on PC desktops, laptops, mobiles, and Macs. I record videos with it to walk through a step by step process.

All the images in this blog post were captured using Snagit. The main image at the top was then added to Canva (another great tool) and more text and and a logo inserted.

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Bit.ly – my number one business tool

Business Tools

I often recommend tools that help me run my business efficiently to my clients and to other people I meet. My top five are my favourite tools that I use most regularly in my business (and wouldn’t be without). I use them daily (and multiple times per day in some instances)

There are free versions of some of them and others are very reasonably priced for what they allow you to do.

  1. Bit.ly shortens links
  2. Snag It for taking screenshots and recording videos
  3. Evernote for note taking and organizing – basically replaces sticky notes and a lot more!
  4. Hootsuite for managing and scheduling social media
  5. FreeAgent for sending invoices to clients and keeping bills and expenses and you can also submit your UK tax return

I will do a separate, detailed blog post for each tool showing you how to use it.

My number one tool is

bit.ly logo

Essential for shortening links for sharing articles and posts online. It’s free to use and allows you to see how popular your links are.

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Outlook | Improve your efficiency |Create an email signature

To make your emails look more professional add a signature to each one.

You can set up the system so it automatically adds it to every new email or reply.

Remember to include:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Company address if appropriate
  • Email address
  • Website (with a link to it)
  • Social media (Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook) contact details if appropriate plus links to each one
  • Company strapline (a one or two line brief description of your main selling points)
  • Any special offers you would like to publicise.

Using an application such as Outlook allows you to add images such as professional qualifications and company logos. Go to Tools, Options, Mail Format and then click on Signatures to set one up. I use Outlook personally and I include all of the above.

You can set up a different signature for new emails or for replies.

There’s also an application called Wisestamp which can be added into Gmail. This can show your latest tweet as well.